Ski Areas Near Seefeld
Two of the closest ski areas to the Seefeld plateau are just over the border in Germany.
Mittenwald Ski Area
The main ski area in Mittenwald is above the town and best reached by car or by ski bus from the train station. There is a rickety single chairlift from just above the town but it is very slow and requires removing the skis and carrying them on your lap!
The rest of the Kranzberg area consists of draglifts with runs suitable for a decent range of abilities and certainly worth a day excursion if the runs in Seefeld have lost their interest.
On the other side of the valley is the Karwendelbahn cable car rising from the upper edge of the town near the bypass road. There is no recognised ski area but in good conditions it is possible to ski one of Germany's longest ski routes - the 7km long Dammkar run. This is only suitable for confident off-piste skiers and is not prepared or controlled. The only preparation is avalanche protection and skiers take the descent at their own risk.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen is the largest ski town in Germany with an area that has hosted the Olympic games.
The skiing is split into two areas - the glacier area up on the Zugspitz and the area above the town off the ridge under the Alpspitz. In good snow (and that is not always the case, given that the altitude of Garmisch is only 700m) the scope of the Garmisch skiing can compete with many of the Austrian resorts, with a wide selection of runs from long tricky blacks through to flattering cruises down tree-lined pistes.
The area above the town can be reached by three different cable cars, all with good parking and all connected on the special Zugspitzbahn train which leaves from behind the railway station. As the name suggests, this is also the rail option for the glacier skiing - the train actually turns into a cog railway at the Eibsee lake and travels up inside the mountain with the top train station right in the middle of the Zugspitz ski area. Car drivers can also drive to the Eibsee (above the nearby village of Grainau) and take the cable car up to the area.
Nearby Austrian Ski Resorts
The closest resort is probably the Axamer Lizum ski area across the Inn valley. But Seefeld is within 90 minutes' drive of quite a number of well-known and larger Austrian resorts, such as Kitzbühel, Mayrhofen, St Anton, Obergurgl and Ischgl. Those looking for glacier or high-altitude skiing might also want to consider a trip to Kühtai or the Stubai glacier.
All of these resorts are best reached by car, although Kitzbühel, St Anton and Mayrhofen can be reached by rail through Innsbruck railway station.
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