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Winterlandschaft in Oberjoch, Bild: Andie_Alpion / shutterstock

Oberjoch ski area

Oberjoch is Germany’s highest ski and mountain village. The ski area of the Hindelang-Oberjoch mountain railways is a family-friendly ski resort in the Allgäu. Due to the altitude, the fantastic ski area is particularly snow-sure. Perfectly groomed ski slopes, rustic mountain huts and much more await winter sports guests.

Ski-opening Oberjoch

The ski opening on the Oberjoch traditionally takes place before Christmas. The opening will be accompanied by a large show and supporting programme. In addition to morning pints with LIVE music and star guests, après-ski and a children’s programme are standard. Ski tests and pole training with World Cup runners as well as free taster courses are very popular with visitors. After opening, the lifts will be in operation daily. Depending on the snow conditions, the ski season runs until the beginning of April.

History of the ski area

Construction of the first T-bar lift began in Oberjoch in 1938. Commissioning took place in 1943. At that time, around 100 people per hour were transported over a length of 800 m. The lifts have been continuously expanded. In 2005, the opening of the Schneekinderland increased the attractiveness of the ski area for children and young people. The learning and activity area extends over 20,000 square meters. In 2015, a complete renovation was carried out at a cost of around 25 million euros. The Grenzwies, Wiedhag and Schwandenbahn lifts were converted into new 6- and 8-seater chairlifts with heated seats. With the new snow-making system, the entire ski area can be covered with artificial snow.

Up the mountain

  • A T-bar lift and four chairlifts lead up to the mountain. The ascent is possible from 08:30 a.m. The mountain station at an altitude of 1560 metres can be reached quickly by 6-seater chairlift or with the brand new 8-seater Schwandenbahn. Chairlifts with heated seats and weather protection hoods provide the necessary comfort. The facilities in Bad Hindelang-Oberjoch are in operation daily until 4:15 p.m.
  • The Schwandenbahn transports 2800 people per hour to the mountain station in about 1:50 minutes. Over a distance of 487 meters, 94 meters of difference in altitude are overcome.
  • The Wiedhagbahn is a 6-seater chairlift. In just under 4 minutes of driving time, 318 meters of altitude difference are conquered. The chairlift has a length of 1058 meters.
  • With the Grenzwiesbahn, the terminus can be reached in about three minutes. Over a distance of 885 m, 270 m difference in altitude is covered.
  • The Iselerbahn dates back to 2001. After a journey time of approx. 5:20 minutes, the mountain station of the chairlift at 1559 m is reached. Over a distance of 1443 m, 399 meters of altitude are overcome.
  • The transport capacity of the chairlifts is 2800 people per hour. The Schwandenbahn, Grenzwies and Wiedhagbahn are equipped with child safety and heated seats. The Schwandenbahn was the first eight-seater chairlift with a weather protection hood in Germany.
  • The ideal slope lift dates back to 1962. It is a T-bar lift. At a speed of 2 meters per second, it transports 988 people per hour to the mountain station at an altitude of 1254 m.
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Down the mountain – slopes in Oberjoch

Skiing in Oberjoch
Skiing in Oberjoch, Image: streetflash / shutterstock

The difference in altitude of 460 m can be conquered downhill on more than 30 kilometres of slopes. There are plenty of ski slopes for beginners and professionals. Designated as blue, red or black, there are 11 easy, about 20 medium and 2 difficult kilometres of slopes. Ideally, all lifts are connected to each other via the slopes.

Stop for refreshments

On a perfect day of skiing, a stop for refreshments is a must. The Wiedhagalpe is only 150 m away from the mountain station of the Wiedhag mountain railway and is a popular meeting place for locals and guests. Other ways to fortify yourself are Erdinger Urweisse, Moorhütte and Gundalpe. Meckatzer Sportalp, Ochsenalpe, Joch Alpin or the Grenzwiesstuben complete the perfect ski trip.

Location and arrival of the ski area

The valley town of the ski resort is Bad Hindelang-Oberjoch. The exit from the A7 Ulm-Füssen motorway is Oy-Mittelberg. The ski area is still about twenty kilometers away from here. Paid and free parking is available. The car park directly at the Iselerbahn costs €5.00/day. Free parking is available at the entrances to the Wiedhag and Grenzwiesbahn. Guests from the Tannheimer Tal can reach the ski area via the Austrian Bundesstraße 199. From Sonthofen and Bad Hindelang, a winding pass road leads to Oberjoch. Within the village there are many possible entrances to the Oberjoch ski area.

Special features in the ski resort Oberjoch

As a family-friendly ski resort, there are discounted family tickets. The ski area is integrated into the Allgäu Glacier Card as part of the cross-regional ski passes. Slope highlights include freeride zones, night skiing and snow parks. With 45 kilometres of cross-country ski trails, Oberjoch also offers an attractive offer for cross-country skiers. This ranges from classic cross-country ski trails and skating trails to floodlit trails. Other offers in the ski area include ice skating and curling, horse-drawn sleigh rides, paragliding and toboggan runs. For guests there is a ski depot, ski rental and snowboard rental as well as cross-country skiing and touring ski rental.

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Ski schools in Oberjoch

Qualified and experienced ski instructors offer alpine ski courses, snowboard courses and cross-country skiing courses. Ski equipment can be rented at the ski rental for a fee. From ski boots to helmets, there is the right equipment for unadulterated winter sports fun. The binding is adjusted individually by specialists. The latest models and tested skis are available for winter sports guests.

The Ziener Schneekinderland is part of the Hindelang-Oberjoch mountain railways. Fun and games await the little ones here. The offer includes a fairytale forest with animals, a snow carousel, igloos, children’s express and the magic carpet. In the ski school, the children learn in stages according to age and ability. Different terrains, steep wall curves, ski jump and slalom courses provide variety.


Oberjoch is a cozy place in the middle of a breathtaking alpine panorama. Rustic huts complement the great landscape and complete the skiing holiday in the Oberjoch.
All lifts are connected to each other via the slopes. Oberjoch is the first choice, especially for a skiing holiday with children. There is also a lot to experience here away from the slopes.
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