The Jungfrau ski area has 213 km of very picturesque, mostly intermediate and beginner slopes.
There are are some very attractive long runs of up to 15km, but few knee trembling black runs, which makes Grindelwald somewhere you will enjoy relaxed skiing or boarding at your own pace, taking time to enjoy a break for lunch or a drink on the mountain, whilst taking in the amazing scenery.
Advanced and experts skiers looking to be constantly challenged and pumped with adrenaline may not find it on piste in Grindelwald - but will certainly get their fill by hiring a guide or going heli-skiing, to explore some of the most stunning off-piste skiing in the Alps, or emulate the world's best skiers by tackling the Laubehorn downhill course above Wengen, or test themselves on the slopes in Mürren, where the annual Inferno race has been held since 1928.
Access to the slopes from Grindelwald is by gondola, to First, which faces the Eiger. Runs here are mostly gentle, and noticeably uncrowded, outside peak dates. Another gondola, from Grunda free shuttle ride form the centre, takes you to Männlichen and the linked Grindelwald-Wengen area. A mountain railway from Grund also gives access to the Mänlichen area, by taking you higher up, to Kleine Scheidegg, above Wengen.
Cross-country skiers have around 15 miles of prepared tracks; there’s an extensive network of paths for walking and a Funpark, Half-pipe & Super pipe for boarders.
As an all round winter sports destination few resorts compare with Grindelwald's cosmopolitan and characterful atmosphere.
The après-ski is relaxed, very enjoyable and kicks off as soon as the skiing ends.
Swimming, curling, skating, ice-hockey and floodlit tobogganing are some of the sports activities. But, if a day on the slopes has been enough activity, there's a good early evening buzz in the bars and cafés, or you can relax in one of the many excellent spas before dinner.
Amongst the most popular early and late evening bars are the American Bar, which, despite its name, is more pub style, with darts, pool and music; Espresso Bar with an outdoor terrace; the sophisticated Regina Piano Bar for cocktails, jazz & dancing; and Challi Bar with a DJ or the stylish Sports Pub.
Night owls and party animals eventually gravitate to Mescalero where live bands and the DJ keep the party going until the early hours.
resort 1035-2485 metres
41 lifts & 213km of marked runs blue 25% | red 61% | black 14%
Jungfrau Ski Pass with Wengen & Mürren | cross country 26km | winter footpaths 104km | toboggan runs 51km 18km floodlit | snowboard park with super pipe at First in Grindelwald. Funpark with half-pipe and jump street above Wengen.
Grindelwald, in Switzerland's Jungfrau ski area, lies at the foot of the Eiger, in one of the most dramatic settings in the Alps. It's a classic, traditional winter sports resort, and with Wengen and Mürren included on the Jungfrau lift pass it's very well suited to intermediate and beginner skiers & boarders
Stunning scenery, for cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, winter walking, tobogganing and many other outdoor and indoor activities make Grindelwald somewhere to relax, enjoy and really appreciate the magic of a holiday in the snow - the perfect antidote to the conveyor belt approach to winter sports found in many of the more purpose-built alpine resorts.