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Skiing in Wengen
Wengen - Ski Resort in Jungfrau TopSki, Swiss Alps - 112km of Piste (1270m to 2320m)
A very picturesque resort that has welcomed skiers since the turn of the century. Car-free, with life centred on the railway (which ultimately reaches Europe's highest station) and a spectacular back drop of the Eiger as well as the Mönch and Jungfrau. Site of the world-famous Lauberhorn race.
Wengen Ski Facts
|7||Black Pistes (22km)|
|17||Red Pistes (66km)|
|8||Blue Pistes (22km)|
|17km||Cross Country Pistes|
The Swiss ski resort of Wengen is part of the Jungfrau TopSki area and has direct access to 112km of downhill skiing, with 33 individual pistes, served by 19 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Wengen itself (112km 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 Mürren.
With skiing above 2000 metres, snow cover is generally reliable.
Snowmaking :- Wengen is able to augment natural snow, on 50km of ski runs, with 150 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 19 Ski Lifts of Wengen are able to uplift 20,200 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
There are four Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Wengen 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 Wengen
Wengen's presence in the lists of 'most favourite resorts' for those who have visited it is an unusual one. Most other entrants will be there because of their fantastic skiing, Wengen will be there because of the how it makes you feel just being there, even before you put your skis or 'board on. The awe inspiring mountainscape above and below borders on a spiritual experience for many which makes even the most bland skiing experience seem marvelous. Not that Wengen's skiing is bland - far from it, nearly 100 miles (160km ) of trails, shared with neighbouring Grindelwald, are lift-linked from the village, with further 50km+ or so (31 miles) also on the Jungfrau top ski Lift pass across the valley at Mürren.
The main ski area shared with Grindelwald is the Kleine Scheidegg. It is reached by the cog railway from Wengen to Wengeneralp in about 25 minutes (this may also be busy with non-skiing tourists on their way up to the Jungfraujoch, especially later in the season). The second main area is Männlichen, reached by cable-car from the village or accessed from Kleine Scheidegg.
Beginners will find nursery slopes in Wengen proper with friendly and efficient English-speaking schools and another area up at Wengeneralp . Intermediates will be most impressed by all that the Jungfrau top ski area has to offer, with many long, wide open runs above the tree line. Highlights include a trip over to Grindelwald for the 8km (5 mile) run down from the Oberjoch to that resort on its separate First ski area.
Grindelwald itself can be reached by another popular 8km (5 mile) run down from Männlichen. Experts will not want to miss the opportunity of a descent of the Lauberhorn, even if they can't match Franz Klammer's pace. This is now reached by a new chairlift from Scheidegg, above which the tough trails include the succinctly named Oh God! off-piste descent.
Many skiers and 'boarders tend to end the day with the 7km (4 mile) run down from the top of the Lauberhorn back to Wengen, perhaps calling at Mary's for a pre-après ski drink en route. A day trip over to Mürren on the train should not be missed in order to try another legendary run, the 6km ( 4 mile) black down to the resort from the famous Schilthorn revolving restaurant.
Snowboarding in Wengen
Wengen is highly rated by Snowboarders and there is a Snow Park.
Wengen Aprés Ski
Although probably not the choice for those who put their partying before their skiing, Wengen nonetheless has enough lively bars and nightspots for most tastes. Unusually it is the locals, and often visiting Germans, who add to the fun. The British clientele are generally not at the forefront of the nighttime action as they are in many other resorts where they are the dominant seasonal incomers.
After the lifts close the pavement cafes that spill out around the station are generally crowded, happy places and tea dances begin at the nearby Silberhorn and Belvedere. Lively bars through the evening include the Tanne and the Pickle. Sina has live music and karaoke nights. Apart from partying options include the cinema, often showing English language films and occasional floodlit slalom races and ski jumping to watch, as well as ice hockey matches. Later on there are a number of discothèques.
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Wengen in brief
Wengen Ski Resort is:
Very good for Expert Skiers.
Very good for Intermediate Skiers.
Good for Beginners.
Very good for Snowboarding.
Opened : December 8, 2012
Closed : April 14, 2013
Opening Subject To Snow Conditions.
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