Jungfrau, Switzerland

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Ski Holidays in the Jungfrau Ski Region

Known as the birthplace of modern skiing, it’s no wonder tourists have been visiting this beautiful area for centuries – James Bond included. The original cog railway still runs today - from the top you’ll be greeted with unbeatable views of iconic mountains such as the jaw-dropping Eiger and Schilthorn.

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Jungfrau Ski Region

It’s amazing that the Jungfrau region isn’t better known amongst Brits. With charming villages, a huge variety of ski terrain and breath-taking vistas at every turn it’s hardly surprising that those who’ve been here once return year upon year. Although the north face of the Eiger and the Jungfrau are some of the most iconic and familiar mountains in the world, many seem to forget that the area is famous not only for its mountaineering history, but also as one of the birthplaces of modern skiing.

The 3 main resorts, Mürren, Grindelwald and Wengen are linked by an impressive cog-railway system, which has been running for almost a century now. The cog-railway is one of the oldest ski lifts in Europe thanks to the British ski pioneers who begged the locals to keep the trains running in winter so they could use it for skiing. One of these pioneers was Arnold Lunn who set up the famous Kandahar club, responsible for organising the first official downhill ski race and ski World Cup. Today, visitors can try out the original Inferno run above Mürren or head to the newer Lauberhorn World Cup run for another challenge (by the end of your holiday you’ll be ready to compete!).

In an incredible feat of Swiss engineering, it’s possible to continue on from the ski area and ride the cog-railway all the way to the top of the Jungfraujoch at 3454m, where you can alight at the highest railway station in Europe. A well-deserved UNESCO World Heritage site, the views over the glacier and surrounding peaks are breath-taking to say the least.

The area is great for families and non-skiers thanks to the variety of fun excursions and activities, and a visit to the region is not complete without a trip up to Piz Gloria, the rotating panoramic restaurant at the top of the Schilthorn which you will probably recognise from the Bond film ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’.

stats & faq

Where:Switzerland, Alps.
Ski Season: December-April
Jungfrau region
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • 64km 30%

  • 106km 50%

  • 43km 20%

No. lifts:44
No. runs:76
Cross country runs:27.5 km
Highest Altitude:2971m
Lowest Altitude:945m
Downhill Ski Runs:213km
Slope Orientation:N, S, E, W
Beginner slopes:30%
Intermediate:50%
Advanced slopes:20%
Night Skiing:Yes
Glacier:No
Sportpass Jungfrau:CHF 339 (adult 6 day)
Resorts: Grindelwald, Wengen, Mürren, Interlaken

Skiing in the Jungfrau

There are 3 main ski areas in the Jungfrau region, all connected by the cog-railway: The area above Grindelwald linked to First, the large Männlichen/Kleine Scheidegg area above Wengen, and the Schilthorn mountain above Mürren.

Newbies to the whole skiing malarkey will probably want to base themselves in Wengen where there are a couple of nursery areas and easy blues to progress on to. Begin at the Wengiboden nursery slope or the great Figeller children’s area where the Swiss Ski School run lessons, with 4 magic carpets and 3 draglifts.

If you’re going out of peak season, the pretty village of Mürren might be more apt as this has the most snow sure nursery slopes. The Snowli Kids Centre has a cute little igloo village and some drag lifts, or you can ride the funicular up to Allmenhubel beginners area which is high enough (1907m) for late-season skiing (there’s a really good mountain hut here too).

Jungfrau’s network of ski slopes and lifts is about as extensive and varied as any in the top resorts of the Alps. Overall, the area is probably best suited to intermediates, particularly if you are staying in Wengen. Here you have direct access to the gentle rolling hills at Männlichen, where there are speed limits on some runs which can be very reassuring if you’re still finding your feet.

This is not to say that the area doesn’t have its share of hair-raising black runs (the gun barrel section of the Inferno run is as intimidating in real life as it sounds here on paper), or excellent off-piste (try traversing beneath the Eiger north face for some of the best powder lines). Either way the ski area is so vast you can’t possibly get bored, no matter what level you’re skiing at, and boarders will be kept busy with the "Im Rad" snowpark at the top of the Schiltgrat chair or the "White Elements" snowpark in First.

Après ski

The mountain villages of Mürren and Wengen are peaceful and secluded so don’t expect huge 24 hour clubs, but that’s not to say there aren’t some fun venues for a night out on the town. The Balloon Bar in Mürren is a quirky novelty place for evening drinks as it’s actually set inside a hot-air balloon basket. There’s also the Inferno, named after the infamous Inferno run, which serves up a selection of fittingly themed flaming drinks. Over in Wengen you’ll find plenty of cosy ‘Stublis’ (pubs) for a glühwein or a beer, and you can dance the night away at the Blue Monkey. Grindelwald is set in the valley making it easily accessible for locals, and it’s a bigger town, so you’ll have an even wider choice of après here – don’t miss the Mescalero Club where you can order Mexican food until 10pm during high season. While you’re up on the slopes there are plenty of nice huts - you’ll probably notice the Tipi bar on Kleine Scheidegg which is good for a quick afternoon pit stop.

From gourmet dining to cheap and cheerful, you’ll find that the Swiss uphold their reputation for good quality and excellent service across the board. Bargain eats include the easy to miss Tham Kok Keong in Mürren, a Chinese fast food place on Dorfstrasse which serves tasty noodle dishes, and Onkel Tom's Hutte in Grindelwald which specializes in pizzas. If you like to treat yourself, Chez Meyer's Le Grand restaurant at the Hotel Regina in Wengen is a fabulous option – the French cuisine here has won plenty of awards.

The Jungfrau is a leading holiday destination in Switzerland, and alongside the skiing there are lots of fun activities to keep you entertained. The area lift pass includes a trip on the First Flyer (a giant zip wire up on the mountain) for dare devils out there. Then there are the quirky ‘Velogemel’ sledges which are unique to the region and sort of resemble scooters on skis. You can rent these at the train station in Grindelwald and then take them down ‘Big Pintenfritz’, the longest sledge run in the world on the Faulhorn mountain.

When is best to ski?

The Jungfrau ski area isn’t the highest in Switzerland so there isn’t the summer skiing that you get at some resorts like Zermatt, but you can ski quite late into the season here, usually into April. The first snow starts to fall in December, or occasionally in November, and by Christmas there’s usually plenty of the white stuff for some yuletide skiing.

Thankfully those clever people responsible for maintaining the area are on the ball, and have been busy upgrading the resort’s facilities including installing a plethora of snow cannons so that now over 50% slopes can be prepared with artificial snow. What’s more, there’s also a new gondola up from Wengen, so no more long queues during peak season.

Peak dates

Escape from it all and spend this Christmas in the Jungfrau Ski Region - just jump on the cog-railway and ride it up to one of the region’s sweet little mountain villages such as Wengen or Mürren, or stay down in the valley in Grindelwald. The locals love to celebrate this time of year too with torch-lit processions and glühwein parties. Browse the Jungfrau Ski Region Christmas ski holidays ‣

What better way to celebrate this festive time of year than by spending New Years in the Jungfrau Ski Region, where you can spend days on the well-groomed pistes or seeking out the best powder, and evenings enjoying a fondue and a glass of local wine. Don’t miss the many parties and firework displays around the region too. Browse the Jungfrau Ski Region New Year ski holidays ‣

With great nursery slopes, children’s parks and family-friendly hotels, February Half Term in the Jungfrau Ski Region is an excellent choice for those travelling with children. Adults too will be charmed by the romantic villages, the fun activities on offer and the fantastic skiing. Browse the Jungfrau Ski Region Half Term ski holidays ‣

Ski like James Bond this Easter in the Jungfrau Ski Region and race down the Schilthorn on the exciting Inferno run. For those less daring there are plenty of gentle blue runs and easy beginner slopes, as well as lots of other fun activities such as sledging, snow shoeing and the giant First Flieger zip wire to keep you busy. Browse the Jungfrau Ski Region Easter ski holidays ‣

Jungfrau ski holidays
Hotel Bernerhof
Hotel Bernerhof
18 Mar 2017
Dover Ferry £479
Hotel Jungfrau Lodge
Hotel Jungfrau Lodge
18 Mar 2017
Dover Ferry £539
Hotel Belvedere
Hotel Belvedere
27 Mar 2017
Gatwick £539
Hotel Alpenruh
Hotel Alpenruh
03 Apr 2017
Gatwick £569
Hotel Wengenerhof
Hotel Wengenerhof
09 Mar 2017
Gatwick £589
Hotel Falken
Hotel Falken
12 Mar 2017
Dover Ferry £609
Jungfrau hotels
Hotel Bernerhof
Hotel Bernerhof
18 Mar 2017
Dover Ferry £479
Hotel Jungfrau Lodge
Hotel Jungfrau Lodge
18 Mar 2017
Dover Ferry £539
Hotel Belvedere
Hotel Belvedere
27 Mar 2017
Gatwick £539
Hotel Alpenruh
Hotel Alpenruh
03 Apr 2017
Gatwick £569
Hotel Wengenerhof
Hotel Wengenerhof
09 Mar 2017
Gatwick £589
Hotel Falken
Hotel Falken
12 Mar 2017
Dover Ferry £609
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