At 1.456m the Großer Arber is the highest mountain in the Bavarian Forest and home to an outstanding family ski resort, which is a perfect destination for beginner skiers. Especially the...
- Arber is among the 15 best rated Ski Resorts in Germany.
- It is among the 10 most family-friendly ski Resorts in Germany.
- The vertical drop from summit to base is 1312 ft. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in Germany is 702 ft. Most runs are therefore relatively long. The ski resort takes you to an elevation of 4757 ft.
- Season starts on Dec 18 and ends on Mar 28 (100 days). Average season duration in Germany is 80 days.
- Average snow depth during the season (Dec 18 to Mar 28) is 36 " at summit elevation and 28 " at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during February, offering an average snow depth of 43 " at summit elevation and 33 " at the base. Therefore Arber is among the 15 ski Resorts with best snow conditions in Germany.
- Arber features 35 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in Germany is 34 sunny days. January is the sunniest month with an average of 12 sunny days.
The Ski Resort
The largest skiing area in the Bavarian Forest offers its visitors fun on the slopes for 10 kilometres. Even if not situated in the alpine high mountains, the Arber lacks nothing at all in terms of skiing technique. A total of 10 lifts take the winter sports enthusiasts up to the highest mountain of the Bavarian-Bohemian low mountain range. Wide, clear pistes, easy and medium difficulty runs - the Arber is an excellent ski area for beginners and families in particular. If you are already a bit experienced, you can try more difficult slopes.
The ski resort is divided into three sections. The side next to the Thurnhof lifts has only blue pistes and is therefore the first stop for families and beginners. Further east in the middle of the ski area, by the gondola lift and the two chair lifts, experienced skiers swing down the red marked slopes of the Großer Arber. If you want it even steeper, you'll find it on the east side of the ski resort on the World Cup slope and the east slope.
Huge fun and action: The ArBär-Kinderland and the Zwergenland
The Arber is especially great for kids. In the ArBär-Kinderland there are the best conditions to try out the first attempts and to learn skiing with a lot of fun. A total of five magic carpets bring the smallest back to the beginners' hill after the first flat descents. If the kids don't feel like skiing, the toboggan run in Kinderland is certainly a great alternative. The entrance to the Kinderland is directly on the sun terrace of the Thurnhofstüberls and is easy to find. Another new addition is the Zwergerlland at the end of the Arbär-Kinderland, which is one of the absolute highlights of the ski area, especially for the little ones who take their first turns on skis.
Also Freestyler get their money's worth at the Arber. The Family-Cross-Funpark at the Thurnhofhang is especially suitable for beginners. For the first small jumps and slides a Rainbowbox, a Flatbox, a Kicker and an Inrun are available.
Whoever can't get enough of skiing can keep skiing on Wednesdays and Fridays even after dusk. On a total of three slopes one can drive from 18 to 21 o'clock floodlight. The best: the slopes are specially prepared from 17 to 18 o'clock.
Snow Safety & Snowmaking
On Mountain Dining
There are five huts to choose from at the Arber. From the Eisensteiner Hütte directly below the summit you have the most beautiful view of the surrounding Bavarian Forest.
The Thurnhofstüberl is located directly next to the ArBär-Kinderland and invites you to linger with its beautiful sun terrace. Here parents also have a perfect view of their children who can lern skiing in the Kinderland. The gondola restaurant at the valley station can also be used to enjoy a stop for refreshments.
In the Arber Stadl, with its wonderful sun terrace, there is a wonderful view of the Bavarian Forest as well as food and drinks. Typical Bavarian cuisine including the possibility of a rustic overnight stay can be experienced in the Arberschutzhaus. It is located on the east slope above the Eisensteiner Hütte.
Experts should in any case ride the FIS World Cup Downhill at the Arber. And if you want to know how fast you can skiing down the piste, you should try the timing track on the Thurnhof slope.
Most Difficult Runs
The popular night skiing takes place every Wednesday and Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on three selected slopes.
Additionally or after skiing you can still experience a lot at the Arber. Snow fans can expect 100 kilometres of cross-country trails, as well as many paths for snowshoeing and walking. If you want more action, you can take one of the two toboggan runs.
Après-Ski and Nightlife
A successful skiing day can be celebrated with après-ski. The Thurnhofstüberl at the Thurnhofhang and the Berghaus Sonnenfels are known for their great atmosphere and are definitely worth a visit. If you also want to party in the valley, you should go to the nearby city of Zwiesel.
Dining and Restaurants
Skiers on the Arber do not have to do without culinary delicacies. A dinner at the Hotel Amberger Hof is especially recommended. The kitchen of the hotel spoils you with regional delicacies and has been awarded several times. In the restaurant of the Osserhotels you can enjoy fresh game specialities from our own territory as well as Bavarian and Bohemian delicacies. Nutrition-conscious skiers can eat particularly healthy and light food in the Hotel Falter.
Infrastructure & Rental
From direction Vienna:
Take the A3 to Passau and then the A3 to Deggendorf. From there over the B11 to Bodenmais or Zwiesel to Großer Arber.
From direction Nürnberg:
Via the A6 to Amberg and further to Schwandorf via the B85 to Cham, Bad Kötzting, Lam to Großen Arber.
From direction Munich:
Via the A92 to Deggendorf and then via the B11 to Bodenmais or Zwiesel to Großen Arber.
With Bus & Train:
With the Bayerwald-Ticket you can travel comfortably by train in the Bavarian Forest. But also guests who come from further away can use the train for their journey. Railway stations include Bayerisch-Eisenstein, Zwiesel and Bodenmais. The nearest airports are Nuremberg and Munich.