Abutting the famously rugged Eiger, Jungfrau and Monch peaks, a Grindelwald ski vacation is sure to please anyone in search of a good view. Grindelwald is the largest of the Interlaken-based resorts, known as Jungfrau Top Ski area, in the Bernese Oberland Mountains of Switzerland. Grindelwald is directly linked to Wengen ski area, and the Top Ski lift ticket provides access to the resort's combined 132 miles of ski terrain over 50 pistes. The Jungfrau Top Ski resort accesses pistes above 7,500 feet, ensuring that skiers and boarders experience exceptional snow coverage. And despite being one of Europe’s favorite ski destinations, the Jungfrau region rarely experiences crowds, thanks to its three sprawling base areas, and centrally located Interlaken. Plus, the resort’s 20 chairlifts transport 42,000 passengers uphill in an hour.
Non-skiers and those looking for a variety of activities and experiences, will be incredibly pleased, thanks to the world-famous cogwheel train, which shuttles skiers and sightseers alike to the “Top of Europe,” the saddle between Jungfrau and Monch peak. Those looking to participate in winter activities will be pleased to learn that Grindelwald is home to the longest toboggan run in the Alps, and the Grindelwald Valley features 12 miles of world-class country-country skiing trails.
With so much terrain to explore, a lively and storied base village in Interlaken, and spectacular Alpine peaks, you might as well start planning your Grindelwald ski vacation today.
Grindelwald Ski Resort
As aforementioned, Grindelwald is connected to Wengen via trails and lifts, and the ski area they share—Kleine Scheidegg—makes up the largest ski area. But it’s important to note that Grindelwald also serves as an access point to even more skiing. Murren and Wengen each connect to smaller ski areas. Wengen is also home of the longest World Cup downhill course, the Lauberhorn. Mürren's Schilthorn is included on the pass but is not accessible from other areas via chairlift.
Grindelwald is in fact a great place to base a family ski vacation out of, as beginners and children will fancy the gentle Bodmi slopes. Plus Grindelwald's ski school is easily accessed from the base village, which is a huge plus for larger families who have a lot of equipment to schlep. Grindelwald is also a favorite among intermediates, since the majority of the runs are red and blue. Corduroy-lovers will have a blast on the five-mile cruiser from the top of the Oberjoch chairlift back to the Grindelwald base. With the exception of Wengen’s Lauberhorn and Black Rock run, experts will find that most of the on-piste offerings aren’t quite as challenging. But with so much off-piste and glacier skiing to be had, expert skiers and snowboarders will be grinning ear-to-ear on a Grindelwald ski vacation.