Southwest of Munich, the Garmisch - Partenkirchen ski area has 34 pistes totaling 62km that are served by 27 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 1,330m. Known as an intermediates paradise, the pistes are ideal for beginners and early intermediates. There are only three pistes classified as black-difficult.
This ski region consists of three distinct areas that are semi-interconnected: Wank, Zugspitz, and the main town area made up of the three peaks Alpspitze (high elevation), Kreuzeck (low) and Hausberg (low). In addition to the ski areas immediately accessible from Garmisch-Partenkirchen on the German side of the Zugspitz massif, there are several smaller ski areas located on the southern Austrian side of the mountain. If you want it, there is a common lift pass available that covers all the ski areas on all sides of the Zugspitz.
If you are looking for some challenging off-piste snowboarding runs, try heading up the Alpspitzeilbahn and look under the Hochalmbahn. Or from the Zugspitzplatt, try hiking off the t-bar lifts but beware of avalanche terrain. Of course, there is always the famous Kandahar Descent which is a challenging 3.5km route from the Kreuzeck summit. While most of the challenging pistes are on the lower forested elevations of the ski areas, these low elevation pistes are known for poor snow conditions. If you are looking for reliable snow, you’ll need to be up at Zugspitz or Alpspitze.
For the freestylers in your group, try checking out the terrain park located near the Hexenkessel lift.
If you are looking for a happening apres ski scene, this is not the place. The best bet is the biergarten in the center of Garmisch. Otherwise, rest up and prepare for a rowdy, but very expensive nightclub scene.
The best way to reach the snowboarding at Garmisch - Partenkirchen from Munich is by the hourly direct train that runs to the main train station in Garmisch. From the main station, there is a smaller train that runs right up to the lifts.
TIP: With the convenient train service from Munich, the Garmisch-Partenkirchen ski areas are very crowded on the weekends. A three-day, mid-week trip to Garmisch would be ideal.
Overall, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is the 1st most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 10 snowboarding resorts in Germany.