Markus Dorfer needs to bundle up to do his job manning the cable car station atop Germany's highest mountain. The snow-covered Zugspitze is a winter wonderland for skiers, but it's an icy workplace.
As temperatures on the Feldberg in the Black Forest on Sunday reached double digits, skiers enjoyed one last day of winter fun in slightly slushy snow - while down in the valley the first sun bathers were out and about.
Winter has arrived and so, slowly but surely, has the snow - in most ski resorts. But which ones are open and how much snow exactly is there in the German ski resorts? The Bergfex app provides answers on this and more.
Winter took some time to arrive as far as the ski slopes were concerned. Now, gradually, the winter sports are getting started - with or without snow cannon.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a popular ski resort with stunning views and excellent pistes. Down in the valley, visitors can even build their own skis.