The three regions Grindelwald-First, Kleine Scheidegg-Männlichen and Mürren-Schilthorn together offer a total of 206 km of ski runs ranging from fast to leisurely, and from six to twelve kilometres in length. A total of more than 40 percent of the ski runs are equipped with snow-making machines. In the Jungfrau Region however, non-skiers also get their money’s worth: 100 kilometres of winter footpaths enable you to explore the mountains on foot. Furthermore, with its countless toboggan runs, the region is a real paradise for tobogganing. Amongst them is the longest toboggan run in the Alps.
Pistes ranging from easy ones for families to difficult ones for professionals await you when you spend your winter vacation in the Jungfrau region. The valley slopes are between 6 and 12 km in length and can be prepared with snow-making equipment should the need arise. The ski area is well-known for the demanding slope Lauberhornabfahrt. In Mürren-Schilthorn, the highest ski area in the Berner Oberland (1650 – 3000 m altitude), the snow conditions are usually good until spring. If you are looking for a challenge, you can try the 12 kilometres long black piste, the “Inferno“ over 2000 m long.
For snowboarders the Jungfrau region is not only interesting because of the pistes but also two snow parks, the Grindelwald-First and Mürren-Schilthorn. The possibilities for cross-country skiers are rather limited. A specialty of the Jungfrau region is the possibility to do ice climbing. The huge number of frozen waterfalls makes the area ideal. The impressive ice sculptures are easily accessible.
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
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 – 5 lifts 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 Aprés Ski
With so much going on in the evenings 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
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.
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.
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.
Murren is one of the prettiest ski resorts in the Alps. An area made famous by James Bond in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”
. Perched on the edge of a cliff, getting to Murren is quite an experience but it's well worth the effort. Murren is the Bernese Oberland's highest ski area and although quite limited in extent, offers incredible views of the cliff faces and peaks of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau which dominant the landscape on the far side of the Lauterbrunnen valley. There's good skiing between 1,500m and 3,000m including some challenging off-piste and fast descents for skiers. Murren truly is a delightful Alpine village and one of the cradles of Alpine skiing
Beneath the mighty backdrop of the world famous Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau peaks lies the equally famous ski resort town of Interlaken. Conveniently situated 40 minutes drive from the closest airport (Belp) and 20 minutes from the valley stations of Grindelwald, Wengen and Mürren, Interlaken earns its name as the gateway town to the Jungfrau Ski Region. It is an ideal base for both skiers and non-skiers, offering a large variety of accommodation options, activities, and extensive public transport connections to the mountain included in the Jungfrau lift ticket.
The Jungfrau Railways connect Interlaken to the base of all three resorts of the Jungfrau Region
Alternatively the free ski-bus takes you in complete comfort from Interlaken to the Jungfrau Skiing Region. The bus departs from Landhotel Golf in Unterseen at 8:30 and travels through Interlaken, conveniently stopping at selected hotels along the way before arriving at Outdoor Interlaken. The ski bus then continues directly to the valley stations in Grindelwald.