Mürren, Switzerland

The ultimate guide to Mürren ski holidays in 2015 & 2016.

Ski holidays in Mürren

Mürren is a gorgeous little village perched on the side of the majestic Schilthorn, accessible only by cog-railway or gondola. The area is steeped in remarkable history and today it still has much to offer visitors – mesmerizing vistas of some of the most iconic mountains in the world, fantastic skiing, and lots of fun activities for little (and big) kids.


At a glance:
Stunning location Chocolate-box village Fascinating history Jungfrau ski area

Great for:
Experts Non-skiers Families Spring sunshine

Mürren Ski Resort

Beautiful Mürren: one of the oldest and most distinguished resorts in the Alps alongside neighbouring Wengen, thanks to its fascinating mountaineering history and the long-running cog railway – incidentally one of the first ski lifts in Europe. It’s a classic and captivating ski destination that should be on the bucket list of every discerning skier or boarder. The quintessential picture-postcard village sits on a sunny plateau, nestled on the edge of a dramatic precipice overlooking the Lauterbrunnen valley. Visitors are greeted by spectacular views of the instantly recognisable Eiger north face, the Jungfrau and the Schilthorn at every turn. It was here that ski pioneers such as Arnold Lunn organised not only the first downhill-ski race (the famous Inferno race, still running today), but also the first modern slalom and first ski World Championships.

The entire resort is pedestrianized, helping preserve the traditional rural feel and the fresh mountain air. You’ll be charmed by the quaint wooden buildings, old farmhouses and the little village church. The relaxed atmosphere makes this a safe and tranquil destination for families, as well as a wonderful location for a romantic getaway. You can reach the village either by cable car from Stechelberg or by the cog-railway and tram from Lauterbrunnen (drivers should leave their cars in the large car parks in the valley). Although it’s not as easily accessible as some of the other resorts in the area (eg. Grindelwald), it is the highest, most snow sure, and once you are here you have direct access to the excellent ski area.

Above the village towers the Schilthorn mountain, the setting for Piz Gloria - the lair of the cat-stroking villain Blofeld in the James Bond film ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’. Visitors might also recognise the breath-taking landscape from Clint Eastwood's ‘The Eiger Sanction’.

stats & faq

Where:Switzerland, Alps.
Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Bern (BRN)68km, 1h
Zürich (ZRH)150km, 2h
Basel (BSL)168km, 2h10
Ski Season: December-April
Top Altitude:2970m
Bottom Altitude:796m
Resort Altitude:1650m
Longest run:4.5 km (Lauberhorn)
Slope Orientation:NSEW
Vertical Drop:2175m
Skiable Vertical:2175m
Night Skiing:Yes
Downhill Ski Runs:54km
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • 20km 37%

  • 24km 44%

  • 10km 19%

Ski Pass Prices:CHF 274.00 (adult 6 day)
Sportpass Jungfrau
Downhill Ski Runs:213km
Beginner slopes:30%
Advanced slopes:20%
Ski Pass Prices:CHF 323.00 (adult 6 day)

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View our detailed Mürren 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 Mürren snow history.

Nearby resorts: Grindelwald, Wengen, Lauterbrunnen, Kandersteg, Verbier, Jungfrau ski area

Skiing in Mürren

Mürren has its own 50km ski area on the Schilthorn and surrounds, although if you’re here for a week you’ll probably want to get the Sportpass Jungfrau which gives you access to the entire 213km region.

There are two nursery slopes nearby, one in town (in front of the Jungfrau Hotel with a small drag lift and the Snowli Kids Centre) and the other up on Allmenhubel, where there’s a good restaurant for those obligatory hot chocolate breaks. Another feather to the town’s proverbial hat is its relatively high altitude, which means it’s more likely the local nursery slopes have snow than the nearby resorts of Wengen or Grindelwald.

The Mürren/Schilthorn area is best for strong intermediates and experts as many of the slopes are quite steep. Those who prefer gentle blues should head over to the Männlichen area above Wengen. This area has special “Slow Slopes” with a speed limit of 30km/h, perfect for nervous learners. That said, there are some good easy pistes around Birg just below the Schilthorn summit, especially the blue Engetal run. For more intermediate skiing you can also go back down to Lauterbrunnen and then catch the cog-railway up to Kleine Scheidegg, a very scenic area beneath the north face of the Eiger.

Those who are up for something more demanding must try the 14.9km long black Inferno run, the site of the first ever official down-hill ski race. There are different sections, some with jumps and hairpin bends! With a total vertical drop of 2000m, the whole thing takes about 40 min. On a clear day the view from the top of the Schilthorn is incredible, and if you head round the back you’ll find some great off-piste too. There’s also the 300m "Im Rad" snowpark at the top of the Schiltgrat chair with a halfpipe and the Aquarium Bar.

Mürren après Ski

For a quiet little mountain village, Mürren still delivers when it comes to decent restaurants and bars. When in Rome (or rather Switzerland…) you should obviously try a traditional fondue, so seek out a cosy restaurant – Eigerstübli in Hotel Eiger is a good one – and share a delicious pot of melted cheesy goodness, all washed down with some local white wine. Another unexpected but good choice is a little Chinese fast food place in town called ‘Tham Kok Keong’. Up on the mountain there are lots of nice huts for a leisurely lunch, the Allmendhubel has particularly beautiful views, and at Sonnenberg there is a super-cool ice bar. For amusing après-ski drinks try the Balloon Bar which is actually located inside of, you’ve guessed it, a hot-air balloon basket. If you’re ready to up the ante, order some flaming shooters or cocktails at the Inferno to a soundtrack of wonderfully cheesy Euro-pop.

A visit to Mürren is not complete without a trip up the Schilthorn to the solar powered revolving restaurant Piz Gloria. Treat yourself to a Bond style cocktail and sample the surprisingly affordable dining, while you take in dazzling panoramic views of over 200 peaks. Those who have seen ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ (watch it before you go!) will love Bond World too, with various memorabilia including a helicopter simulator and copy of the original screenplay. For non-skiers and bad weather days there’s the UNESCO World Heritage Jungfraubahn, the cog-railway which takes you to the top of the Jungfrau, the highest train station in Europe at 3454m. The short train ride down to the lake-side city of Thun, or the picturesque capital Bern also make fun excursions.

The Jungfrau region is one of the most popular holiday areas in Switzerland, and it’s famous for much more than just skiing. Clearly it’s a mecca for mountaineers, but there is plenty to entertain the less courageous too, including the local ice rink with curling, and toboggan routes down to Lauterbrunnen and Gimmelwald.

When is the best time to ski Mürren?

As to be expected, the coldest months in Mürren are January and February, and this when the snow conditions also tend to peak. If you prefer long, sunny days (maybe you’d like to work on that goggle tan and soak up the rays on the terrace at the Allmendhubel hut ), then the area is also good for later season skiing, particularly in March and sometimes April. The resort is an ideal base for skiing and boarding the Jungfrau area in the later months as it has the best access to the high altitude Schilthorn area, which stretches to the lofty height of 2970m. Unlike Grindelwald which lies down in the valley, Mürren is situated fairly high up the mountain, and so it tends to be more snow sure and a better choice if you want ski in/ski out accommodation. Earlier in the year, around December it is also possible to ski but the snowfall is less reliable, so although there’s likely to be snow up on the Schilthorn and at Kleine Scheidegg, don’t assume there will be snow all the way down to the village.

Peak dates

Don't miss Christmas in Mürren this year, you’ll struggle to find mountain charm to rival this gorgeous resort as a magical Christmas destination. Join the locals for a warming glühwein and some festive carols on Christmas eve, or make the most of the snowy landscape and build yourselves a proper snowman. Browse Mürren Christmas ski holidays ‣

New Year in Mürren is the season to party and be merry! After a long day on the slopes tuck into a traditional Swiss fondue, followed by the usual celebratory fireworks. Then, if you still have energy, hit the town for a night to remember. Browse Mürren New Year ski holidays ‣

What better time or place for a ski holiday than February Half Term in Mürren - not only is this the most snow sure time of year, but also there’s loads to keep you and your loved ones entertained. Browse Mürren Half Term ski holidays ‣

Long, sunny ski days are the norm during Easter in Mürren – there’s no better way to acquire a spring time tan than by shredding the powder or lounging on the deckchairs at one of the lovely Swiss mountain huts, with stunning panoramas of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Browse Mürren Easter ski holidays ‣

top Mürren accom

Hotel Eiger

Hotel Eiger

Hotel Alpenruh

Hotel Alpenruh

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