Jungfrau Ski Region

The home of Swiss skiing, with 'Big Three' scenery of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau

If scenery and ski legends alone were the deciding factory in choosing a skiing area, it’s hard to imagine a more stunning or historic arena as this classic region in the Bernese Oberland. Just the names of the resorts speak volumes. On one side of the Lauterbrunnen Valley, Wengen and Grindelwald are joined at the hip by lifts and mountain railway, with the truly stunning mountain backdrop of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Across the valley, the atmospheric village of Mürren clings to a high mountain shelf, overlooking the same valley in reverse, with inspirational but more distant views of the Jungfrau and Mönch. No wonder that in an area often spoken of as the most important “cradle” of skiing, two of the oldest ski clubs in the world sprang up on opposite sides of this valley: The Kandahar in Mürren, and the Down Hill Only (DHO) in Wengen. Both are still going strong, as is the spectacular annual Inferno race down to Lauterbrunnen from  Mürren Schilthorn (2971m – just shy of 9,750ft - and home to Mürren's famous revolving restaurant). Wengen (accessed by mountain railway, and the location for the celebrated Lauberhorn World Cup downhill) and Mürren are both car-free. Grindelwald is a small town, and apart from its well-known links with Wengen, it has an impressive ski area of its own, called First (pronounced as in Fierst).

Even though it means taking time away from the slopes, the extraordinary journey by train through the very north face of the Eiger to the highest railway station in the Alps, at the Jungfraujoch, is an unmissable experience. Although it’s unlikely that you’ll even begin to exhaust the extensive linked area of Grindelwald and Wengen, you can even take the train down to Lauterbrunnen and access the Mürren slopes via a mix of cable car and train – or indeed, vice versa. The Jungfrau “whole area” pass covers all three resorts and also includes the 'First Flyer' zipwire in Grindelwald and discounted entrance to the new 'Ice Magic' ice skating experience in Interlaken.

  • from£626pp
  • Area: 210km
  • Altitude: up to 2971m
Alpine hut in Grindelwald

This traditional mountain village is set amidst spectacular scenery at the foot of the towering north face of the Eiger. Easy access via mountain train, gondola and cable-car to the ‘Jungfrau’ ski region including the pistes linking Kleine Scheidegg and Männlichen.

  • from£345pp
  • Area: 214km
  • Altitude: up to 2971m

The idyllic village of Wengen lies high up on a sunny, sheltered terrace with spectacular views, dominated by that magnificent trio of peaks – the Eiger (Ogre), Mönch (Monk) and Jungfrau (Maiden) – which provide a magnificent backdrop to Mürren and Wengen, and in part to Grindelwald, all of which enjoy genuinely superb in-your-face scenery.

  • from£991pp
  • Area: 214km
  • Altitude: up to 2971m

Mürren, perched high above the Lauterbrunnen Valley, is one of Europe’s most historic ski areas: a “cradle” of Alpine skiing! The peaceful traffic-free village is set dramatically on a terrace on the other side of the valley from Wengen, You can only reach it by cable car.

 

Jungfrau Region Ski Resorts

From Grindelwald's perfect beginners' nursery slopes at Bodmi, through the long scenic, tree-lined runs on 'First', to Mürren's more challenging mogul fields up at Schilthorn, the Jungfrau area really does have something for everyone - all with the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau trio as a spectacular backdrop

Skiing in the Jungfrau Region

Get up close to the mighty Eiger in the 'Kleine Scheidegg / Männlichen' area linking Grindelwald and Wengen; with its variety of blue, red and black runs, excellent lift connections and slopes facing all directions, it is perfect for following the sunshine throughout the day. All three parts of the ski area - 'First', 'Kleine Scheidegg / Männlichen' and 'Mürren / Schilthorn' -  are easily accessible from the resort centres, via the efficient system of cable-cars, gondolas, and the typically Swiss little mountain trains. The 'First' area is also superb for snowboarders, with its world class half-pipe and snowpark a major attraction, in addition to excellent off-piste after each new snowfall.

Ski Holidays in the Jungfrau Region

You can stay in the following resorts (accommodation linked below) for Jungfrau Region ski holidays:

Grindelwald

This lively, traditional resort is deservedly popular for its easy access to the 'First' ski area from the village centre, and fabulous views of the unforgettable Eiger. Apart from great skiing, Grindelwald also has many other wonderful activities available, including the exhilarating 'First Flyer' zip cableway. (More info on Grindelwald)

Wengen

Wengen is another traditional, traffic-free resort, ideally located in the heart of the ski area, making a convenient and picturesque base from which to explore the Jungfrau region. Home to the famous Lauberhorn Downhill race, a highlight of the Word Cup calendar, with skiing to appeal to all abilities. (More info on Wengen)

Mürren

Boasting the highest skiing in the Jungfrau region, Mürren is a peaceful traffic-free retreat for keen skiers looking to experience some of Switzerland's best skiing from a resort which simly oozes Swiss charm, colour and character. This is one of those resorts which, once tried, draws skiers back time after time. (More info on Mürren)

Skiing levels
Beginner
Intermediates
Advanced
Snowboard
Cross country
Mountain facts
Area 206 km
Blue Runs 23
Red Runs 34
Black Runs 19
Longest run 9 Km
Whole Area Pass Lifts37
Cable Cars3
Chairlifts19
Draglifts10
Gondolas2
Rack Railway3
Snowpark Info

2 Snowparks (Mürren & Grindelwald)

Flights
    

To Zurich*
    

Saturdays & Sundays

From
    

Gatwick; Heathrow; Birmingham; Manchester
    

To Geneva
    

Saturdays & Sundays

From
    

Gatwick; Manchester; Southampton; Newcastle;
    

Exeter; Edinburgh; Bristol; Glasgow; Birmingham;
    

Isle of Man
    

Transfers
    

3hrs 30mins Zurich (by Rail) & Geneva (by Coach or Rail)
*Transfers by Swiss rail, supplement applies. Rail from UK - travel from London or Ebbsfleet from 5 Jan 2013.
Supplements apply on some flights

Skiing levels

Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced
Snowboard
Cross Country

Mountain facts

Ski areas
206km
Runs
  • 23
  • 34
  • 19
Longest run
9km
Snowparks

2 Snowparks (Mürren & Grindelwald)

Lifts
Chairlifts 19 , Cable car 3 , Draglifts 10 , Gondolas 2 , Rack railway 3
What We say
  • Numerous mountain huts serve traditional Bernese Oberland food: soups, salads, sausages, pork steaks, chicken and Alpler Macaroni, delicious!

  • When staying in Mürren, the local ski area has 51km of piste so you may like to extend the ski pass to access the whole Jungfrau ski area.

  • Non-skiers can benefit from access to nearly unlimited cleared trails with the Hiking & Sledging Pass (from £206, 6 days).

What You say
  • We can see why so many guests are repeat bookers to Grindelwald. It was a real pleasure for us to return and we look forward to our own return.

    Grindelwald, Fiona Rance, Mar 2018
  • Our fourth trip to the Hotel Eiger in Mürren with Inghams. Everything was perfect

    Mürren, Mr Antony Blenkinsopp, Feb 2018
  • We had a good holiday and the skiing in Wengen and surrounding area is good. It's convenient for transport and ski lift.

    Wengen, Timothy Banks, Mar 2018
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