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Adelboden Ski Resort Guide

Adelboden, Switzerland

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length130 miles
Highest Lift7,710ft
Resort Height4,429ft
 Nearest AirportsBerne and Sion
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Picturesque traditional Swiss resort but with an unusually large modern ski area linked to Lenk's. Thoroughly modern outlook includes a dedicated ski school.


The Swiss ski resort of Adelboden is in the Swiss Alps at an altitude of 4,429ft, with 130 miles of marked runs.

Adelboden is part of the Adelboden-Lenk ski area with access to 213 miles of downhill skiing, with 177 marked pistes, served by a total of 94 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Adelboden itself (130 miles of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Adelboden-Lenk ski resort of Lenk.

With ski lifts as high as 7,710ft, snow cover is generally reliable.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Adelboden?

The next notable snow forecast is 2in, expected on 7 October.

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Snow this week

Snow Forecast by day for Adelboden

Ski Area Stats

Adelboden Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
1414 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
5058 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
4058 miles
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
130 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
53 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Adelboden-Lenk Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
213 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Adelboden Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift7,710ft
Resort Altitude (Adelboden)4,429ft
Lowest Trail3,510ft
Max Vertical4,199ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Adelboden
Intermediate Skiers

Adelboden Overview

Located in the Engstligen Valley, Adelboden is a traditional mountain village in the Bernese Oberland - one of Switzerland's main tourist areas. Not so many years ago skiers made up the vast majority of winter holidaymakers visiting the Bernese Oberland but recent surveys have shown that increasing numbers of visitors are now discovering the well prepared hiking paths this region has to offer.

Popular with the European nobility and artists of the 19th century, the first English winter visitors arrived in 1901 attracted by the spectacular scenery with its towering peaks, mountain lakes, alpine streams and wild flowers. Situated beneath the Wildstrubel which rises to 10,600ft, Adelboden is located at 1353m above sea level, its southerly aspect ensuring that during the winter months it gets around 9 hours of sunshine per day.

The slopes are, however, predominantly north-facing thus ensuring good snow cover throughout the season.

This is a modern ski area, lift-linked with neighbouring Lenk by a network of over 210km (131 miles) of pistes. Six miles apart as the crow flies, the two villages are separated by a variety of skiing terrain creating one of the largest and most attractive wintersport regions in Switzerland. The two resorts are essentially quite different, Adelboden is the larger with a more extensive infrastructure. Both centres have gained the prestigious Swiss family friendly seal of approval and as such offer facilities and assistance specifically for families.

Adelboden has become one of the classic venues for the annual FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup series. Usually timed to take place just before or just after the Lauberhorn race at Wengen its one of the few races still held on the original course down the treacherous Chuenisbergli. This slope requires great technical skills and only big names have made it to the winners list. Italy's Alberto Tomba took almost ten years to master the course before celebrating his first success there while Sweden's Ingemar Stenmark had five wins between 1979 and 1984. During those years the race venue was moved to a higher part of the mountain at Tschentenalp in case of lack of snow.

The World Cup race has turned into a mountain party for the 25,000+ spectators with lots of activities and receptions around the finish area and Adelboden's delightful alpine atmosphere making this a very appealling venue for visitors and ski teams.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Adelboden is 4 miles long.


The ski area of Adelboden is split in five sectors connected up by a first class lift system making this one of the largest and most attractive ski areas in Switzerland. You'll find over 210km (131miles) of slopes served by 72 lifts. Beginning at an altitude of 1053m and ranging to 2375m. Slopes are predominantly north-facing thus ensuring good snow cover throughout the season.

The main network of lifts is accessed from the resort via a gondola from Oey which transports skiers to Sillerenbühl 1974m, and the centre of the Adelboden-Lenk ski area. From here you can access a variety of terrain including the treacherous World Cup piste at Chuenisbergli, an extremely challenging black run which is the now classic Adelboden venue for the FIS World Cup series. Only big names like Sweden's Ingemar Stenmark and Austria's Hermann Maier have made it onto the medals podium here.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


The Engstligenalp has the one and only natural board park featuring natural pipes and jumps and is a training area for many professional boarders.

For freestylers the Hahnenmoos snowboard park is the place to meet - complete with obstacle course, boardercross, air park, slide zone, first timers snowboard piste and testing centre as well as an eating area with bar, grill and DJ.

There is even a mountain hotel, the Berghotel Hahnenmoospass, an ideal base for boarders who like to make first tracks in the morning. Crazy Sports Ltd are the official snowboard school for Adelboden and they offer private and group lessons as well as board hire.

Location and Map

Where is Adelboden?

This ski resort is in the Swiss Alps in Adelboden-Lenk, Bern.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Adelboden is Berne, 70 minutes drive away.

Sion, Basel, Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, Zurich, Annecy and Geneva airports are all within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 55 ski lifts are able to uplift 52,420 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Season Dates

When is Adelboden open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is mid December, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

Trail Map

Adelboden Trail Map

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Adelboden, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Adelboden Tourist Office for the latest.

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Adelboden Webcams

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Mountain Bike Hire

There is downhill mountain biking available and you can rent Mountain Bikes in Adelboden.

Aprés Ski

Lively nightlife with a good choice of nightclubs and bars and an informal, fun atmoshphere. The Berna discotheque is a favourite with younger people while the Alte Taverne is of universal appeal. The nightclub here always seems to be busy - it was converted from six very old wooden houses into a barn-style room with a gallery overlooking the dance floor and enough seating for 200.

Raclettes and fondues are available in nearly all the restaurants and for Italian food, especially good pizzas there's Kreuz and Alfredo. The Alte Taverne has live bands, and the Arle Bar and Time Out Pub have attractive aperitif bars. Some of the restaurants have Swiss music.