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Skiing in the Tannheim mountains

Take the Reutte cablecar up to Hahnenkamm mountain – and then use your skis, snowboard or sled to come back down again.

Winter sports in Reutte's nature reserve: an overview

- Skiing and snowboarding

- Winter hiking

- Cross-country skiing and skating

- Ski tours

- Sledding

- Sleighrides

- Paragliding

Reutte's nature reserve is the perfect place for winter sports. Thanks to the variety of pistes, it offers ideal conditions, above all for skiers and snowboarders.

The ski slopes on Hahnenkamm, are particularly popular. The mountain (1,938 m) has a dozen carefully managed pistes that have a total length of 16 km. Modern snow cannons mean that the slopes are normally open as late as April. We have one particular recommendation, albeit only for experienced skiers: the descent from the mountain peak to the valley floor. If you're a beginner, the area around Hahnenkamm has easier courses for you to enjoy, and there is even a special lift and separate piste for people trying out winter sports for the very first time.

Information about weather, snow conditions, lift prices and opening hours is available here.

If you don't want to use the ski lift and are looking for an alternative to normal skiing, Reutte offers a range of ski mountaineering routes as well. The ascent takes place on foot, then you strap on your skis and head down the mountainside. NB: Before you set off, it's essential that you check local snow conditions and pay particular attention to avalanche warnings.

Winter sports fans can have fun away from Reutte's ski pistes as well. Down in the valley, cross-country trails cover a total distance of about 90 km and are a must for enthusiasts. The many routes with their different characteristics also offer a lot to winter hikers, whether they prefer to trek in boots or use snowshoes to cover ground. Paragliding is at the more unusual end of the winter sport spectrum, but the winter landscape around Reutte looks spectacular when you're flying high above the ground. If you want to glide over the mountains but don't have a licence of your own, all you have to do is team up with a professional tandem pilot. Bear in mind that the starting point for paragliding varies depending on the weather and snow conditions, so make sure you contact the team in advance.

Everyone knows that sports stimulate the appetite, so it's a good thing that there's a restaurant (plus panorama) right beside the top station. Take a seat on the terrace and enjoy modestly priced Tyrolean specialities at an altitude of 1,730 m. The 360° view of the Allgäu Alps and Wetterstein massif with Zugspitze mountain (Germany's highest) is free of charge.

If you take a trip to Hahnenkamm during the summer, the barefoot trail begins just below the panorama restaurant. When the snow melts, you can complete the 1 km route that includes a range of surfaces, such as wooden boards, hay and gravel. The trail has 18 different sensations for your feet to try. It's an entertaining way to pass the time, and it's also great if you want to take a break from one of the many hiking or biking routes that are open during the warmer months of the year.

Getting here:

A bus takes you straight from Reutte station to the cable car's valley station. Simply go to bus platform A to catch a bus on the 4268 line, and get out at the stop "Höfen Tourismusbüro". The latest timetable is available here.

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