Glistening snow crunches under your skis, the white sugared trees glisten against the blue sky in the bright sunshine. Swing by swing, the cross-country skiers push their way through the incomparable winter landscape on the Bretterschachten. The king of the Bavarian Forest, the 1456-metre-high Großer Arber, stands guard in the background.


Here you will find all the information you need for your winter happiness. Groomed pistes and cross-country ski trails, open lifts and toboggan runs and much more!

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Cross-country ski trail report

A new panoramic view of the Bavarian Forest opens up around almost every bend. The Bretterschachten cross-country skiing center above Bodenmais is one of the most important in the whole of Central Europe. The favorable altitude between 1100 and 1300 meters guarantees a safe natural snow cover in times when more and more ski regions are struggling with a lack of snow.


Classic & Skating trails


high "Großer Arber"


für Profis wie Einsteiger


Natural snow


The cross-country skiing center offers all cross-country skiers the best conditions

Zwei Langläufer befinden sich auf einer Loipe ziemlich weit oben. Es stehen vereinzelte Bäume sowie eine Hütte. Alles ist von Schnee bedeckt, sodass nirgend ein grüner Fleck zu sehen ist. | © Bodenmais Tourismus & Marketing GmbH

Classic & Skating

The Bretterschachten offers a total of 114 kilometers of trails - skating and classic parallel. From the short beginners' circuit around the stadium to the challenging 18-kilometre circuit along the flanks of the Großer Arber, there is something for every taste and ability.

Aus der Vogelperspektive erkennt man drei Langläufer, die auf einer Loipe durch den verschneiten Wald skaten. | © Bodenmais Tourismus & Marketing GmbH
Drei Langläufer fahren auf klassische Art auf einer Loipe, die weit oben liegt. Drumherum stehen vereinzelt Bäume und alles ist von Schnee bedeckt. | © Bodenmais Tourismus & Marketing GmbH

Cross-country skiing on Bavaria's longest high-altitude trail is a special experience.

The 30-kilometre Auerhahn trail from the Bretterschachten cross-country skiing center to the Eck runs below the Großer Arber, with constant gentle ups and downs and the opportunity to stop for refreshments halfway along the trail at the Schareben mountain hut deep in the forest.


Durch schneebedeckte Bäume hindurch blickt man auf die Gipfel des Bayerischen Waldes, die ebenfalls mit Schnee bedeckt sind. Am unteren Bildrand ist eine Loipe mit einer Langläuferin drauf zu erkennen. | © Bodenmais Tourismus & Marketing GmbH

As a Bodenmais vacation guest, you travel free of charge on the ski bus and local bus

Annoying search for a parking space? A car wet and dirty from skis and winter boots? That doesn't have to be the case! As a Bodenmais vacation guest, you can use the ski bus free of charge thanks to the GUTi ticket, which is integrated in your Bodenmais guest card. Simply show your guest card when you get on the bus and ride along.


Zwei Langläuferinnen fahren auf einer Loipe durch den Wald. Der Schnee liegt fast kniehoch. | © Bodenmais Tourismus & Marketing GmbH

Convenient for tobogganing, cross-country skiing or hiking

The Bodenmais ski bus takes you from numerous stops in the village directly into the winter paradise. Whether skiing and tobogganing on the local Silberberg mountain, cross-country skiing on the unique Bretterschachten, tobogganing on the Hochzell natural toboggan run, a winter walk by the Großer Arbersee lake or fun on the slopes in the Großer Arber ski area: you can get to all these winter sports activities quickly and easily with the ski bus.

With the local bus to winter hiking

As a vacation guest, you can also use our Bodenmais local bus free of charge. With over 30 stops in the village, there are numerous options for you to get to the starting point of fantastic winter hikes.

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We are a Cross Country Ski Holidays partner region!

As the largest winter sports resort in the Bavarian Forest, we are proud to be a partner region of Cross Country Ski Holidays. With the snow-sure cross-country skiing center Bretterschachten, we offer the largest cross-country skiing area in the Bavarian Forest, which is known far beyond its borders. A free ski bus for vacation guests, numerous renowned ski schools, a variety of sports-friendly accommodation and a winter sports offer that includes cross-country skiing, ski touring, skiing, snowshoeing and much more round off our offer.

Bodenmais is a cross-country skiing paradise!


Cross Country Ski Holidays