Family Friendly Sledding Locations
Each winter I am asked by visitors to Schliersee where can they find real accessible “Family Friendly Sledding”. So this year I thought I would put together a small list of places I have discovered and tell you a little about each location.
Albert Link Hutte: Located in the center of Valepp Almen which is just behind the Alte Wurzhütte in Spitzingsee. It is not accessible by car but is a very easy walk. For Albert Link you need to bring your own sled but the location gives the whole family tons of options. Not only has Albert Link plowed their own small sled run, in Valepp there is a beautifully groomed Loipe for Cross country skiers as well as many tow bars for Alpine skiers as well. Parents tell me they find this to be a perfect location for family sledding. I can tell you their Kaiserschmarnn is out of this world. Remember that Mondays are Albert Link Hutte is closed. https://www.davplus.de/albert-link-huette
Alt Spitzingsee Strasse: This is the old road that use to take you up to the village of Spitzingsee and is now used for moving cattle and hiking. In the winter months, when there is enough snow in the valley Alt Spitzingsee Strasse is a great family friendly sled run. The one downside about sledding here is the lack of parking. You need to plan that out if you decide to sled this hill. A great easy way to enjoy this location is to take turns or have a designated driver who drops the sledders off at the top of Alt Spitzingsee Strasse and then picks them up at the bottom near the Joseftal waterfall. This is a very gentle slope and great for learners. Hiking up or dropping off both are a lot of fun. And for your Apres sledding fun, make sure to go around the corner and enjoy some of the amazing homemade cakes, warm drinks by the hearth at Cafe Brunnhof.
Located just up the street from the Fischhausen-Neuhaus train station. This simple little hill much loved by visitors and locals alike if the perfect stop for your littlest snow bunnies. On one side of the hill you have a tow bar for a beginner ski slope and the other side is a gentle slope for sledding. Also provided here is a Loipe for Cross Country skiers. All this and an amazing view down onto Schliersee. What more could you ask for on a day out in the snow.
Obere and Untere Firstalm: https://youtu.be/Pxp5xijnyl0
Both of these locations are just perfect for everyone in the family. It is a simple gradual hike of 2,5 kilometers from either the Kurvenlift parking or from Spitzingsee saddle. Obere Firstalm rents sleds for 4 euros per sled and you pay for the rental inside the restaurant. Untere Firstalm does not rent but it is easy to bring or own or to carry the rental sled down to their run. You can’t go wrong with either location for food and drink and the proprietors are warm friendly people.
Schliersee between Westenhofen and Hausham: Just before you arrive in Schliersee on the right side of the road between Westenhofen and Hausham there is a hill. On any snowy day it will be full of joyful families sledding. My colleague Ulrike McCarthy wrote a great article on this location.
Last but not least is Schliersbergalm. One of the most spectacular views in all of Schliersee and a simple hike up or you can take a cable car. It is a very sunny location so sledding might not always be possible if we do not have a lot of snow in the valley. It is a gentle slope down the hill with lots of turns. Great food and drink and one amazing view is all provided.
American artist, photographer and professional wanderer who, after 20 years of roaming, put down roots in a 100 year old Bavarian farmhouse and fell in love with the Alpine village and its residents (both 2-legged and 4-legged).