Skiing in Switzerland: The 12 best travel destinations in 2023
- December 11, 2022
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Travelers heading to Grindelwald can ski in two areas. The first, Grindelwald-Wengen, lies at the foot of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau and is home to the Lauberhorn World Cup run, which leads from the Lauberhorn to Wengen over a distance of around 4.5 km. Travelers looking for other outdoor activities can take advantage of Grindelwald-Wengen’s toboggan runs and world-famous hiking trails. The Eiger Express takes skiers from the Grindelwald terminal to the Eiger Glacier in just 15 minutes. Travelers can also reach the ski area from Grindelwald and Wengen by cog railway or cable car. The second ski area, Grindelwald-First, is home to a snow park with a half-pipe, kickers, rails and other features designed to get advanced skiers and snowboarders airborne. Guests can reach Grindelwald-First in about 25 minutes by gondola lift from Grindelwald.
Statistics: Skiers can enjoy 64 km of slopes in Grindelwald-Wengen and 35 km of slopes in Grindelwald-First. For CHF 75 (a little less than USD 80), adults can get a day pass valid for the entire Jungfrau Region: Grindelwald-Wengen and Mürren-Schilthorn.
Refreshment stops nearby: In the First mountain inn, located right next to the Firstbahn gondola station at around 2,200 meters above sea level, hungry skiers can satisfy their appetite for hearty food and mountain views. The casual self-service restaurant offers everything from Alsatian sausage salads to goulash soup and of course hash browns and raclette with all sorts of side dishes. In the Berghaus Mannlichen self-service restaurant in picturesque Mannlichen-Kleine Scheidegg, skiers and hikers can fortify themselves with down-to-earth dishes such as grilled sausages, burgers and chilli-cheese rösti. Traveling with a crew that can’t agree on a cooking style? Visit the new Hotel Restaurant Fiescherblick, whose restaurant offers dishes with Japanese, Scandinavian and French influences. Second after the meal are the views of the Eiger north face, the Fiescherlicka, the Mannlichen and the charming village church. The cozy and rustic Jägerstübli is located just above the town of Grindelwald, right on ski slope number three, and serves burgers, snacks and cold beers – the perfect formula for an après-ski feast. Travelers who don’t mind going a little further for a five-star culinary experience will find it at the Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa in Interlaken.
Accommodation: The new Hotel Restaurant Fiescherblick occupies a formerly vacant building just behind Grindelwald’s white and steepled church and has just 19 Scandinavian-inspired rooms and is surrounded by stunning mountain views. At Hotel Eiger Selfness, staff pride themselves on getting to know guests by their first names and helping them reconnect with nature and themselves. The hotel will unveil a refreshed entrance after completing a renovation that will last from autumn through December.