Winter sports in the Jungfrau Region – set your own pace when enjoying this winter wonderland. Jungfrau offers the ultimate winter paradise whether you’re a seasoned skier or a first-time snowboarder. Located in the Bernese Oberland, Jungfrau Ski Region boasts an impressive 275 kilometres of pistes and reaches heights of up to 2,970 meters. Take in the breathtaking views on one of the cable car rides, or venture off on your own with a guide for a true sense of adventure. And when night falls, cosy up in one of the hotels with views of the snow-capped mountains. Jungfrau truly offers something for everyone, from beginners to experts, and is guaranteed to leave you with memories for a lifetime.
The new Eiger Express cable car at Jungfrau Ski Region
The Eiger Express is one of the latest examples of Switzerland’s ongoing commitment to expanding efficient modes of transportation in its mountainous landscape. From cable cars, cog-wheel trains and panoramic trains with huge windows, visitors can easily traverse this beautiful terrain while still fully immersing themselves in its splendour.
The new Eiger Express offers a unique and efficient way to experience the breathtaking Eiger mountain. The cable car transports passengers from Grindelwald Terminal to Eiger Glacier, and thanks to its wraparound glass walls and rotating seats, every seat offers panoramic views of the mountains and the snow-covered countryside. The Eiger Express provides skiers and snowboarders unprecedented access to the Eiger Glacier and Jungfrau Ski Region in just 15 minutes, reducing travel time by a whopping 47 minutes and providing fast, convenient access for winter sports enthusiasts.
With such easy transportation to the top of the mountain, there is more time for shredding powder and less time spent getting to the destination. Switzerland’s innovative transportation options truly enhance the country’s already stunning natural landscape and make it a must-visit destination for any traveller seeking breathtaking views and unique experiences any time of the year.
In addition to the seamless connectivity, gearing up for a ski session is a straightforward process as well. At Grindelwald Terminal, located at the base of some of the world’s most famous slopes, visitors can easily rent skies, sledges and other sports equipment and winterwear through Intersport RentNetwork. Grindelwald Terminal also offers shops stocked with top Swiss brands and delicious snacks to fuel your skiing adventure. So before heading off to the Jungfrau Ski Region and Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe, make sure to stop by Grindelwald Terminal for everything you need for a successful day on the slopes.
Jungfrau Ski Region – skiing for all age groups and experience levels
The Jungfrau Ski Region offers some of the most spectacular views in Europe. Ski down the slopes in front of the majestic mountain trio – the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau – or take on the world-famous Lauberhorn World Cup run in Grindelwald-Wengen. The region boasts pistes of varying degrees of difficulty and effort, where seasoned skiers can test their skills and beginners can learn in a safe environment.
Experience freestyling in Grindelwald-First‘s snow park, or try your hand at the skicross course. And if that isn’t enough to satisfy your adrenaline rush, take on the iconic Mürren-Schilthorn pistes featured in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” for a dose of Bond-style excitement. Whether part of your bucket list or an annual family event, winter sports in the Jungfrau Ski Region promises a winter adventure like no other.
There are options for skiing in the Jungfrau Ski Region for every level of expertise. Are you a novice skier looking to learn the ropes? Check out one of the many training areas and ski schools available in nearly every village for children and adults. Or perhaps you’re an intermediate skier seeking more of a challenge? The Jungfrau Ski Region offers a range of intermediate and difficult slopes for adventurous types.
The Jungfrau Ski Region has numerous rental shops scattered throughout the villages and on top of the mountains, ready to equip you with the perfect gear for your winter excursion. Visit the website to view available ski rentals and start planning your epic winter journey in Jungfrau Ski Region. The powdery slopes await you!
Enjoy an unforgettable sledging adventure with your family when at the Jungfrau region
Sledging in the Jungfrau region offers families and individuals a unique and exciting winter activity. Big Pintenfritz, the longest sledge run in the world, presents an unforgettable adventure for all ages. Sledging allows adults to tap into their inner child and feel the thrill of coasting down a snowy hill. It is best to arrive early in the morning, as the fresh powder creates optimal sledging conditions. The Jungfrau region provides picturesque surroundings for this fun and exhilarating experience, making it a must-do during your winter vacations in Switzerland. So grab a sledge and join in on the excitement at Big Pintenfritz!
The Big Pintenfritz sledging experience starts with a 25-minute gondola ride from Grindelwald to First. From there, follow the marked winter hiking trail past the stunning alpine lake Bachalpsee to Faulhorn, where you can take in the unique panoramic view from 2,552 meters above sea level. Then hop on your sledge and embark on a thrilling 11-kilometre descent down to Gassenboden, Bussalp, Weidli, and finally, Oberäll. On the way, make sure to stop at some of the mountain huts, including Mountain Inn First, Adi’s Skibar Oberjoch, and the mountain restaurant Bussalp. This genuinely memorable adventure allows you to immerse yourself in the stunning Swiss Alps while experiencing the thrill of sledging down one of the region’s most popular trails.
Another opportunity for thrill-seekers to enjoy sledging is the Eiger Run at night. This 1.87km track offers a spectacular route along the foot of the legendary Eiger, passing directly below its famed north face. With a gradient of up to 36%, it promises to be a fast and exciting toboggan run. The illuminated track adds to the sense of adventure and fun on a winter night, making this sledging experience like no other. Participants can start from Alpiglen, ending 10 minutes later at Brandegg before celebrating with a delicious fondue in nearby mountain huts. The Eiger Run offers a unique and unforgettable sledging experience day and night.
Even if skiing or sledging isn’t your thing, fear not – plenty of activities keep you entertained at the famed Jungfrau Region. The area is known for its stunning views and impressive heights, so do take a train ride up to Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe to witness them for yourself? Or, explore one of the many small villages nestled within the mountains – each one has its own unique charm and character waiting to be discovered.
Velogemel – Make a sport out of this leisure activity
The fun in snow continues in the Jungfrau Region as we embrace a more than 100-year-old fun contraption woven into Grindelwald tradition. Traditions in Switzerland aren’t restricted to just cheese making. Velogemel in Grindelwald is a unique, traditional wooden snow bike steeped in Swiss alpine practicality.
Unlike regular mountain bikes, Velogemels have only a single track and are steerable, with your feet the brakes, making them perfect for navigating the snowy slopes of Grindelwald. And unlike most other bikes, Velogemels are locally produced in this picturesque Swiss town, making them a true testament to the spirit of alpine culture. So whether you’re an experienced biker or just looking for something out of the ordinary, Velogemel in Grindelwald is sure to provide a truly one-of-a-kind experience.
The Velogemel, a proud symbol for the Swiss village of Schwendi, is more than just a mode of transportation. With its simple yet efficient design, it also serves as a form of fun – perfect for those looking to have an adventure in the snow. Invented by Christian Bühlmann in 1911, the Velogemel was borne out of necessity, as Bühlmann needed an easy way to move around his village despite his slight walking disability.
Today, the Velogemel has become a beloved part of life in Schwendi and even has an annual World Championship held in neighbouring Grindelwald every February. The Velogemel truly exemplifies the adventurous and creative spirit that defines Swiss culture. So next time you feel energetic on the slopes, consider hopping on a Velogemel for a unique and convenient form of winter adventure. It might just become your new favourite winter sport.
Winter hiking in the Jungfrau Region – set your own pace when enjoying this winter wonderland
The winter hike in the Jungfrau Region offers an unparalleled winter experience for the entire family. With spectacular winter landscapes and impressive mountain backdrops, it is easy to immerse oneself in the beauty of the snow-covered terrain. The winter hiking trails are well-marked and maintained, making it easy for hikers of all skill levels to enjoy the fresh winter air and snow. The beauty of winter hiking is that you can set your own pace, savouring each moment with nature at its most majestic.
For those looking to experience all the beauty that winter in Jungfrau Region has to offer, a hike from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg is a must. Starting at the Männlichen guest house at over 2,000 metres above sea level, this moderate 6km hike will take you past stunning views of the famous Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains, meandering over snow-covered fields and through fragrant pine forests. And with the hauntingly beautiful North Face of the Eiger constantly towering above, it is an unparalleled hiking experience. After taking in all that natural splendour, you can build up an appetite for lunch at the Kleine Scheidegg.
If you’re looking for a beautiful and moderate trail with stunning views and the option for a bit of fun on a sled, look no further than Kleine Scheidegg to Wengen. This 6.9km downhill descent is an ideal choice for families or those who want to maintain a leisurely pace. Along the way, you’ll pass through wooded areas and have the opportunity to take a break at the Allmend mountain restaurant’s sunny terrace. Do keep your eyes peeled – for this hiking trails comes with complementary views of the famous Lauberhorn ski race course.
The First – Schreckfeld – Bort hiking trail is another recommended trek for those visiting Grindelwald. Perched above Grindelwald, this trail offers a breathtaking view of the Wetterhorn, Schreckhorn, and Eiger North Face. At 5.25 km in length and taking just under two hours to complete, this moderate hike is downhill all the way. Do not let the winter weather deter you – the First – Schreckfeld – Bort trail is a clearly marked with green poles. For an extra thrill on this winter hike, be sure to try the First Glider zipline as you descend the mountain. ◼
© This article was first published online in Nov 2022 – World Travel Magazine.