District – The Alpen Plus ski areas end the ski season on Sunday, March 26th.
The balance for this winter is mixed.
Skiers and snowboarders only have a few days left to enjoy "skiing at home".
Because on Sunday, March 26th, the Spitzingsee-Tegernsee, Sudelfeld and Brauneck areas end this year's ski season.
It presented the Alpen Plus areas, which also include the Wallberg, with great challenges due to the extreme weather fluctuations.
"As a result, this year's ski season fell well short of the good winter of the previous year in terms of visitor numbers," the association reports.
However, the feedback from guests was mostly positive.
"Especially during the Christmas holidays, which are so important for us, we struggled to keep operations running and we would have expected a little more from the carnival holidays," explains Egid Stadler, Managing Director of Bergbahnen Sudelfeld.
“However, with operation until the end of March, we have achieved our main goal.” Stadler knows: “As soon as spring arrives in the valleys and in the city and many people start cycling again, demand in our areas drops significantly.”
Antonia Asenstorfer, Managing Director of Brauneck and Wallbergbahnen as well as Alpenbahnen Spitzingsee, adds: "In a winter like this you can see how important our offers close to the metropolitan area are, which we were able to offer thanks to snowmaking and the most modern snow groomers." According to Asenstorfer, the demand was among the guests, in ski courses and clubs, "our offer was well received".
The start of winter in mid-December could hardly have been nicer with fresh snow and cold temperatures.
But then the Christmas thaw set in again.
And that lasted a long time.
The warm temperatures, rain and strong wind made for a dreary picture in the winter sports areas.
In January, operations could only be maintained on the main lifts and fully snow-covered pistes.
The Brauneck even had to stop operations completely for two weeks.
"At the end of January, thanks to cold temperatures, efficient snowmaking was possible again and the additional natural snow ultimately ensured perfect conditions and good visitor numbers in February," the Alpen Plus partners said.
For them, however, the weak December and January "were no longer catching up".
Tobogganing was not possible at all on the Wallberg this winter because the snow cover in the lower area was not sufficient.