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Skiing in Kandersteg
Kandersteg - Ski Resort in Swiss Alps - 14km of Piste (1170m to 1960m)
Picturesque, traditional village (a winter resort for over 100 years, visitors initially attracted for the curling) in the middle of stunning Alpine scenery. In the village there is an indoor and outdoor ice rink and an indoor climbing wall.
Kandersteg Ski Facts
|4||Red Pistes (9km)|
|3||Blue Pistes (6km)|
|52km||Cross Country Pistes|
The Swiss ski resort of Kandersteg has direct access to 14km of downhill skiing, with 7 individual pistes, served by 7 ski lifts.
Snowmaking :- Kandersteg is able to augment natural snow, on 10km of ski runs, with 20 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 7 Ski Lifts of Kandersteg are able to uplift 9,400 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
There are three Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Kandersteg are perfectly feasible. Sion Airport is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.
Skiing in Kandersteg
Kandersteg has two small ski areas at Oeschinen and Sunnbüel, connected by a complimentary ski bus. A third ski area at Lauchernalp is included on a joint lift ticket which includes rail and bus services in the Lötschen valley. The ski pistes in the area are wide, open and have good visibility
Three of the seven lifts serve Oeschinen which has nine kilometres (six miles) of runs graded from easy to difficult-intermediate (blues and reds) and supported by snow making. A chairlift accesses the area from the edge of the resort and there are four drag lifts serving the different runs. There are several cosy mountain restaurants.
Sunnbüel is accessed by cable car rising to 2000 metres above sea level and has six kilometres (four miles) of easy to medium difficulty downhill pistes (all graded blue). There is a cosy mountain restaurant. Sunnbüel is the starting point for many ski tours in the Gemmi and Wildstrubel area.
A third ski option is found along the Lötschen valley at Lauchernalp. Here there are pistes for all ability levels from beginners to expert skiers. Here you can also follow in the footsteps of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Watson by following their ski touring route from when they came from Leukerbad in the Rhone valley over the Gemmi pass to Kandersteg. From here they carry on to Meiringen where the ski addict Doyle allowed Holmes to enjoy a tussle with his arch enemy Professor Moriarty.
Rail links also make it feasible to make day trips to other ski areas including Zermatt, Grindelwald and Wengen.
Cross country skiers have more than 50 kilometers of prepared tracks for skating and classical cross-country styles from 1200 to 2000 metres above sea level.
There are well-prepared cross-country tracks around Kandersteg itself and high alpine tracks at Sunnbüel. The night trail is illuminated until late in the evening.
Cross country skiers should buy a trail pass as a contribution to the maintenance of the trails. These are sold at the trail or at the tourist office.
Snowboarding in Kandersteg
Although not a major centre for boarders, Kandersteg is a good place to learn, with the ski school offering lessons on the uncrowded, low-pressure, slopes.
Kandersteg Aprés Ski
Apres ski is generally low key and hotel based. The High Moon Pub in the Hotel Alfa Soleil is one of the livelier night spots and has a pool table.
The Hotel zur Post in the village centre is also normally popular with two traditional, but fully automated, bowling lanes. The Blümlisalp also has bowling (reserve ahead!)
The Alpenblick has live music on Fridays from a traditional Swiss folk group.
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