Winter Sports in Grindelwald

Ski and snowboard 160 km of piste in Grindelwald between 1049-2500m

Truly one of the world's greatest and oldest winter sports destinations. The legendary mountain railways make this area one of the most accessible to get to, and the range of skiing, snowboarding and winter walking options is huge. Underneath the North face of the Eiger, Grindelwald is the busiest and most substantial of the Jungfrau resorts. It has a wide range of accommodation, including a couple of good backpacker hostels, and plenty of activities for those who do not ski or snowboard. The 15km Big Pintenfritz from the Faulhorn is the longest toboggan run in Europe, named after the innkeeper who inaugurated the run as a bet. For those who prefer the pistes, Grindelwald provides excellent access to the same slopes as Wengen, plus it has the very good, and usually uncrowded, pistes at First where the best parks in the Jungfrau are located, including an 850m park at Bärgelegg, a new one mooted for next season at Oberjoch and a half-pipe usually set up at Schreckfeld.

Ski and Snowboard Grindelwald

Every January for six days at the ice rink in the centre of the village, Grindelwald hosts the spectacular World Snow Festival in which artists carve exotic and imaginative sculptures out of snow.

Best of the Slopes

From Kleine Scheidegg the Lauberhorn chairlift takes you to the start point of the eponymous race, and you can pretty much follow the race circuit down to Wengen. From there you can either take the train back or take a short walk across the village to take the Männlichen cable car. The Männlichen run to Grindelwald Grund is suitable for intermediates and covers 12km.

Where to Eat and Party

Tipirama in Kleine Scheidegg and Holzerbar towards Grund get lively before people head off down the mountain for the night. Ye Olde Spotted Cat, the Gepsi Bar and the Challi Bar are good spots to start the evening, all around Dorfstrasse.

Getting There

By Public Transport

The best destination to access the downhill slopes by public transport in this ski area is Grindelwald. Get lift pass at Grindelwald, then take mountain railway to Kleine Scheidegg or take bus to First (stop adjacent to gondola). The resort operates the Snow'n'Rail scheme, providing a 20% discount on the combined travel ticket and lift pass.

  • From Zurich the least travel time is 2 hrs 37 mins with as few as 2 changes going via Interlaken Ost. Typically, an adult one day combined ticket is 168.80 SFr, reduced to 109.20 SFr with a Half-Price card.
  • From Basel the least travel time is 2 hrs 38 mins with as few as 1 changes going via Interlaken Ost. Typically, an adult one day combined ticket is 154.40 SFr, reduced to 102.00 SFr with a Half-Price card.
  • From Berne the least travel time is 1 hr 35 mins with as few as 1 changes going via Interlaken Ost. Typically, an adult one day combined ticket is 104.80 SFr, reduced to 77.20 SFr with a Half-Price card.
  • From Lausanne an adult one day combined ticket is 147.20 SFr, or 98.80 SFr with a Half-Price card.
  • From Luzern an adult one day combined ticket is 154.40 SFr, or 102.00 SFr with a Half-Price card.

Indicative prices are for travel to Lauterbrunnen. Click here to find prices for other destinations. Under the combined ticket scheme the additional charge for a two day pass is 40.00 SFr.

By Road

Please refer to a map and check local conditions for accurate routing information.

  • The road distance from Zurich is around 135 km and the journey time is roughly 1 hr 50 mins.
  • The road distance from Basel is around 166 km and the journey time is roughly 2 hrs 10 mins.
  • The road distance from Berne is around 74 km and the journey time is roughly 1 hr 10 mins.
  • The road distance from Geneva is around 244 km and the journey time is roughly 2 hrs 50 mins.
Click here to find road directions at Google Maps.

Nearby Resorts

Other resorts in the ski area include Lauterbrunnen, Mürren and Wengen.

Weather Outlook

Latest Resort Report

Bernese Oberland Jungfrau Region
Weather 15 degrees
Season 07.12.2013 - 21.04.2014
Day ticket CHF: 72.-/36.-
Snow: n/a . Last Snow: 24.03.2014
Runs Open: 5/214 km 93 km with artificial snowmaking
Conditions: no info
Cross-Country. Classic: - . Skating: - . -
Halfpipes Open: - . Snowcross Open: - . Snowparks Open: -
Toboggan Runs Open: 0/6 0.0km / 70.0km. Toboggan Conditions: no info
Winter Walks: 0/100 km . Snow Shoe Walks: 0/23 km

Grindelwald at MySwitzerland

Piste Map

Ski and Snowboard on the pistes at Grindelwald

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Accommodation in the Resort and Surrounding Area

  • Grindelwald Youth Hostel, Grindelwald (Hostel)
    $ Tel: +41 338531009 http://www.youthhostel.ch/en/
  • Downtown Lodge, Grindelwald (Hostel) Located in the town centre, 10 minutes walk from the station.
    $ Tel: +41 338287730 http://www.swissbackpackers.ch
  • Mountain Hostel, Grund (Hostel) Situated next to Grund station, a huge car park and the Männlichen gondola.
    $ Tel: +41 338543838 http://www.swissbackpackers.ch
  • Parkhotel Schönegg, Grindelwald (3*) Ranked #11 by Tages-Anzeiger amongst Swiss 3* Hotels.
    $$$ Tel: +41 338541818 http://www.parkhotelschoenegg.ch
  • Bodmi, Grindelwald (3*) Ranked #10 by Tages-Anzeiger amongst Swiss 3* Hotels.
    $$$ Tel: +41 338531220 http://www.bodmi.ch
  • Belvedere Swiss Quality Hotel, Grindelwald Ranked #1 in Grindelwald by TripAdvisor.
    $$$ Tel: +41 338531220
  • Wellness Hotel Caprice, Grindelwald Ranked #3 in Grindelwald by TripAdvisor.
    $$$ Tel: +41 338531220
  • Hotel Gletschergarten, Grindelwald Ranked #2 in Grindelwald by TripAdvisor. $$$
  • Hotel Eiger, Grindelwald Ranked #4 in Grindelwald by TripAdvisor. $$$
  • Hotel Cabana, Grindelwald Ranked #5 in Grindelwald by TripAdvisor. $$$
  • Hotel Kreuz & Post, Grindelwald Ranked #6 in Grindelwald by TripAdvisor. $$$
  • Romantik-Hotel Schweizerhof, Grindelwald (4*) Ranked #6 by Tages-Anzeiger amongst Swiss 4* Hotels.
    $$$$ Tel: +41 338545858 http://www.hotel-schweizerhof.com
  • Apartements & Hotel Kirchbühl, Grindelwald (4*) Family hotel. $$$$
  • Jungfrau, Wengernalp (3*) Ranked #4 by Tages-Anzeiger amongst Swiss 3* Hotels.
    $$$$ Tel: +41 338551622 http://www.wengernalp.ch
  • Hotel Mittaghorn, Gimmelwald Ranked #1 in Gimmelwald by TripAdvisor. $
  • Valley Hostel, Lauterbrunnen (Hostel)
    $ Tel: +41 338552008 http://www.swissbackpackers.ch
  • Hotel Oberland, Lauterbrunnen Ranked #1 in Lauterbrunnen by TripAdvisor.
    $$$ Tel: +41 338551241 http://www.hoteloberland.ch
  • Chalet Fontana, Mürren Ranked #2 in Murren by TripAdvisor.
    $ Tel: +41 338565460
  • Pension Sonnenberg, Mürren Ranked #7 in Murren by TripAdvisor.
    $ Tel: +41 338551221
  • Mountain Hostel, Gimmelwald (Hostel)
    $ Tel: +41 338551704 http://www.swissbackpackers.ch
  • Eiger Guesthouse, Mürren Ranked #1 in Murren by TripAdvisor.
    $$ Tel: +41 338565460
  • Hotel Jungfrau, Mürren Ranked #4 in Murren by TripAdvisor.
    $$ Tel: +41 338566464
  • Hotel Alpina, Mürren Ranked #6 in Murren by TripAdvisor. $$
  • Hotel Bellevue, Mürren (3*)
    $$$ Tel: +41 338551401 http://www.muerren.ch/bellevue/
  • Hotel Blumental, Mürren Ranked #5 in Murren by TripAdvisor.
    $$$ Tel: +41 338551826
  • Hotel Eiger, Mürren (4*) Ranked #3 in Murren by TripAdvisor.
    $$$$ Tel: +41 338565454 http://www.hoteleiger.com/
  • Hotel Berghaus, Wengen Ranked #5 in Wengen by TripAdvisor. $$
  • Romantik Hotel Schönegg, Wengen (3*) Ranked #2 by Tages-Anzeiger amongst Swiss 3* Hotels.
    $$$ Tel: +41 338553422 http://www.hotel-schoenegg.ch
  • Alpenrose, Wengen Ranked #1 in Wengen by TripAdvisor.
    $$$ Tel: +41 338553422
  • Beausite Park Hotel, Wengen Ranked #2 in Wengen by TripAdvisor.
    $$$ Tel: +41 338553422
  • Hotel Bellevue des Alpes, Kleine Scheidegg Rated a historic hotel by the Swiss Tourist Board. $$$
  • Hotel Falken, Wengen Rated a historic hotel by the Swiss Tourist Board. $$$
  • Sunstar Hotel, Wengen Ranked #8 in Wengen by TripAdvisor.
    $$$ Tel: +41 338553422
  • Hotel Caprice, Wengen Ranked #6 in Wengen by TripAdvisor. $$$
  • Hotel Wengener Hof, Wengen Ranked #7 in Wengen by TripAdvisor. $$$
  • Schonegg Hotel, Wengen Ranked #3 in Wengen by TripAdvisor.
    $$$$ Tel: +41 338553422
  • Hotel Baeren, Wengen Ranked #4 in Wengen by TripAdvisor.
    $$$$ Tel: +41 338551419

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