Bavaria Skiing Holidays

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Ski run
Ski run

[ source: Arber website]

What winter sports fan has not dreamed of skiing holidays in Bavaria? The Arber area is an ideal location for experienced skiers, learners and those who just want to enjoy the snow or do some sightseeing. Keen winter sports enthusiasts or those wanting to learn have the choice of downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, tobogganing, and snow shoe walking. The Arber region is one of the most reliable for snow in Germany and also the best equipped, with snow cannons and piste preparation equipment. It is the location of the German National Ski Training Centre and hosted Women's World Cup Slalom and Grand Slalom races in 2004 and 2007. The skiing season usually opens in late November and continues until Easter/mid April.

For those wishing for an extended skiing holiday in Bavaria, accommodation is in the nine self catering apartments (search for Bayerisch Eisenstein (Bayerisch Eisenstein vacation rentals | Bayerisch Eisenstein travel guide) for more details), located in 3 neighbouring houses. Breakfast can be provided and dinner at the best restaurant in the village, less than 10 minutes walk from the house. Group accommodation can be provided for up to 36 people. Half board packages including ski passes and equipment hire for 6 days, ski bus tickets and airport transfers can be provided from € 550 per person (excluding flights).

The skiing and snowboarding runs and the toboggan run at the Arber can be reached in 10 minutes by car from the house or by taking the ski bus which stops 100 metres from the house. The Arber has a cable car, 2 6-seater chair lifts and 2 surface lifts. The ski runs of the Spicak and Pancir mountains in the Czech Republic are a 10 minute train ride away. Cross country skiing and winter walks start within a few metres of the house and there are several large cross country skiing centres within 10 minutes drive of the house. It is also possible to ski and walk into the Czech Republic. We can arrange lessons, equipment hire and ski passes and provide ski bus tickets.

The Arber has 3 blue (easy) runs, 4 red (medium) runs and 2 black (difficult) downhill skiing runs, including the World Cup run. There is also a 5km descent to Bodenmais (Bodenmais vacation rentals | Bodenmais travel guide). There are 3 ski schools and 2 shops providing equipment hire. There is floodlit skiing on 2 of the runs on Wednesday and Friday evenings, 18.00-21.30. Lessons cost from €60 for 3 days. Equipment hire costs from €32 for 3 days. Skis and boots can be stored at our houses.

The Playboard Rail Park is the largest of its kind in Germany. Snowboarding lessons cost from €60 for 3 days. Equipment hire from €37 for 3 days. There are cross country skiing trails around the village as well as cross country skiing centres at Bayerisch Haeusl on the other side of the village, Bretterschachten at the Grosser Arbersee and at Zwieselerwaldhaus. Lessons cost from €60 for 3 days. Equipment hire from €24 for 3 days. Cross country skiers also have the chance to have a go at the Biathlon - every Wednesday afternoon, from 13.00 - 17.00 it is possible to try out rifle shooting at the Hohenzollern stadium near the Arber See, under expert supervision. Cost: €30 for 25 shots.

The Arber has 2 toboggan runs: the red one goes through the forest. The blue one runs from the top of the Sonnenhang lift down to the bottom of the nursery runs at the Thurnhofstueberl. From there a free shuttle bus goes back to the Sonnenhang lift. Toboggans which meet safety standards are available to hire. There is also a toboggan run in the forest close to our houses and we have toboggans and plastic sliders for guests to borrow.

There is snow show walking opportunities through the forest around the village. Guided walks are available. Snow shoes can be hired in the village for €8 per day.

Lessons the aforementioned activities last approximately 3 hours per day, from 09.30 to 12.30, with teaching in groups of 6-8. Groups are divided up according to ability, with beginners learning in a special area separated from the main ski run. After 3 days of lessons, most beginners should be able to cope with going up in the ski lift and skiing down the easier slopes on their own. Courses can be started on any day of the week, including Sundays and holidays and run on all days in the season - including Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Clothing can be bought quite cheaply at the shop. The basics are: an anorak, waterproof trousers to wear over normal trousers, hat and gloves. Ski passes cost from €11 for 1 hour to €24 per day or €128 per week. There are reductions for families, children and over-60s. There are also tickets for different periods, the whole season and for night skiing.

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Location: Hans-Watzlik-Strasse 8, 94252 Bayerisch Eisenstein, Germany

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Downhill skiing lesson cost from €60 for 3 days. Equipment hire costs from €32 for 3 day

Snowboarding lessons cost from €60 for 3 days. Equipment hire from €37 for 3 days

Cross country skiing lessons cost from €60 for 3 days. Equipment hire from €24 for 3 days

Snow shoes for €8 per day

Ski passes cost from €11 for 1 hour to €24 per day or €128 per week

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