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Welcome to SKI TV® - www.skitvgermany.com! This channel gives you all the news and information about skiing in Germany. Find out more by visiting us at www.skitvgermany.com - Germany’s ski resorts are accessible, friendly, and affordable. That's a good combination. Germany offers everything from World Cup races to glacier skiing and peaceful mountain hideaways. The main ski resorts in Germany include Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Berchtesgaden, Mittenwald, Oberstdorf, and Lenggries. Garmisch-Partenkirchen is the country’s best-known ski resort. The two resorts Garmisch and Partenkitchen were joined to form one of the biggest resorts in the country. Many American soldiers learned to love skiing while based in Germany after World War II that they came home and fuelled the sport's burst in the U.S. Modern tourist development has been ongoing and now there are around 40,000 beds. The Garmisch-Partenkirchen area offers skiing between 750-2050 metres. The 75 kilometres of downhill runs are linked by 28 cable railways and ski lifts, which can transport 16,000 skiers an hour. The world-famous Kandahara and Olympic slopes are used for the annual World Cup Ski competition. Garmisch also features 110 kilometres of cross-country skiing and ski schools that specialize in cross-country training. This Bavarian ski resort was the site of the 1936 Winter Olympics as well as the 1978 Alpine World Championships. The resort is set to host the Winter Olympic Games again in 2018. Other winter sports here include ice skating, sledding, and winter walking trails. Garmisch-Partenkirchen is easily accessible with a motorway running south from Munich. The closest airport is less than an hour away at Innsbruck. South of Garmisch-Partenkirchen sits the Zugspitze. At nearly 3000 metres, the Zugspitze is Germany’s highest mountain. The Zugspitz glacier is 300 metres below the summit, which can be reached by cable car. The glacier is complete with a restaurant and sun terrace in which to enjoy the views. The mountain is also home to Zugspitzgebiet – Germany’s highest ski resort. Slopes of all grades range between 2000-2830 metres. Off-piste skiing is particularly popular here and snowboarders will find a fun park and halfpipe. Rivalling Garmisch-Partenkirchen is the resort of Oberstdorf. This cosmopolitan ski resort boasts an international reputation for ski jumping. The extensive skiing is split into three areas, and the main area is Fellhorn/Kleinwalsertal. The resort is best suited to beginners and intermediates with 44 kilometres of downhill pistes. Runs are divided into 14 blue, 21 red and three black connected by 26 lifts. Skiers can reach a maximum altitude of 2220 metres. Located between Munich and Lake Constance, the town is easily accessible. Berchtesgaden is set on the edge of the Berchtesgaden National Park in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Jenner ski area is the best known and largest of the small ski centres and is easily reached by bus or car. Accommodation here is both in the town and in the surrounding countryside, but there is an efficient ski bus service connecting all areas. Salzburg Airport is the closest to the Berchtesgaden ski area, just 20 kilometres away. The market town of Mittenwald is nestled at the border with Austria, just 15 minutes from the popular Austrian resort of Seefeld. Skiing in Mittenwald features the sharp peaks of the Karwendel mountain range with its long and challenging runs. Innsbruck Airport is around one hour away. The small village of Oberammergau is set in southern Germany. This resort is particularly popular with cross-country skiers with its numerous trails and pretty scenery. Kolben is the main ski area and offers a good selection of gentle runs for beginners and intermediates. The little known ski resort of Lenggries is nestled in the valley of Isar. Its ski area is served by a regular ski bus and offers both challenging black runs down under the cable car as well as easier runs which are found at the bottom near the drag lifts. Set in the centre of Europe, Germany can be easily reached from numerous European capitals. There has also recently been a growth in low-cost airlines making it easier to take short ski breaks to Germany. owever the country has slopes for beginners and experts within its area of the Alps – the resorts in the Bavarian Alps are most popular. Many resorts have a smaller and more informal feel than the bigger and more fashionable resorts in France and elsewhere. The ski season in Germany run approximately from December until March. The local tourist websites usually have full information in English on the area's slopes and facilities and also offer avalanche warnings, weather reports as well as ski lift prices and other practical information. Garmisch-Partenkirchen Highest point: 2,050m - Facilities: The oldest and still the country's top ski resort. The winter Olympics were once held here. Skiing, cross-country skiing and snowboarding take place in four main areas: the Kreuzeck, Osterfelder and Hausberg areas on the south side of the town and the Zugspitze area, under Germany's highest mountain, reached only by cable car or mountain railway. There are a total of 118 Km of downhill runs of all difficulty levels, including the world famous Kandahar, Germany's only downhill run with a "World Cup Licence" Access: Take the train from Munich. Bus and cable cars run locally to allow access to the slopes. Zugspitze - Facilities: This is Germany's highest mountain and supposedly its only glacier ski area. The views from the top are magnificent. There are gentler slopes for beginners as well as red runs and intermediate slopes. Access: By train from Munich. Bus and cable cars run locally to allow access to the slopes. Oberstdorf -Oberstdorf is a more modern ski resort. Facilities: The principal ski area is the Fellhorn/Kleinwalsertal a few kilometres outside the town. This area has the distinction of including a valley which is part of Austria but only accessible from Germany. There is also the smaller area of Nebelhorn, which is reached from a cable car on the outskirts of the town. It also has many non-ski related activities - Access: The town is located between Munich, Stuttgart and Lake Constance. Access by car and rail from Munich is quite easy. - Berchtesgaden - Not far from the Austrian city of Salzburg and on the edge of the Berchtesgaden National Park this is a ski resort of great natural beauty in both summer and winter. Also visible from the ski area is the infamous "Eagle's Nest" - Hitler's mountain refuge in the Second World War and today a destination for tour groups and sightseers. Facilities: The resort offers cross-country and downhill skiing as well as sledding and ice-skating. Access: Travel by rail from Munich is straightforward as is road access. Once in the resort area there are local ski bus services. Lenggries - A little known resort outside of Germany but the local ski club has produced a number of world class female skiers recently. Facilities: The area has year round attractions – the Brauneck ski area and the extensive cross-country ski trails in winter and a range of climbing and hiking options in summer. The slopes can be quite quiet during the week – ideal for beginners. Access: Trains run every hour from Munich. Oberammergau - Highest point: 1,280m - Oberammergau is a small village but a huge tourist attraction year round. Facilities: Most of the skiing goes on in the Kolben area where there is a good selection of runs for beginners and intermediates. As well as alpine skiing there are cross-country ski trails and facilities for sledging, curling, ice skating and winter hiking. Access: Getting there from Munich by road and rail is quite easy. Mittenwald - Mittenwald is a market town situated on the German/Austrian border. The Austrian ski resort of Seefeld is 15 minutes' drive away in one direction and Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a little further away to the north. Facilities: The Kranzberg is the main ski area. The Luttensee area is also popular and has several short blue runs. There are lifts to a higher red run - Access: Getting there by train and car is easy; trains run from Munich. Ski Practicalities - Safety - Lots of useful information on skiing safely can be found on the website of the International Society for Skiing Safety (ISSS). Their site includes pre-ski exercises designed to minimise the risk of injury. - Skiers can also get general safety guidelines from Safe Travel. Before even starting to ski there are some common sense precautions that can be taken. Some resorts offer mountain safety classes including techniques to use if caught in an avalanche. Check equipment - Make sure that you have the necessary maps and know how to get back to your resort - Check the local weather reports and avalanche warnings - Be sure you know what is expected of you on piste - remember to give way to those in front Do not ski alone - Decide in advance who will go for help in an emergency. Carry the right safety equipment In the event of an avalanche a beacon is the best chance of being rescued. Mountain rescue services - Mountain rescue services in Germany are provided by the German Red Cross division known as Bergwacht and by Deutsche Rettungsflugwacht (DRF) (German Air Rescue). - The Air Rescue services are a joint initiative with Austria and Italy. A number of helicopters with trained personnel are located at various points. Insurance - This is not compulsory but many people do have ski insurance to protect themselves and others. Some private medical policies will cover sports injuries – check with the insurer. - Ski insurance can be bought through the National Skiing Association in Germany, Deutscher Skiverband. - Flags and Slope Ratings - Ski patrols and tourist websites offer the most up to date safety information. However the flag and slope ratings give good indications of conditions. - The risk of avalanche is indicated by flags: yellow being low to moderate risk, yellow and black chequered indicating considerable risk and black indicating very high risk. - Slopes - or pistes - are clearly marked; a disc usually gives the name of the slope and the category. Green is easy, blue is average, red is difficult and black is very difficult. Skiing in Germany is growing in popularity with overseas tourists. German ski resorts have their own special blend of friendly southern charm and gemütlichkeit. Although not on such a grand scale as Austria, Bavarian Alps in southern Germany include some big ski resorts, principally Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the less well-known but impressive Oberstdorf. Skiing In Germany 660X260Germany has a score or more of alpine ski regions, many of whose names will mean little to anyone outside Germany. Others such as Berchtesgaden and Oberammergau will be known for reasons not connected with skiing. Germany also has an extensive array of small ski areas in the Black Forest, although many of these are more suitable for cross-country skiing.While hoards of German skiers cross the border each winter to ski in Austria, rather than to ski in their own back yard, those who prefer to ski within Germany are more than happy that German resorts are less crowded than they otherwise would be. And many who do ski at home will make a second trip each winter to ski in Austria.Skiing in Germany definitely has its attractions - whether you try the larger resorts or the more intimate smaller ones. Garmish-Partenkirchen - Garmish-Partenkirchen with its celebrated Zugspitze mountain and Kandahar downhill run, was the scene of the 1936 Winter Olympics, when alpine ski events were first added to the ski-jumping and cross-country events. - Oberstdorf, which held the World Nordic Championships in February 2005, enjoys links with Austrian skiing: curiously, Oberstdorf's neighbouring Kleinwalsertal is part of Austria but surrounded by Germany. Garmisch and Oberstdorf, along with the substantial resort of Reit im Winkl and lesser resorts like Mittenwald and Oberstaufen, close to Lake Constance, all offer some excellent downhill skiing - Berchtesgaden - Berchtesgaden, for example, a collection of small resorts right on the Austrian border just 15 miles or so from the Austrian cultural centre of Salzburg, has a somewhat surreal dual attraction: a combination of superb scenery (the Berchtesgaden National Park is a region of outstanding natural beauty) and unsettling links with Adolf Hitler. Many more visitors come to this area to sightsee than to ski, but even from the ski area you can see the infamous 'Eagle's Nest' - Hitler's mountain refuge in the Second World War. - Oberammergau's local skiing at Kolben and Laber attracts skiers who are also doubtless intrigued to visit the location for German's celebrated passion play. Performed once a decade, this centuries old event involves more than 2,000 local actors, singers, instrumentalists and stage technicians in a performance lasting some six hours. -