The birthplace of the Easter bunny, holder of age-old springtime customs and home of beautiful Bavarian mountain villages – Germany’s ski resorts are a treat to visit at this time of year.
If you want snow sure skiing and mile after mile of it, you might want to consider a more staying elsewhere. But for charm, culture and mountains of fun in the snow and sunshine, this neck of the woods is just the ticket.
The German ski hotels come in a range of sizes and ratings - so whether you’re spending Easter on the slopes as a solo skier, couple, family or big group, and whether you want to splash out on some luxury or save on a budget trip, there’ll be something to suit.
If the weather’s warm enough to make the snow slushy in the afternoons, hotels with extra facilities like swimming pools, spas and playrooms for youngsters can be handy. Half board packages keep things simple by including your morning and evening meals with the price of your stay, while B&B or room-only options give you more flexibility to explore the local restaurants.
It depends when in the spring Easter falls, but this is usually the time of year that most German ski resorts are rounding up their ski seasons.
You might find that some slopes have already closed due to the milder weather, while what’s open is best skied in the first half of the day before the sun makes its mark – it’s often gloriously sunny from March onwards.
If the snow gods are playing ball, the usual winter holiday activities like skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing will still be up and running over the Easter holidays – get up early to enjoy the best conditions before lunchtime. On years when snow’s thin on the ground, that’s not to say you’ll be stuck with nothing to do: walk through woods, around lakes and between beer gardens, take cable cars for mountaintop views, explore Bavarian villages and farmers markets and enjoy much more besides.