Outdoor Recreation — December 21, 2018


Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation, Pulaski Barracks, Bldg. 2905, 493-4117 or 0631-3406-4117. Mon. to Fri. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on federal holidays. https://kaiserslautern.armymwr.com

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New Years in Budapest
Dec. 28 to Jan. 1
Celebrate the new year on both sides of the Danube river in Budapest. Three full days will give you plenty of time to enjoy Budapest however you choose. 2019 only comes once and spaces on this New Year’s imperial extravaganza will go fast. Reserve yours with Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation today! Cost: $629 per person

German Fishing Course
Jan. 12 to 13, 26 to 27, Feb. 2 to 3, 23 to 24, Mar 2 to 3, 16 to 17
Earn your permit to apply for and receive your German fishing license. This course is offered in three different sessions for your convenience. Each session is two weekends long. Register in advance with Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation. Students must be able to attend full session in order to graduate. Classes are held in the basement of building 3213 on Kleber Kaserne. Cost is $60 per individual or $100 per family


Ramstein Outdoor Recreation, KMC Center, Bldg. 3336, 480-5705 or 06371-47-5705. Mon. to Fri. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat., Sun., holidays and training days 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. https://www.86fss.com/sports-and-recreation/outdoor-recreation

New Years Ski Bus — Interlaken
Dec. 29 to Jan. 1
Celebrate the New Yearin Interlaken, the center of Switzerland’s Jungfrau ski Region. Not only does Interlaken have world class skiing and snowboarding at three different ski regions but it also has countless activities for non-skiers as well! Cost: Starting at $299 per person in Balmers Hostel and starting at $429 per person in Hotel Crystal

Chamonix Ski Weekend
Dec. 29 to Jan. 1
Spend New Year’s Weekend on the flanks of Mont Blanc, Western Europe’s highest peak! When it comes to winter sports, Mont Blanc’s altitude is matched only by Chamonix’s attitude. With six different in-bounds ski areas offering terrain choices for everyone, Chamonix is one of the world’s largest and most well known winter resorts. Cost: Starting at $469 per person


Baumholder Outdoor Recreation, Smith Barracks, Bldg. 816, 485-7182 or 06783-6-7182. Thu. to Mon. 10. a.m. to 6 p.m., Tue. & Wed. closed. https://baumholder.armymwr.com

Snowboard & Ski Express
Every Saturday
The Ski Express bus will be rolling to some of the most well-known ski areas in Europe. When you go skiing or snowboarding with Baumholder Outdoor Recreation, you will wake up to find yourself at world class resorts like Ischgl, Grindelwald, Laax-Flims, and Garmisch.  No skills?  No problem! Ski and snowboard lessons are often available. No gear? No fear! Baumholder Outdoor Recreation has more than enough rental equipment to cover your needs, and you only need to get fit once during the entire year.  Just make your equipment reservation when you sign up for the trip, and your gear will be waiting for you at departure.

  • Garmisch: Dec. 22 to 23, Cost: $89 per person
  • Ischgl: Dec. 29 to 30, Cost: $99 per person
  • St. Anton: Jan. 12 to 13, Cost: $89 per person
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New Year’s Skiing and Snowboarding in Interlaken Switzerland
Dec. 28 to Jan. 1
Beneath the mighty backdrop of the world famous Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau peaks lies the equally famous ski resort town of Interlaken.  Interlaken earns its name as the gateway town to the Jungfrau Ski Region.  It is an ideal base for both skiers and non-skiers, offering a large variety of accommodation options, activities, and extensive public transport connections to the mountain included in the Jungfrau lift ticket.

With what has been described as Europe’s most dramatic mountain scenery, skiing in the Jungfrau region is a unique experience.  However, it’s not just the scenery that will impress.  The Jungfrau region offers fantastic skiing conditions, well prepared and uncrowded pistes, excellent beginner areas and a large snow park.  Snow conditions throughout the whole winter season can be guaranteed with the combination of Swiss Alps snowfall and extensive snow making facilities. Cost for Double Occupancy: $425 per person

Black Forest Snowboard & Ski Express
Jan. 5
The highest mountain in Baden-Württemberg rises to 1.493m above sea-level. The Feldberg is not only the cradle of German skiing, it also occupies the first place in Black Forest ski-sports with its international competitions and as the coaching center of the German Ski Association. A closely linked network of 31 ski-lifts, which can all be used with just one ticket, offer the winter-sports lover an extraordinary variety of descents. The lifts are in use for 100 days a year on average, proof that a sufficient amount of snow can be guaranteed. In addition the artificial snow-making facilities ensure an adequate covering of snow. In all 6 km of slopes can be covered with artificial snow. Lovers of cross-country skiing can choose from a closely linked network of a total of 60 km with all levels of difficulty. Cost: $65 per person, $45 per child under 12 years

Frankfurt Zoo
Jan. 6
Frankfurt Zoo is a green oasis in the middle of the thriving Main metropolis and offers not only a green recreation area on your doorstep. Here you can discover more than 4,500 animals in over 450 species. You will find proud African animals next to feisty seals and majestic tigers, right around the corner from cheeky otters. In the Grzimek House day becomes night as your immerse yourself into the secretive animal world of Madagascar. Fishes, sea horses, penguins, snakes and crocodiles all mill around in the Exotarium (aquarium and reptile house). In the Borgori Forest ape house you can encounter our hominid “relatives” in a genuine jungle atmosphere. Cost: Adults: $49 per person, Children ages 4-17: $39, Children under 4: $19