Gästehaus Zeranka in Ruhpolding, Bayern          

Winter activities 

Landscapes with plenty of deep snow invite you to go snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, mountains in their winter coats are hotspots for great ski holidays for two, with friends or the entire family. There is plenty to discover in winter – especially here in Ruhpolding. 

When winter hits the Bavarian Alps, it is also time for sunny winter days in crystal clear air and bright blue skies in Ruhpolding. This is peak season for all winter athletes – skiers and snowboarders enjoy holidays here as much as fans of snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, sledging and other winter activities. It is no wonder with the large variety of things to do in Bavaria and all kinds of wonderful hotels in Ruhpolding. 

Experience excellent slopes on your ski holiday – whether on the Unternberg or at the Winklmoos-Steinplatte ski area, just a few minutes’ drive away. There is also a wide variety of cross-country trails for beginners as well as advanced skiers. Enjoy the clear winter air on a long walk or a horse-drawn sleigh ride, a very special experience for two or with children.

Alpine skiing and snowboarden

Look forward to wonderful slopes, plenty of snow and cosy huts in one of the most beautiful ski resorts in the Alps. From December to Easter, some of Bavaria’s ski areas with the best guarantee of snow operate near Ruhpolding. The Unternberg, the Westernberg and the Maiergschwendt are perfect for family holidays. The Winklmoos ski area awaits you with 20 km of excellently prepared slopes – a perfect mix of easy and medium slopes for beginners and families. But we have plenty of options for demanding skiers, too. The Winklmoos and Steinplatte is a very divers ski area in the Alps with 44 km of slopes, a fun and snow park as well as 12 lifts is open to you. 28 km can be provided with artificial snow. 


Nordic skiing 

Ruhpolding is a paradise for nordic skiers who wish to roam the countryside via a trail network of more than 60 km, the highlight of which is the “4 Lakes Route”, an area with snows you can always rely on. Whether you are a beginner or high-performance athlete, our ski trails are sure to captivate your heart. Not without reason do cross-country and biathlon stars from around the world train right here in Ruhpolding. What could be more beautiful, than to fine-tune your body in the midst of such pristine country side. 


A fatbike is an off-road bicycle with over-sized tires, designed for snow, sand, bogs and mud. To drive a fatbike on the slopes of the Bavarian Alps is a guarantee of a lot of fun Especially when the slopes are covered with a soft layer of snow it's a great experience. The tyres are covered with spikes for extra grip. You can rent fatbikes in Ruhpolding. 

Snow-shoe hiking

If you have ever gone snowshoe hiking through the magical wintry landscape around Ruhpolding you won’t be able to imagine a winter holiday in the Bavarian Alps without it! The sound of the light crunching of snow while you slowly walk and the lovely warmth of the winter sun on your face are just too tempting, the quiet away from the hustle and bustle just too enticing. Once you go snowshoeing – you’ll always love snowshoeing! 

Winter hiking

Bundle up in your winter clothes and let’s go! Full of incredible impressions and experiences in the great outdoors, winter hiking is a lovely activity for your winter holiday. Hike with us!

Anyone can go on a hiking holiday in summer. Hiking holidays in winter, though – that has rarity value. If you’d like to see Ruhpolding from its gentle side you can do so on 50 km of groomed winter hiking trails – mountain views, sunshine and snowy landscapes included. 

Ice skating

Our ice centre complements your winter sports programme to perfection! From ice princesses to kings of ice-stock - there is plenty of room here for an exciting game of ice-stock as well as the odd pirouette or two. Ice-sports have been around for a long time in Bavaria and have plenty of followers. If you don’t quite trust yourself on skates then you can always watch from the sides and enjoy a warming drink in the kiosk. 

Luge and snowtubing

Get on the luge and have a lot of fun.. Enjoy the fast slopes of the Ruhpolding moutains. There is 5 km excellent prepared downhill with 580m height gauges. Or take a snow tube. Circling around on the slopes in high speed. Fun is a guarantee, for sure. 

Horse sleigh rides


When winter hits the Bavarian Alps, it is also time for sunny winter days in crystal clear air and bright blue skies in Ruhpolding. This is peak season for all winter athletes. But when you want to discover Ruhpolding in a more romantic way, you can make a horse sleigh ride. Enjoy the the relaxed sights of the beautiful Baviarian Alps. Breath the fresh air and live.

Sauna and wellness


After a day of intense skiing we can recharge your empty batteries: with the power of nature. This is the ideal refuge when it comes to escaping the daily rush. Let the peaceful mountains take effect. Fill up on natural energy radiated by the fields, mountains and rocks. In Ruhpolding – ‘Ruhepol’ means ‘a calm anchor’ in German – the name says it all. Find calm. Find yourself, your calm anchor – here with us in Ruhplding.