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Skiing in Mürren
Mürren - Ski Resort in Jungfrau TopSki, Swiss Alps - 53km of Piste (1650m to 2970m)
Pretty car-free village linked by mountain railway (since 1891) to Wengen and Grindelwald and other Jungfrau Region resorts. The first Alpine Ski World Championships were staged here in 1931 by the Ski Club of Great Britain. Revolving Restaurant on top of Schilthorn.
Mürren Ski Facts
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The Swiss ski resort of Mürren is part of the Jungfrau TopSki area and has direct access to 53km of downhill skiing, with 22 individual pistes, served by 12 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Mürren itself (53km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Jungfrau TopSki ski resorts of Grindelwald and Wengen.
The ski resort itself is above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.
Snowmaking :- Mürren is able to augment natural snow, on 15km of ski runs, with 38 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 12 Ski Lifts of Mürren are able to uplift 10,000 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
There are four Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Mürren 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 Mürren
One of the resorts which can claim to be the birthplace of downhill skiing in the Alps, Mürren also offers the highest ski area in the Jungfrau Region and around 53km (38 miles) of trails locally, with a total of 205km (128 miles) of trails on the Top Ski Pass including the slopes above neighbouring Wengen and Grindelwald - reached and returned from by a combination of ski, cable car, train and bus.
There are three main ski areas, the best known being the Schilthorn (see below) - tough at the top but superb for intermediates from the cable-car/tram's mid-station at Birg. The Schiltgrat has a mixture of runs whilst finally the Allmendhubel, reached by funicular train from the village has a draglift and easy runs for beginners. It's also possible to take a chair from here to Winteregg where there are lovely runs down through the pinewoods. Mürren's most famous runs for advanced skiers are down from the revolving restaurant on the Schilthorn (not marked on the map), 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.
Anyone in the resort in January should not miss the 12km / 8 mile long Inferno race, staged annually for more than 60 years and involving a 2842m (9325 feet) vertical descent from the top of the Schilthorn down to Lauterbrunnen in the valley, if conditions are right. The course covers several steep sections, often full of bumps and the fastest descent takes around a quarter of an hour. The less determined regard an hour as a comfortable time. The race was instigated by the famous Kandahar Club, established in January 1924 and still going strong in the resort, just like the DHO (Downhill Only Club) across the valley in Wengen.
The Kandahar named their club after a British lord who donated a silver chalice as a prize to competitors in club events. The Club was involved in the early pioneering of slalom technique and worked with the Arlberg school of St Anton in the late 1920s, instigating the Arlberg-Kandahar Race in that resort. The Inferno race was predated by a race organised by Sir Arnold Lunn, a pioneer of Alpine winter sports holidays, in 1922. This is believed to have been the first ever Alpine ski race. There are other tough runs and plenty of heli-skiing opportunities; in the former category try the famous Kandahar slope on Schiltgrat.
Snowboarding in Mürren
Although not a typical snowboarders' destination, Mürren does have the advantage of having most of its runs accessible by cable cars, funiculars and chairs - few surface lifts. The resort has also built a half pipe at Schiltgrat chairlift, close to the village and the cable car station.
In the evenings there are few bars to fit the 'boarders stereotype young/loud/video screens norm - but then isn't it also a 'boarders norm to avoid being stereotypical...
Mürren Aprés Ski
Mürren's après ski is generally cosy and relaxed with most of the hotels offering traditional stubli bars. A good way to start straight after skiing is with a 'cake stop' at the Bellevue. Later on there is music at the Tächi Bar and the Inferno whilst for night owls the Biemli Chäller should be lively through the night.
For a bit of a change rent a toboggan at a sports shop, take the funicular up to Allmenhubel then sled back down. Alternatively you can go down from Mürren to Gimmelwald and take the cable car back up or, if you want to work up an appetite, walk up to the Gimmelen restaurant, enjoy a meal, then toboggan back down to your hotel.
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Mürren in brief
Mürren Ski Resort is:
Ok for Expert Skiers.
Ok for Intermediate Skiers.
Good for Beginners.
Good for Snowboarding.
Opened : December 8, 2012
Closed : April 21, 2013
Opening Subject To Snow Conditions.
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