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A frosty winter wonderland in Garmisch
Winter 2016/17 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen becomes a real wonderland of snow and ice. Excellent skiing conditions, consistently low temperatures, perfect for winter sports - what more could you ask for?
In the Garmisch-Classic ski area, which covers three ski mountains and a total of 40 kilometres of pistes with Hausberg, Kreuzeck and Alpspitze, and other adjoining slopes, you can really let yourself loose.
The weather at high altitude caters for more than two metres of snow in some areas. Visitors and residents therefore should easily be able to enjoy the ski season right into April. No time then for relaxation for ski fans and slope operators, who also look after lifts lower down - in a winter period showing no signs of letting up as the weeks go by.
Cold temperatures by the Zugspitze
The frosty temperatures can’t deter the hardened winter sport fans in any case. With a temperature reading of minus 20.6° Celsius on January 7, the Garmisch-Partenkirchen weather station registered the lowest figures in recent history.
Even during the day, the thermometer rarely got above zero. It was also especially cold on 24 January when the maximum temperature of the day reached minus 7.9° Celsius.
Of course, the weather station at the Zugspitze was able to top that. A temperature low of minus 26.9° Celsius was recorded there in January 2017, on the Feast of the Epiphany. However, the record temperature low for the Garmisch region is still a little out of reach; that was measured at minus 35.6° Celsius in February 1940.
Thrilling top-class sport in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
There was lots on offer in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in a sporting sense, too. As is the tradition, the New Year's jump took place on the Olympiaschanze or Olympic jumping hill where it was won this year by the Norwegian, Daniel Andre Tande.
Next up in January, it was time for the women’s alpine ski aces to show their prowess with Lindsey Vonn (USA) and Lara Gut (Switzerland) coming out on top. Then it was the turn of their male counterparts to show their mettle in the Kandahar races.
The fact that Garmisch-Partenkirchen was chosen as a replacement for the cancelled event in Wengen highlights the quality of the snow conditions by the Zugspitze where holiday guests continue to enjoy themselves day in, day out.