Top events and world championships in Bavaria 2017/2018

29/30 December 2017
Prelude to the 66th Four Hills Tournament, Oberstdorf

The Allgäu’s favourite resort will once again become a Mecca for sporting fans the world over: on 29th and 30th December 2017 some 25,000 fans will converge on the Erdinger Arena am Schattenberg to watch live the world’s greatest ski jumpers as they soar down into the stadium.

Further information:

Arena-Ticket-Allgäu / Skisport- und Veranstaltungs GmbH
Hotline: +49 (0) 8322 / 80 90 - 350


31 December 2017/ 1 January 2018
New Year’s ski jumping in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

The New Year’s ski jumping in Garmisch-Partenkirchen is traditionally the second event in the International Four Hills Tournament. This tournament that is steeped in history is one of the absolute highlights of the ski jumping season. It all began some 60 years ago in a cosy room in Partenkirchen. Back in 1951 four men decided to set up an event that has now developed into one of the most popular and most steeped in tradition in the whole of Europe. Xaver Kaiser from Oberstdorf, Franz Rappenglück from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Emmerich Pepeunig from Innsbruck and Andi Mischnitz from Bischofshofen laid the foundations for the German- Austrian Four Hills Tournament. Two years later the very first series got underway and Sepp Bradl went down in history as the very first over-all tournament series winner.

Tickets are available in advance at the GAP-Ticket, Am Richard-Strauss-Platz,  +49 (0)8821 730 1995 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen or online.

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26 - 28 January 2018
Ski-Trail Tannheimer Valley - Bad Hindelang

Friday 26th January is the day for all cross-country ski fans to click into their skis and take to the track. At 9.30 a.m. the starter’s gun will sound for the 20th "SKI-TRAIL Tannheimer Valley – Bad Hindelang" . The competition begins with the 13 km and 33 km classic style races. The longer of these tracks goes from Tannheim to Unterjoch before returning via Schattwald and Zöblen to Tannheim. The "MINI SKI-TRAIL" in the afternoon is the race for all the youngsters.
Sunday 28th is skating day with distances of 19, 36 and 60 kilometres and heights of some 600 m for competitors to overcome. The longer course goes from Tannheim via Oberjoch and Haldensee and back to the starting point. The 35 km course leaves out the steep climb to Oberjoch making it a little les challenging. The longer race starts at 9.30 a.m. and the shorter one at 10.15 a.m.


27 - 28 January and 03 - 04 February 2018
FIS Alpine Ski World Cup in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

In January and February 2018, the world of skiing elite meets again to the spectacular race on the Kandahar run.
She is one of the most famous ski slopes in the world: The Kandahar downhill in Garmisch. With a gradient of up to 92% (in the so-called "free fall") "it goes on the icy slopes of the valley.
When FIS Alpine World Cup to be the best skier in the world - including, of course ski champion and local favorite Viktoria Rebensburg, Felix Neureuther and Fritz Dopfner - plunge down the slope and lawn with well over 100 km / h in the direction of goal, where 10,000 enthusiastic spectators cheering them on. A sporting event of superlatives.


  • Men: 27.01. - 28.01.2018
  • Women: 03.02. - 04.02.2018

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17 – 18 March 2018
Skadi Loppet in Bodenmais

cross country ski festival brings nations together in the Bavarian Forest Bavarian Forest. 2000 cross country skiers from over 20 nations come to Bodenmais each year on the third weekend in March to pit their skills against each other on the tracks at the foot of the Großer Arber. Skadi Loppet attracts world cup skiers and the very best of the world’s cross country elite as well as numerous amateur skiers. 


Sled racing in Bavaria (Some dates for the next season are not fixed yet)

In January and February numerous sled runnings with traditional horned sleds take place in the Bavarian Alps. The sleds are called "Hornschlitten" because of the shape of the runners that curl right up and round like the horns of the mountain goat. These two to three metre long sleds were once used by the Alpine farmers as a means of transport to ferry the hay from the meadows up on the mountainside back down to the valley or to transport wood back down to the farm.

  • 6th January 2018: Bavarian Sled Racing Championship in Garmisch Partenkirchen
  • January/February 2018: Gunzesried Sled Races
  • January 2018: Ostrachtal Sled Races in Bad Hindelang


Dog-sled races in Bavaria (Some dates for the next season are not fixed yet)

In the meantime, dog sled runnings have also found eager followers beyond Alaska. We have put together an overview of the most important sled dog's events in Bavaria.

  •  January 2018: Longtrail Tettau Races
  • 20 to 21 January 2018: 21st International Dog-sled Races in Bad Hindelang/Unterjoch
    The organizers of this unique winter sports’ event will draw over 100 participants, over 500 dogs and a large crowd of spectators from far and wide. Races get underway at 10 a.m. each day and finish around 3 p.m.
  •  February/March 2018: Fichtelgebirge Adventure: Warmensteinach Dog Sled Races
    An annual highlight on the Ochsenkopf calendar region is the sled dog races around the Kreuzstein that this winter will be taking place in February/March 2018.
  • February 2018: Haidmühle Dog-sled Races
    Not only is this a popular and well-used training course it is also the venue for the European Dog-Sled Championships being staged on in  February 2018. 

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Ski jump in Oberstdorf © Tourismus Oberstdorf

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