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.
Germany's slopes are currently covered with fresh snow. Both the Alps and the lower mountain ranges offer fantastic conditions. Skiers and snowboarders are in their element.
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.
Rich Russians have spent winters at European resorts for years, but following the Ukraine crisis and Western sanctions, their numbers have declined. That's led to a drop in business in cities like Germany's Baden-Baden.
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