New Year's Ski Jump

New Year's Ski Jump

Could there be a better start to the New Year? At least, there won't be a more exciting one, that’s for sure, as the New Year's Ski Jump in Garmisch-Partenkirchen is always a unique experience - in particular, if you are able to see it live. You are so close and can feel the great atmosphere. You hold your breath when these young athletes start their in-run. Then, they take off - and jump down into the depths. Then, there is the flight, elegant and weightless. Finally, the landing is executed in a perfectly skilled Telemark style. Perfect. 30,000 visitors applaud – and you are in the middle of them all.
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Traditional "Hornschlittenrennen"

Traditional "Hornschlittenrennen"

Every year, at Epiphany (6th of January), Garmisch-Partenkirchen turns upside down. On this day, fearless women and men meet for the Bavarian "Hornschlitten" competition. This has become a tradition for more than 40 years now. The courageous pilots speed down the slope with more than 100 km per hour. Four persons sit on one wooden sledge. Daring manoeuvres and accidents are all a part of the game. They are all fighting to become the Bavarian Hornschlitten Champion. Cross your fingers for the athletes when they speed down to the valley. The run is a classic one: The 1.2 km "High Path" (Hoher Weg) leads from the Alpine hut Partnachalm right down to the doorsteps of the clubhouse of the Partenkirchen Hornschlitten. Did you know: The name “Hornschlitten” comes from the form of the runners? The sledge, the lengths of which are two to three metres, used to be the peasants' equipment for transporting hay from secluded Alpine meadows into the valley for transporting wood to the farm. Many of the sledges participating in the race are original sledges that often are more than 60 years old. Every 6th of January, the race starts at the Alpine hut Partnachalm. Thanks to the combination of an exciting race for seconds and wintry fun on the slopes, the Bavarian Hornschlitten Race Championship is a real experience. Do not miss it!
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