We recently returned from the Best. Ski. Holiday.  Ever. This post covers our arrival in Germany and the first ski resort, Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

We flew direct to Munich, always the best option when you have sporting equipment. From there,  we rented a car and drove to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.  The first day we checked out the town and figured out our ski passes.

Our B&B was not overly helpful so we decided to drive to the train station to take the train to Zugspitze. There are two train stations,  so you need to be sure to take the Zugspitzebahn. At the end of the line,  you transfer to a cog train to traverse the mountsin steeps. It finishes with a long tunnel ending inside the mountain.

At the top, we left our skis and boots in the station and took the cable car to the top observation area.  The view was amazing, except the glacier side was socked in with clouds. But once we returned to the train station and changed into our ski boots,  the clouds had disappeared.

Zugspitze has mostly surface lifts. And sometimes the trails cross them. But we did manage to ski everything at least once.  Then we swapped our skis for “toboggans” and took advantage of the toboggan trails. Unlike the Rodelbahn at St-Anton, these were small plastic sleds tgat you carried with you on the chair. Once we figured out the brakes, it was a lot of fun.

The next day we skied at Garmisch Classic. We opted to drive to the hill, and why not when parking is feee and the bus stop is 500m away. The snow felt so different after skiing on the glacier. There was lots of variety and fairly long runs to choose from, including a ski tunnel. It qas another perfect day and the view we had from the bench at the bas of the top cable car wad unbeatable. Like Zugspitze,  Garmisch has a lot of surface lifts with trails crisscrossing them. There is even a two-way traffic run, where skiers try to tuck to get up the hill to the rope tow while other skiers are coming down.   And you can’t beat sitting in a slopeside biergarten to end a great day of skiing.

The next day we drove over the mountains  to Sankt Antn, Tyrol, our next destination.

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