Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a market town in Bavaria, southern Germany. The twin cities were joined in 1936 for the celebration of the Winter Olympic Games. Traditionally, a ski jumping contest is held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on New Year's Day, as a part of the Four Hills Tournament. A variety of Ski World Cup Races are also held here, usually on the Kandahar Track outside town. The 1978 Alpine World Skiing Championships were organized in Garmisch and the Alpine World Ski Championships 2011 is to be held there as well. It was also announced on December 8th 2007 that Garmisch-Partenkirchen will put in a bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics together with partner candidates Munich and Schönau am Königsee. Garmisch skiing in based on four main areas. The Kreuzeck, Osterfelder and Hausberg areas are connected to one another on the south side of the town. The Zugspitze area, under Germany's highest mountain, is reached by cable car or by mountain railway and is dealt with in Ski Germany's special Zugspitz skiing area, the"Germany's only glacier ski area". Garmisch has a tremendous variety of skiing for a relatively small ski area (72 kilometres of pistes served by 34 lifts).