Skiing in the Harz Mountains: Hexenritt, Sonnenhang, Wurmbergabfahrten und Einkehr Rodelhaus – on the local mountain of Braunlage you can ski well. The ski area is well prepared for big and small winter fans, beginners and experienced skiers.
Skiing in the Harz Mountains – the highest ski area in Northern Germany
Why go to the Alps when the Wurmberg invites you to ski in the Harz mountains. True, it doesn’t go up more than 971 metres, but the area around the local mountain of Braunlage can still be called the largest alpine ski area in northern Germany. Motorways and federal roads bring winter sports fans from different directions into the Oberharz, so even Hamburgers can simply plan a day on the ski slope.
Riding up on boards down
On beautiful winter weekends, the gondola lift and the six ski lifts in the winter sports area can be packed to capacity. Then they line up, the big and small skiers, the beginners and experts. Everyone wants to go up to ride on two narrow boards, the snowboard or the sledge. Fortunately, the lifts can transport 6500 people on skis up the mountain every hour. Once at the top, skiers can choose between easy and difficult descents and can return down to Schierke at Brocken or to Braunlage.
Hexenritt on skis
The well-known Skiroute Hexenritt begins just below the cable car mountain station. Beware of trees! The slope is wooded and the route leads through a natural aisle. It gets more difficult to the left, on the somewhat younger Hexenrittpiste – the only black run of the ski area. Whether witches here sometimes swap their brooms for skis and race down the steep mogul slope is not known. Sportingly ambitious skiers will surely have fun on the downhill slope. The modern Hexen-Express, which has replaced the old chair lift Kaffeehorst, brings winter sports fans back up the mountain and a new descent can begin.
Ski fun for experts and untrained
Those who are not so experienced will also get their money’s worth, because the mountain has slopes in all difficulty levels ready. For example, the long Lower Large Worm Drop is suitable for the entire family and can also be created by beginners. On average 35 days of the winter season the sun shines on the ski area, then skiing on the sunny slope is particularly attractive. Under a bright blue winter sky, you can carve wonderfully on the sunny slope, a freestyle course is also available. The ski slopes on the north slope offer a great view of the Brocken summit opposite in clear winter weather.
Wurmberg – a mountain full of offers
During the winter season, the peaks in the Harz Mountains are relatively often covered with snow, but for skiing it should already be 30 centimetres. But in the highest ski area in Lower Saxony it doesn’t have to snow, a few frosty days and nights are enough to make skiing, tobogganing and snowtubing possible. After all, the mountain is equipped with a snow-making system, and the necessary water comes from the storage lake on the mountain plateau created especially for this purpose.
Skiing, snowboarding and sledging make you hungry. Of course, the operators of the ski area have thought about the culinary well-being of the winter sports enthusiasts and have taken precautions. Several restaurants and an umbrella bar invite you to take a break. Directly at the middle station of the Wurmbergseilbahn, for example, the sleep at the toboggan run and the Hexenrittalm at the Hexenritt car park begins the skiing day with a delicious coffee.
On weekends the waiting times at Wurmberg are sometimes very long. Here we recommend the Sonnenberg if there is enough snow. The prices for a lift ticket are cheaper and the waiting times are considerably shorter. A nice alternative to the slopes in the Harz are the good cross-country ski runs. The snow-covered landscape around Wurmberg is also ideal for a winter hike with or without snowshoes.