It was the chance for all friends of the white splendor: when the sun was shining, the ski slopes on the Zugspitze were not very popular.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen – Bright sunshine, moderate rush: the second day of skiing on the 2962 meter high Zugspitze attracted around 2500 on Saturday Winter sports enthusiasts as the Bayerische Zugspitzbahn announced on request.
“It’s not as much as usual,” said spokesman Klaus Schanda.
Above all, many locals were out and about on the slopes of Germany’s highest mountain.
The usual number of vacationers was missing – possibly also because of the uncertainty in the face of increasing incidences and stricter corona measures.
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The ski area was the first nationwide to open the season on Friday. For the first time after the Corona lockdown in winter 2020/2021, the lifts were running again.
Only vaccinated and convalescent people are currently allowed to board the mountain railways, which also travel with fewer passengers.
After the tightening announced by the Bavarian state government on Friday, 2G-plus could soon apply under certain circumstances.
We are waiting for the specific requirements in the coming week, said Schanda. Until then, the Zugspitzbahn will continue to operate with the 2G rule.
For the ski season in Austria it looks bleak for the near future: The government in Vienna announced on Friday a nationwide hard lockdown from Monday. It is supposed to last for three weeks.
The ski areas in Sölden and Hintertux, where the lifts have been running for a long time, will therefore temporarily stop operating on Monday until December 12th.