Grindelwald Wengen Ski Resort

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Grindelwald Wengen Switzerland is a Jungfrau ski resort under the looming Eiger
Grindelwald Wengen Switzerland is a Jungfrau ski resort under the looming Eiger
Grindelwald Wengen ski resort has wonderful terrain
Grindelwald Wengen ski resort has wonderful terrain
Amzing locations are everywhere in Grindelwald Wengen ski resort
Amzing locations are everywhere in Grindelwald Wengen ski resort
Wengen is a perfect Swiss mountain village
Wengen is a perfect Swiss mountain village
The ski runs of Kleine Scheidegg have a glorious backdrop including the Sphinx observatory on the Jungfrau
The ski runs of Kleine Scheidegg have a glorious backdrop including the Sphinx observatory on the Jungfrau
Kleine Scheidegg railway station links Grindelwald, Wengen & Jungfraujoch
Kleine Scheidegg railway station links Grindelwald, Wengen & Jungfraujoch
The valley runs into Grindelwald amongst hay-barns, meadows & forest
The valley runs into Grindelwald amongst hay-barns, meadows & forest
Grindelwald First ski area is the quietest part of the Jungfrau ski region
Grindelwald First ski area is the quietest part of the Jungfrau ski region
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The 'home' trail to Wengen includes sections of the manic World Cup course
Kleine Scheidegg has Grindelwald Wengen
Kleine Scheidegg has Grindelwald Wengen's best alpine ski terrain
Relax & take in all the breathtaking views above Wengen at Männlichen
Relax & take in all the breathtaking views above Wengen at Männlichen
Or soak in some rays at a mountain hut further down the mountain
Or soak in some rays at a mountain hut further down the mountain
Grindelwald Wengen has a variety of novice & beginner terrain perfect for children.
Grindelwald Wengen has a variety of novice & beginner terrain perfect for children.
Terrain from Männlichen into Grindelwald will excite all intermediates
Terrain from Männlichen into Grindelwald will excite all intermediates
Grindelwald Wengen high alpine off-piste freeride ski terrain
Grindelwald Wengen high alpine off-piste freeride ski terrain
Freeride terrain near Männlichen
Freeride terrain near Männlichen
Après ski can start small on the mountain at Männlichen
Après ski can start small on the mountain at Männlichen
Wengen makes a wonderful place to stay overnight in the Jungfrau ski region
Wengen makes a wonderful place to stay overnight in the Jungfrau ski region
Kleine Scheidegg is the best accommodation for first tracks!
Kleine Scheidegg is the best accommodation for first tracks!
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Grindelwald Wengen Ski Resort

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Grindelwald Wengen

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Jungfrau Ski Region

Interlaken
Jungfrau
Muerren Schilthorn

    Grindelwald Wengen Ski Trail Map
  • Grindelwald Wengen Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    Grindelwald-Wengen only
    1,020m – 2,400m (1,380m)

    Jungfrau Ski Region
  • Average Snow Fall
    7-12m
  • Lifts (24)
    Grindelwald Wengen only
    3 Gondolas/cable cars
    2 Trains
    10 Chairlifts

    Jungfrau Ski Region – 72 lifts
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Late Nov to mid-April
    09:00am to 4:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 102km
    Longest run – 13km
    Advanced - 15%
    Intermediate - 55%
    Beginner - 30%

    Jungfrau Ski Region – 206km
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 20/21
    Grindelwald Wengen only
    Adult – CHF69
    Child - CHF34
    Child u/6yr – Free

    Jungfrau Sportpass
    (incl. Grindelwald Wengen)
    Adult – CHF75
    Child - CHF38
    Child u/6yr – Free
    Jungfrau Trail Map
  • Jungfrau Ski Trail Map
     Mürren Schilthorn Ski Trail Map
  • Mürren Schilthorn Ski Trail Map
    Jungfrau Railway Map
  • Jungfrau Railway Map

Grindelwald Wengen Ski Resort Switzerland

Grindelwald Wengen ski resort is a superb ski destination & part of the gobsmacking Jungfrau ski region. A perfect combination of classic Swiss Alps characteristics, Grindelwald Wengen delivers a wonderful skiing experience for everyone from novice to expert, nay-sayer to optimist & groomer hound to powder snob!

A feast in 3 parts, Grindelwald Wengen's ski terrain is under the looming peaks of the Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau, which just like the Matterhorn in Zermatt, draw the eye at every opportunity. Not that the ski resort needs too many more distractions. The wonderful combination of diverse groomed trails, extensive freeride powder options, an ever-improving lift system, awesome mountain restaurants, the world's greatest train rides plus loads of non-ski activities set up Grindelwald Wengen as one of Switzerland's best ski resorts. Add in the neighbouring Mürren Schilthorn ski resort plus the Lauterbrunnen valley to the mix & the combination is off the charts!

Pros & Cons for Grindelwald-Wengen Ski Resort

Pros

  • Amongst the world’s most incredible mountain scenery.
  • Generally modern & efficient lift system with few (if any) lines.
  • Expansive on-piste ski terrain for all abilities, but particularly for beginners & intermediates.
  • Long skiable vertical of 1,380m (more if one heads across the Lauterbrunnen valley to Muerren Schilthorn or to Grindelwald First).
  • Multiple, valley runs of up to 13km to Grindelwald & also Wengen (though not technically in the valley!)
  • Delightful off-piste powder in the high alpine areas off Lauberhorn & Männlichen.
  • The region’s best novice learn-to-ski area at Wengen village.
  • Numerous high-quality mountain restaurants & bars.
  • Jungfrau lift pass interlinked with the amazing Muerren Schilthorn.
  • Incredible range & diversity of non-ski winter activities, including the world’s longest sledding trail (15km).
  • A perfect family winter snow holiday location.
  • World’s best mountain railways & public transport access integrated with major ski lifts – leave the car behind!

Cons

  • Non-skiing ‘tourist’ crowds can fill the trains heading up to Kleine Scheidegg (as they will be going onward up to Jungfraujoch)(start early on sunny days or take the new Eiger Express gondola from Grindelwald Grund instead of the train!)
  • The terrain forces some awkward piste trail & lift connections – i.e. no direct ski trail back down to Wengen from Männlichen.
  • Sections of the major piste trails descending to the villages can get quite icy on their steeper pitches – regardless of recent snowfall.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • The sledders coming along the trail to Wengen are crazy – watch out for them as they speed past!
  • A choice of several villages to stay in, each with diverse lodgings, pricing, altitudes, access & landscapes.
  • Relatively few 5-star accommodations in either resort village (but plenty at nearby Interlaken).
  • Grindelwald township spends much of the day in shade during mid-winter (blame the Eiger!).
  • You may be so distracted by the landscape of peaks, glaciers, man-made engineering feats & impossibly deep valleys that you’ll just forget to leave!

Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

The skiing at Grindelwald Wengen is excellent & for most, way more approachable than neighbouring Murren-Schilthorn. Lovers of super-long groomers, spectacular surrounds & incredible train journeys will adore it. For long intermediate cruisers, Männlichen is the place. The lengthy valley trails into Grindelwald are fantastic too. Something for both intermediates & progressing beginners, the trails have multiple options for stopping for a brew along the way, particularly below Holenstein – try the Quicky Bar because let’s face it, who doesn’t enjoy a quickie?

Kleine Scheidegg is the hotspot for powderhounds on a clear powder day, particularly up & around the Lauberhorn. Delightful, approachable & fun, without the perilous steeps & intricacy of the Schilthorn. The broad ridge along to the Maennlichin Gipfel (summit) also has some broad alpine freeride terrain and easy exits back to the lifts. There is the possibility for advanced riders to ski the longest World Cup course from Lauberhorn to Wengen. Be ready for some super-steep, fast drops & long, long schusses. At the end of the course, the frightening last pitch requires superior braking! An ascent of the Innerwengen chair allows for a gentle end to a day. A classically Alps entry into Wengen sees one sliding past bars, amongst houses & dairy cows, then ending abruptly at a railway crossing just above the station. Encapsulates everything to love about skiing Europe.

Novices skiing in the Alps for the first time could do worse than just hanging around Wengen. It is a nice mountain village with particularly good, sheltered learn-to-ski slopes & lifts (surface tows & conveyors). One can catch the cable car up top to Männlichen & progress onto bigger things on the slopes down toward Grindelwald or catch the train to Kleine Scheidegg & do the same.

See the Grindelwald Wengen ski trail map here.

The ski lifts at Grindelwald Wengen are going through a renaissance. The new V-bahn project revolutionises access from the valley at Grindelwald up to Kleine Scheidegg & Maennlichen. The main aspects of the project will be ready for season 2020/21 when the Eiger gondola opens for winter.

Lift Passes

Essentially two major lift pas options exist in the region. The Jungfrau Sportpass includes all the ski lifts in the region, plus all the trains from Interlaken Ost into the mountains. If doing day trips from Interlaken, the Jungfrau pass is essential. For 6CHF less, ’local’ lift passes can be purchased for Grindelwald-Wengen. The local pass does not include the train from Interlaken Ost. Unless you are an expert skier or snowboarder, the Grindelwald Wengen pass represents better value for the lifts & terrain included. Its also includes the Grindelwald First ski area.

See the full Jungfrau ski trail map to see the various lift pass areas.

Where is Grindelwald Wengen Switzerland?

The Grindelwald Wengen ski resort is within the expansive canton of Bern in central Switzerland. Based in the villages of the same name, Grindelwald & Wengen, the nearest major town is Interlaken. From Interlaken, the resort villages are in separate valleys with Grindelwald 20km southwest by road & Wengen, 45min south by train (no road access!). Interlaken is located between Lake Thun (Thunersee) & Lake Brienz (Brienzersee), on the Aare River which flows to the Rhine. The town is 55km (45min) by road south-east of the de-facto Swiss capital of Bern & only 120km (1.5hr) south-west of Zurich.

The main international gateway airport is Zurich (ZRH) with secondary options including Geneva (GVA) (for all international flight origins) or Basel (BSL) (for UK & European flight origins).

The train is the recommended mode of travel to the resort. The resort, via Interlaken, has excellent rail connections to all the major Swiss cities, towns & ski resorts throughout the Alps. Interlaken has two railway stations, West & Ost (East). Access to the Grindelwald-Wengen ski resort by train is only available from Interlaken Ost station, making it the more important of the two. Trains to from Zurich transit via Bern to Interlaken Ost Bahnhof in around 2hr, or via the more scenic route through lovely Lucerne in around 3hr. The journey via Lucerne is recommended if time is not of the essence!

From Interlaken Ost station, onward trains depart every 30min to the ski resort villages of Grindelwald (journey time of 40min), & Wengen (journey time of 45min including a train change at Lauterbrunnen) . All train travel from Interlaken Ost into the Jungfrau Ski Region via Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald is included in the Jungfrau lift pass, but not the Grindelwald-Wengen lift pass. Trains also connect the two valleys of the ski area via the eye-popping high pass at Kleine Scheidegg below the Eiger. See the Jungfrau rail network map here.

Search & book train tickets to Interlaken & the Jungfrau ski region here.

To ensure a decent level of visitor confusion, there are three railway stations at Grindelwald - Grindelwald, Grindelwald Grund & the new Grindelwald Terminal. All trains from Interlaken cease at Grindelwald bahnhof in the centre of the village. Grindelwald Terminal is for skiers & snowboarders coming up from Interlaken. It is the last stop before Grindelwald. Grindelwald Grund is the first stop after the village, around a kilometre away along the line up to Kleine Sheidegg. Because of the bending track it appears to be down-valley, not up! Both the Grund & Terminal stations are now integrated into the new v-bahn gondola base. The Eiger gondola ascends, as the name suggests, to the flanks of the Eiger peak close to the mountain’s crumbling glacier at a place called, funnily enough, Eigergletscher. Similarly, at the other end of the base, the Männlichen gondola makes the long journey all the way up to Männlichen, perched above Wengen (on the opposite side of the peak).

If taking public transport offends one’s sensibilities or if you have post-covid concerns, we recommend a private transfer to reach the city & surrounding ski resorts. Private transfers can also be particularly cost effective & time efficient if in a group of 3 or more people. Note that if staying in Wengen, a train is required from Lauterbrunnen.

Search & book all airport transfers to Interlaken here.

For day-trippers with a rental car that wish to drive up to the resort, the best bet is to head to Grindelwald & park in the major multi-level garage at Grindelwald Grund. The parking is integrated within the new gondola complex.

Anyone intending to drive a rental car to Wengen will be disappointed. The village is car-free & vehicles need to be parked at Lauterbrunnen. The journey to Wengen can only be completed by train.

Grindelwald & Wengen Accommodation

Grindelwald village is a well-developed tourist enclave beautifully situated in a valley below the region’s most impressive peaks. Grindelwald now provides superb access to the ski area’s of Männlichen, Kleine Scheidegg & Grindelwald First via gondolas near the centre of town (for First) & at Grindelwald Grund (for the others). Grindelwald has lodging options for every taste & budget. The village is directly connected to Interlaken Ost & Kleine Scheidegg by train. A plethora of fabulous hotels, chalets & apartments are clustered near the village centre & train station.

Search & book all Grindelwald ski accommodation here.

The village of Wengen is on the opposite side of the range above the Lauterbrunnen valley. Connected to Grindelwald by train (via Kleine Sheidegg), ski-lift, piste ski trail, winter walking trail & sled trail; car-free Wengen is best placed to provide access to the entire Jungfrau ski region, hence availability can be tight!

Search & book all Wengen ski accommodation here.

Mountain hotels, hostels & apartments are available on the sunny ski slopes of Grindelwald First, plus the high alpine pass at Kleine Scheidegg & Maennlichen, They provide quiet ski-in ski-out accommodation in amazing alpine environments, perfect for first tracks & those that prefer simple mountain living. Try the Alpinhotel Bort, Berggasthaus First or Berghaus Männlichen.

With the new Grindelwald Terminal station providing direct access to the new gondolas, Interlaken is useful as a location to ski the resort, but also to save a few pennies on accommodation & food. Travel times to & from the skiing may be longer each day, but the local trains are in such splendid surrounds you will likely hardly notice.

Interlaken has a long history as a tourist destination, so within strolling distance of the Ost train station, one can stay in magnificent contemporary youth hostels like the wonderful Interlaken Youth Hostel, huge 5-star 'Belle Époque' grand hotels like the amazing Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa, beautiful new self-contained apartments like the Hapimag Ferienwohnungen Interlaken & everything in between.

Search & book all Interlaken accommodation here.

Ski Rentals, Lessons & Guiding

Ski rentals are available in both Grindelwald & Wengen villages. Receive a discount when you search & book via our Grindelwald Wengen Ski & Snowboard Rental page.

Exploring the resort (on or off-piste) can be way more fun with a local guide. It is possible to become utterly confuzzled when it comes to the multitude of mountain guides, ski instructors & ski schools that ply their trade in the Jungfrau region. To narrow down the field, search & book guiding & lessons with the best providers via our Grindelwald Wengen Ski Lessons & Guiding page.

Activities

Whilst it may be a standard feature of all Swiss ski resort to provide loads of non-ski activities for visitors, Grindelwald Wengen ( & indeed, the entire Jungfrau Ski Region) goes well beyond all of them to lead the pack. That means there is probably more to see & do here than just about any other ski region in the world – not a bad thing to have on your CV!

Trains buffs & sightseers alike will delight in the possibilities the various railway lines & cable cars provide including up to the Sphinx observatory at Jungfraujoch. Walkers will love the 100km of winter-walking trail diversity - a stroll up the peak at Männlichen, a wander under the frozen waterfalls of the Lauterbrunnen valley or more energetic undertakings in Grindelwald First. Perhaps a helicopter over the peaks of the Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau? Feeling the need for speed or just the sensation of sliding, there are 50km of sledding trails throughout the region including the world’s longest – the 15km Big Pintenfritz into Grindelwald. Sledding into Muerren is also possible via the Fox run. There are well-priced sled (locally called sledging!) & hiking passes that include all trains & ski lifts needed to access all trails in the region, providing a great way to see the area. Ice skating, para-sailing, curling, flyers, gliders & just good old-fashioned eating & drinking whilst taking in a stupendous view from a mountain hut. There are plenty of ways to spend time here that don’t involve skiing or snow-boarding. If you can’t find something to do, you are not looking!

Review

The Powderhounds reviewed Grindelwald Wengen in 2019 & are still trying to get over how amazing it was! Isn’t it great to know that despite the locations we have travelled throughout the world, we can still be in awe of a place! Stay tuned for our info, photos and insights. Note that photos do not (cannot) do these mountains justice.

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Tours in or near Grindelwald Wengen

Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Mürren Jungfrau Ski Tour
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