Winterberg Things to Do
Winterberg is famous for it's Bobsled-track that is also opened for amateurs on certain days of the week. Besides this sometimes families can take a normal sled and go down with the children in the tube. A dazzling adventure for kids and parents. Around Winterberg are several specially prepared pistons for rodeling (going down on a sled), which is also a great entertainment for families with smaller children.
Winterberg. A weekend with snow attracts not only thousands of Ruhr-gebiet-inhabitants, but added will be a same amount of Dutch that find here the first hills with some winterguarantee. The Ruhrarea is already infamous for it's trafficjams, but when driving in the wron moment to Winterberg (or Sauerland in general), one will pay the price. Last time we went the start on Fridaymorning got postponed to the afternoon. My sister did go early and drove the stretch of 270 kilometres in 3 hours. We eentually left only two hours later and ended up in six trafficjams. The journey took almost 7 hours! back we took only 2 1/2 hours.
Worst days to drive are Friday-afternoons and Saturdays in weekends that have a lot of snow.
Winterberg What to Pack
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wintercloths as it can be colder then you think in the Sauerland. The humidity is here often somewhat higher and the wind stronger, so the feelingtemperatures can drop further then in the Alps.
Photo Equipment: Always take enough films. The humidity has one positive side. In the morningmist trees, bushes and everything gets a nice white powdery layer that makes awesome pictures (see Willingen-page).
Miscellaneous: Snowchians look not necessary, but believe me that you prefer to have them with you and not use, then to get stuck in a blizard (my sister needed them even this year).
Winterberg Off The Beaten Path
With all this massive skiing and ski-cross-country attractions one should almost forget the place itself. Winterberg is a nice pictoresk German villages with it's characteristic "Fachwerk-hauser" (houses with these wooden structures in the walls). After having skied or any other fun in the snow, choose a place in the village to drink or eat something and before hopping back in the car ... make a little "spaziergang" (walk). The village of Winterberg is worth it.
Favorite thing: Winterberg has within the Sauerland by far the best possibilities for skiing. Around the highest mountain of this German middle-mountainarea, one find several skipistons and very good facilities (enlarge the skimap).
For ski-cross-country Winterberg offers more then 100 kilometres in prepared tracks that lead through a truely beautiful landscape.
Fondest memory: The laughs we had in our group, though almost everything went wrong and we even lost the way and had to return to the village through deepsnow without any tracks!