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Blick auf die Skipiste in Winterberg, Bild: Tanja Esser / shutterstock

Winterberg – Budget-friendly ski holiday in an idyllic atmosphere

Anyone who sees photos of skiing likes to dream far away from southern Germany or to our neighboring countries. But the special thing about Winterberg is that the Sauerland is wonderfully centrally located in Germany and yet you don’t have to miss out on anything! Thus, Winterberg is ideal for all North Germans or even for the local Sauerlanders from the short distance.

Another advantage: Winterberg is far less known than the hotspots in the Alps. This makes skiing here much more affordable and less crowded – without having to do without the typical elements such as slopes with different levels of difficulty, comfortable ski lifts or even the popular après-ski. In idyllic Winterberg, there is a wonderful village atmosphere. Here you don’t feel like you’re in a mass processing and you can really enjoy your holiday.

Ski slopes in Winterberg

First of all, it is important to differentiate the subdivision of the ski slopes into three colors:

BLUE SLOPES are the beginner slopes. These are typically not very steep, the downhill course is pleasantly wide and mostly well visible. They are particularly suitable for warming up, refreshing and improving one’s skills and are recommended for beginners, returners, children or seniors who are not looking for daring adventures on the slopes. The blue slopes are usually located directly at the lift.

RED SLOPES are the golden mean between beginners and professional slopes. They already contain challenging elements such as narrower width, steeper gradients or sharp turns, making them best suited for skiers at an advanced level. In order to ski on a red slope, the descents on the blue slopes should already be able to be done safely.

BLACK SLOPES correspond to the most difficult level. Professional skiers get their money’s worth here! Due to difficult elements and conditions, adrenaline releases are pre-programmed! More than required in the previous levels, skiers should be tested in safe falling to prevent injuries. The black slopes are also the fewest runs in Winterberg.

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In a total of eight ski resorts, 81 slopes await their holidaymakers. The total length of these routes is an impressive 58km. Conveniently, the majority of the lifts have a common ticket system, which makes skiing uncomplicated and efficient. Snow-making systems help out when there is a lack of snowfall, so that skiers get their money’s worth in the season between mid-December and mid-March. If you want to avoid the hustle and bustle during the day, you can enjoy freshly groomed slopes for three hours in the evening under floodlighting.

The ski resorts are called

  • Ski lift carousel Winterberg
  • Altastenberg ski lift carousel
  • Neuasten-Postwiese ski village
  • My Homberg
  • Family ski area Sahnehang
  • Ski resort Eschenberglifte-Niedersfeld

Depending on individual wishes, one or the other ski area is more suitable. Families are best off in the family ski area, as this offers the more suitable offers.

More tips for a relaxing holiday in Winterberg

Aerial view of the toboggan run in Winterberg Sauerland in winter

Aerial view of the toboggan run in Winterberg Sauerland in winter, Image: FotoStuss / shutterstock

Good preparation is everything! For a ski holiday with the right mix of relaxation and positive tension, it is worth checking a few things before your holiday:

Do I need a ski course?

The fact that skiing repeatedly appears in the media because a skier has put himself in danger clearly shows that in addition to physical ability, certain rules also have to be learned. You learn this in a ski course. There is something for everyone here. It is worthwhile to inform yourself and register early. Winterberg also offers ski courses in each ski area.

What about my equipment?

What can I take with me from home and what do I have to borrow on site? Since it is often not worthwhile for beginners and infrequent skiers to buy their own ski equipment, Winterberg also offers numerous rentals for skis, ski boots, snowboards, helmets and ski goggles. But sometimes you can save a lot of money if you bring this equipment from a rental company in your hometown. Especially for youth group trips, a lot of money can be saved here. Some skiers also decide to buy helmets and goggles themselves and thus only have to rely on the rental of suitable shoes and boards. If, on the other hand, you have your own full equipment, these items should be thoroughly checked and cared for again before the holiday. Many rentals also offer waxing and grinding of skis and snowboards. On the Winterberg website you will find an up-to-date overview of ski rentals with the associated services and addresses.

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What clothes do I get in advance so that I don’t have to freeze?
It is highly advisable to bring sufficiently warm socks, thermal underwear, water-repellent and well-fitting ski pants, as well as a warming ski jacket and waterproof gloves. You don’t need a hat under a ski helmet, but it still belongs in every suitcase when you go on a winter holiday.

Where can I stay?

Typical for a holiday region, Winterberg offers the right accommodation for everyone. Whether it is a rented holiday home or a luxury hotel with full board – here you will find the right offer for every budget and every traveler. However, attention should be paid to the distance to the slopes: the cheaper the accommodation, the further the daily journey, if necessary.

How do we fill our time when we’re not on the slopes?

Even though the trip is booked under the title “ski holiday”, one thing is clear: even the most athletic person in the world cannot spend 24/7 on the boards. Fortunately, Winterberg offers a lot of welcome distraction! The most famous offer first: Even if you haven’t yet enjoyed a professional ski course, you can’t escape a skiing phenomenon: the legendary après-ski is simply part of every ski holiday.

Winterberg offers numerous toboggan runs for families and everyone. A visit to the swimming pool or a guided winter hike with or without snowshoes can also be a welcome change.

Typical for a holiday region, Winterberg offers the right accommodation for everyone. Whether it is a rented holiday home or a luxury hotel with full board – here you will find the right offer for every budget and every traveler. However, attention should be paid to the distance to the slopes: the cheaper the accommodation, the further the daily journey, if necessary.