Type in ‘European Ski Destination‘ into Google and top of the list will be countries such as France, Switzerland, Italy and Austria. You will struggle to find any articles promoting Germany as a winter sports destination. I have personally met many a ski tour operator that have scoffed at the first mention of Germany being an idyllic place for ski enthusiasts. So here I am writing this to tirelessly educate them and maybe you that times have changed and the Bavarian Alps are an upcoming winter sports destination. Here’s why…
Tradition. No high-rise developments to be found in Bavaria just cute snow-covered ‘gingerbread’ style houses and ski chalets; each with their very own breathtaking panoramic views of the mountains that shadow the frozen lakes below. A bundle of character and tradition make Bavaria feel gemütlich (cosy) and the hotels will welcome you like you’re part of the family.
No Queues. How many times have you queued an hour or more for the chair lift? You shouldn’t have to wait that long for the adrenaline rush, as you feel the G force of each turn completion and the initiation of the next, whilst the theme tune of James Bond plays in your head. Never fear, in Germany, there are virtually no queues compared to other European ski resorts…..yet.
Cheap as chips. A days ski pass in Germany is only 26 euros, less than half the price of the more popular ski destinations. Peace of mind, especially when you have a whole family in tow. Accommodation is astonishingly cheap too with some great offers to be found. For example, Karma Bavaria is offering free ski passes for bookings from the 15th November till the 28th February 2017. Just use the promo code: SKIPASS when you book.
If it’s good enough for the World Ski Championships it’s good enough for you! Garmisch-Partenkirchen was host to the 2011 World Ski Championships. The Zugspitze, a glacier and Germany’s highest mountain with 2,962 metres, is skiable from early autumn to late spring and together with the Alpspitze, the area has 62 km of slopes. In preparation for the World Ski Championships, lifts were modernised and the famous Kandahar downhill run was improved.
“But you can’t guarantee the snow” I hear you cry.
The introduction of snow machines just two years ago in Spitzingsee has quashed this old adage. A modern artificial snow system and the exposed heights of 980 m – 1,693 m above sea level means that snow is guaranteed throughout the season. 23 km of slopes, 2 modern 4-seater chairlifts with protective covers, 1 gondola and 13 drag lifts ensure skiing pleasure for those of all abilities. The fun park on the Unteren Firstalm is considered an eldorado by snowboarders, including pros, who use it as a training ground. Cosy alpine huts with sun terraces provide welcome refreshment, while the certified ski and snowboarding schools offer a range of courses from beginners to advance. Guests can hire equipment directly from the Stümpfling and Suttenbahn valley stations. Skaters and cross-country skiers will revel in 30 km of ski tracks in the Spitzingsee and Schliersee region.
Last but not least, if you are anything like me I am enthused for the first 4 days of ski. Any longer I start walking like a ‘granny’ and my muscles are screaming for a break. That’s when I hit the spa in Karma Bavaria or hop on the train that goes straight into Munich city centre for some much-needed R’n’R. Fabulous bars, restaurants, and shopping are just an hours train ride away, including the magical Christmas markets.
Karma Bavaria, Schliersee is a four-star hideaway that offers the best of what the stunning Bavarian Alps has to offer and is just 30 miles from the cosmopolitan city of Munich. Karma Bavaria is presented in a chalet style, with a relaxing spa, comforting food and well-stocked bar to return to after a day enjoying the great outdoors.
- No. 1 Hotel in Schliersee, great location close to Munich and Austria and just 15 minutes from the ski resort of Spitzingsee.
- A free bus just 5 minutes walk away from the hotel transports skiers to and from the slopes.
- Wonderfully situated amid the enchanting town of Schliersee and the spectacular Bavarian Alps
- Rates start from £102 a night and regular flights are available from all London airports to Munich by popular low cost airline carriers.
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