16:59,
Wednesday,
23 September 2020.

Wengen, Skiing & Snowboar...

Famous for the world cup downhill ski race classic the “Lauberhorn” and its fantastic backdrop of the Eiger and Jungfrau it isn’t surprising that Wengen proves to be an old favourite with visitors from around the globe. The Jungfrau Top Ski Region extends to cover Mürren, Grindelwald and Wengen giving a total of 213 kilometers of ride-able piste. The vast majority of ski slopes are found above Wengen and its close neighbour Grindelwald to which it is linked by lift and piste. The terrain is mostly suited to intermediates with nearly 50 percent of the runs being graded red. Advanced riders fare better on the more challenging slopes above Mürren which is accessed via lift from Lauterbrunnen in the valley below Wengen. And beginners will be glad to know everything that concerns them is on the doorstep.

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Beginner

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After slipping and sliding around on the village nursery slopes for a day or two under the guidance of a good instructor, beginners will quickly develop the skills and confidence to progress onto the long blue runs starting higher up the mountain.

Intermediate

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The Jungfrau ski area is ideally suited to intermediate riders who can roam freely all over the area on some sixty relaxing red and blue runs. Some of these runs are pretty long. The longest is an 8km belter from Oberjoch down to Grindelwald. And the more adventurous can take on sections of Wengen’s famous downhill course, the Lauberhorn, which is reputed to be the longest on the alpine skiing world cup circuit. While taking a break from your own active endeavours, it’s possible from certain mountain restaurants to observe climbers scaling the infamous north face of the Eiger. An intriguing and sometimes terrifying pursuit in itself – I just mean the watching.

Advanced

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With twenty-two runs graded difficult by the local tourist office you would think you were headed for paradise. However, not everyone will find all these runs a huge challenge. That said Wengen is no pedestrian either and offers some interesting off-piste routes which are easily accessed. Also with a mountain-scape surround as is you would be right in thinking that there was some rewarding touring to be had here. But staying on-piste Mürren on the other side of the Lauterbrunnen valley has some testing challenges that are steep and can be technically demanding depending on the conditions.