Ski resort features
The Sudelfeld ski area near Bayrischzell
Sudelfeld-Bayrischzell is a varied ski area between Rosenheim and Munich. With 31 kilometres of groomed pistes, it is a magnet for skiers and snowboarders. Five kilometres are blue pistes, 23 kilometres are classified as red, and there are 3 kilometres of challenging black runs. Almost two thirds of the ski area is equipped with snow cannons, so it has guaranteed snow all season long. In winter, it attracts day-trippers from all over the region due to its location just 30 kilometres from Rosenheim and 80 kilometres from Munich. Divided into lower, middle and upper Sudelfeld, the ski area is ideal for the whole family as it caters for children and experienced skiers. For skiers and non-skiers alike, Sudelfeld in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps is a beautiful place to visit in winter. Sudelfeld is easy to reach on the A8 motorway, via the Weyarn or Irschenberg exits. There are 2,500 free parking spaces at the lift stations.
At Sudelfeld, the season usually runs from early December to Easter, so the season lasts about 100 days. On average, 49 of these days are sunny, which is well above Germany’s average of 35 sunny days. Statistically, the sunniest month is January. The area has a network of 14 ski lifts, including five chairlifts. The central eight-person chairlift at Waldkopf is the latest addition. It began operating in 2017/2018 and provides comfortable heated seats, special safety bars for children and a weather protection hood. Five ski and snowboard schools are on hand to ensure children and adults enjoy a fun and safe introduction to the sport. The FIS World Cup slope at the Waldkopf lift attracts more experienced skiers who are looking for a special challenge, and they also love the long Rosengasse descent. Other recommended red runs can be found around the Schöngrat lift and from the Kitzlahn chairlift. If conditions are good, it is possible to ski all the way down to Bayrischzell in the valley.
• Actionwelt Sudelfeld: The Actionwelt is a magnet for freestylers and skiers who love fun and action. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, this snow park with its huge range of obstacles is a great place to let off steam and practise your tricks.
• Freeride cross: with its banks and steep curves, the freeride cross area attracts skiers who normally gather off-piste. It is also becoming increasingly popular with families who are keen to try out this unfamiliar terrain.
• Kid’s only: Sudelfeld has two special children’s areas. Designed specifically for young skiers, Snuki-Kinderland features children’s lifts and gentle nursery slopes. In Bayrischzell, the Kinderland at Tannerfeld has waves and arches where budding racers can practise their moves. Children also love the mascot, who helps them to carve their first turns, and the animal figures dotted around the kid’s area.
• Friendly service centre: A modern service centre is located at the bottom of the Waldkopf lift. It houses a ski shop and ski school offices and offers ski rental and servicing. It also has heated ski lockers, which are popular with families.
You never need to go hungry when skiing at Sudelfeld. Whether it’s a traditional hut or a mountain restaurant, there is no shortage of options when it comes to food.
• The Geierwally is a popular spot right next to the piste. It is reached via the legendary Einser chairlift, which carries you up the mountain through beautiful forest scenery.
• The Schindlberg Hütte is a rustic hut that is also suitable for large groups.
• If you have a sweet tooth, head for the Rosengasse restaurant on the piste of the same name. Its sweet dumplings and apple strudel are legendary.
• Stop at the Walleralm for homemade cheese or spinach dumplings, and its to-die-for roast pork is the perfect way to refuel.
• As its name suggests, the Speck-Alm is famous for speck, a kind of bacon. The restaurant serves up a wide choice of dishes made with its home-cured bacon, and you can also stock up on speck to take home.
• If you’re looking for après-ski action, head for Ösi’s Skibar, where you can bop till you drop.
• If you like to ski straight from your hotel, the Berghotel Sudelfeld is the perfect spot. It offers its guests a full range of services, including a sauna to relax those tired muscles. Other recommended huts and mountain inns include the Almgasthof Grafenherberg, the Sonnenalm Sudelfeld, the Waldkopfstüberl and the Brösel Alm. Some of them offer overnight accommodation. After all, who doesn’t love to be first on the piste in the morning?
Bayrischzell also has plenty to offer people who prefer to keep away from the piste. Fun and action is guaranteed at the snow tubing track. For ski tourers there is a signposted route from Grafenherberg to Sudelfeldkopf. On Wednesdays there is also a ski tourer’s evening at the Walleralm and the Speck-Alm.
The area around Bayrischzell is a paradise for cross-country skiers. The DSV Nordic Aktiv Zentrum provides 55 kilometres of classic and 45 kilometres of skating trails. Away from the hustle and bustle of the slopes, the distillery in Neuhaus invites you to sample its homemade schnapps and spirits, including its famous Bavarian whiskey. The thermal baths in Schliersee are also a great option if the weather is bad. Or why not try your luck at the tables at the casino in Bad Wiessee? The Café Winkelstüberl in Fischbachau is a popular destination, and although you sometimes have to wait, the amazing selection of cakes makes it all worthwhile. And while you’re in the area, call in at the tiny pilgrimage chapel in Birkenstein.