Garmisch Partenkirchen is famous for the annual 4-country ski-jumping tournament around the new year. The FIS Alpine Ski World Championships 2011, were held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Garmisch-Partenkirchen is known as one of the top winter holiday destinations and the highest ski area in Germany. In addition to all of this there is the wonderful ski resort of Zugspitze which it is shared with neighboring village Grainau, and which is connected with the Austrian part of the Tyrolean Zugspitze. In Karwendel Wetterstein there are three different ski regions. The famous Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Grainau, and Mittenwald. Garmisch Partenkirchen itself has about 60km of ski slopes, divided into two different sectors. First there is the Garmisch-Partenkirchen main area around the hills of the Hausberg, Osterfelder and Kreuzeck. Furthermore, in Garmisch Partenkirchen you also have access to the ski platform in Zugspitze, which can be reached through Grainau. The ski lift or ski train in Grainau takes you up to the Zugspitze, where another 40km of ski runs are waiting for you Especially on the Zugspitze plateau it is great fun for freestyle snowboarders, with a nice fun park. Around Mittenwald there are another two separate ski areas: ski area Kranzberg with 15km of ski runs and the Dammkar ski route which is 7.5 km long.
The Olympic Ski Jump in Garmisch- Partenkirchen, in the South of the German federal state of Bavaria, is one of the most famous jumps in the world and has been an integral part of the international Vierschanzentournee (Four Hills Tournament) since 1952. The traditional New Year’s ski jump that is organized here is broadcast worldwide. In 2007, the jump was completely re-built because the old ski jump’s profile no longer complied with the regulations of the international skiing association.