Zugspitze Ski Resort

Zugspitze ski resort, Germany.
Grainau is the closest village to Zugspitze ski resort.
Zugspitze ski resort has Germany's steepest slopes.
Zugspitze ski resort.
Zugspitze ski resort.
Zugspitze ski resort.
Zugspitzbahn travels directly to the ski resort from the valley.
Zugspitze has sledding trails as well as skiing & snowboarding.
Garmisch Partenkirchen is the closest major town to Zugspitze ski resort.
Zugspitze rising high above the valley at Grainau.

Zugspitze Ski Resort

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  • Vertical (m)
    2000m – 2720m (720m))
  • Average Snow Fall
  • Lifts (9)
    3 Cable cars / Funicular
    2 Chairs
  • Ski Hours
    November to early May
    8:00am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 20km
    Longest run – 3.5km
    Advanced - 0%
    Intermediate - 65%
    Beginner - 35%
  • Lift Pass Prices (Day Ticket 18/19)
    Adult - €46.50
    Child - €23.50
    Child u/6yr - Free
    >1 day includes Garmisch Classic
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Zugspitze Ski Resort Germany

Looming high above the quintessential German ski town of Garmisch Partenkirchen is Germany's highest peak, Zugspitze (2962m). The ski resort of the same name is the nation's highest & most snow sure, topping out at 2720m.

Zugspitze Lifts & Terrain

Zugspitze is connected to Garmisch Partenkirchen and its nearby ski resort of Garmisch Classic, by trains & cable cars. A cog railway train chugs its way up through the mountain directly to the ski resort area. Alternatively, two cable cars make the journey up to the Zugspitze summit, one on the German side & another from the Austrian side near Ehrwald.

The ski resort is connected to the summit by another cable car, but no piste trails link the two. The skiing at Zugspitze is in a northerly aspect glacier bowl providing open alpine terrain with a satisfying 720m skiable vertical. See the Zugspitze ski trail map here.

NOTE: The new Zugspitze cable car on the German side was damaged in a training accident in mid-2018. Whilst it is expected the cable car will be operating again by the end of 2018, access to the ski resort is restricted to the cog railway in the meantime, limiting numbers to the ski area.

Zugspitze is in Bavaria, southern Germany, on the border with Austria. The ski resort is 12km south west of the main resort village of Garmisch Partenkirchen & less than 5km as the crow flies from Ehrwald in Austria. By road, the access cable car base at Eibsee is 11km from Garmisch Partenkirchen. Garmisch Partenkirchen is only 90km south of Munich & 65km north of Innsbruck, Austria. Both cities are the gateway airports to Zugspitze.

Travel to the town of Garmisch Partenkirchen is an easy 2.5hr train ride from Munich airport. Search & book train tickets to Garmisch & Grainau here.

Zugspitze Accommodation

The town of Garmisch Partenkirchen is the ultimate German holiday destination & the perfect base to ski Zugspitze. It has oodles of quality Bavarian hotels & guesthouses.

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Closer to the Zugspitze ski area is the quiet village of Grainau 4km east of the cable car base at Eibsee. The village is split into Untergrainau & Obergrainau. A train station on the Zugspitze rail line is in Obergrainau.

Alternate access to Zugspitze is on the Austrian side via cable car from a small village called Obermoos, near the larger town of Ehrwald. Both could serve as bases to ski the resort. Ehrwald is central to the Austrian Tiroler Zugspitze Arena ski resorts.


The Powderhounds will review Zugspitze in 2019. More information is coming soon. Stay tuned for our photos & insights.

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Tours in or near Zugspitze

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Ski Safari Tyrol & Bavaria
7 Days | 6 Nights | 5 Skiing Days
Ability: Beginner to Expert
Explore 7 ski resorts in the Tyrol & Bavaria on this fully hosted & guided ski & snowboard safari based at Innsbruck. Discover awesome Austrian ski resorts like Kuhtai & the best of Bavaria at Garmisch & Zugspitze. Fully customise your own tour with dates & duration that suit you.
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USD 1,750
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