RESORT DESCRIPTION FOR Kleine Scheidegg / Männlichen-Grindelwald / Wengen
The ski resort Kleine Scheidegg/Männlichen – Grindelwald/Wengen is located in the Jungfrau Region (Switzerland, Espace Mittelland, Bern, Bernese Oberland). For skiing and snowboarding, there are 102 km of slopes available. 24 lifts transport the guests. The winter sports area is situated between the elevations of 944 and 2,320 m.
The Kleine Scheidegg/Männlichen ski resort is the largest in the Bernese Oberland and in the Jungfrau region. While skiing, you can enjoy the spectacular panorama of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau (UNESCO World Heritage Site). From Grindelwald, a cog railway leads up to the Kleine Scheidegg and a gondola lift leads up to the Männlichen.
The car-free mountain village of Wengen is a popular ski destination with many accommodation possibilities. Wengen is accessible from Lauterbrunnen via cog railway. From Wengen, you then take a cable car up to the Männlichen or the cog railway to the Kleine Scheidegg. The winter sports region offers optimally groomed slopes, a sophisticated artificial snow-making system and modern chairlifts.
The Jungfrau lift leads from the Kleine Scheidegg through the Eiger and Mönch up to the Jungfraujoch with the highest train station in Europe at 3454 m (Top of Europe). The Sphinx Observatory is found here at 3571 m and is the highest and most distinctive building on the Jungfraujoch. From up here, you can enjoy a gorgeous view of the Aletsch Glacier and the Bernese Oberland. When the weather is clear, you can even see all the way to the Vosges and the Black Forest. There are no slopes leading down from the Jungfraujoch, so you must take the cog railway back down to the valley.
Winter hiking paths, toboggan runs and optimal childcare services round off the offering in Grindelwald and Wengen
Kleine Scheidegg / Männlichen-Grindelwald / Wengen
Europe, Switzerland, Espace Mittelland
41 33 828 72 33
Season: November – April
Ski pass price: 55 €
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For the last 5 years, week 9 has been the most insecure with 85 cm snow depth on average in Kleine Scheidegg / Männlichen-Grindelwald / Wengen.
The measurement is made as an average of the snow depth at the highest and lowest point of the mountain.
Best tips for Kleine Scheidegg / Männlichen-Grindelwald / Wengen
Given the charm of the village, the friendliness of the locals and the drama of the scenery, it’s easy to see why many people love Wengen – including large numbers of Brits who have been going for decades. It’s great for a relaxing time, for those who don’t take their skiing too seriously, for families and for mixed groups of intermediates and non-skiers. Keen piste-bashers should not underestimate the drawbacks. If you’re used to modern mega-resorts, you’ll find Wengen a huge contrast, and may have difficulty adjusting. But the spectacularly scenic Jungfrau region is one that every keen skier should experience; and to experience all of it, Wengen – centrally placed between Mürren and Grindelwald – is the best base. Wengen is one of three resorts close together in the Jungfrau region. It is set on a sloping shelf above the Lauterbrunnen valley, opposite Mürren, and reached only by a cog railway, which carries on up to Kleine Scheidegg and the slopes shared with Grindelwald. Access to Mürren involves a train down to Lauterbrunnen, a cable car up and then another train (or a bus from Lauterbrunnen to a different two-stage cable car to Mürren). Access to the First area of Grindelwald is an even longer process, including skiing down to Grindelwald and crossing town – the planned new gondolas (see ‘News’) will speed up the return journey but not until 2017/18 at the earliest. The Jungfrau lift pass covers all three resorts. Outings further afield aren’t really worth the effort.
- Some of the most spectacular scenery in the Alps
Small, traditional, nearly traffic-free Alpine village
- Lots of long, gentle runs, ideal for leisurely intermediates
Nursery slopes in heart of village
- Limited terrain for experts and adventurous intermediates
- Natural snow unreliable (but substantial snowmaking now)
- Trains to slopes are slow and there are still a few old lifts
- Getting to/from Mürren and Grindelwald’s First area are both a bit of a slog
Source: Ski Club of Great Britain
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