Oberammergau is a complete vacation resort that offers excellent skiing and a lot more. The town is famous for the Passion Play that has been staged here every ten years since the 17th century. This historic town is also known for its beautiful painted houses. Oberammergau has sunny slopes that offer both easy and challenging trails.
There are two main skiing areas: Laber, which is a mountain behind the town; and Kolben, which is a long, picturesque chairlift journey away. The area is better suited for Nordic skiing with over 100 km of prepared trails, both flat and steep crisscrossing the Ammer Valley. The downhill skiing enables you to look down on Ettal. Kolben has easy slopes for beginners and can be reached using a drag lift. The mountain huts offer refreshments and views of Kolbensattel.
Laber is more difficult to locate and is a challenging black run when the snowfall is poor or a delight for powder lovers in heavy snowfall. A cabin lift takes you to Laber’s summit for a thrilling descent, but not till you have enjoyed the views from the restaurant. The runs are mainly beginner and intermediate with a stretch which offers alternate (double black) steep pitch to St. Gregor-Wellenberg.
Off the ski slopes one can indulge in curling, hiking, ice skating, paragliding, tobogganing and horse sleigh rides. The ski pass entitles you free use of the Wellenberg Leisure Centre where you can enjoy indoor swimming, indoor tennis and sauna. Après-Ski is aplenty at local bars, discos, cafés and coffee houses. Entertainment includes folklore evenings and concerts. One can take time to visit the fascinating Linderhof castle nearby.
The natural sledging tracks in Unterammergau on the way to the Parschling and near Scherenau are best suited for experts, but anyone can go ice skating at the skating rink at the Malensteinweg free of charge. Take the opportunity to walk through snow covered forests and ice clear streams to complete your enchanting Oberammergau vacation.