Snow Fun Unlimited

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Winter sports are multifaceted! From skating and ice climbing to winter paragliding from the Zugspitze summit, winter in Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers leisure opportunities for everyone.


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Sledging & Tobogganing

An unforgettable experience for young and old, sledging and tobogganing is widely present in the Loisach Valley - enjoy it with a wooden sleigh, a scoopjet, or even with a historical horn sled. Try the various runs with natural or atrificial snow from the valley floor up to the Zugspitze summit. Our tip: a night ride is something to remember!

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The longest run is from the St. Martinshütte Chalet to Garmisch, with its amazing 1600 meters in length and 320 meters in altitude. Mind that sledging and tobogganing requires the right equipment. Put on your complete ski outfit and shoes that provide a good grip - it is quite common to get bathed in the snow on the rapid downhill run. Also, for a moonlight ride a head torch is highly recommended.

The smaller ones can try out the run in the Zugspitzstrasse in Grainau and the small slope in Garmisch below the Kramerplateauweg.

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Skating & Ice Stock Sport

Skating rinks in Grainau and Garmisch-Partenkirchen become an attractive leisure option in the winter season. Equipment is available for rent at all locations named below.

The skating rink in Grainau is located directly in the village centre. At low temperatures, skaters and ice stock players are invited to enjoy its natural ice. Along with that, you can use the unique opportunity to skate in an amazing winter landscape at the foot of Mount Zugspitze in the winters when the Eibsee gets frozen.

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The Mohrenplatz Square in the Garmisch pedestrian zone gets transformed into a skating rink that is open to public in winter - when it's cold enough.

The Olympic Ice Sport Centre in Garmisch-Partenkirchen is open all year round. With its 7.500 square meters of artificial ice and 6.926 visitor seats it belongs to the biggest ice facilities in Europe. Visitors can use one of the 3 indoor skating rinks, including a curling hall, as well as the open-air skating rink with a dedicated area for ice stock sports.

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Ice Stock Sports

If you come to Grainau, you should try the Bavarian Curling (Eisstockschießen) anyway! This is a kind of old sports that gained wide acceptance in many territories in the Alps, historically played in winter in the areas with freezing water surfaces. Nowadays you can play all year round - on ice or, in summer, on asphalt surfaces as well. The complete stock has a weight between 4.7 and 5.35 kg.

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Biathlon

Learn biathlon where the champions are training! Many well-known biathletes come from Garmisch-Partenkirchen – due to the perfect conditions and the right training.

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In Kaltenbrunn near Garmisch-Partenkirchen you would discover a well-equiped cross-country training facility that regularly offers biathlon days and weekends during the winter season. Another option is the facility in Berwang (Tiroler Zugspitz-Arena) – shooting is completely bullet-free and thus safe here, due to laser rifles. Sometimes you can participate in a biathlon day organized by the Grainau Tourist Office – check the event calender for announcements.

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Ice hockey

Still willing to make your child dream come true? The Ice Hockey School in Garmisch gives you a chance to learn ice hockey professionally during a comprehensive training camp. The program includes power skating, shooting and goal techniques, and lots of fun. You can start as a goalkeeper as well - try out the goalkeeper camp at the GDI Goalkeeper School.

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Ice climbing

A climbing tour through the frozen waterfalls and ice formations in high alpine terrain is a venture for experienced mountaineers. For those fascinated with extreme sports mountaineering schools in Garmisch-Partenkirchen offer guided ice climbing tours where local guides care for better security in the unknown terrain. Never tried ice climbing and eager to try something new? Book a one-day beginner course! 

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Winter paragliding

The Wetterstein Chain and the Wank in Garmisch-Partenkirchen provide multiple start points for paragliders at any season. Those are, depending on the weather conditions, the Osterfelderkopf (2.050 m), the Kreuzeck (1.651 m), the Hausberg (1.310 m), as well as the Wank summit (1.780 m). In Winter you can add the Zugspitze to the list - here you can also do some skiing before you fly. The altitude difference from the Zugspitze summit to the landing spot is the impressive 2.232 meters!

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In a one-horse open sleigh

Start across the fascinating snowy Loisach Valley, along the 'Heustadl' hay shacks and waterfalls, through the historic villages – a relaxed romantic sleigh ride is a perfect supplement to any winter sports activity. Do nothing, just let the glorious views unfold before your eyes!

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Join a village tour of Grainau with Mr. Anton Pfanzelter. You can also jump on a horse sleigh near the Olympia Skistadion in Partenkirchen. Ever dreamed to become a coach driver? Take a 3 hours' beginner course at the Fiakerhof Coach Yard in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

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