Adelboden Ski Resort

This Swiss gem, tucked away in the Bernese Oberland, is often overlooked by British visitors, but with a varied and surprisingly large ski area, Adelboden won’t remain hidden for long.

Although it hosts a formidable World Cup race each January, much of the terrain at Adelboden’s four ski areas and across the hill at the linked resort of Lenk, is ideal for intermediates. Wide, open and often sunny slopes are the order the day here – allowing you to clock up some serious miles. The lift system, once rickety and old, has undergone a number of recent upgrades and crucially a new access gondola is planned for the coming years – this will make a huge difference to your morning commute up the hill. Snow reliability has also improved thanks to a comprehensive snowmaking system, which makes up for the resort’s relatively low altitude – it only peaks out at 2362m.

Our Adelboden Resort Ratings

  • Beginner ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Intermediate ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Advanced ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Snow Reliability ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Fast Lifts ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Resort Activities ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Après ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Value ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Great intermediate terrain in linked area with Lenk

Fantastic scenery throughout

Some of the best winter walking and cross country trails in Switzerland


Early beginners stuck on small slopes in town

Limited challenges for experts without fresh snow

Low altitude means snow can suffer (but lots of snowmaking)

Adelboden Skiing and Snowboarding

The main access gondola drops skiers and riders at the summit of Sillerenbühl, from which runs fan out in all directions. Most of these are wide reds, several of which drop down over into the Lenk side of the hill – where wide blues are very much the order of the day. Tougher challenges are available on the Chuenisbärgli, the home of the World Cup track, and up off the Luegli chairlift – which is definitely the place to head to after fresh snowfall.

There are three other small ski areas in the Adelboden Valley, all of which offer extra variety and are great places to explore during your stay. Elsigenalp is home to some tough challenges and a host of freestyle terrain, TschentenAlp has its own small cluster of runs and the stunning Engstligenalp has the best beginner zone and a small collection of snowsure, steeper runs served by four drags.

  • Total Pistes: 143km
  • Blue: 45%
  • Red: 45%
  • Black: 10%
  • Lifts: 42
  • Altitude: 1260m – 2362m

Adelboden Piste Map

The local area map can be downloaded here.

Adelboden Resort

The town of Adelboden is rather sprawling, taking up much of the southeast facing slopes beneath the TschentenAlp gondola. Traditional Swiss hotels and chalets make up much of the available accommodation and unlike some other Swiss resorts, Adelboden is slightly more affordable. Base yourself in the centre of town for the liveliest atmosphere, just be aware that there is a walk to get to the main access gondola at Oey – this is also where the resort run ends up to finish the day.

Away from the slopes and Adelboden is an extremely attractive proposition. The comprehensive network of prepared winter walking trails is hard to rival in this part of the Alps, Engstligenalp is home to one of Switzerland’s most picturesque cross country trails and TschentenAlp is a tobogganer’s paradise.

Adelboden Season Dates

30th November 2019 - 13th April 2020

How to get to Adelboden

The drive up from Zürich and Basel takes around two hours, with public transport taking a little longer – you need to catch a bus for the final leg from Frutigen in the valley below.

  • Zürich airport: 2.5 hours (driving) or 3 hours (public transport)
  • Basel airport: 2 hours (driving) or 3 hours (public transport)
  • Geneva airport: 3 hours (driving) or 3.5 hours (public transport)
  • Calais: approximately 10 hours driving (525 miles)

Adelboden Contact Details

Good For

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
In Resort
  • Village Charm
On Slope
  • Fast Lifts
  • No Queues
  • Snow Reliability

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