Skifahrer Zugspitze

Lift ride with mask: the ski season on the Zugspitze starts in November


The Zugspitze will be the first ski area in Germany to start the season on November 13th – under strict Corona conditions. The Bavarian Zugspitzbahn has now announced that the measures for the winter have been developed based on the experience gained in summer operations.

To use the lift – whether in the cable car, in the chairlift or in the drag lift – everyone except children up to six years of age must wear masks. Winter sports enthusiasts can then go on the slopes without covering their mouth and nose. However, you must always keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters from other guests.

First snow on the Zugspitze

The first snow has already fallen on Germany’s highest mountain (2962 meters). Skiers and snowboarders will sometimes make their first turns on snow from the previous year: the Zugspitzbahn had created snow depots at the end of last season, which now serve as a base. In the next few days and weeks, the old snow will be distributed on the glacier, said a spokeswoman.

Most ski areas, including the lower Classic ski area in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, want to start operating in December before Christmas – depending on when there is enough snow. The hygiene measures are similar everywhere: mask, distance – and as cashless payment as possible. The lift operators are optimistic that the season can run as planned. The Alpen Plus ski area with Brauneck, Sudelfeld and Spitzingsee has been selling season ski passes since September.