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Grachen, Switzerland

Grachen ski holidays

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.

SNO-man says

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.

Alpine Downhill Runs

Beginner Trails
 2 runs ?km
14%  Intermediate Trails
 4 runs ?km
Advanced Trails
 7 runs ?km
50%  Expert Trails
 1 runs ?km

Resort and Holiday Stats

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.

Apres Ski
Family/child Friendly
Value for money
Lift Pass Prices (adult 6 day) CHF283 - CHF283
Traditional Village / Purpose Built Resort
Resort OpensDec 2021
Resort ClosesApr 2022
( snow conditions often influence opening/closing)

Mountain and Slopes

Downhill Runs 40km
total length of Grachen trails
Longest Lift-Served Run 5km
longest piste or trail reachable by lift
Slope Orientation ?
direction Grachen area faces
Top Altitude 2890m
top station of highest lift
Bottom Altitude 1620m
bottom of lowest run
Resort Altitude 1620m
centre of Grachen ski resort
Vertical Drop 1270m
total descent from top lift to bottom piste
Skiable Vertical ^v 1270m
can include extra hike up above top lift

Snow Report

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Web Cam

Grachen web cams
Nearby resorts:

Saas Fee


Skiing in Grachen

14 pistes and trails means approximately 40km of runs. 14 Grachen lifts have capacity to transport 10800 per hour. The longest run in the Swiss ski resort is over 5km.

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    

Snowboarding in Grachen

Of the 14 ski lifts, 8 are surface lifts or "drag lifts" - this gives an indication of how modern the lift system is and how good Grachen is for snowboarding - especially for beginners learning to board. Facilities include 0 terrain parks and 1 half pipe (longest half pipe length is ? metres), 0 quarter pipe and 0 boardercross courses.

Rating for snowboarding gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Grachen Apres Ski

Off-Slope activities include:

4 apres ski bars 35 restaurants 0 bowling 3 night club 0 cinema 2 billiards / pool 0 games room 0 concert 1 indoor swimming 0 outdoor heated pools 5 saunas 3 hot tubs 0 solariums 0 masseurs 0 indoor ice skating 1 outdoor ice skating 1 indoor sports centre 1 indoor tennis 0 squash racquetball 2 sleigh rides 0 ballooning 0 horse riding 36 prepare winter walks 1 climbing 0 golf 0 fishing 1 museum 0 library Plus these additional apres ski facilities Badminton, Curling.

Rating for apres ski gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

"Grachen" by any other name

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    

Main Ski School in Grachen

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 4.info@skischule-graechen.ch 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    

Mountain & Snow Sports in Grachen

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

Non Skiing Winter & Snow Activities in Grachen

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.

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