Grindelwald Ski Resort

Sitting beneath the towering North Face of the Eiger, a trip to Grindelwald in the Swiss Alps will be a memorable one for skiers and non-skiers alike.

Grindelwald lies at the base of the Jungfrau ski region, with 155km of local slopes served by a fleet of increasingly modern lifts, affording access to terrain across two varied areas. Its main slopes are shared with Wengen and there is a separate area of sunny pistes on First.

The ski resort also provides some of the best off-snow diversions of any in the Alps. A trip up to Jungfraujoch is a must and in addition, the resort boasts Europe's longest sledging run and an extensive network of mountain walking trails.

Grindelwald has always been popular with members and there is no better way to find out more about the varied slopes and stunning scenery than through the expert local knowledge of your Ski Club Rep – in town this winter from January through to March. Grindelwald is also an easy train ride from Zürich and for this reason, two Freshtracks weekends are heading out to the ski resort this season.

Don't forget to also join our community of like-minded skiers on the Ski Club's Grindelwald Facebook Group for the most up-to-date resort info.

Our Grindelwald Resort Ratings

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

Fantastic scenery dominated the the Eiger's North Face

Big intermediate ski area

Lots to do off the slopes, especially for tobogganing and winter walking

Easy to get to using the train network

Cons

Slow train links between areas, but new gondolas will dramatically improve this

Most of the challenges for advanced skiers are off piste

Village can be shady in the heart of winter

Low-altitude resort runs can struggle for snow, but snowmaking has helped

Grindelwald Skiing and Snowboarding

The major area of slopes is shared with Wengen and offers a mix of a few wooded runs and much more extensive open slopes – all served by fast lifts. The smaller First area is mainly above the treeline but offers sunny runs, great views and is also home to a top-class terrain park and ski cross course. Note that several areas are designated as skier-free wildlife reserves, where you may well spot chamois.

  • Total Pistes: 155 km (206km in Jungfrau Region)
  • Blue: 42%
  • Red: 44%
  • Black: 14%
  • Lifts: 33 (49 in Jungfrau Region)
  • Altitude: 944m – 2320m

For Beginners

The Bodmi nursery slope at the bottom of First is scenic but not particularly convenient. Snow quality can also suffer from the sun and the low altitude, and fast skiers and tobogganers racing through are off-putting. Kleine Scheidegg has a better, higher beginner area and splendid long runs to progress to, served by the railway.

For Intermediates

In good snow, First makes a fantastic intermediate playground. On the other side, nearly all the runs from Kleine Scheidegg are long blues or gentle reds – great cruising terrain. On the Männlichen there's a choice of gentle but not very varied runs down to the mid-station of the gondola – and in good snow, down to the bottom. For tougher pistes, head for the top of the Lauberhorn lift, to Wixi or the north-facing runs from Eigergletscher served by the Eigernordwand six-pack – these often have the best snow late in the season.

For Advanced/Expert & Off Piste

The area is quite limited for experts, but there is some fine off piste if the snow is good. One of our favourite runs after fresh snow is the Bort Direct black run from First. Heli-trips can also be organised to the high peaks above the Lauterbrunnen Valley.

Grindelwald Piste Map

The local area map, covering both sides of the Grindelwald Valley can be downloaded here. If you’re looking for a day trip to Mürren then the piste map can be downloaded here.

Grindelwald Ski Pass Prices

For shorter trips, skiers and boarders are most likely to only need the local pass, covering the 155km of slopes in Wengen and Grindelwald. Keen piste bashers or those looking for day trips to Mürren should consider a Jungfrau Region pass – which covers the entire 206km network of pistes. Pre-book your passes online three weeks in advance to save 20% on the prices listed below – visit the website here. Note that these prices may change, so check with the resort for the latest or give the Ski Club’s expert info & advice team a call on 020 8410 2009.

Season passes cost 666 CHF if bought before 16th December 2018, before rising to 999 CHF. The season pass also covers the resorts of Mürren, Gstaad, Adelboden and Meiringen – for more information visit the Top4 Skipass website.

Category

Day Ticket

3 Days

6 Days

Wengen and Grindelwald Only

Adult

65 CHF

175 CHF

300 CHF

Junior (16-19)

52 CHF

140 CHF

240 CHF

Child (6-15)

33 CHF

88 CHF

150 CHF

Senior (62+)

59 CHF

158 CHF

270 CHF

Jungfrau Region

Adult

74 CHF

204 CHF

356 CHF

Junior (16-19)

59 CHF

163 CHF

285 CHF

Child (6-15)

37 CHF

102 CHF

178 CHF

Senior (62+)

67 CHF

184 CHF

321 CHF

Grindelwald Season Dates

  • Grindelwald First: 7th December 2019 – 31st March 2020
  • Männlichen: 16th December 2019 – 31st March 2020

For full details see the resort's website and note that these dates are subject to change. The Ski Club’s expert info & advice team are also on hand to help – call 020 8410 2009.

Grindelwald Resort

The central buildings are mainly in traditional chalet style, in keeping with the resort's long mountaineering history. The village can feel very jolly at times, especially when events are going on in town or up on the slopes. Although the road through goes nowhere, traffic can sometimes be intrusive.

For Families

It's not the most convenient place for families because of its spread-out nature. However, the sheer variety of off-slope activities make this a good bet for families not looking to spend their whole holidays on skis or on a snowboard. For the younger ones, Snowli Kids Clubs are based at both Bodmi (First) and at the top of Männlichen.

For Après

Tipirama – a wigwam at Kleine Scheidegg, sometimes with DJs and live bands – is a fun place immediately after skiing. There are various (mainly open air) bars to stop in on the way down to Grund. The liveliest are the Rancher on run 22, which attracts a young crowd, the Holzerbar on run 21 and the Aspen Hotel a little further down the hill.

In town, the terrace of the C&M Café und Mehr is good for coffee and cake. Later on, there's live music in several bars and hotels, such as the Challibar in the Hotel Kreuz & Post, but it isn't a place for bopping until dawn. The Espresso bar in the Spinne Hotel is lively and the Gepsi Bar in the Eiger is a favourite. Both the Mescalero in the Spinne and Plaza in the Sunstar are popular clubs.

How to get to Grindelwald

The efficient and scenic Swiss Railways system is the easiest way to get up to Grindelwald – just be prepared to change trains a few times. Zürich and Basel airports are around three hours away, with the trip from Geneva taking around four hours. Driving from the airports takes a similar amount of time, but it is a long trip from Calais – also be sure to pre-book parking in Lauterbrunnen during busy weeks.

  • Zürich airport: 3 hours
  • Basel airport: 3 hours
  • Geneva airport: 4 hours
  • Calais: approximately 10 hours driving (548 miles)

Grindelwald Contact Details

Good For

Ability
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
In Resort
  • Off The Slopes
  • Village Charm
On Slope
  • Boarder
  • Fast Lifts
  • Terrain Parks

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