Oberstdorf, where the World Nordic Championships were held in 1987 and 2005, is the leading winter sports resort of the Allgäu Region of southern Germany. Popular with locals as a ski, spa and vacation resort, Oberstdorf’s proximity to Austria’s Kleinwalsertal area adds to the continental ambiance. They have a common cross-border area ski pass, giving skiers 125 km of runs to enjoy.
Oberstdorf, in the Allgauer Alps, has two ski mountains: Fellhorn and Nebelhorn. The resort offers one of the most extensive and challenging terrains in Germany. Its 1,400m continuous vertical is the longest in the country. There are 45 km of on 38 pistes, and nearly 30 lifts to take you back up. Experts have the 1,600m-long Super-Buckel-piste, with its 60% pitches. The longest run at the resort is from Nebelhorn to the village, about 7.5 km.
Oberstdorf is a combination of three individual areas: Nebelhorn, which can be accessed directly by cable car from town; Sollereck; and Fellhorn-Kanzelwand. From the Fellhorn you can ski to the Kleinwalsertal ski complex in Austria and return by gondola. The cable car on the ride to Fellhorn stops at another ski area in middle. There are a number of fantastic intermediate runs above the tree line at Oberstdorf
Lifts link Fellhorn to Kanzelwand above the Zweilander chairlift. This area, as the name suggests, traverses two countries of Austria and Germany. The Kanzelwand run leads across the border to Kleinwalsertal. This is officially in Austria but can be accessed only through Germany! An intermediate level cruise to the hamlet Reizlern and the Kanzelwand bubble to the top station, bring you back into Germany. The runs back to Fellhorn lead to Schlappold, an interesting tree-lined descent.
Snowboarders can revel in the designated snow park, while seventy km of tracks, including high altitude ones for beginners, are available for cross-country skiing. Curling, hiking, horse drawn sleighs and ice-skating await you off the slopes. One can even go paragliding, indoor horseback riding or tobogganing. The adventurous can go bungee jumping too. Après-Ski is lively at local bars, discos and cafés. One can also enjoy folklore evenings, concerts or the sauna, spa and solarium. There are ice bars at all three skiing areas and a casino in Kleinwalsertal.