Ski, Snowboard or Cross-Country - top advice about the best resorts for beginners to experts

Snow-sports are an important part of German life. There is a lot of pride at stake and the performances of the German team members are taken extremely seriously. This covers not only the ‘traditional’ disciplines of alpine and cross-country skiing, but every method of moving across the snow and ice, so ski-jumping, bobsleigh, skeleton, luge, biathlon – an exhausting combination of cross-country skiing and rifle-shooting, along with ice-hockey attract huge crowds.
From a spectator perspective, there are a number of opportunities to part of the unique atmosphere that surrounds these different sports across Germany. Much of the attention is focused on the Bavarian resorts of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, where there are major ski races on the men’s and women’s circuits, along with ski-jumping. Oberstdorf, which like Garmisch is a favourite stop on the ski-jumping competition calendar, and Ruhpolding, which hosts many cross-country and biathlon events, are favoured spots, and for bobsleigh, skeleton and luge enthusiasts, the runs at Altenberg, Winterberg and Königssee are amongst the best in the world.
Whilst watching other people practice their own version of their favourite snow-sports discipline is great fun, the true joy comes with clipping up your own boots, clicking them into your own skis or on to your own board, and heading off to the slopes yourself. For this, Germany has some great centres, such as Garmisch-Partenkirchen, where you are skiing and boarding on the slopes of the Zugspitze – Germany’s highest mountain. Other resorts, especially around the Allgäu, and even Oberammergau – the village famed for its world-famous Passion Play every 10 years – offer beautiful surroundings, attractive skiing, and wonderful conditions, especially for cross-country.
One of the great things about skiing and snowboarding in Germany is that you are not bound by the traditional one or two-week holiday duration either. Hotels, especially in and around Garmisch, are used to people flying into Munich, picking up a car and driving down and staying for a couple of nights for a long weekend of fun on the slopes, joining residents coming down from the Bavarian capital for a day’s skiing. This means that the weekends can often be busy on the slopes as well as in the villages, but it also means that there are great deals available if you are free to travel out during the week.
All the resorts offer tuition split by age group, with instructors specialised in looking after children, and some also offer crèche-facilities for youngsters from 2 years upwards.
Whatever your particular winter-sports interest, Germany can fulfil your requirements perfectly– and at a price with which you will be pleasantly-surprised.

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