- Offering 7 miles of slopes and terrain, Braunlage Wurmberg is the largest ski resort in Lower Saxony.
- Braunlage Wurmberg is among the 3 best rated Ski Resorts in Lower Saxony.
- Elevated between 1870 ft and 3186 ft, the Ski Resort is the highest elevated Ski Resorts in Lower Saxony. The vertical drop from summit to base is 1316 ft. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in Germany is 702 ft. Most runs are therefore relatively long.
- Season starts on Dec 31 and ends on Mar 29 (89 days). Average season duration in Germany is 80 days.
- Average snow depth during the season (Dec 31 to Mar 29) is 14 " at summit elevation and 5 " at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during January, offering an average snow depth of 16 " at summit elevation and 7 " at the base. This makes Braunlage Wurmberg the ski resort with the best snow conditions in Lower Saxony.
- Braunlage Wurmberg features 29 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in Germany is 32 sunny days. March is the sunniest month with an average of 16 sunny days. This makes the ski resort one of the 5 sunniest in Lower Saxony.
The Ski Resort
Winter fun is guaranteed on the highest mountain in Lower Saxony. Especially for beginners and families as well as for slightly advanced skiers and snowboarders, the ski area at up to 1,000 meters is perfectly suited.
Beginners have almost the entire ski area at their disposal with numerous blue marked slopes. First you take the gondola lift from Braunlage or the chair lift from the base station Hexenritt up to the Wurmberg, the highest point in the ski area. Then, one gets back to the valley by the panorama ski run alongside the gondola and further by the valley run Braunlage. Beginners can also take the Obere Große Wurmbergabfahrt. With a length of 1.300 metres, it is a little shorter than the panorama ski run, but it leads, further over the ski path middle station and the valley run Braunlage, also back to the valley. The Untere Große Wurmbergabfahrt is also worthwhile. With a length of 2,650 metres, it is the longest run in the ski area.
Advanced skiers take the three red marked runs at the top station on the Wurmberg. Via the Hexenritt ski route and the Sonnenhang downhill run you come back to the two blue-marked runs Hexenwiese and Walpurgishang and thus again to the base station at the Hexenritt. The north slope is also of medium difficulty. It ends at an altitude of 875 metres, from where you can reach the summit of the Wurmberg again via two T-bar lifts.
The right downhill run for sporty riders is the Hexenrittpiste, which also starts at the summit of the Wurmberg. Via the upper ski path as well as the slopes Hexenwiese and Walpurgishang you reach the base station of the Hexenritt. It is the only black marked downhill run in the ski area and therefore the clear highlight for all demanding skiers and snowboarders.
Snow Safety & Snowmaking
On Mountain Dining
At an altitude of almost 1,000 metres, the Wurmberg Alm awaits hungry skiers and snowboarders. The rustic mountain restaurant offers cosy interiors with a fireplace room and panoramic barn as well as a beautiful sun terrace with a panoramic view.
You can get a small snack or a bratwurst at the umbrella bar at the Hexenritt. There is also an entertaining après-ski offer every day.
To get back into the valley to Braunlage, take the blue marked valley run. The base station at the Hexenritt can also be reached via blue marked runs. You can choose either the Hexenwiese or Walpurgishang runs.
The most demanding downhill run in the ski area is the black marked Hexenrittpiste. It starts at the top of the Wurmberg and runs for 550 metres along the Hexenritt chairlift.
Most Difficult Runs
Floodlight skiing on the 500-metre-long Walpurgis slope at the Hexenlift (drag lift). Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 18 to 21 o'clock.
The gondola lift takes you from Braunlage to the start of the 1,600 metre long toboggan run. This leads rapidly back down into the valley and can also be used after dark thanks to the floodlights.
Snowtubing is also great fun. There is a separate tubing area in the ski area at the multi-ski lift on the Hexenritt. Here you race down the slope on large rubber tyres.
Directly at the top of the Wurmberg there is a ski jump with an observation tower, which is also worth a visit.
Après-Ski and Nightlife
After skiing, you can meet for a drink or two in a convivial atmosphere in the umbrella bar at the Hexenritt. At the base station at 720 metres above sea level there is a daily après-ski party.
Dining and Restaurants
Infrastructure & Rental
The Ski School Oberharz is located directly in the skiing area, right next to the parking lot Hexenritt. Ski and snowboard courses from beginners to advanced are offered, designed especially for children, adults and seniors. Even beginners are in good hands here. Lesson times are daily between 10 and 15 o'clock. A ski rental is also nearby.
The Braunlage Ski School also offers courses in the village, but only at the Rathaus lift and not in the ski area at the Wurmberg.
By public transport:
If you arrive by train, take the Regional Express from Hanover to Bad Harzburg. From there, buses leave every hour to the Eisstadion stop in Braunlage. Then you have about 100 meters on foot to the base station of the gondola.
Coming from the north, take the A7 motorway towards Kassel. At the Rhüden/Harz junction take the B82 to Goslar and then the B498 via Bad Harzburg in the direction of Braunlage. Afterwards one comes directly to Braunlage on the B4 direction Hasselfelde/Hohegeiß.
Coming from the south, take the A9 towards Leipzig/Berlin and change to the A38 motorway towards Göttingen/Leuna at the Rippachtal junction. At the Heringen junction take the L3080 to Nordhausen and then take the B4 to Braunlage.
Those coming from the west take the A44 towards Kassel. At the interchange Kassel-Süd you change to the A7 towards Göttingen and leave it at the junction Göttingen-Nord. From there take the B27 towards Herzberg am Harz/Braunlage and then the B4.
From the east, take the A38 towards Erfurt/Göttingen/Nordhausen and from the Heringen junction continue on the L3080 to Nordhausen. From there via the B4 to Braunlage.