Ski Lifts in Wengen
Wengen’s ski area is connected to Grindelwald and served by a network of 27 ski lifts. The lift system is built around a backbone of rack-and-pinion cog mountain railways which are quaint and mostly slow, but the scenery is some of the best in the Alps so sit back and enjoy the ride.
Wengen Ski Lifts
Trains dominate the Jungfrau resorts in a way that’s rarely found elsewhere in the Alps, providing a colourful but slow backbone to the skiing, particularly in Wengen and Grindelwald – less so in Murren where trains are not really used as alternatives to ski lifts to get you to the slopes.
Wengen relies more on its quaint rack-and-pinion trains to get people up the mountain than Grindelwald. Without them, the only way to access the main ski area would be the giant cable car to Mannlichen. Although there are other lifts of course on the Wengen side, they are all lifts which you can only access by first getting onto the slopes using either the trains or the Mannlichen cable car.
The railway climbs from Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg via Allmend and Wengernalp. At the top it makes sense to move towards the Grindelwald slopes as there’s more choice of routes – though it doesn’t really matter which way you aim. There’s good intermediate skiing in almost all directions, with some 20 lifts radiating out across an extensive area. The Wixi chair which serves the Lauaberhorn area is due to be replaced by a new six-seat chair lift in 2012.
You can even use then trains to “beat the lift system.” By working out when the last sensible time to be up the mountain is (before it gets dark, as the lifts are closing) you can take a late train to Kleine Scheidegg, have a last drink and ski down to Wengen as the sun is beginning to set. Don’t leave it too late though or the ski patrol won’t be happy!
Wengen Ski Lift Passes
Wengen Ski Lift Company
Wengen Railway Station
Tel: +41 (0) 33 828 70 50
Mannlichen Cable Car
Tel: +41 (0) 33 855 29 33