Earlier this year, in the beginning of January, we went to Winterberg expecting to be able to ski for a couple of days. However, during that time there was hardly any snow in Winterberg and we weren't able to go skiing at all. A couple of days after we returned home after that first trip it started to snow heavily throughout Europe. This snow period turned out to be quite long so after our ski trip to the Alps there was still lots of snow in Winterberg. Fenneke and I decided to head for Winterberg once more, this time for just two days, to finish of our winter seasons with two more days of skiing.
We drove to Winterberg early Monday morning the 25th of March, after about three and a half ours of driving we arrived at the slopes at around 10:00. After drinking some tea we quickly bought our two-day ski passes and started to hit the slopes. The snow conditions were a bit different than in the Alps, because there is more artificial snow in Winterberg. The sun was shining the entire day, but because of strong winds it was still quite cold. The ski area of Winterberg isn't very big, so after a few hours of skiing we did all the slopes and used all the ski lifts. Despite the size there were a couple of short black runs which were quite nice, the red and blue slopes were very suitable for practicing our technique so we had a great time. We kept on skiing until all the ski lifts shut down at 17:00 after which we drove to the center of Winterberg to check in to our B&B. We ended our day with a great typical German dinner with schnitzels in a nice restaurant in the center of town. The next day we started the day early so we could hit the slopes as soon as the ski lifts opened. We did a lot of practicing and had a great time again. The sun was still shining the entire time and the wind was a little less strong, so the conditions were perfect! We ended the day at 17:00 again after which we had dinner and drove back home.
Although the ski area of Winterberg isn't very large it's a great place to go for two or three days. If you're going with small children or if you're a beginner it might even be a good idea to go for a week. It's cheaper then the large ski areas in the Alps and still lots of fun.
Bellow are some pictures of this trip:
We ended up skiing 50,5 km on the first day and 52,7 km on the second day. Bellow are the GPS track logs of this trip:
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