Grindelwald ski resort guide & reviews Ski area, apres-ski, things to see & do in Grindelwald
Ski holidays in Grindelwald - an international ski resort and busy throughout the year with skiers, hikers, mountain climbers and people who just want to enjoy the scenery.
Grindelwald is part of the Jungfraujoch region that sits in the heart of the Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the famous Eiger. A special area of the Alps with Europe's highest railway, glaciers and guaranteed snow.
Spa & Wellbeing
Many hotels as well as the Sports Centre in Grindelwald have spas. Nothing is better after a day on the slopes than to relax in the sauna, the Turkish bath, jacuzzi or have a massage before the après-ski starts!
Après-ski in Grindelwald can be as quiet or as lively as you want to make it. There are some great bars and clubs and the après-ski kicks off on the slopes around 3pm - normally in the Tee Pee bar at Kleine Scheidegg - and continues in to the early hours in one of the nightclubs.
|Key information (whole area)|
|Longest run||12 km|
|Cross country||34 km|
|Season||Dec - April|
|Apres ski||Lively & Fun|
Grindelwald ski area guide
There are 3 ski areas to discover on your ski holidays in Grindelwald which together, give over 200km of piste and lots more off-piste than you can dream for:
- Kleine Scheidegg-Männlichen
One of the classic ski tours leads from the Jungfraujoch down the Aletsch glacier ending up at Lötschental. The glacier is 23km in length and the longest glacier in the Alps just edging past the Valley Blanche glacial run in Chamonix.
Grindelwald-First is the sunniest of the 3 areas and is particularly suited to families and children as there is also a fun park called the White Elements where they can play. However, this is not linked to the other areas. Most beginners will start their ski lessons here before progressing up to the Kleine Scheidegg-Männlichen areas.
The Kleine Scheidegg-Männlichen area caters for all levels of ability offering everything from nursery slopes to the more challenging Lauberhorn run.
For more experienced skiers and boarders, head towards the Mürren-Schilthorn area. There is the 15km Inferno run with a drop of 2000m between the Schilthorn via Mürren and down to Lauterbrunnen - an absolute must. The off-piste areas are also extensive and challenging.
Other ski holiday activities
- Ride up to theJungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe at 3454m
- Ice skating
- Ice climbing
- Snow tubing
- 100km of winter walking trails
- Dog sleighs
The off-piste is very popular with snowboarders as there are many powder bowls on the Mürren-Schilthorn area.
If you like sledging then Grindelwald has one of the longest tracks in the alps at 15km. It starts at the Faulhorn and drops by Bussalp down to Grindelwald with a drop of 1600m - superb fun for all the family but remember to wear goggles as the snow sprays into your face.
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Our view on Grindelwald ski holidays
We think Grindelwald is a great all year round ski resort either for skiing where there is simply too many pistes to cover in a week or for your summer mountain holidays. With so many activities and things to see, Grindelwald is an ideal resort for family holidays.
- Ski over to Wengen and head up to the Piz gloria revolving restaurant for a lunch with a view you won't forget!
- Ski the Lauberhorn World Cup downhill run in to Wengen - but watch your speed
- A night-time tobogganing ride from Bussalp down to Grindelwald after a cheese fondue in the Rasthysi
If you like Grindelwald being a pretty and charming alpine village then also quite similar is the beautiful resort of Le Grand Bornand in the Aravis Massif of Haute Savoie in France and Canazei in the Italian Dolomites. Both resorts offer exceptional opportunities for touring with many connected resorts under one lift pass.