Grindelwald is a quintessential alpine village in the Swiss Alps and connects visitors to the Jungfrau Ski Region which offers a premier and unparalleled skiing experience tailored to different levels of expertise. Skiing in any part of the Jungfrau region requires taking a train to get to the slopes, and staying in Grindelwald puts you a short walk away from a 6-minute train to the Eiger Express accessing Grindelwald-First and Grindelwald-Wengen areas.
Jungfrau has three areas in one: Grindelwald-Wengen, Grindelwald-First and Mürren-Schilthorn. Altogether, the region consists of two valleys, three mountain ranges and 131 miles of skiable terrain. There’s something for every level of skier, from gentle to steep slopes, plenty of powder, terrain parks and racing areas.
Non-skiers and those looking for a variety of activities and experiences will be incredibly pleased, thanks to the new Eiger Express 3S tram which brings skiers and sightseers alike to the “Top of Europe,” the saddle between Jungfrau and Monch Peak. This updated tram opened in 2020 and brings guests to the Eiger Glacier station in 15 minutes, saving them 47 minutes compared to the old cog railway.
A huge benefit to staying in Grindelwald when skiing in the Jungfrau Region is the access to additional activities. Every guest who stays overnight and pays the visitor tax will receive a guest card which gives you free access to the Grindelwald Grund cross-country ski trail and Graben library, as well as discounts on additional activities. Guests can choose to pay an additional price to upgrade their card for free access to the Hallenbad indoor swimming pool and ice skating in the village.
Thrill seekers in the family will be interested in trying the First Glider and First Aviator. Both are zipline-style rides open in the winter and summer as a part of the Grindelwald First-Adventure ticket. Enjoy panoramic views of the mountains during the exhilarating, high-speed experiences. First Glider simulates flying with an eagle where four people ride a flight path down the mountain at once, while outstretched on their stomachs, or race up to three other people on First Aviator in a limitless ride between peaks First and Schreckfeld.
Grindelwald and the Jungfrau Region are not only known for their winter season but also have an array of activities throughout the summer for visitors to experience. One of the most famous perhaps is the Via ferrata Rotstock climb to the summit of Rotstock mountain along the Eiger Trail.
Interlaken, a neighboring town to Grindelwald, and the surrounding region are known as the Adventure Capital of Europe and famous for activities like paragliding, hang gliding, skydiving and canyon swinging. Interlaken also has two lakes where visitors can go boating, kayaking, rafting and enjoy other water activities. There is also an abundance of famous hiking trails in the area, easy to access from Grindelwald.
With so much terrain to explore, a lively and storied base village and spectacular alpine peaks, planning your Grindelwald ski vacation today guarantees your chance to create unforgettable memories in the Swiss Alps.
in the picturesque town of Grindelwald to immerse yourself in the rich alpine culture and warm hospitality of the Swiss region.
by flying into Zurich airport and then coasting into Grindelwald on a 2–3-hour train ride depending on how scenic you want the route to be.
the neighboring village of Lauterbrunnen at the foot of the Bernese Alps with its cozy wooden chalets, cobblestone streets and surrounding natural beauty.
Treat yourself to a steamy cup of mulled wine from a cozy street-side vendor as you wander boutique shops.
131 miles of terrain between three mountain ranges and two valleys in the Jungfrau Ski Region.
breathtaking views on a ride in Jungfrau Railway’s train to the summit of Jungfraujoch at an altitude of 11,362 feet.
the rich and creamy flavors of Swiss fondue, with hot melted cheese, crusty bread, cured meats and more, to warm up after a day of skiing on the mountain.
the traditional Swiss sounds of yodeling by attending a performance in town, featuring musicians in customary Swiss garb surrounded by the Alps as a backdrop.
From the town of Grindelwald, skiers must start their day on the train from Grindelwald Station to Grindelwald Terminal where they will board the new Eiger Express. From there, they can access skiing across the two valleys and three mountain ranges.
The Jungfrau Region is a large combination of ski areas and towns that make up one ski region with a singular pass. They’re all connected either by trains, cable cars or by skiing down to each different town. The main ski areas that make up Jungfrau are Grindelwald-Wengen, Grindelwald-First and Mürren-Schilthorn. All three of these areas are very accessible and it’s possible to ski them all on the same day.
Mürren-Schilthornhas terrain for intermediate and advanced skiers and is the highest winter sports area in the Bernese Oberland at an altitude of 9,842 feet. Expert skiers will want to seek out the slope with the steepest descent in the entire Jungfrau Region. Do so by taking the aerial cableway to Mürren-Schilthorn to the Birg intermediate station, then head down black slope no. 9 to the Riggli lift.
Grindelwald-First is best known for its terrain park, featuring a halfpipe that is over 400 feet long, great views and plenty of sunshine. There are 30+ miles of skiable terrain for all ability levels, as well as an obstacle course style run on the Lily Fun Slope on First for beginners who are still getting comfortable with the sport.
The third area, Grindelwald-Wengen, is the largest of the three with 64 miles of skiable terrain. There are three different practice areas here geared towards children and beginner skiers that nicely balance out the world-famous Lauberhorn World Cup downhill run, as far as the difficulty of terrain goes. There are different runs where you can measure your speed while zooming down, in the same spirit of the run featured in the Alpine Ski World Cup that is over 2 miles in length.
After a long day exploring the variety of the slopes in the Jungfrau Region, you can easily ski down into Grindelwald for a cup of cocoa or ice-cold beer to finish the day before a dinner of raclette. The transportation between the areas can be confusing since everything is connected by train. This is why it’s wise to get advice from one of our experienced Mountain Travel Experts while planning the trip. The beauty of this area is how easy it is to do multiple activities in one day, like adding on sledging or a chocolate-making class to skiing.
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Grindelwald is a great destination to visit in the winter and in the summer. If you’re looking to experience the Jungfrau Ski Region while you’re there, a visit anytime between December and March will shape up to be a golden ski vacation. Jungfrau has differing opening dates with the Grindelwald-Wengen area operating from mid-November till the end of April, Grindelwald-First from mid-December to early January, and Mürren-Schilthorn from mid-September to the end of April.
Any time after the ski season and between April and September, visitors can begin to experience some of the summertime activities of the region, but all year long there is stunning scenery and a cozy, Swiss atmosphere. Whether you’re exploring the slopes via ski or snowboard, hiking any of the famous trails, discovering new areas on a mountain bike or enjoying water sports at neighboring lakes, there’s no shortage of activities in Grindelwald.
Grindelwald, Switzerland typically experiences snowfall from mid-December through April, providing excellent skiing conditions for those who crave time in the mountains. The slopes are at their peak from December to February when the most snow accumulates, making it the best time for skiers and snowboarders to hit the powder.
Grindelwald-Wengen typically averages about 9.5 feet of snow every year with its snowiest months being in December and January. Mürren-Schilthorn sees a comparable amount of snow with peak snowfall months being December-February. The last area, Grindelwald-First, is known for being one of the sunniest ski areas in Switzerland so is a good spot to head to especially in the cold months.
Grindelwald is a must-visit for any skier or snowboarder. The ski terrain is incredible, and the views are breathtaking. Plus, there is an abundance of other winter (or summer) activities to enjoy off the mountain. Plus, by staying in Grindelwald, you’ll be close to other unique towns also worth visiting. The train tickets and transportation are all included in the ski pass, so it’s easy to bounce around and experience the different villages. Get your free quote from Ski.com to help plan your trip out to Grindelwald today.
Breathtaking scenery all aroundGrindewald is a beautiful little town with easy access via train. All 3 ski regions are easily accessible from here and plenty of dining and shopping options. Top of Europe was a wonderful excursion added to the great skiing available.
This vacation keeps getting better and betterThe title was an actual quote from one of my 4 friends who shared this vacation with me. We had great weather, great skiing, good snow, skiing and social compatibility, a super hotel, and great food. At the end, I was heard to say "this is a once in a lifetime experience". By the way, we stayed in Grindlewald in January, 2011. The drop down menu does not offer 2011 as a year to choose.
A Swiss town straight out of your dreamsGood
If you’re looking for a truly picturesque Swiss town, complete with jawdropping scenery and spectacular mountain vistas, look no further than Grindelwald. When my train from the lively base area of Interlaken pulled up to the train station, I was completely awestruck by this adorable little town. It’s literally right at the base of the Eiger glacier, and features stunning views of the Jungfrau, and though it’s small, it’s certainly a lively tourist destination. Grindelwald is an all-seasons resort – from winter skiing and sledging to summer hiking and biking, this town really does have it all.
Everything in the town is quite close together, and it’s easy to walk from one end of the village to the other in under half an hour, though if you’re feeling tired from your ski day, the bus is always an option. Most lodging is in a traditional chalet style, though, so if you’re looking for five-star posh hotels at a lux resort, you’d best look elsewhere. As Grindelwald is at a noticeably lower altitude than other Swiss resorts, it’s not always the most reliable when it comes to good snow, but on a good day, it transforms into a winter playland. The lifts are definitely slower, so take the time to look around and enjoy the scenery! This is a good resort for intermediates, as Grindelwald’s ski area features a lot of wide open runs as well as a few in the that are in the trees. I loved taking the lift up to the Kleine Scheidigg, and up to the Jungfraujoch, the Top of Europe. It’s a great way to spend a slightly chillier day, as you have a panoramic view of the mountains as well as a Lindt chocolate shop to delight everyone in the family.