This past weekend we took advantage of having the mountains an hour and twenty minutes away from us by getting away to Garmisch, south of Munich. Our friends Jimmy and Deborah joined us, and we had a great little getaway. You can see from the pictures that there wasn't any snow on the ground in town, but on the mountain there was both real and manufactured snow on the slopes, so we could still ski.
A few weeks ago we went skiing in Austria, a little over two hours away from Munich by car. I found it was easier to get equipment and tickets and there were few to no lines to get up and down the slopes in Austria, but (to me, at least) the runs were more difficult. Their version of "easy" slopes were more like red runs in the U.S. Since I hadn't skiied in several years, I was pretty frustrated and didn't have as much fun. But this past weekend, even though getting suited up and on the slopes wasn't as simple as in Austria, and there were lots of lines for the lifts, the runs were way more enjoyable to me and I really had a great time skiing. Pros and cons.
A definite "pro" for Garmisch is that the town is beautiful and really fun to walk around. The buildings all have gorgeous and sometimes elaborate paintings on them (see below), which is unique. We walked up to St. Anton Catholic Church and then up to the Panorama restaurant where we had lunch with some lovely views of the surrounding mountains. Downtown Garmisch isn't too far away, and there were lots of shops, restaurants, and cafes to enjoy. We especially enjoyed sitting outside on lounge chairs in a main square sipping hot chocolate. And I may or may not have dozed off a little bit.