Skiing on the Zugspitze (2, 962 m)

Summit cross at the top of the Zugspitze

The summit cross at the top of the Zugspitze (2, 962 m)

At the end of January I went skiing on the Zugspitze (2, 962 m) with my friend Anna. The Zugspitze is the highest mountain in the Bavarian Alps. Although the ski resort is fairly small, skiing up there was very good, particularly as we had great weather … At least for most of the day. Here are a few photos from the trip.

The Zugspitze ski resort

The ski resort at Zugspitzplatt

It is not quite possible to ski all the way from the top of the Zugspitze, at least not for me anyway. The ski resort is located about 300 m below the actual summit, but you can take a cable car from the Zugspitzplatt up to the summit, which we did at lunch time. The views were really interesting, as it becomes obvious that the Zugspitze is part of the first Alpine ridge. Looking North into Germany the landscape is practically flat, but if you look Southwards into Austria, you just see a ridge after ridge. Supposedly you can even see the Marmolada from the summit. We didn’t find it among all the peaks, though.

Beer garden on the Zugspitze in winter

I’ll be sipping beer here in the summer.


Höllental

Somewhere under the snow, there is a Klettersteig

I want to go back to the Zugspitze in the summer. Although the summit is accessible by cable car (even several in fact) and in the summer tends to be overrun by tourists enjoying a beer at the highest beer garden in Germany, I think it would be nice to return. There are several hiking routes up, including a fairly difficult ascent via the (I hear beautiful) Höllental and its Klettersteig.

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