Oz skier skiing in Switzerland for the first time.

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Oz skier skiing in Switzerland for the first time.

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Carv posted Nov-2011

Hi ...I'm skiing in Wengen for two weeks in January 2012.Any advice feedback would help.
thank in advance.

LOTA
reply to 'Oz skier skiing in Switzerland for the first time.'
posted Nov-2011

I confidently predict you'll love it. And for variety, take the the time (and the train) to try out Murren, and Grindelwald's First area.

Carv
reply to 'Oz skier skiing in Switzerland for the first time.'
posted Nov-2011

Hey Lota,....thanks for your reply, The house we are staying at is supposed to be ski in ski out. Do you know if the runs easy to get to from the town or do you have to travel a long distance with trains etc? Also Do you know of any ski shops we can visit in while i'm in Zurich.thnx

Far Queue
reply to 'Oz skier skiing in Switzerland for the first time.'
posted Nov-2011

Hi Carv, I was in Wengen last season.

There is practically zero skiing actually in the town itself, from memory just a single beginner area, and the bottom end of a trail to allow skiing back into the town.

To access the ski areas, you need to either get the gondola from the centre of the town, or go up on the train. The train is much slower, so best to get the gondola, and if you want to get over to the Kleiner Sheidegg side, simply ski across and get a chairlift back up to it.

If you want to ski the Murren side (which you should try early on in case you like it and want to return) you need to get the train from Wengen down into Lauterbrunnen, then the gondola up the other side of the valley. Likewise for Grindelwald, get up above Wengen, then ski all the way down into Grindelwald, then it is a bus transfer to the gondola up to the first ski area. There is some excellent skiing in all three areas, so it is worth trying them all out.

I am not the greatest photographer in the world, but if you want to see roughly what is about, here is a link to my facebook album from last year..

Feb in Wengen 2011

Far Queue
reply to 'Oz skier skiing in Switzerland for the first time.'
posted Nov-2011

Oh, I should also add, that be prepared for a shock. The ski shops in Wengen were possibly the most expensive I have come across, with some items priced at three times the price I have seen in the UK (ie £1500.00 for a pair of Volkl Skis I could buy for £495.00).

I did not go shopping in Interlaken, but I have been told it is a little cheaper down there. Cannot help with anywhere else though, we drove straight through without stopping.

LOTA
reply to 'Oz skier skiing in Switzerland for the first time.'
posted Nov-2011

Far Queue's advice is especially sound, mate.

It takes a bit of time to get to the skiing in the Jungfrau resorts, but you'll love it when you get to it! Bit more extensive than Thredbo or Perisher! If I recall, the main run back from the Lauberhorn race area runs right back into the middle of Wengen and is pretty straightforward.

Chris Brookes
reply to 'Oz skier skiing in Switzerland for the first time.'
posted Nov-2011

Plenty of positive info i can give about Mürren not Wenegn im afraid but i think watching the following videoes produced by some locals will give you a feel about it.


http://vimeo.com/21410179

http://youtu.be/kwe36hitO-M
www  Twitter:@murrenlover

Carv
reply to 'Oz skier skiing in Switzerland for the first time.'
posted Nov-2011

Thank you for all the info. I cant wait to get there, it looks amazing.
cheers

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