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Visitor reviews for Grindelwald Ski Resort
January 13, 2016
Ron Joseph from Canada
Your English version of your resort stats says 125 acres of terrain, It's more like 12,500 if you include Furst! 125 is quite small as an acre is smaller than a hectare.
[note from the editor: thank you for submitting an alternative figure for the skiable area at this resort. We have Resort Managers who submit information but our rep for this resort is not active.]
Overall: 4.4. Based on 20 votes and 10 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Grindelwald.
Public Transport: 4.8
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Grindelwald, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Grindelwald, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.2
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.4
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Grindelwald.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.2
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Grindelwald, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Grindelwald is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Grindelwald relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.8
(1) There are no snow groomers at Grindelwald, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Grindelwald are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Grindelwald is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.3
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Grindelwald, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.0
(1) Grindelwald usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.8
(1) The staff at Grindelwald are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Grindelwald are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.6
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.7
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.7
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Grindelwald has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Grindelwald, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 3.7
(1) Not even a kicker at Grindelwald, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Grindelwald, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Grindelwald has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.6
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 4.5
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 4.6
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.1
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.3
(1) Overall, Grindelwald is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.2
(1) Overall, Grindelwald is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
January 13, 2016
Ron Joseph from Canada
If you are from North America you haven't skied till you have come here. Fabulous terrain, scenery, lifts and on-slope accommodation. Was there for the lauberhorn week; it was uncrowded, inexpensive and it snowed 25cm the morning I got there! I am from Red at Rossland so giving out these kudos doesn't come easy!
March 14, 2013
Ron Sweet from Canada
Visited Grindlewald Jan. 26th to Feb.2nd. This was my second trip to the area in 8 years. Had a fantastic holiday and stayed at the Jungfrau Inn. Good accomodations and great food. The sking is fantastic throughout the entire Jungfrau Region. Runs are mostly rated Intermediate with great cruising runs. Modern lifts and cable cars throughout. For some reason I enjoyed myself more this time than 8 years previous. I thoroughly recommend the Jungfrau region for a ski holiday.
April 18, 2012
Pete from United Kingdom
I keep coming back year after year. Grindelwald is situated under the shadow of the North Face of the Eiger. One of the most beautiful places on Earth. Skiing is mainly intermediate, though beginner areas are dotted around and those looking for more of a challenge need just ask locals for directions to the White Hare. Lifts are improving every year and snow making machines are in place on almost all slopes. Avoid going on the Mannlichen gondola at 9am as most people do, unless you want to stand around for a while. There are several wonderful long runs back down to Grund from both Kleine Scheidegg and Mannlichen. Great watering holes include the Holzer Bar on the Tschuggen Piste and in town the Avocado Bar has a good selection of beers at reasonable prices. Roll on next winter.
November 23, 2010
Tommy Williamson from Switzerland
I visited Grindelwald for the first time last season. WOW! What a stunning place. There are four massive mountains towering over the village, all around 4000m in height and all spectacular in their own right. Take a trip up to Jungfraujoch if you get the chance, a real experience and well worth the money for the views from both the top and from the middle of the North Face of the Eiger. Skiing-wise I can't comment too much as I haven't really skied since I was a kid. I took a few lessons with Altitude, a British ski school, and they were fantastic. I would definitely recommend them, in fact so much so that my family and I will be back again this year. Will be staying in the Hotel Eiger again, a really nice hotel with great food. Been keeping my eye on the snow forecasts recently and my excitement is building up as more snow is forecast. I can't wait to get back on skis!
January 27, 2008
tim decker from United States
All I can say is wow! Have been there twice now and can't wait for the third! The last time there the weather was 50 degrees everyday with bright sunshine. Even with the lack of snow, it was great! Just sitting up on top of the mountain at the ice bar enjoying swiss food and drink was heavenly! The views! Our teenage kids loved it. Did not worry about where they were because the runs all emptied out to the village. But, they soon found out they could legally drink beer! We stayed at the Hotel Eiger again which is old time charm with all modern comforts! Check out the spa, it was a nightly visit after skiing! The trains up to the top of the mountain are comfortable but can be crowded. You do not need a car in the village, take the train in from Interlaken, about a 45 minute ride!
December 08, 2007
Steve from United Kingdom
A top ski resort. Plenty to do if the snow isn't forthcoming and endless opportunity for fun when it is (there was a metre of powder when I was there and that was on piste!) The snow, at first, always seemed good, (lookout for avalanches from the Wetterhorn across the valley [no danger]). Kleine Scheidegg is very good for warming drinks in teepee etc and superb views of the Eiger with a lovely descent to the village through trees. Great little journey to Wengen beside the funicular railway. Support Grindelwald playing ice hockey at the sports centre. Forget taking the cable car from Wengen to Männlichen and take the train to Kleine Scheidegg and ski across to Männlichen. Ski from the top of Schilthorn if you feel brave. Superb sights and with a strong climbing heritage, which I like. Very good shops with which to stock up on winter gear. Good for walking. Picturesque and friendly.
December 28, 2006
Harry Norris from United States
Perhaps the most beautiful place on the planet to ski. Long, varied incredibly beautiful runs down to the villages of Grindelwald and Wengen. Three distinct skiing areas, including spectacular Murren/Shilthorn. Lift lines on the mountain are short, getting up can be a problem during Christmas and school vacation if you go at rush hour, 0930 to 1030, but where isn't that the case? Excellent on slope restaurants and the Teepee at Kleini Scheidegg and the Holzer Bar on the way down to Grindelwald are first rate on slope watering holes. And don't miss the Challi Bar for late night downtown Grindelwald fun. If you don't have a blast in Grindelwald, it's your own fault.
January 06, 2006
rob from Switzerland
home to maybe one of the slowest cable cars in switzerland at Manlichen, if you are there on a weekend expect upto 1.5 hrs wait just to get onto the gondola, and then a long tip upto the top does get very busy, but has quite good wide slopes.
For all the lifts in general, expect to wait quite a while to wait - on the piste waiting time can easily be 30 mins! not good.
If you are there on a weekday then it is totally different - walk straight on and just wait a few mins.
November 25, 2005
Ben Bland from Greece
Grindelwald is one of the best places I have ever skid and I have skid in many. The North Face of the Eiger dominates the resort with the Shreckhorn, Wetterhorn, Monch and Jungfrau. The skiing is superb in four different areas. 'First' is the name of the area exclusive to Grindelwald. It is an open ski area similar to those found in France. The runs back down into the village are first class and you are soon reminded that you are skiing in Switzerland as you ski through the trees and cow shed back to the picturesque village. Kleinne Scheidegg and Manlichen can be accessed from Grindelwald and its neighbouring town of Wengen. The skiing in both of these areas, which are easily linked, is excellent and varied. The black, "Oh God" is suitably named and enough to test the courage of most skiers as are several sections on the feared down hill course, "The Lauberhorn". The area in between Scheidegg and Manlichen is most suited to intermediate skiers and runs like Tsuggen are to be relished. The pistes in the resort are fabulously prepared and the restaurants are varied and charming. My favourite stop is the Wengeralp but reservations are necessary