Lauterbrunnen - Ski Resort and Snow Summary
Lauterbrunnen - Ski Resort in Swiss Alps (800m to 2971m)
Located on the valley floor between Murren and Wengen this is the ideal resort for those wanting real choice with their Jungfrau Region Pass, especially as it includes Interlaken further down the valley.
Key Facts for Lauterbrunnen
|22||Black Pistes (46km)|
|35||Red Pistes (98km)|
|23||Blue Pistes (69km)|
|55km||Cross Country Pistes|
The Swiss ski resort of Lauterbrunnen has direct access to 26 individual pistes, served by 15 ski lifts.
With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.
Snowmaking :- Lauterbrunnen is able to augment natural snow, on 10km of ski runs, with 26 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 15 Ski Lifts of Lauterbrunnen are able to uplift 9,200 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
There are four Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Lauterbrunnen are perfectly feasible. Berne Airport is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.
Skiing in Lauterbrunnen
In an average winter adequate snow down to Lauterbrunnen only happens in January and February, when skiers can make one of the world's biggest vertical descents down the route of the Inferno race, over 2,200 metres from the Schilthorn, the famous revolving restaurant above Murren which featured in the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service (and indeed was only completed thanks to cash from the film company). There are no ski lifts in the valley itself so each morning guests normally decide whether to go up to the Wengen/Grindelwald side, or the Murren side, or indeed take the day off and head down to Interlaken - all are included on the Jungfrau lift pass. On the Mürren side the most famous runs for advanced skiers are down from the Schilthorn, the main one 6km (4 miles) back down to Mürren. If you're staying for less than three days be aware you have to pay to descend in the cable car from here, those who ski save the fare! Longer stayers get the descent included in their pass. Another good run is the Happy Valley - smooth and fast and easily reached from the cable car.
An off piste and heli-ski paradise surrounds you in Lauterbrunnen. The Mountaineering Centre (offices in the mountain ski centres and Interlaken) and the ski schools offer guiding to the various off piste powder snow and glacier descents, whilst a heliski operator based in Interlaken (see Interlaken entry) can take you to mind-numbiungly wonderful descents of between a world beating 2-3000 metres when conditions are good.
Snowboarding in Lauterbrunnen
Lauterbrunnen offers some good boarding.
Lauterbrunnen Aprés Ski
There are a few hotel bars in Lauterbrunnen but you have the option of popping down to sample the huge choice in Interlaken or staying on the mountain after the lifts close in Wengen or Murren and getting a late train down (but be sure you catch the last one, Cinderella, or it's a long, cold walk). If you opt for Murren the Eiger Bar is popular and the Palace Hotel has an up market cocktail bar and disco. The Tachi disco (do not mis-pronounce) is more laid back.
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Lauterbrunnen in brief
Lauterbrunnen Ski Resort is:
Ok for Expert Skiers.
Good for Intermediate Skiers.
Ok for Beginners.
Good for Snowboarding.
Lauterbrunnen Season Dates
Opened : November 16, 2013.
Closes : April 14, 2014.
Usual opening - Mid Nov.
Usual closing - Mid April.
NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Lauterbrunnen.
Lauterbrunnen Piste Map