What’s it like?
A ski area with challenging steeps, easy-to-learn beginner slopes and a wide variety of different activities to keep the whole family entertained.
The Jungfrau area is made up of 213km of varying piste, as well as an epic freeride area. The main hub is in the Kleine Scheidegg/Mannlichen area, located directly between Grindelwald and Wengen. On one side you have the Grindelwald/First area, and on the opposite side of the region you have the Murren ski area. Kleine Scheidegg and Mannlichen are available on the local lift pass, while First and Murren are covered on the full area pass, which also offers a 50% reduction on the Jungfraujoch.
Getting around the ski area is quite unique, with a combination of the traditional ski lifts as well as the classic cog wheel railways. To get on the piste as early as possible, you can start your day at Wengen or Grindelwald station and take the historic train up to the Kleine Scheidegg. The Jungfrau region has also made sizeable investments in upgrading a number of chair lifts, with the Wixi and Salzegg lifts being completely rebuilt over the past couple of years. This effort has really paid off. You never feel like you have been sat on lifts too long, as you are whisked around by the typically-efficient Swiss operation.
Wengen is a small pedestrianised resort overlooking the stunning Lauterbrunnen valley. It's made up predominantly of half board hotels and offers great value for money compared to some other resorts in Switzerland. Access to the ski area is either via the Mannlichen gondola or by taking the train up to the Kleine Scheidegg. Opposite Wengen, on the other side of the valley, you will find Murren. Accessed from Lauterbrunnen, this ski area reaches nearly 3,000m and is crowned by the Schilthorn viewing platform, famed for its appearance in the Bond film "On Her Majesty's Secret Service".
The pinnacle of all the runs without a doubt though is the famous Lauberhorn. Stretching to nearly 4.5km, this is the longest downhill race run on the planet, and takes the pros around two and a half minutes to complete. In the past few years, the last few hundred meters have had to be eased off as skiers were physically unable to handle the gruelling demands of the run. For some real racing experience, you can throw yourself out of the starting hut before taking on the challenging steeps, jumps and sharp turns.
Grindelwald is a slightly larger town than Wengen, but still offers similar options in terms of accommodation with a variety of half board hotels to suit your budget. On one side of the resort you have the main train station which offers access to the Kleine Scheidegg and over to Wengen. On the other side of the resort you have the First ski area, which is slightly smaller and with a snow park, and is probably the more popular area for snowboarders across the resort.
There are great views wherever you're staying, none more so than the North Face of the Eiger. Looming imperiously over the resort, this ‘wall’ is home to some of the most difficult climbs and conditions in the world. Fortunately there are plenty of easier ways for you to get down the mountain and for the non-skiers there's also 50km of sledging runs for you to get round the Jungfrau and see the best parts of the mountain.