The elevation at the Bretterschachten Cross Country Centre ranges from 1118 m – 1265 m. There are 114 kilometres of cross country skiing in this area with 10 trails for classic and skatin. It is amongst the 10 largest cross country skiing areas in Germany and also in the top 5 highest in elevation. There is a fee to ski and you can buy a weekly or daily pass at the Centre. There is also a waxing room and changing rooms and the use of deck chairs.

Getting to Bretterschachten – by Air

The nearest airports to Bodenmais are LinzMunich and Prague. There are six airports within three hours drive. Fly to Munich airport with Easyjet and it is approximately a 2.5 hour transfer to Zwiesel or Bodenmais.

Transfer from the Airport to Bretterschachten

There are rail links to Bodenmais, from there you can get the local ski bus to the Activezentrum where all of the Bretterschachten ski tracks start from.

Facilities at Activezentrum

The spacious activity centre has locker rooms and a waxing room. You can buy your trail tickets from the kiosk, and the dial above it shows the current temperature to check your wax and reapply if necessary before setting off.

Cross Country Ski Map of Bretterschachten

Cross Country Ski Tracks/Routes

Yellow 4 km classic – A Family-friendly beginner trail.
Green 6 km classic / skating – Some easy to moderatately difficult climbs and descents.
Purple 9 km Panoramaloipe classic / skating – Undulating terrain and panoramic views of the area and the Arber Massif, with moderate climbs and descents.
Blue 12 km classic / skating – Varied trail with many scenic highlights with moderate to demanding climbs and descents.
Red 15 km classic / skating – This route goes through easy to medium and then difficult terrain and provides scenery of dense forest alternating with views.
Orange 18 km classic / skating – The first 7 kilometres follows the course of the red trail, and then offers varied terrain and well deserved refreshments at the Kleiner Arber shelter (Chamer Hütte) at the highest point in the Bavarian Forest at 1289m. See notes below.
Alternative Trail Auerhahn Road – This provides some flat terrain with medium/hard ascents and an alternative descent to the Chamer Hütte.
Black Additional Track to Schareben – Almost half way along the Orange route, just near the sign for the walking route to Bodenmais Silberberg-Hallenbad, you will see the sign to a black route which goes to Schareben. Take this for an additional leg to the 18K route, and there is the reward of a restaurant when you reach Berghutte Schareben. Return from here or carry onto the next leg to Bergasthof Eck.
Black Grouse Altitude Track to Berghasthof Eck – Carrying on along the black route there are challenging climbs and descents, but the welcoming Berggasthof Eck at the end before you start your return back to the Orange track.

Cafes on Cross Country Ski Routes

You will find the Berghutte Schareben half way down the black trail that leads off of the Orange and they have a healthy variety of snacks, soups and larger meals.

At the end of the Black trail is the Berggasthof Eck (1073m) which provides food and accommodation near a downhill ski area.

Arriving at Kleiner Arber for lunch

The Kleiner Arber Chamer Hütte lies on the southern slope of the Kleiner Arber and stands at 1289m and is run by the Bodenmais Ski Club. It is situated just over half way around the Orange 18K loop and provides a very welcome break point. It is open from 11.00 to 17.00 20 December to 31 March with varying times for Christmas (phone +49 (0) 9924/943126 to check). Venture inside and you will find an array of fur lined slippers on the ground floor, where you change out of your ski boots and wear to go upstairs to the restaurant. If you prefer to eat your own bought lunch, there are a few benches outside, which are often in a sunny spot. The hut also offers shared accommodation.

Nice place for a pit stop

Snow Reports / Track Grooming

Information on current trail conditions in Bretterschachten.


Berghutte Schareben

Auerhahn Trail, Schareben

Cross Country Ski Races

The Skadi Loppet is held in March each year. It is one of the Euroloppet series of races and has the options of 42K and 24K Classic and 32K and 17K Free technique races. The course follows the ski trails mentioned above in various guises.

Where to Stay

There are a variety of areas nearby to stay, and then catch a bus to the Ski Aktivzentrum. The nearest is Bodenmais, which is 5 miles away and also has some small cross country ski tracks, and Zwiesel, around a half an hour away which has another 70 kilometres of tracks.

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