The German state of Bavaria has much to offer in the way of skiing. Nestled in the Alps are many quaint villages and resorts for any winter sport option. All offer accommodations to fit any budget and dining options in traditional Bavarian cuisine.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen was the sight of the winter Olympics in 1936. The two towns merged to accommodate all of the athletes and spectators of the events. An hour from Munich, the district lies at the base of Zugspitze which is the highest peak in the country at an elevation of 9,721 feet. The glacial snow lasts year round as the slopes are o­n the north side of the mountain.

Oberstdorf in southwest Germany has the longest downhill slope but there are hills for skiers of every level of experience. Ski instruction can also be obtained here. The location has modern lifts, cross country ski paths and toboggan runs are provided for winter fun.

Berchtesgaden is not as crowded as some of its competitors but offers no less in skiing opportunities. This small, historic Bavarian town is 30km south of Salzburg. In addition to the slopes, bobsleds, bobsled paths and cross-country ski paths are available.

Lenggries is another municipality in Bavaria with much to offer besides picturesque scenery. A modern snow system ensures ample powder at all times for all ages. Skiing and snowboarding are popular here along with sledding and cross country paths. In the evenings there is skiing by floodlight or horse drawn carriage rides.

Mittenwald is world famous for making violins and other stringed instruments but winter sports are also enjoyed. This historic little Bavarian village is 16km southeast of the Garmisch-Partenkirchen district and offers numerous slopes for all levels of skiers with instruction if necessary. Cross-country skiing is popular here as well as tobogganing and snowboarding. The location also provides floodlight skiing or sleigh rides in the evenings.