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does any one have any info or advise for garmish skiing next year?
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I've thought of skiing Garmisch many times but always end up at the Austrian resorts instead. Why? Although Garmisch has some nice high altitude terrain at Zugspitze, much of its terrain is low altitude and therefore not as snowsure as some of the nearby Austrian resorts such as the Arlberg, Ischgl, or Soelden where you have 100s of kilometers of piste above 2000 m.

I suspect Garmisch is a bit like Kitzbuhel--fantastic under the right conditions but dissappointing during a lean snow period.

One strong point of Garmisch is its proximity to Munich via train. You can easily day trip it to Garmsich if you have a day off between business engagements. If that's the case, go for it. You can also day trip it, however, to St. Anton, but you will spend more time on the train.
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I was skiing Garmisch yesterday, for the first time on the main mountain.
Exept for the first 300 m from the top of the Alpspitz-Bahn most of the terrain is within the timberline or below with runs O.K. for beginners and intermediates, but definitely not for experts. Not much open-bowl skiing as you maybe would expect to find in the Alps. I was hoping to kill some freshies off-road after the last midweek dump, but it turned out to be sunbaked, deep sludge with a thick crust layer on top of it-pretty shitty springtime conditions. They got one or two gnarly off-piste descents right under the tram for those who know the way out there, though, else not much room to freeride. Lots of narrow trails to connect the lifts.
The Zugspitzplatt is almost 1000 m higher, accessible with the trams from Eibsee and Ehrwald, but only 6 small lifts up there. There is a descend down to Ehrwald, but don't forget your rope: there's a 30m rappel in between.
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