Ski Resort Wasserkuppe in the Rhön (Hesse): Position on map

Wasserkuppe Ski Resort

Trail Map Wasserkuppe
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The Ski Resort

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Wasserkuppe´s first ski lift was opened in 1963. Much has happened since then, the offer extended by four ski facilities and it became the leading ski resort in Hesse.

Altogether five slopes await you here. The blue trails with charming names like ´Paradiso´ and ´Märchenwiese´ (´Fairytale grassland´) are considered to be optimal for beginners. The ´Paradiso´ trail starts at the top station of ski tow ´Paradiso´. The ´Märchenwiese´ tow gives you access to the trail with the same name.

Wasserkuppe provides three red slopes for more intermediate skiers. The Panorama slope starts at the top station of the Panorama ski tow and brings you to the valley station. The family slope ´Abtsroda´ starts at the top station of the ski tow ´Abtroda´ and you can pretty much ski down right to the valley Abtsroda. The slope ´Abtsrode-Backtrog´ is red, partly black and brings you, again, from the top station of the Abtsroda connecting lift down to the valley Abtsroda.

But even experts are not without their runs. There are two trails that are mostly categorized black. The Panorama trail appears black in the lower third and the trail ´Abtsrode-Backtrog´ offers black parts in the upper half.

Snowboarder and Freestyler can practice new moves and after present their new skills in the half-pipe rails. The terrain park is located at the blue slope ´Märchenwiese´, just grab the ski tow ´Märchenwiese´ to get there.

Youngsters can stay at the ski kindergarten ´Märchenland´. Here kids discover the joys of winter sports with help of professional childcare. The training slope provides 100 meters (328 ft) practice area and the magic carpet carries them back up the mountain.

Interesting facts

  • Offering 2 miles of slopes and terrain, Wasserkuppe is among the 5 largest Ski Resorts in Hesse.
  • Wasserkuppe is the the best rated ski resort in Hesse.
  • Elevated between 2690 ft and 3051 ft, the Ski Resort is among the 3 highest elevated Ski Resorts in Hesse. The vertical drop from summit to base is 361 ft. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in Germany is 705 ft. Runs and slopes are therefore relatively short.
  • Average snow depth during the season is 8 " at summit elevation and 4 " at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during February, offering an average snow depth of 11 " at summit elevation and 4 " at the base. This makes Wasserkuppe the ski resort with the best snow conditions in Hesse.
  • Wasserkuppe features 30 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in Germany is 29 sunny days. March is the sunniest month with an average of 15 sunny days. This makes the ski resort one of the 5 sunniest in Hesse.

Snow Safety & Snowmaking

Snowmaking Share
Snow Making Machines: 5
Snowphone+49 (0)6654 632
Average snow depth of the last years (Summit)
(in ")

On Mountain Dining

Hungry during your ski adventures? ´Märchenwiesenhütte´, that claims itself for being the ´most inexpensive destination restaurant in Germany´, welcomes for a break. Fill up with new strength and energy while you spoil yourself with refreshing snacks and beverages.

Must-Ski Runs

Most runs that bring you back to the base are pretty winding. For experienced skiers: In order to avoid being unchallenged switch to the slopes ´Panorama´ and  ´Abtsrode-Backtrog´, these are partly black.


Nightskiing possible
Lighted runs: 2.50 km


Consider toboggan runs for a thrilling change from skiing. The run at Wasserkuppe offers 800 meters (2624 ft) of excitement and it´s serviced by the toboggan lift ´Wieli´. Expect some curves on the ride from top station to valley station.

Dining and Restaurants

Number of Restaurants: 1

Infrastructure & Rental


Number of Skischools: 1
Number of Snowboard Schools: 1

Number of Ski Rental

Ski Rental
Snowboard Rental

Getting here

By car:
Take higway A7 towards Würzburg/Kassel. Exit Fulda Mitte and follow the direction for Dipperz. Pass the town, then just follow signs for Abtsroda/ Poppenhausen up to the parking lane at Wasserkuppe.

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last update on Mar 21, 2022
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Mountain Stats

Elevation2690 ft - 3051 ft
SeasonDecember - March
Opening DayDec 10, 2021
Closing DayMar 20, 2022
Capacity 6200 Persons/Hr.
Hours9:30 AM - 10:00 PM


Total 7

Skiable Terrain

1.9 miles
Overall Slope Length 1.9 miles

Weather (3018 ft)

Open Lifts & Trails


1 day adult €18
1 day child €13
All rates & fees