The picturesque village of Grindelwald, and its neighbours, Wengen and Murren, come closer to the fairytale image of an alpine ski idyll than perhaps anywhere else in Europe. It’s not the extensive skiing, quaint cog railways or rustic ambience but the imposing north faces of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau that make the biggest impression, whether you’re there to ski or just to soak up the atmosphere.

Few Alpine landscapes can have attracted as much attention from mountaineers and spectators as the legendary backdrop to this most traditional ski area. Its secret lies not just in the brooding north walls of the famous trio, the Monch, Eiger and Jungfrau but in the access afforded to non-climbers. Ascending by a train tunneled deep into the heart of the Eiger, they emerge at 3,545m on the edge of the Aletsch glacier - the biggest glacier in the Alps and the source of the river Rhone. There are stupendous views across the 4,000m peaks of the Bernese Oberland and north across the Swiss plains to Germany.

Back at valley level, it's also the view that will dominate your day, and the skiing's good too. Trains carry skiers, as well as tourists, to the Kleine Scheidegg - a high point between Grindelwald and Wengen. Of the more conventional uplift, Grindelwald has Europe's longest gondola (it's more noticeably slow than long, but they tend to keep quiet about that). However, there's enough that's been updated over the years to keep the area in contention as a modern-day ski region. The First (pronounced as in 'fierce') area behind Grindelwald village, has extensive and varied skiing on sunny south-facing slopes.

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Grindelwald Statistics

  • CountrySwitzerland
  • StateBernese Oberland
  • RegionJungfrau
  • Base940 metres
  • Summit2,971 metres
  • Vertical2,031 metres
  • Ski area extent213 km
  • Beginner50 km
  • Intermediate131 km
  • Advanced32 km
  • Longest run12 km
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  • Day lift pass 36
  • 6 day lift pass 190

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