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Best Ski Resorts in Austria, Germany: Where To Go For Your Holiday

November 11th, 2022

Do you love skiing as much as we do? Then discover the most popular ski resorts with us. We have put together the best ski destinations for your vacation in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Would you rather whizz down the slopes in France? Make sure to visit these beautiful ski resorts in our neighboring country.

Skiing in Germany

Who says you have to travel far to find beautiful ski slopes? Germany has a lot up its sleeve, and we present our three highlights. Discover the best ski resorts in Germany below:

Skiing in Oberstdorf

ski slope in oberstdorf
Perfect for hiking in autumn, Oberstdorf is an ideal destination for your skiing vacation in winter. Oberstdorf is a so-called curative climatic spa, and Kneipp spa is located in the Oberallgäu, in Bavaria.

With not one but three ski resorts in the Alps, Oberstdorf is our absolute favorite in Germany. They are at Nebelhorn, Söllereck, and the two-country Fellhorn/Kanzelwald ski area and are all close to the beautiful spa town. You can reach them each with one of the ski bus lines.

From the Nebelhorn, the “high alpine”, you can look at about 400 surrounding mountain peaks and have a breathtaking view. You can let off steam here on a total of 13 kilometers of slopes and are guaranteed to find the right run for you.

As the name suggests, the two-country ski area Fellhorn/Kanzelwald stretches across two national borders: Germany and Austria. Fellhorn, also called the “Dynamic”, is on the German side and Kanzelwald, or the “Borderless”, is in Austria. The area stretches to 36 kilometers of slopes with guaranteed snow.

Söllereck, the most adventurous mountain in the Allgäu, is also called the “Adventurous”. The 14 kilometers of slopes and the Sölls Winterwelt are especially attractive for ski beginners, as there are some aids for beginners on the lifts.

Stay at the Best Western Plus Hotel Alpenhof in Oberstdorf and pamper yourself after a long day of skiing in the sauna, with a massage or the covered swimming pool.

Skiing in Winterberg

View on the ski area in winterberg
The small town of Winterberg, located in North Rhine-Westphalia, is known worldwide for bobsleigh and luge, but also, as a skier, you will get your money’s worth here. The town is located in the Rothaargebirge mountains in the Sauerland region, about 80 kilometers southeast of Dortmund.

In Winterberg, you will find eight areas where you can ski and snowboard. On a total of 58 kilometers of ski slopes, you will find 81 runs. You are spoiled for choosing which one you would like to whiz down the most. Buy a key card to use most ski lifts with one card.

The region will have snow from mid-December to mid-March, so you don’t have to worry about empty slopes.

Skiing in Garmisch-Patenkirchen

view from the mountain in garmisch partenkirchen
About 80 kilometers southeast of Munich lies Garmisch-Partenkirchen, which forms the center of the Werdenfelser Land in Bavaria. This district capital is the ideal destination for your next ski vacation and is considered Germany’s number one winter sports metropolis.

Located on the Zugspitze, you have arguably one of the best mountains for skiing right on your doorstep. In 1978 and 2011, Garmisch-Partenkirchen was even chosen to host the World Ski Championships. It doesn’t get any better than that, does it?

60 kilometers of slopes are at your disposal from November to April, quite a lot for only two ski resorts, we think. The Garmisch-Partenkirchen Classic ski area offers 40 kilometers of slopes, lifts, a children’s area for your little ones and much more. Would you prefer to whiz down the slopes in the Zugspitze ski area? Then 20 kilometers of slopes, a rack railroad, a few lifts await you. You can even go tobogganing here. For a refreshment between or after the skiing session, the great mountain restaurants will take care of you.

Stay at the Rießersee Hotel and enjoy a breathtaking setting with a view of the Rießersee and the mountains in the background. Pamper yourself in the spa area and enjoy delicious dishes in the in-house restaurant.

Skiing in Austria

Austria is known for its breathtaking mountain landscapes. So it’s no wonder that you can also enjoy great skiing here. Get to know the most beautiful Austrian ski resorts with us.

Skiing in Sölden

view on the mountains in sölden
Sölden, located in Tyrol, has only a little more than 3,000 inhabitants and is thus more of a ski village. However, the village counts up to two million overnight stays per year and is thus an important winter sports area for tourism in Austria.

What makes the ski area in Sölden special is that it partially reaches the glaciers, so you can experience a great variety of scenery. The cable cars are modern, and the area always guarantees snow during the season. The ski area combines three three-thousand-meter ski mountains, two glacier ski areas and 144 kilometers of slopes, so you have plenty of opportunities to let off steam there.

Skiing in Ischgl

view on the village of ischgl
Ischgl is also located in Tyrol, and according to the number of inhabitants, it is even smaller than Sölden because only about 1,500 people live here. The village borders Switzerland and is known for its extensive ski area because, with 238 kilometers of slopes, it is the largest on our list. The only mountain farming village is thus today one of the most prominent tourist areas in the country, perfect for your ski vacation in Austria.

Located at Peznaun, in the middle of the Tyrolean Alps, you have the ideal atmosphere to let off steam on the slopes. Together with the Swiss village of Samnaun, Ischgl forms the Silvretta Arena, the third-largest ski area in Tyrol. Here you can be sure of snow from November to May and find 45 modern mountain railroads and lifts that take you high up on the slopes. Are you looking for a little more thrill? Then you can also give everything on the special slopes of the smuggler’s circuit!

Ischgl is also known for its great après-ski parties. Here you can celebrate your successful day on the slopes in the evening.

Skiing in Kitzbühel

ski lift in kitzbühel
Our last favorite is, unsurprisingly, also in Tyrol. The slightly larger town of Kitzbühel is located about 80 kilometers from the provincial capital of Innsbruck and lies in the middle of the Kitzbühel Alps.

The KitzSki ski area stretches across the towns of Kitzbühel, Kirchberg and Mittersill and has 233 kilometers of slopes where you can find your favorite slope. You can reach the top directly via 57 lifts. Are you a skiing beginner? Then you can train a bit on the 10 practice facilities in the valley before going down the slopes.

For your overnight stay, we recommend the Bechlwirt. With typical rustic charm, you can enjoy yourself here. Enjoy a hearty breakfast in the morning to prepare yourself sufficiently for the strenuous day on the slopes, and rent your ski equipment directly at the hotel. In only three minutes by car, you can reach the skiing area KitzSki and it’s ten minutes by car to Kitzbühel.

Skiing in Switzerland

lake in mountainside in switzerland
Switzerland also offers beautiful nature and mountain panoramas, so we can’t deprive you of our three favorite ski areas here. Make sure to also explore the surrounding forests and lakes for breathtaking views.

  • Zermatt
  • Engelberg
  • Laax

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