Bernese Oberland skiing holidaysSkiing & snowboarding in Bernese Oberland

Overview

Ski holidays in Bernese Oberland - this is one of Switzerland’s most iconic cantons that is home to the world famous peaks of the Eiger, Jungfrau and Monch and accessed by the equally famous resorts of Grindelwald, Wengen and Mürren. The Bernese Oberland covers the area south of Bern and extends as far south as Glacier 3000 on the Vaud border taking in the glitzy and ultra chic resort of Gstaad - the main competitor to St Moritz for attracting the world's Royalty for their skiing holidays.

As a year-round destination, the Bernese Oberland offers outdoor adventures in the summer and snow sports during the winter months. With towering peaks, snow and ice, this Swiss canton is the ideal place to relax, have fun and enjoy the natural wonders.

Valais Ski Facts
No. of Resorts 38
Altitude (m) 1,100 to 3,033
Snowfall (cms) 600-800
Sunshine 300+ days
Highest mountain Finsteraarhorn 4,274m
Ski season Nov - May
Summer skiing
Closest airport Bern

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The valley towns and mountain ski resorts around the Bernese Oberland are a mix of the old and the new blending rustic chocolate-box chalets in the alpine pastures with new ski-in, ski-out residences and apartments in the mountain resorts. Wherever you choose to stay, the scenery is spectacular and you are never far from the ski lifts and local apres-ski bars and restaurants. The other major benefit of renting a holiday home is that they provide the freedom, flexibility and space to do what you want, when you want - ideal for familes, groups and friends.

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Skiing Around Bernese Oberland

The ski area enjoys exceptionally good snowfall from mid-November to the end of April, with an average of nearly 7m of powder every year.

The extent and variety of the beginner terrain across the Bernese Oberland ski resorts is superb. From the Jungfrau Region resorts of Grindelwald and Wengen to the wide open slopes around Gstaad, most resorts offer extensive beginner slopes with magic carpets and gentle lifts.

For intermediate and expert skiers are in for a treat in the Bernese Oberland as the high peaks provide some of Switzerland's best steeps. From the glaciers and high trails around Jungfrau to the off-piste touring around Gstaad, Mürren and Grindelwald, the Bernese Oberland certainly caters for the extreme skiers and boarders. When you add in the heli-skiing opportunities on the 4000m peaks, there is more terrain can you can cover in a lifetime.

Bernese Oberland skiing

Things to See & do in Bernese Oberland

The Bernese Oberland offers so much variety in terms of what do see and do for all ages. From day trips to one of the nearby lakes to visting one of the valley towns such as Interlaken. A trip to the Bern, the capital of Switzerland and the gateway to the Bernese Oberland Alps is well worth a visit. The city dates back to the 12th century and much of it's medieval architecture is in tact making it an open air museum. The Aare Rive curls around three sides of the old town which is where you will find shops, bars and restaurants tucked away along the winding cobbled streets.

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Jungfraujoch

A must do trip is the train from Grindelwald to Jungfraujoch at 3,466m, the higest train station in Europe. The journey takes you through the Eiger and Monch mountains to the perpetually snow covered station. Here, you have panoramic views plus this is the gateway to the mighty Aletsch Glacier - europe's longest stretching 23km - and the starting point of many ski tours.

Jungfraujoch

Schilthorn - Piz Gloria


The Piz Gloria revolving restaurant at the top of the Schilthorn was one of the main locations for the 1969 Bond film - On Her Majesty's Secret. It is reached from Mürren via cable car and from the top, you get spectacular views of the Eiger and Mönch.

schiltorn, piz gloria

Our view on Bernese Oberland

Bernese Oberland is a year round destination with warm summer months for hiking, mountain biking and watersports whilst the winter is a mecca for snow sports. With 38 ski resorts dotted around the largest canton of Switzerland, choosing a Bernese Oberland ski holiday is definitely worth considering.


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