Grindelwald Wengen

Grindelwald Wengen

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Grindelwald Wengen

Grindelwald Wengen4/51
Grindelwald Wengen4 out of 5 based on 1 reviews
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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 - Reviews

Grindelwald Wengen - Reviews

Fantastic Snow Holiday Destination

04/07/2020

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  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    5

Fantastic Snow Holiday Destination

04/07/2020

Grindelwald is one of those names that immediately conjures up images of cutesy gingerbread houses nestled in a valley amongst snow-clad forest & below towering peaks. The reality is not quite the same as imaged (no gingerbread houses!) but that’s ok, it is close enough. As a place to visit in Switzerland during winter, Grindelwald (& Wengen) are almost second to none. Its strength as a winter destination comes from a combination of landscape, ski terrain, lifts, villages & activities that simply do not exist anywhere else. Zermatt is the next best, putting this region amongst lofty company indeed as a fantastic all-round winter snow holiday destination.

By no means the world’s most perfect ski resort (there is no such thing, or at least perfect for one person is not necessarily perfect for others!), Grindelwald-Wengen, with its Jungfrau Ski Region neighbour Miürren-Schilthorn, does comes close. Dominated by the Eiger & its glaciers, skiing the upper mountain can be seriously interrupted by constant gawping at the views or even the Jungfraujoch train trundling across the high alpine snowfields before disappearing into a tunnel. A vertical line of cliffs above Wengen is the area’s biggest limiting factor, making all ski journeys in the resort from the village require a little more planning than just about anywhere else in the world.

For family groups Grindelwald Wengen is alpine heaven. There are some many lovely ski journeys to undertake plus massive top to bottom sledding (sledging) that is serious fun for all ages & abilities. It may not be the cheapest ski holiday ever (it is Switzerland after all), but we would be surprised if it wasn’t the most memorable.

The skiing at Grindelwald Wengen is excellent & for most, way more approachable than 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. We particularly liked 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 side. There is the possibility for advanced riders to ski the longest World Cup course from Lauberhorn to Wengen. Our arrival just after the race weekend allowed us to indulge. 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 we love about skiing Europe.

Novices skiing in the Alps for the first time could do worse just hanging around Wengen. A nice mountain village with particularly good, sheltered beginner slopes & lifts. Wengen has plenty of bars & restaurants, plus you can catch the cable car up top to Männlichen to check out the views & progress onto bigger things on the slopes down to Grindelwald, or catch the train to Kleine Scheidegg & do the same.

If the sun is out, après ski is fabulous up at Spycher on Männlichen. Expansive 360-degree views from its jutting clifftop perch makes everything seem good in the world. Shame the loungers cost extra – ignore them, they are more for those (wankers!) of the sun-soaking variety. Rule number one in the mountains – NEVER, EVER PAY FOR A SEAT WITH A VIEW. Be wary of over-indulging at the bar. The ski back down to Grindelwald or Wengen is long (extremely long). However, the walking distance to the cable car download for Wengen is not! There is an option to stay in the simple rooms of Berghaus Männlichen, right at the best bars. We say it often ………. next time we come we will.

We never got around to skiing the Grindelwald First sector. It has a longer skiable vertical than the Kleine Sheidegg-Maennlichen side of the Grindelwald valley, plus an extraordinary looking sledding route of over 1650m vertical off the Faulhorn. The sledding trails & non-ski infrastructure in Switzerland continually blows us away. From our observations whilst skiing the opposite side, Grindelwald First is the sunniest of the ski areas near the Jungfrau & may have broad appeal for that reason alone. We prefer the colder, darker recesses of ski resorts, but will be back soon to check it out!

We love that Wengen is centrally located in the ski region, so can be a base to conveniently explore both sides of the valley. Grindelwald village is in an undeniably spectacular setting but was a little too disconnected from the best skiing during our visit. We know that since our visit, new gondolas & an integrated station at Grund (under construction when we were there) have changed the game considerably in the town & resort. As an alternative to Interlaken, staying in Grindelwald makes a lot of sense if accommodation is available, which we found it often is not! But these places are popular for a reason. Everyone should come & find out the reasons for themselves.

You can see our thoughts on the pros and cons on the Grindelwald-Wengen overview page and also see our European ski resort ratings regarding how we score it compared to other skiing areas.