Alps Trip 2015 | Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Around the end of 2014, I scheduled two Alps ski trips for us for Winter 2015. And our first trip was shaping up to be a good one...lots of friends were coming along and we were excited! We chose to stay at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort which is a US military owned resort. I was leery about booking a place here but did it anyway since everyone we knew would be staying here. And trust me.....I have a whole lot to say about Edelweiss but more on that later in a separate post!

Edelweiss is located in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a small Bavarian ski town that was home to the winter Olympics in 1936. The town itself was quaint and cozy and I was excited about getting there. We flew into Munich and took the train down to Garmisch. It was super easy! What we didn't expect was to see green ground EVERYWHERE when we arrived!! Um, are we going to be able to ski??




Our first day up the mountain was relaxed and we ran into a group of friends on the mountain immediately! This would be a common occurrence over the next few days....how cool right? While we had a fantastic first day, I have to admit, it was a little disheartening to see the green landscape all around....I was worried about the snow conditions for the rest of the weekend. The mountain was forecasted to be packed with skiers and I was worried we would not get any new snow.....



Check out our German Breakfast of Champions...









Until we woke up the next day......


To a winter wonderland!!







With all of the new snow, we had a great second day. We ran into another set of friends (awesome) and we just enjoyed the easy skiing. We skied the Garmisch Classic areas for the first two days of our trip. The runs were easy and fast and we quickly covered both sides of the mountain by day two. And no injuries thank goodness!!


We had a fun and hilarious evening that night with some of our friends after our day on the slopes. Complete with a tipsy snowball fight!! Oh, and let's not forget.....yummy German food!! Yessssssss!!







On our third and final day of skiing, we headed up to the Zugspitze Cable Car which serves the Zugspitze skiing area. First of all, riding this cable car was one of the most terrifying experiences of my life. It took all I had to practice breathing methods and keeping a clear head as to not vomit all over my fellow passengers. Intense. And I have no photos...there was far too much trembling occurring for photos. But just take a look at this video and you will see what I mean!




But the cable car ride was completely worth it because skiing our final day at Zugspitze was fantastic. It was what I would call the perfect skiing day. Fresh powder, great off piste skiing, sun shining, small crowds, stunning scenery. Alps perfection!


Zugsptize is Germany's highest mountain at 9718ft. And the skiing area is actually on top of a glacier.








We ended the day with a smile and took the cog wheel train down the mountain, which is an incredible experience in itself. And on the way down I had to ask myself....Would I ski Garmisch-Partenkirchen again?

Absolutely!!

Thank you Germany for another fantastic stay!!

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For more information about planning an Alps holiday, check out these links :) 

Planning an Alps Ski Holiday Part One
Planning an Alps Ski Holiday Part Two
Alps Ski 2014 | Chamonix

43 comments

  1. EEEEKKKKKKKK! You're making me really anxious for our ski trip next month! I'm glad you had such a great time! xx

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  2. You will love Chamonix! We are cancelling our Zermatt trip because we are seriously in need of some time at home.....but we are thinking about hitting up Chamonix for a weekend in March!! It's just a great place to go!!

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  3. What a beautiful place! A winter wonderland for sure!

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  4. It was really a good trip...always good when you have lots a friends with you!!

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  5. Those views! It's like you're on top of the world! So happy you guys got fresh powder!

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  6. This looks amazing! How awesome that it snowed for you guys. I wish I skied or snowboarded in large part to be surrounded by such beautiful scenery! I might have to learn haha :)

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  7. I was soooo happy we got a big snow dump!

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  8. Girl me too!! I was not going to be a happy camper but it all worked out amazingly!!

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  9. Yes you should!!! It really is fun and helps burn off all of the beer and schnitzel :)

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  10. So gorgeous! I love the video - what a view!

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  11. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love snowboarding and this looks like a perfect place to tear it up :) Plus, Germany is definitely on my bucket list.

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  12. If you love boarding, you would love anywhere in the Alps!! But Germany is amazing...get there!! :)

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  13. It was incredible from the top!! But super scary :)

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  14. I do miss skiing, having said that my husband is Swiss so I have no excuse not to go! Looks like you had good snow

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  15. Chips, beer, and skiing I'M SO JEALOUS!! These pics are also stunning - making me even more jealous!

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  16. And all for breakfast haha!! You have to ski the Alps...bucket list item for sure!!

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  17. Yes you must go!! My favorite Alps spot is Chamonix, but I would love to visit the Swiss Alps as well!!

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  18. This looks absolutely wonderful! I've been wanting to ski in the alps for so long, you just got me wanting it more :)

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  19. You have to go! Chamonix is in France and is absolutely stunning! The Alps, to me, are totally different than say Colorado. You just have to go!!

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  20. Looks super fun! I would love to go on a ski vacation, except for the fact that I don't ski... so I would be the one drinking all of the beers and reading at the lodge while everyone's outside, haha.

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  21. Hey there's nothing wrong with being the beer drinker! There was actually a pretty happening scene at the bars at the bottom of the slopes with plenty of non skiers!!

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  22. I've been waiting for you to upload this post and it does not disappoint! WOW! Those photos are amazing...ughhhh, I want to go skiing so badly!!!

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  23. Garmisch is super easy to navigate and is super cheap for the Alps if you want a quick weekend ski trip! I think lift tickets were 39E!

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  24. Beautiful!! I'm glad you got the snow you needed for a lovely ski vacation. :) And that German breakfast looks DELICIOUS - I'm all about big hearty meals, especially in the morning.

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  25. Wow, those mountains look amazing for skiing! We must have been in the same area around the same time. I went to Seefeld for Christmas with my family and was a bit disappointed to arrive and see lots of green grass. We weren't even sure if we could go cross-country skiing, but it was doable. But then the day after Christmas and each day after, it snowed and snowed, and was absolutely magical! Though I wasn't hitting the slopes - cross-country skiing was enough excitement for my spastic self lol :-)

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  26. This looks really magical! What a great trip. I love, love, love mountains and really enjoy trekking in them, but I've never been skiing as I always think it looks terrifying!

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  27. This looks wirklich fantastisch, Jamie! I had heard of Garmisch before because a college friend of mine actually worked there for a year after graduation- I guess they offer a work-stay program where you can live in Germany... pretty sweet! You got some really beautiful photos.... and om nom, I spy spaetzl with mushroom sauce..... (drool).

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  28. Oh my goodness those mountains! They're perfect! I'm not a huge skier (I'm really bad at it) but I would try it again just to get some of those amazing views!

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  29. We were visiting the second week of January....so not too far behind you!! I've always wanted to try cross country! I am glad yall got lots of snow too :)

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  30. German food is the absolute best....except I think I would gain a ton of weight if I lived there! But yeah, brats and schnitzel for breakfast...I'm in!

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  31. That's the best part about skiing....the views! And you just can't beat the Alps, simply amazing!

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  32. So beautiful! Looks like so much fun! Although, when I was growing up, I was terrified of skiing. My friends would all go on ski trips, and I would find some excuse to not go. haha! I think I should try again as an adult.

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  33. This looks gorgeous!!! That cable car looks terrifying (I have a fear of them too) but it looks completely worth it to get to the top for the beautiful views! I've only learned how to ski two winters ago (and am still really bad at it), but I still dream of skiing in the Alps someday! On the bunny slopes only, though. :)

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  34. I lived near the alps in Austria one summer and it was amazing. But I'm sure going in the winter and seeing all the snow would be incredible as well :)

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  35. Yes the Alps have plenty of snow!! I think the season started off a little slow this year but skiing the Alps is definitely an amazing bucket list check off :)

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  36. The cable car was just so scary...words cannot describe! But you are right, the views were the best and we had the best day on the slopes :) Practice your skiing....it gets easier I promise!!

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  37. Yes try! It really does get easier with practice. As an adult I would suggest taking private lessons....that way you catch on a little faster :)

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  38. Sking the Alps is on my bucket list of things to do! And that place looks amazing. I can't wait to one day ski the alps :)

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  39. Skiing the Alps is amazing...absolutely keep it on your bucket list! And what is great is that the Alps span so many different countries so you can choose whichever one you like :)

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  40. Absolutely gorgeous photos as always! Aw seeing frosted trees reminds me of home and just make me damn happy :)

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  41. Oh good! Glad it sends you back home in your mind :) We always make a trip each year to the snowy mountains....there is just something so peaceful about them!

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