Established in 1958 the Swiss ski resort Grachen lies at 1620 metres altitude in the Valais region of the Swiss Alps / Alpes. With the highest lifts and ski slopes at 2890m the area is snow sure. Over 19 snow cannons ensure artificial snow making covers 1km of trails, which equates to around 70 of the slopes. The nearest airport transfer to Grachen is Zurich at a distance of 250km or approximately 200 minutes driving time. Their season runs from December to April.
Traditional and picturesque year round resort in stunning scenery and with an excellent resort infrastructure, including a first class sports centre. The childrens paradise play park is one of the world's best.
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View our detailed Grachen snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our Grachen snow history.
|Value for money|
|Lift Pass Prices (adult 6 day)||CHF283 - CHF283|
Traditional Village /
|Resort Opens||Dec 2020|
|Resort Closes||Apr 2021|
|( snow conditions often influence opening/closing)|
|total length of Grachen trails|
|Longest Lift-Served Run||5km|
|longest piste or trail reachable by lift|
|direction Grachen area faces|
|top station of highest lift|
|bottom of lowest run|
|centre of Grachen ski resort|
|total descent from top lift to bottom piste|
|Skiable Vertical||^v 1270m|
|can include extra hike up above top lift|
The mountain has 14% beginner runs or nursery slopes, 40% intermediate, 50% advanced slopes and 10% for experts - the most difficult piste is the ?km ? run, with a steepness/slope angle of ?%. There is no night skiing.
Rating for skiing gets 3 stars out of 5 overall
Rating for snowboarding gets 3 stars out of 5 overall
Off-Slope activities include:
Rating for apres ski gets 3 stars out of 5 overall
The Swiss resort is also known as Hannigalp, Seetalhorn and has common misspellings:
The direction which the various Grachen slopes face can make or break your ski holiday. To guarantee good snow conditions, choose a resort with piste which face the right way for the time of year you're travelling.
- In the coldest winter months of January and February pick a resort with sunny south facing slopes, so your days on the snow doesn't feel like a polar expedition. Conversely, in the warmest spring skiing months of March and especially April, a resort with cool and shady north facing trails will ensure you're not riding on slush, but benefitting from best late season snow. The best destinations have areas which face in all directions so that you're guaranteed greating conditions whatever the weather. Grachen has slopes facing ?.
Rating for snow gets 4 stars out of 5 overall
Grachen ski school - snowboarding course & skiing lessons
The official ski/board school is called Schweiz Skischule Grächen and has 50 teachers teaching in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian and taking students from a minimum age of firstname.lastname@example.org www.skischule-graechen.ch 9561777
Grachen for beginners gets 4 stars out of 5 overall
Grachen for intermediates gets ? stars out of 5 overall
Grachen for expert skiers gets 3 stars out of 5 overall
Grachen for snowboarding gets 3 stars out of 5 overall
Grachen snow sports - off slope winter mountain sports
Cross Country Skiing (langlaufen) in Grachen: 2km X C ski trails, Lessons available? Y
Easy XC Ski Trails: 2km Intermediate XC Trails: 0km Difficult XC Trails: 0km
Telemark Tuittion: Y Telemark Rental 0 Paragliding schools: 0
Snow mobile Rental: 0 Toboggan Run Length: 2.5km
Grachen snow fun - off slope winter activities
Outdoor Ice Rink: 1 Indoor Ice Rink: 0 Balloon Flights: 0
Prepared Winter Walks: 36 Snowshoeing: 0 Hang Gliding : 0
Snow mobile Rental: 0 Toboggan Run Length: 2.5km Paragliding schools: 0
Grachen non skiing facilities also include Badminton, Curling.