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A Guide to Skiing in Germany

If you’re looking for something new in a ski holiday destination, then you would be hard pressed to find anything better than Germany. Previously seen as the poor relation in the winter skiing holiday genre, Germany has managed to retain their friendly and charming qualities whilst creating a variety of different types of resort for all levels of skier, choose from a cosmopolitan resort to a tranquil mountain hideaway. Skiing in Germany is one of life’s joys.

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Accessibility
Germany, with its central European location, possesses easy access for both passenger and scheduled flights. With the increase in ski charters and budget flights to European airports, then arranging a skiing break can’t get any easier.

Most Popular Ski Resorts
The country’s number one ski resort is Garmisch-Partenkirchen, as a former winter Olympic games host, and home of the professionally challenging Kandahar course, it provides dedicated facilities and sports instruction to around 5 million guests each year. Located above the town are the main skiing areas of Kreuzeck, Osterfelder and Hausberg runs. You can reach the town runs quite easily by train, bus or on foot from local hotels, to reach the Zugspitz glasier then you need to take the train, or if you prefer you can use a combination of cable car and bus.

Coming a very close second in the battle for best ski resort is Oberstdorf, this is a very cosmopolitan resort, and has many other attractions to compete with the world renowned ski jumping competition.

Berchtesgaden has beautiful scenery as it lies on the outskirts of Berchtesgaden National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty. In contrast, you can see Hitler’s “Eagle’s Nest” WW2 mountain refuge which is a popular destination for tourists. With Berchtesgarden being close to Salzburg, it has become the perfect destination for skiing and sightseeing. The ski area of Jenner is located very close to Schönau is the most well-known ski resort in the area.
Schliersee is a popular resort for both summer and winter vacations; the best skiing area available is at the Spitzingsee. There are other, free, winter activities such as walking around the Schliersee, snowshoe trails going up into the hillside, and ice-skating on the lake. The Olympic skier Markus Wasmeier grew up in the Schliersee area, he is famous for winning two golds at the Lillehammer Winter Games.

Specialist Insurance Cover
german skiingIt’s probably best to get specialist ski travel insurance for your holiday. You can still get the usual cover for theft, flight delays and losing your luggage, but you will also need extra cover associated with ski holidays. It’s pretty obvious that skiing will usually have more risks than the usual type of beach vacation, therefore you can also get cover for treatment for fractured bones, which can be a very expensive charge when abroad, or worst case scenario, an on piste emergency rescue. There is also the cost of the equipment, whether you own or hire it, it can be expensive to replace. It may cost a little more but it’s worth it for peace of mind.

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