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Visitor reviews for Wengen Ski Resort
April 13, 2015
laurence mitchell from United Kingdom
Just back from my first ever week in Wengen. Wish I had found this place 30 years ago. Must be the prettiest place in the Alps with stunning mountains & a huge amount of really varied intermediate territory. Most accommodation is within 200 metres of the cable car which whisks you up 1000 metres in 6 minutes. Car free resort & only a few electric taxis. 1st class piste preparation & excellent Swiss Ski School ( inclusive for 5 days with Club Med, as is the lift pass!) Have already booked again for next year. *****
Overall: 4.3. Based on 12 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 Wengen.
Public Transport: 4.8
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Wengen, (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 Wengen, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.4
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.7
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Wengen.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.8
(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 Wengen, (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) Wengen is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Wengen 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 Wengen, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Wengen 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) Wengen is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.8
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Wengen, 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) Wengen 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: 4.5
(1) The staff at Wengen are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Wengen 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: 4.7
(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) Wengen 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 Wengen, (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: 2.9
(1) Not even a kicker at Wengen, (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 Wengen, (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) Wengen has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.8
(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: 4.0
(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: 4.4
(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: 4.4
(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): 4.1
(1) Overall, Wengen 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): 4.0
(1) Overall, Wengen 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 27, 2009
bill clough from United Kingdom
I am 60 years old, have skied in every European alpine country (9) from Andorra to Bulgaria, in 32 different resorts and can say Wengen is by far the best by a country mile. I first came to Wengen in 1992 and have returned almost every year since, only occasionally trying somewhere else. The resort is beautiful and quiet; no waiting for lifts at all. Wengen is reasonably priced and the nightlife can be as exciting or peaceful as you want (also as expensive or as cheap as you want). Runs are varied, good for beginners and intermediates alike and there are a few good blacks to entertain the more adventurous in Wengen and the close resorts of Murren & Grindelwald. But beware if you come here you may never want to go anywhere else again.
November 08, 2006
Alan Norris from United Kingdom
Wengen is perched on a large, sunny ledge, some 500 metres above the Lauterbrunnen valley, at an altitude of 1275 metres. There are glorious southerly views to the Jungfrau mountain, the icy Silberhorn ridge, and to the Jungfrau Massif in general. It is only accessible by the Wengernalpbahn cog railway, which runs from Lauterbrunnen, via Wengen, to Kleine Scheidegg (2,060 metres), from where you can take a train to Jungfraujoch, which at 3,450 metres, is the highest station in Europe. The train from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen takes just 15 minutes.
Wengen is an extremely pretty Alpine village, quite compact, with about 1,000 local inhabitants, increasing to around 5,000 at the peak of the ski season. It was a farming village for over 500 years before the British arrived at the end of the 19th Century, and it was the Brits who invented downhill skiing (as opposed to cross-country skiing), by using the then recently opened mountain railway to gain access to the slopes.
The British influence is still very strong in Wengen, where half the visitors are British, and although the local language is German (actually a dialect called Switzerdeutsch), nearly everyone speaks good English. The Downhill Only Club (DHO)is a popular British institution, based in Wengen, and which has many local Wengen members as well as British. Wengen retains all the charm of a genuine Alpine village, and has the added benefit of being "traffic free," there being only a few vehicles, mainly to take bags to the Hotels, and some taxis.
The absence of road traffic, with safe, sunny nursery slopes in the centre of the village, and the relative calm of the resort in the evenings, makes it ideal for young children. It also means that the resort is extremely busy during school half term, in mid February.
The skiing is mainly for intermediates, but there is some more challenging skiing, particularly on the Murren side of the Lauterbrunnen valley, and only 45 minutes by mountain train and cable car from Wengen. The "Jungfrau Pass" covers Wengen, Murren and Grindelwald, which is only 30 minutes away (for good skiers), via the Wengen/Mannlichen cable car.
The quickest way to the ski slopes is via the cable car, which is now in the centre of the village (behind Central Sports). This takes you to the top of Mannlichen (2230 metres) in just 6 minutes. The two cars run continuously at peak periods, and every 15 minutes at quiet periods. You exit the cable car top station onto a large plateau, which is an excellent place to do "warm up" exercises. You also benefit from the earliest sunshine on the slopes, and fantastic views of 3 magnificent mountains, the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau.
From here you have blue and red runs down towards Grindelwald, and a choice of 4-seat detachable chairs back to the top. There is also a large "off-piste" bowl, which is popular when conditions are right. Most skiers who know the region start at Mannlichen, do a number of runs there, then work their way across to Kleine Scheidegg, from where you can ski back to Wengen. Skiing directly to Kleine Scheidegg from Manlichen can be done, on red runs, in about half an hour, using 2 fast chairlifts. You would, however do well to take your time, explore the many other runs en route, and admire the breathtaking scenery.
(It is not possible to ski directly from Manlichen to Wengen, unless you are an "extreme skier", as there are no pisted runs, and the slope is extremly steep and rocky. You could, of course, download on the cable car, but then you would miss a lot!)
The other way to the ski slopes is to use the Wengernalpbahn railway. This takes you to Kleine Scheidegg (2060 metres) in half an hour, and is a good way up the mountain in bad weather, or for non-skiers, who want to join friends or family for lunch, at one of the many good restaurants to be found on the slopes.From here there are many runs, maily blue or red, towards Grindelwald, or a blue run directly back to Wengen.You can also go to the top of the Lauberhorn (2473 metres), from where there are red and black runs back to Kleine Scheidegg, and a red or a black run directly back to Wengen. The black run is the legendary Lauberhorn Race run, the longest downhill in the World Cup Downhill series.
All the runs back to Wengen join up at Allmend ( you get directly there via a blue run, or if you take the red or black , via a fast 4-seat chair from InnerWengen). From Allmend there is a blue run back to Wengen Dorf (Town), where you have to take off your skis outside Hotel Caprice. From here you have a 1 minute walk to the centre of Wengen, or, if it is lunch time, the terrace of Hotel Caprice is a great place for lunch on a sunny day, with some of the best views in the region, if not the entire Alps!
October 22, 2006
David Chalk from United Kingdom
If I were to live in any ski resort, it would without doubt be Wengen. Aside from being possibly the prettiest place in the world (the Jungfrau and Eiger are stunning), the skiing is as diverse as one could wish for. My first runs down the famous Lauberhorn and Blackrock runs are among the most cherished of my memories. For those looking for a challenge, "Oh God" is a run to scare the devil himself. A trip over to nearby Murren and the Schilthorn are a must for skiers and Bond fans alike (film location for On Her Majesty's Secret Service). But there are plenty of runs that beginners can equally enjoy. In short, I plan to return to Wengen again and again.
March 25, 2006
Kyle from United Kingdom
Wengen is a great resort because it caters for all. I have friends who are experienced instructors who ski there regularly and I know of many people who have learned to ski and returned to improve. I ski there at least once a year with a large group of friends. We have grown up with the place. What started out as boozy weeks in the snow have become more pipe and slippers as people have grown into families and we keep going back because the resort has grown with us. Some of us have bought holiday homes there, which I suppose shows our level of commitment. Wengen has a unique atmosphere that sets it apart from the ski factories elsewhere in the Alps and as a very well-travelled person I must say that I am yet to visit a place that is more beautiful. To top it off, the locals are more than friendly and it is even reasonably priced for a resort of this quality. If you measure resorts by lift capacity then stay away, but if you go on holiday to ski, relax and enjoy the mountains then there is simply nowhere better.
March 01, 2006
Heather Wood from United Kingdom
We've just returned from our 5th holiday in Wengen and just can't keep away. Wengen is a great all round resort and ski area with great access to the ski area by the centrally located cable car taking 6 minutes, or the 25 minute train ride to Kleine Scheidegg. The pistes are really well maintained and we've always been able to ski back to the resort even as late as April. We've stayed in apartments and hotels and this year tried the family run Falken, which is very family friendly and has a lovely atmosphere, great pianist and super location overlooking the village. We also like to ski off-piste when there is enought snow and this area offers plenty. We can highly recommend this village and ski area.
February 07, 2006
Olivia Gordon from United Kingdom
Just back from 8 wonderful days and despite no new snow the pisteurs worked overtime to keep all runs open and the pistes in excellent condition. I see snow is forecast so half term should be great. The Igloo, new this Winter, is a must either to stay the night (there is a sauna and whirlpool!) or just to stop by for the delicious hot apple cider or something stronger. It is situated between Kleine Scheidegg and the bottom of the Salzegg lift on a blue path so easily accessible on skis or on foot. The backdrop of the north face of the Eiger is spectacular. Otherwise nothing has really changed in this beautiful car-free resort which almost feels like a British Colony!
December 29, 2003
sophie bennett from United Kingdom
great resort for mixed groups and good value for money. compact and pretty with good wide runs so better skiers can ski with friends or family and just take a more difficult line. Food is great and good value on the mountain. Try the apple fritters at Brandegg - something else.
August 30, 2003
ANDREW rOBINSON from United Kingdom
Wengen is ,compact,friendly,attractive,cheap(by London standards),fantastic for families,and a great location.
It may lack serious black runs,and may be a bit slow for some, but after 15 year's i suggest sitting back, having a long slow coffee and unwinding.
Sunstar hotel for best location, Pierre at ski privat best local teacher,Banhof buffet at KS best food(2003 season).
Overall Wengen is the place to bring your children to learn to ski.
When they can get them in the DHO Bob who looks after Coggins will make sure they are safe and have a great time.
Book the plane, train and hotel direct and you save lots of money.