Grindelwald - Ski Area Guide
Ski Resort in Jungfrau Region, Swiss Alps - 213km of Piste (1,050m to 2,950m)
A very pretty, historic, year round resort, the largest in the Jungfrau region, which includes Wengen and Mürren. It shares a ski area with Wengen, but also has its own First ski area. Famous for the Eiger with it's break taking north face, Grindelwald celebrated its 850th birthday in 1996 and the 60th anniversary of the First mountain railway in 2007. The first person to ski here was Englishman Gerald Fox who put his skis on in his hotel bedroom in 1881 and walked out through the hotel Bar to the slopes wearing them. Then followed the great and the good from around the world and today thousands of ski and snowboarding fans.
Grindelwald Snow News
The next notable snow forecast for Grindelwald is 13cm, expected on 24 February, with around 45cm forecast over the next 7 days. There is significant snow currently indicated by the long-range (7 days+) forecast; but too far ahead to be relied upon.
Who is Grindelwald good for?
Grindelwald Ski Area
|15||Black Pistes (29km)|
|24||Red Pistes (81km)|
|16||Blue Pistes (50km)|
|17km||Cross Country Pistes|
Jungfrau Region Ski Area
Grindelwald Ski Area Height
|1050m||Resort Altitude (Grindelwald)|
The Swiss Ski Resort of Grindelwald is part of the Jungfrau Region ski area with access to 378km of downhill skiing, with 131 individual pistes, served by 66 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Grindelwald itself (213km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Jungfrau Region ski resorts of Lauterbrunnen, Mürren and Wengen. Grindelwald is directly linked by Ski Lift to the ski areas of Wengen.
With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.
There are three Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Grindelwald 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 Grindelwald
Grindelwald is part of the Jungfrau Region, shared with Murren and Wengen. It shares a ski area with Wengen - the Kleine Scheidegg and Mannlichen which is accessed by cog railway from Grindelwald or a 4 person gondola from the 'suburb' of Grund, and has its own ski area, First, reached by a six person gondola from the village. First has about a quarter of the Jungfrau's skiing - fivelifts serving 50km (31 miles) of runs, whilst the joint area with Wengen is the Jungfrau's largest having 20 lifts serving 100km (63 miles) of trails. The third sector, Mürren's Schilthorn, slightly smaller than the First ski area, is also included on the pass but is not ski linked - it's either a long - if spectacular - rail or coach link.
Beginners and children are likely to spend their first few days at the Bodmi Nursery slopes which are home to Grindelwald's ski school and easily reached by ski bus from the village centre. There are two beginners' lifts and magic carpet lifts here.
Intermediates will find the most to attract them above Grindelwald and in the Jungfrau as a whole. One of the best run is the long 8km (5 mile) descent from Oberjoch back to Grindelwald. The powder slopes from the Eiger's glacier are also wonderful if you reach them first! There are fewer runs for experts but the legendary Lauberhorn World cup downhill has to be ticked off your 'wants' list, although the Black Rock and 'near vertical' Kanonenrohr are arguably more intimidating.
Grindelwald Sports, the snow sports and mountaineering school offer guiding to the various off piste, powder snow and glacier descents.
Depending on the conditions cross-country skiers will find 20km (around 12 miles) of cross-country tracks in the Grindelwald Valley, starting at Grund. Use of the trails is free but those who make a lot of use of them are encouraged to purchase a 'cross-country sticker' for 30 SF to help with their maintenance.
Snowboarding in Grindelwald
Grindelwald boasts a superb terrain park with kickers, rails and boxes in the First area. There's also an excellent half pipe. The resort has hosted Skicross World Cup Races.
Tuition is available from three schools, underlying the resort's significance in the 'boarding world, let be the Private Ski and Snowboardschool or the Ski and Snowboardschule Grindelwald. Another choice is the Burisport School. The high ratio of chairs, gondolas, funiculars and cable cars (trams) to drag lifts and the varied natural terrain also make Grindelwald a good choice for those seeking easy uplift and exciting downhill.
Grindelwald Aprés Ski
With so much going on in the evenings (see activities) in Grindelwald, the action in the bars fails to dominate the resort's reputation. However there is plenty happening - initially at establishments such as the Challi - which has live music, as does the up-market hotel Regina - or the Expresso. Late night action continues at the Mescalero discothèque and the Plaza Club.
Don't miss a full moon or torchlit descent, complete with fondue, organised by Grindelwald Sports..
Grindelwald in brief
Grindelwald Ski Resort is:
Good for Expert Skiers.
Very good for Intermediate Skiers.
Very good for Beginners.
Good for Snowboarding.
Grindelwald Season Dates
Closes : April 17, 2017.
Usual opening - Mid Nov Open weekends only in November.
Usual closing - Mid April Last week of the season open weekends only.
NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Grindelwald.
The Webcams in Grindelwald are not always up-to-date. Please check the date on the image to ensure you are seeing current snow conditions.
Grindelwald Piste Map
Map of GrindelwaldFull Page Map of Grindelwald
Grindelwald Snow Making
Snowmaking :- Grindelwald is able to augment natural snow, on 90km of ski runs, with 150 Snow Cannons.
Grindelwald Ski Lift Capacity
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 20 Ski Lifts of Grindelwald are able to uplift 42,000 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
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