Adelboden Lenk Switzerland Ski Vacation
The Adelboden-Lenk Ski Resort is located in the Bernese Oberland of
Switzerland - a German speaking region, between Zurich and Geneva.
Adelboden-Lenk skiing is one of the biggest snow sports resorts in
Switzerland comprising 5 separate ski resorts, with a total of 210 km of
slopes and 72 cable cars and lifts. Of the five ski areas, we visited
Adelboden Lenk and Engstligenalp - finding them ideal for families given
their prepared slopes, ski schools, terrain parks and fun snow sports like
sledding, snow tubing, and even igloo ice skating.
Adelboden Lenk Ski Area
is the heart and soul of the
region, emanating from its namesake quaint ski village. Adelboden's trails
are interconnected with Lenk, and the region is renowned for excellent snow.
With 60% artificial snow making coverage, a long lasting ski season
extends from November often into May. Gondolas, four and six
passenger chairs with bubble covers and even t bars serve Adelboden's
prepared ski slopes from 4,438' to the 7,217' summit and off-piste as well,
with beautiful views of the surrounding Swiss Alps. Skiing Adelboden Lenk
provides many different exposures and aspects, so follow the sun to find the
best snow throughout the day. Make sure you save time for a mountainside
chalet lunch of fondue, raclette or rosti. Kids will enjoy Adleboden's race
courses, measured speed runs and snow parks for freestyle skiing tricks.
, up the valley from Adelboden, is a high
plateau winter playground for families, accessed by a steep tram ride. On the
upper plateau, in addition to alpine skiing on two T-bars, there is cross
country skiing (they call it winter wandering), sledding or snow tubing, dog
sledding, even ice skating inside an igloo.
A day at Engstligenalp is perfect for young families. There's a big kinder
land for children learning to ski, and snowboard, but the piece de la
resistance are the igloos. The Fondue Iglu is a beautiful ice igloo where
you can dine on Swiss cheese fondue sitting on reindeer fur seats in the illuminated ice
cave. Adjacent is the Ice Iglu where you skate through ice carved caves
and tunnels. Dog sledding is another fun activity, the dog sled musher
builds his igloo and lives on the plateau for the winter with his huskies.
In addition to Adelboden Lenk and Engstligenalp, there are four other ski
centers - Elsigbach, TschentenAlp, Betelberg and Kandersteg
- all offering a unique variety of lifts and trails. There are over 10,000
beds in the Adelboden region, and plenty of Swiss restaurants and après ski
bars. We stayed in the quaint ski village of Adelboden.
The Bellevue Park Hotel and Spa in Adelboden
is perfect for families,
perched high on the hillside above town with superb views of the mountains
and valley. This 1901 Hotel was completely rebuilt after a 1930's fire and
has received a more recent modern makeover, adding a splendid full service Spa
featuring indoor and outdoor heated saltwater pools, and adult spa area with
Finish Sauna and spa treatment rooms. The 53 guestrooms range for modern
alpine to more traditional Swiss.
Half board lodging at Bellevue
includes a bountiful buffet breakfast, and a four course gourmet dinner. The
hic dining room and lounge, with modern gas fireplace
and a wall of windows providing mountains views, serves cocktails, and
offers a convenient playroom for the kids off to the side. The hoteliers
have young kids and they make families (and pets) feel very welcome. The
Bellevue even has a ski room with boot dryers.
Adelboden village is steps away with Swiss shops and restaurants. Show the
kids the 1433 church and Adelboden's World Cup Ski Racing statue with the
footprints of winning racers including Bode Miller.
On your way through Frutigen, if time allows, take the kids to the
to see the sturgeon and caviar farm. This 2009
tropical garden and fish farm recycles the warm spring water discovered when
building the 34-kilometer train tunnel to Wallis. An interesting
Adelboden Family Ski Resort Stats: Elevation 7,217', 4,438'
Base 4,133', Vertical drop 3,084', 72 lifts including and
210-kilometers prepared trails plus off-piste in six unique ski regions.
Travel to Adelboden: Fly into Zurich or Geneva, take a
3-hour Train to Frutigen, then a 20-minute Bus to Adelboden.
All Stories by Heather Burke
All Photography by Greg Burke