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From the Olympic Ski Stadium via Schönau to Eckbauer

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  • Berggasthof Eckbauer
    / Berggasthof Eckbauer
    Photo: Bettina Plank, GaPa Tourismus
  • / Aufstieg zum Eckbauer
    Photo: Bettina Plank, GaPa Tourismus
  • / Powdertag
    Photo: Vivalpin
  • / Pulverschneespaß
    Photo: Bettina Plank, GaPa Tourismus
m 1500 1400 1300 1200 1100 1000 900 800 700 600 6 5 4 3 2 1 km Eckbauer, Berggasthof Talstation Eckbauerbahn Bergstation Eckbauerbahn Parkplatz Skistadion Parkplatz Skistadion Graseckbahn
This is a beautiful, simple skiing tour, which is great fun even for the less experienced.
Distance 6.2 km
2:30 h
510 m
510 m
You will take the summer hiking path from the Olympic Ski Stadium via Schönau all the way up to Eckbauer, where you will enjoy beautiful views. The trail is easy to find, as the summer signposts are mostly visible, and you will ski downhill on a piste, which makes this touring ski route very enjoyable even for beginners.


For a more detailed description of the tour, please refer to "PDF Print" above.

Author’s recommendation

If you are in the mood and have got the time, don’t forget to visit the new ski jump with its futuristic architecture. There are regular guided tours on Saturdays at 3 pm (Sign up at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Tourist Information phone: +49 8821 180 700).


There are regular K2-Touring Ski Evenings to the “Drehmöser 9” hut in the Hausberg area. For further information visit

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Update: March 19, 2019
Risk potential
Highest point
Eckbauer, 1,222 m
Lowest point
Olympia Skistadion, 725 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction

Safety information

Phone number for Alpine emergencies: Phone 112 (Mountain Rescue Service)


Weather forecast for the local mountains of the Bayerische Zugspitzbahn Bergbahnen cable car company: Phone +49 8821 797 979

Uphill and downhill skiing is undertaken at your own risk and responsibility. Never enter closed pistes. Follow local advice and route guidelines. On closed pistes, groomers are operating with cable winches. Life-threatening danger!

Tips and hints,


Olympic Ski Stadium (725 m)
47.482630, 11.119960
47°28'57.5"N 11°07'11.9"E
32T 659711 5260977

Turn-by-turn directions

From the Olympic Ski Stadium you will go a few yards past the outdoor swimming-pool towards the hospital. This is where the path towards Eckbauer starts. Follow Kainzenbadstrasse and turn right into the residential area. You will find it easy to follow the route, as this skiing route follows the summer hiking path and you will be able to see lots of signposts. The first bit takes you uphill, followed by a flatter stretch until the path winds itself steeper up the hill in a few turns. At the upper part, when you have almost reached Höhenrücken, keep right at the fork in the path. You will soon reach the sunny Eckbauer-Plateau, which is only a few minutes away from the top terminal of the Eckbauerbahn cable car. The strenuous climb will now be rewarded with fantastic views, not only of the town and the Loisachtal valley, but also of the Wetterstein mountain range towards the south and even King Ludwig II of Bavaria’s Schachenschloss castle.

For the downhill part of your tour you will join the pistes to the left of the cable car, which will take you underneath the gondolas after a few meters. You will ski down the groomed and easy slope in wide swings all the way down to the Olympic Ski Stadium.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


Hourly train connections between München Hbf (Munich central station) and Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Then town buses (routes 1 and 2) to the ski stadium.

Getting there

Take the motorway A95 from Munich towards Garmisch-Partenkirchen to the end of the autobahn at Eschenlohe, then follow the state road B2 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Follow the signs for Partenkirchen/Mittenwald/Innsbruck, near the end of town, follow the signs for the Olympic Ski Stadium (Olympia Skistadion).

From Mittenwald/Innsbruck take the state road B2 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, turn left at the first opportunity going toward the Olympic Ski Stadium (Olympia Skistadion).

Coming from Reutte/Ehrwald/Tirol/Grainau on the state road B23, drive into Garmisch-Partenkirchen, turn right into Gernackerstrasse at the second set of traffic lights and follow the signs for Partenkirchen/Mittenwald/Innsbruck. At the end of town the way to the Olympic Ski Stadium (Olympia Skistadion) is also signposted.


At the Olympic Ski Stadium (P13), fee payable at times.


47.482630, 11.119960
47°28'57.5"N 11°07'11.9"E
32T 659711 5260977
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

GaPa Wanderführer mit KOMPASS Wanderkarte (1:35.000) und die Karte „Sport & Wintergaudi“ erhältlich bei Garmisch-Partenkirchen Tourismus und unter Alpenvereinskarte, Wetterstein- und Mieminger Gebirge, Östliches Blatt (1:25.000) freytag & berndt, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Wettersteingebirge, Werdenfelserland (1:25.000)


Backcountry skiing equipment with an avalanche transceiver, avalanche shovel and avalanche probe.

Basic Equipment for Ski Touring

  • Ski Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • 2 pairs of Gloves: lightweight, breathable and windproof for going uphill, regular ski gloves for downhill
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Lightweight rain and windproof ski jacket
  • Additional warm jacket
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Lightweight wind- and waterproof ski pants
  • 20 to 28 liter rucksack, preferably backcountry type
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Ski Touring

  • Ski touring boots
  • Ski touring bindings to fit boots
  • Ski touring skins to fit skis
  • Skis
  • Ski poles, preferably telescopic type
  • Avalanche safety equipment to consider: beacon, avalanche probe, avalanche shovel
  • Ski touring crampons
  • Crevasse rescue kit
  • Ski touring harness
  • Light ice axe
  • Ski touring ropes
  • Avalanche airbag backpack
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Flo Heiberger
February 12, 2018 · Community
An einem Karnevalssonntag hatten wir nicht damit gerechnet auf einer fast menschenleeren Route die Natur zu genießen. Eine einfache Route die Spaß macht und einigen Sehenswürdigkeiten und Highlites bieten kann. Abwechslungsreiche Natur, Deftiges Essen beim Eckbauer auf der Spitze oder architektonische Besonderheiten wie die Olympiaschanze oder die alte Eckbauerbahn mit ihren offenen Gondeln (Bitte unter Denkmalsschutz stellen ^^). Wir hatten einen feinen Tag !
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When did you do this route? February 11, 2018
Photo: Flo Heiberger, CC BY, Community
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Photo: Flo Heiberger, CC BY, Community
Photo: Flo Heiberger, CC BY, Community

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6.2 km
2:30 h
510 m
510 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cableway ascent/descent


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