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Grindelwald Ski Resort Guide

Grindelwald, Switzerland

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length132 miles
Highest Lift9,678ft
Resort Height3,445ft
 Nearest AirportsBerne and Basel
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A very pretty, historic, year round resort, the largest in the Jungfrau region, which includes Wengen and Mürren. It shares a ski area with Wengen, but also has its own First ski area. Famous for the Eiger with it's break taking north face, Grindelwald celebrated its 850th birthday in 1996 and the 60th anniversary of the First mountain railway in 2007. The first person to ski here was Englishman Gerald Fox who put his skis on in his hotel bedroom in 1881 and walked out through the hotel Bar to the slopes wearing them. Then followed the great and the good from around the world and today thousands of ski and snowboarding fans.


The Swiss ski resort of Grindelwald is in the Swiss Alps at an altitude of 3,445ft, with 132 miles of marked runs.

Grindelwald is part of the Jungfrau Region ski area with access to 367 miles of downhill skiing, with 131 marked pistes, served by a total of 66 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Grindelwald itself (132 miles of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Jungfrau Region ski resorts of Lauterbrunnen, Mürren and Wengen. Grindelwald is directly linked by Ski Lift to the ski areas of Wengen.

With ski lifts as high as 9,678ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Grindelwald?

The next notable snow forecast is 1in, expected on 6 October.

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Ski Area Stats

Grindelwald Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
1518 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
2450 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
1631 miles
Total Length
132 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
11 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Jungfrau Region Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Number of runs
Total Length
367 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Grindelwald Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift9,678ft
Lowest Trail3,445ft
Resort Altitude (Grindelwald)3,445ft
Max Vertical6,234ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Grindelwald
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Grindelwald Overview

Grindelwald is a very pretty, historic, year round resort in a spectacular setting with the backdrop of awe inspiring mountains including the Eiger. Grindelwald is also the largest base in the Jungfrau region, which includes Wengen and Mürren. It shares a ski area with Wengen, but also has its own First ski area. Famous for the its breathtaking views of the Eiger and spectacular scenery, Grindelwald celebrated its 850th birthday in 1996 and the 60th anniversary of the First Mountain railway in 1997.

The first person to ski here was Englishman Gerald Fox who put his skis on in his hotel bedroom in 1881 and walked out through the hotel bar to the slopes wearing them - then followed the great and the good from around the world.

Indeed the resort is busy year round and has a distinctly cosmopolitan air, attracting guests from all over the world giving a diverse ethnic mix in clientele rarely found in other resorts. As with Chamonix, Grindelwald's history as a climbing village predates that of its skiing fame, and its mountaineering heritage remains strong.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Grindelwald is 8 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'Oh God (27)'.


Grindelwald is part of the Jungfrau Region, shared with Murren and Wengen. It shares a ski area with Wengen - the Kleine Scheidegg and Mannlichen which is accessed by cog railway from Grindelwald or a 4 person gondola from the 'suburb' of Grund, and has its own ski area, First, reached by a six person gondola from the village. First has about a quarter of the Jungfrau's skiing - fivelifts serving 50km (31 miles) of runs, whilst the joint area with Wengen is the Jungfrau's largest having 20 lifts serving 100km (63 miles) of trails. The third sector, Mürren's Schilthorn, slightly smaller than the First ski area, is also included on the pass but is not ski linked - it's either a long - if spectacular - rail or coach link.

Beginners and children are likely to spend their first few days at the Bodmi Nursery slopes which are home to Grindelwald's ski school and easily reached by ski bus from the village centre. There are two beginners' lifts and magic carpet lifts here.

Intermediates will find the most to attract them above Grindelwald and in the Jungfrau as a whole. One of the best run is the long 8km (5 mile) descent from Oberjoch back to Grindelwald. The powder slopes from the Eiger's glacier are also wonderful if you reach them first! There are fewer runs for experts but the legendary Lauberhorn World cup downhill has to be ticked off your 'wants' list, although the Black Rock and 'near vertical' Kanonenrohr are arguably more intimidating.

Grindelwald Sports, the snow sports and mountaineering school offer guiding to the various off piste, powder snow and glacier descents.

Depending on the conditions cross-country skiers will find 20km (around 12 miles) of cross-country tracks in the Grindelwald Valley, starting at Grund. Use of the trails is free but those who make a lot of use of them are encouraged to purchase a 'cross-country sticker' for 30 SF to help with their maintenance.

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


Grindelwald boasts a superb terrain park with kickers, rails and boxes in the First area. There's also an excellent half pipe. The resort has hosted Skicross World Cup Races.

Tuition is available from three schools, underlying the resort's significance in the 'boarding world, let be the Private Ski and Snowboardschool or the Ski and Snowboardschule Grindelwald. Another choice is the Burisport School. The high ratio of chairs, gondolas, funiculars and cable cars (trams) to drag lifts and the varied natural terrain also make Grindelwald a good choice for those seeking easy uplift and exciting downhill.

Location and Map

Where is Grindelwald?

This ski resort is in the Swiss Alps in Jungfrau Region, Interlaken.


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How to get there

 By Air

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

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


Ski Lift Capacity

The 20 ski lifts are able to uplift 42,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 56 miles of ski runs, with 150 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Grindelwald open?

 Open from : November 27, 2021.

 Closes : April 18, 2022.

Usual opening is mid November (Open weekends only in November), and usual closing is Mid April (Last week of the season open weekends only).

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

Trail Map

Grindelwald Trail Map

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Grindelwald, 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 Grindelwald Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Grindelwald

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Mountain Bike Hire

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

Aprés Ski

With so much going on in the evenings (see activities) in Grindelwald, the action in the bars fails to dominate the resort's reputation. However there is plenty happening - initially at establishments such as the Challi - which has live music, as does the up-market hotel Regina - or the Expresso. Late night action continues at the Mescalero discothèque and the Plaza Club.

Don't miss a full moon or torchlit descent, complete with fondue, organised by Grindelwald Sports..