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post #1 of 7
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I am in a strange situation right now: I need to decide between Garmisch and Bormio for a trip in early February. I'll be hitting Ischgl and St. Moritz on the same trip and want to hit a third resort. Any thoughts as to where I should go?

I'm leaning towards Garmisch because with a car, it appears like there's a lot of high altitude terrain--especially if you include the resorts on the Austrian side of Zugspitze (Lermoos, etc). But Bormio also looks good, as does that Italian cuisine...

Any thoughts from people who have skied one or both of these resorts?

I'm looking mainly for long trails of moderate steepness (St. Anton Reds) with good snow.
post #2 of 7
After spending 22 years in Stuttgart Germany.....
and skiing both Area's.....
My choice would be Garmisch....
I have spent alot of time skiing around the
Garmisch area...and you will have a Blast...
My Favorite run is the World-Cup Downhill Course...
++++THE KANDAHAR+++++
If you get the chance...Check-out the World-Cup
Downhill & Super-G races that will be held in
Garmisch-Partenkirchen Jan 31st-Feb 1st 2004
It is one ""BIG PARTY""
that everyone should experience.
If you need more info on lodging
take a look at...www.garmisch-partenkirchen.de
it has Great information that will make the most
of your trip to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Have a great time in Europe.
[img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img] Steep and Deep [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img]
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks Joe. I am leaning towards G-P and your message helped push me further in that direction--mainly because of travel logistics. G-P is close to Munich and I may end up flying into that flughafen....

Question: Have you ever skied Lermoos or some of the other places on the Austria side of Zugspitz?

[ October 10, 2003, 09:01 AM: Message edited by: West Virginia Skier ]
post #4 of 7
If you have wheels and low level snow isn't so good you could head down to Sölden-Obergurgl.

Bit of info on Italian resorts here - http://www.born2ski.com/snowcountry.asp?CountryID=11

http://www.cheapest-ski-holidays.eu....rts2.shtml#ita
post #5 of 7
[quote]Originally posted by West Virginia Skier:
[QB]Thanks Joe. I am leaning towards G-P and your message helped push me further in that direction--mainly because of travel logistics. G-P is close to Munich and I may end up flying into that flughafen....

Question: Have you ever skied Lermoos or some of the other places on the Austria side of Zugspitz.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ++++++
Alot of times....it is a great area..when they get a good snow...the skiing is awesome..
one thing you will have to watch is the snow level...
the last 5 years they have not so much base at the bottom...
(but sometimes they get dump-on)....
If they have another dry season(lack of snow)...
you should think about areas above 2000 meters...
here is a web site that will give you some more info on Lermoos..http://www.lermoos.at/
I agree about the glaciers...one of my favorites is Hintertux...
they have alot of surrounding area's in the Zillertal...
Check out.....http://www.zillertal.at
Check out Gerlos...!!!
Well...that's it...have a great time....!!!

[ October 11, 2003, 11:13 AM: Message edited by: Joe at W.P. ]
post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 
Joe at W.P.

I am always intrigued by smaller resorts like Lermoos, but also know from a trip I made to St. Anton two years ago how iffy the snow can be below 2,000 meters in the Alps. Hopefully, my timing will be right and I will have a lot of terrain to choose from. If not, it’s glacier time.

DB:

On that score, Solden might be good. That resorts seems to be one of the most snow sure in Austria.

If I did not have other reasons for going to Europe at the end of January/beginning of February, I’d wait until the last minute to book and go where the snow is: even if that meant Utah, CO, or B.C. But I have to make a trip during that time frame and so I will just have to take my chances.

Right now, I’m looking to fly non-stop from IAD to Munich on Lufthansa (since Swiss cancelled the non-stop from IAD to ZHR, this flight is now one of the best ways to get to the Alps for the DC crowd), rent a car and hit GP, Ischgl, and St. Moritz. I should know by the end of the week if I am really going to make this trip.
post #7 of 7
WV,

When I lived in Germany, I hated Garmisch because there were too many yanks there. Now that the US military has all but left Germany, it should be better. Just the same, I hated listenening to Americans bitching about the lack of a Burger King in town.

On the other hand, I spent a week in Lermoos with a couple of day trips to the Arlberg (Lech and St. Anton) and loved it. From Lermoos, it was only about an hour's drive. Lermoos doesn't even seem to be in the same time zone as G-P.

The skiing in Lermoos is fun and definitely "European" but I didn't find any exceptional challenges. The nice thing about Leromoos (at least back then) was it wasn't a big destination, so there were NO crowds, even at Christmas. Definitely a slower pace which I was craving at the time.

For night life, though, you want to stay in G-P. Lots of clubs, etc.

Understand that my info is dated (late 80's to early 90's), but times change slowly in Europe. I suspect it is still the same.
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