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Spine-Tingling Freeride Lines in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

4 fast and furious freeride routes in Germany’s snowsports capital.

Freeride Skiing Moderate, Difficult, Severe

Also in Tirol, Austria

Zugspitze Photo: Christoph Rupprecht


Garmisch-Partenkirchen: home to Germany’s highest peak, host of the first Olympic downhill ski race back in 1936, and undisputed snowsports capital of Germany. It’s situated in the Bavarian Alps in Germany's southeastern corner - right on the Austrian border - making it a popular weekend trip for Munich residents. Germany’s largest mountain, Zugspitze (29629m) towers over the resort, which consists of two merged towns: Garmisch, a modern ski town, and Partenkirchen, its smaller, quieter and more traditional counterpart.

As well as hosting the Winter Olympics in 1936, Garmisch-Partenkirchen was the location of the Alpine Ski World Cup in 1978 and 2011, and has featured multiple World Cup events since 1970 so there are definitely plenty of classic runs to challenge advanced and expert skiers. To start you off, try Neue Welt- THE classic freeride run of the Zugspitze.

Sources: Thorne, P. (2014) Powder- The Greatest Ski Runs on the Planet. (2014) London: Quercus Editions Ltd. https://theculturetrip.com/europe/germany/articles/the-ultimate-ski-guide-to-garmisch-partenkirchen/ https://zugspitze.de/en/winter/skiarea/garmisch-classic

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