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The ski season is on - the best ski areas around Munich to hit the slopes!

January • 9th, 2020
by Expat in the City Team

Where to ski around Munich


Blue sunny skies, powdery fresh snow, cosy wooden chalets and fun après-ski vibes - ah yes winter can truly be beautiful! If you are a ski-lover then certainly one of the best parts of living in Munich and calling it your new hometown is spending the skiing season here. The best part: you won't have to drive 400 or 500 kilometres to strap on your ski’s since there are lots of ski paradises only an one or two hour car drive away from the city. 


Sounds perfect, right? But which ski area do you choose? Looking at the map for the ideal destination you might end up feeling a little overwhelmed. Because yes, there are a lot of mountains in Munich’s surrounding area. No need to worry, this is where Expat in the City jumps in. No matter if you are a carving professional, snowboarder, family or ski beginner, there is a right slope for every winter sports enthusiast or those who want to become one! We have selected three skiing paradises nearby Munich for you:



1. The Zillertal ski area (circa 140km from Munich)


Probably one of the most beautiful places close to Munich, both in summer and winter, is Tyrol in Austria. Only an one and half hour drive away from Munich centre you’ll find the Zillertal region. It’s the world’s largest skiing valley, and therefore offers everything a snow lover’s heart desires. The Zillertal ski area is divided into four large ski areas, which offer slopes of a total of 506 kilometers. The whole region is ideal for pros as well as for families and also new kids on the slopes. 


The Zillertal Arena (which is our favourite) extends from Tyrol to Salzburg and, in addition to its slopes, offers numerous snow parks, the so-called Arena Coaster and a 7-kilometer toboggan run. At the Mayrhofen region, both freeride fans and classic carving fans will definitely get their money’s worth. As a special highlight, you can spend a night in the Igloo Hotel White Lounge at an altitude of 2000 meters. The Hintertux Glacier is Austria's only year-round ski area and is also great for both beginners and professionals - the slopes, which are over 60 kilometers long, offer a varied descent with all levels of difficulty. For more information check out Zillertal’s skiing and snowboarding homepage.





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2.  Garmisch Partenkirchen and Zugspitze (circa 82km drive from Munich)


One of the closest skiing destinations to Munich is Garmisch Partenkirchen - it’s a little more than one hour ride by car. And believe us, it’s a special place! There is no other place in Germany like the 2962 meter high Zugspitze, which is also home to Germany’s highest beer garden. From up there you can enjoy a beer and a view over 400 mountain peaks of four countries - Germany, Austria, Italy & Switzerland. That alone is surely worth a visit, but what the region offers its winter sports visitors is also quite impressive. Whether it's a relaxed family trip, après-ski party or a demanding day of skiing: the two ski areas - Zugspitze and Garmisch Classic - appeal to the wide range of winter sports fans of all levels. 


The Zugspitz area has one main advantage due to its height: guaranteed snow. Thanks to the altitude between 2,000 and 2,720 meters, there is still natural snow here even when the snow cannons are already in full swing in the lower areas. The total of 20 kilometers of slopes are open right into May. The second ski area in the Zugspitz region, Garmisch Classic, is more laid back and chilled. It comprises three ski mountains: Hausberg, Kreuzeck and Alpspitze. The area is perfect for families and less experienced skiers who want to take it slow with rather easy to intermediate slopes. Check out their website for more information!





3. Brauneck and Lenggries (circa 60km drive from Munich)


Located only 60 kilometres south of Munich, it’s also one of the few regions that allow those who don’t fancy to get up at the crack of dawn to still get in a full day in the mountains. A total of 34 kilometers of slopes with easy, medium and demanding levels of difficulty on the slopes of the Brauneck and Latschenkopf area offer the right descent for everyone. 


With numerous huts and a panoramic summit restaurant at an altitude of 1,500 meters, there are many opportunities for breaks here - it’s also perfectly acceptable to just sit outside the chalet with some beer, wine or hot coco and admire the view! For those expert skiers who want to see how they fare against the pros, Garland is a World Cup downhill route. From Tuesdays to Saturdays, the Streidlhang is floodlit and turns into a vertical disco. Bars on the slopes open until 10 pm. Here there is winter enjoyment for every taste - a World Cup downhill run for experienced athletes, easy downhill runs for families and beginners and après-ski for those who don’t have to drive on the way back ;) Click here for further details!






Now there's only one thing left to do: head up into the mountains & strap on your skis! Don’t own your own car then consider renting one via Oply, visit their website and find out exactly how easy and hassle free it is! 



Not a ski-lover? We also have a lot of great tips for you in winter time that will make it magical! 


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