Ski Holidays in Wengen, Switzerland
A paradise for beginners and intermediates, the Alpine village of Wengen shares the Jungfrau ski area with its neighbour Grindelwald. Take the train all the way up through the heart of the Eiger to the UNESCO World Natural Heritage site of Jungfraujoch for breath-taking views.
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Skiing in Wengen
For Beginners there are nursery slopes in Wengen and just above Grindelwald, including the blue piste at Oberjoch, a ‘slow speed zone’ (Grindelwald). Quick progress will be made with lessons from the excellent English speaking Ski Schools.
The full area Jungfrau Top Ski Region ski pass covers not only Wengen but 213kms of pistes, providing almost unlimited scope for Intermediates on a range of relaxing runs or more testing routes down the Kleine Scheidegg mountain.
Highlights include the 8km run from Oberjoch down to Grindelwald and the powder slopes from the Eigergletscher to Wengernalp.
Experts can try the famous Lauberhorn World Cup downhill piste, or the fearsome Black Rock run which starts at the base of the Eiger. If you can cope with any more then there is the famous black, almost vertical ‘Kanonenrohr’ in Murren.
There are two half-pipes in the region, a jumpers corner in Wengen, a terrain park at Schreckfeld and excellent runs for beginners.
Snow conditions in Wengen
There are 150 snow cannons contributing to the natural snowfall in Wengan and the Jungfrau ski area for more guaranteed skiing throughout the winter season.
Apres-ski, restaurants and other activities in Wengen
Evening entertainment in Wengen centres around the busy bars and restaurants. For a really rustic experience, try out Sina's Mountain Pub for some lovely food and drink. Restaurant Silberhorn-Stube is a great shout in town for a sit down dinner and if you're looking for something quick then nip to one of the various pizzerias that Wengen boasts.
If you want to go out after dinner, the Blue Monkey Club is always a popular choice for the dancers. Apres Ski Bar Hasenstall is also highly regarded.
Other activities in Wengen
Wengen has a cinema which quite often has English language films, for those looking for a relaxing evening. For non skiers there is plenty to do in Wengen and it is easy to meet friends up the mountain for lunch.
Wengen is a gorgeous town. You should go to the bowling alley and have a great time competing against friends and family. If you want something a bit more active then have a go on the town's well-kept tennis court, or channel your inner Winter Olympics energy and play some curling. There are also squash courts.
If you want to seriously unwind then head to one of the various wellness facilities with pools, Finnish saunas and herbal baths. The Victoria Jungfrau in the centre of town has an indoor heated pool and sauna.
Here's a full list of what you can get up to:
- Cross-country skiing
- Indoor Tennis
- Indoor swimming pool
- Squash courts
- Winter walking
- Sauna and solarium
Transfer time in Wengan
Bern and Zurich are the closest international airports to Wengan transfer times between car and rail are around 2-3 hours dependant on traffic. Wengan is a car free ski resort so the last part of the journey into resort will be via rail.
Wengen is a great area to ski for intermediates. The town is traffic-free and has a few nice bars to stop off in after a day on the slopes. Getting to Wengen by train took 4 hours and entailed a few changes. However, the rail system is very efficient and easy to navigate. Lovely views on the journey.
Apres Ski: 3/5
It's great to finish a holiday feeling young, particularly when you are 64. Before this holiday I was beginning to feel my skiing days were over - not in Wengen. I was skiing with a chap who was coming up to 80 and still getting down the slopes. Wengen seems to attract the older skier and is thus very laid back and relaxed. The slopes are uncrowded and lift queues when I went (late January) non-existent. It isn't cheap but represents good value for the discerning skier (preferably red run competent). The mountain scenery is second to none. I thought the hotel a bit noisy, however that was mostly because of the total silence of the village at night magnifying every noise in the hotel. The food was OK on the first night, when they were very busy, but steadily improved as the week went on until the sumptuous buffet on the last night. The Falken is up a steep hill and carrying skis up to the hotel is character-building, but is on the side of piste 36 so you can virtually ski to and from the hotel.
Apres Ski: 4/5