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Skiing At Grindelwald, Switzerland

Updated on May 21, 2012

Grindelwald - An Excellent Family Ski Destination

Located in Switzerland's Jungfrau region, just 120 miles from Zurich, Grindelwald is one of the oldest ski resorts in Europe.

Don't let its age and quaint Alpine look fool you, however. Grindelwald boasts all the modern amenities of today's ski resorts combined with the look of an old-fashioned village.

This resort in the Bernese Oberland has a long history. Skiers have been flocking here since the late 1800s, when a modern rack-and-pinion mountain railway was built, which provided both access to the mountain and also served as the first ski lift. This train still boasts the highest station in Europe, at 11,300 feet.

Skiing at Grindelwald

Because it's accessible by car, unlike the neighboring ski areas of Wengen and Murren, Grindelwald is a popular ski destination for the locals, many traveling there just to spend a day or two on the slopes.

Beginners and intermediates will feel most welcome here, which is why this is such an excellent family ski destination. There are a total of 50 runs here. About 30% are suitable for beginners, 50% for intermediates, and the remainder for expert skiers.

Excellent skiers, however, shouldn't discount this resort. It does have a number of long runs that can be quite challenging, even for seasoned skiers.

There are some off-piste skiing areas available as well, many accommodated via a drop from a helicopter, a.k.a. heli-skiing. Skiers at this altitude are usually accompanied by a guide.

If you desire, it's not difficult to make your way over to neighboring Wengen and Murren to test out their runs as well. Though not accessible by car, the lift systems of all three resorts are connected and locals are eager to assist you in navigating the sometimes confusing path to the sister resorts.


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Other Winter Activities

If you're a not an Alpine skier, you'll still find plenty to keep you busy. Tobogganing is quite popular here, cross country skiers will be treated to miles and miles of excellent terrain with groomed tracks, and snowboarders will find one terrain park and a halfpipe.

Inside Grindelwald's Sportcenter, visitors can go ice skating, try their hand at the unique European sport of curling, or join a game of ice hockey. There's also an indoor pool, fitness center, and sauna.

View from Lift at Grindelwald

View from lift at Grindelwald
View from lift at Grindelwald

Lodging at Grindelwald

Chalets at Grindelwald
Chalets at Grindelwald

Accommodations here in Grindelwald, Switzerland are quite varied and fit a variety of budgets. Guests can choose the ultimate in luxury at a number of top-notch resort hotels. Others may prefer to stay in an apartment, condo, chalet, small inn, or a mountain hut. Camping facilities are also available.

Getting There

Those traveling to Grindelwald by air can choose from the two closest airports, Zurich or Geneva. Upon arrival, guests who don't wish to rent a car and navigate Swiss roads can catch a train to Interlaken, where they may be picked up by hotel shuttles or taxis that will take them the short distance to the Grindelwald ski area.

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Grindelwald in the Summer - Looking down on the village of Grindelwald.

Grindelwald in Summer
Grindelwald in Summer

Photo used under Creative Commons from Patrik Tschudin, on Flickr

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All text on this lens is protected by copyright by Beth Engleton.

Photo credits:

Introduction - © João Máximo


View from Lift - © Michael Springmann

Lodging at Grindelwald - © Phillip Minnis Can Stock Photo

Grindelwald in July - Photo used under Creative Commons from Patrik Tschudin, on Flickr

Another View of Grindelwald - Photo used under Creative Commons from Tell Jeeves, on Flickr

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I would love to visit Switzerland. Beautiful photos my dear. Stunning. :)

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      ForestBear LM 5 years ago

      Oh this lens brings back great memories, have been hiking there during Summer and loved it. It is such a beautiful place, thank you for sharing

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      Powder White 6 years ago

      By the poll above, like me it sounds like many people not heard of it but want to visit. Thanks for schooling us on this great ski resort.

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      Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Looks a very nice place, does it ever get flooded out with all those ranges around it, only asking because it looks a lot like some places in NZ. I know what happens when we get a lot of rain. Loved your lens, thanks for sharing. Blessed.

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      Chuck Nelson 6 years ago from California

      I was there in the summer many years ago. Would love to go again.

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      pawpaw911 6 years ago

      What a beautiful place.

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      pawpaw911 6 years ago

      What a beautiful place.

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      LisaDH 6 years ago

      Looks beautiful!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Wow! What a fabulous vacation this would be! (adding to bucket list now :)

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      jdwheeler 6 years ago

      This place looks awesome! Maybe one day...

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      Andy-Po 6 years ago

      My first skiing trip, many years ago, was in the Jungfrau region and I lived in Zurich for a while and had vacations all over Switzerland, so this lens brings back happy memories for me. A beautiful part of the world.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Our next trip will include Switzerland. Lovely pictures!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      WONDERFUL, I so love Switzerland!

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      Frugal Bride 6 years ago

      Breath-taking pictures! I never wanted to go to Switzerland, now I do after reading your lens. Beautiful job!

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Wow - I don't ski, but that looks like an absolutely beautiful bit of country. Definitely on my long travel bucket list.

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      MartinSnell 6 years ago

      Great location. Woukd like to try it out one day.

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      It looks beautiful, but cold!

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      Wow ... who needs skis? I would go to Grindelwald simply for the scenery. The closest I've been is Lucerne. Switzerland is so beautiful.

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      Delia 6 years ago

      I have not been skiing since childhood in Garmisch, but I would love to visit Mother lived there for a couple of years.

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      Gorgeous photos.

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      kathysart 6 years ago

      Oh the pics are wonderful! What a glorious holiday. Thumbs up and angel blessed.

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      Lindrus 6 years ago

      Seems like a wonderful place to visit - both in summer and winter!

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      dc64 lm 6 years ago

      What a beautiful place! I would so love to visit and catch a bit of skiing. I live in Alabama where it rarely snows.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This place looks like a picture postcard. Really beautiful and magical. Thanks for the virtual tour!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I haven't been to Grindelwald in ages... but great memories-- and great lens!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      I have never been skiing. At this point in my life, I'm not sure I want to, but it would be fun to visit Grindelwald.

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      Grindelwald is a beautiful place in a truly magical part of Switzerland. I'd love to see it in winter, it is so pretty in summer. And of course it has the Eiger! Thanks for putting this helpful and interesting Grindelwald skiing guide together.