Wengen Ski Resort

Wengen is an attractive, traditional, car-free Swiss village, on a gently sloping shelf beneath the legendary Jungfrau and Eiger mountains. Family oriented and a firm favourite among British skiers, many of whom return year after year, Wengen has some of the best views in the Alps.

Wengen is a traditional Swiss village that is seamlessly lift-linked with neighbouring Grindelwald, and also has a rather more complicated railway and cable-car link with Murren, to form the mid-sized Jungfrau ski area. The backdrop to Wengen's own slopes - the awe-inspiring Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains - is perhaps more remarkable than the runs themselves, with the exception of the resort's famous Lauberhorn World Cup downhill course, although much of this is surprisingly mild too (if taken at normal speed). The ski area therefore best suits relaxed intermediate skiers who want to enjoy a quintessential Swiss winter holiday, and value spending some of their time on the mountain eating, drinking, chatting, soaking up the sunshine and admiring the scenery, rather than relentlessly 'piste-bashing' all day. Advanced skiers who want a challenge should hire a guide and explore the off-piste. Beginners have nursery slopes in the village and higher up the mountain, accessed on a pay-per-lift basis which is cheaper than the full lift pass. The local ski school and private instructors have a good reputation, particularly for teaching children.

Snow quality can be a concern at the start or end of the season. At 1275m above sea level, Wengen is not very high and Grindelwald is even lower at 1035m, and very few of their slopes are above 2000m. Murren, across the valley and about an hour away by train and cable car, has a smaller ski area but higher and more snowsure slopes, including some genuinely testing pistes.

But skiing is only part of the reason to come to Wengen. Nestling on the mountainside above the Lauterbrunnen Valley, this old farming village is a charming mix of large Victorian-era hotels and traditional chalets, some of which have been sensitively divided into apartments. Most have stunning views. Wengen is car-free apart from taxis, which makes it harder to get to, but adds to its ambience. This partly explains its enduring appeal to families, some of whom have been coming to Wengen for generations. A few may be members of the historic Downhill Only Club (DHO), honouring the first British visitors who persuaded the railway company to keep the trains running in winter, thus providing them with a means of getting to the slopes without having to walk up - something we can all be thankful for.

Ski Hire in Wengen

There are plenty of ski and board rental outlets in the resort. To get a discount though, you have to book online in advance. ALPINRESORTS.com works with several ski and board hire shops in and around the resort and can secure significant savings - check shop locations and current offers available here.

SKISET also has an outlet in Wengen and gives discounts if you book online here.

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Wengen Statistics

  • CountrySwitzerland
  • StateBernese Oberland
  • RegionJungfrau
  • Summit2,971 metres
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  • Day lift passSfr 37
  • 6 day lift pass 190

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