Grindelwald-First Ski Area in Switzerland is the most family friendly for skiers of the three Jungfrau areas including Kleine Scheidegg-Männlichen in Wengen and Mürren-Schilthorn.
No matter where you ski in the Jungfrau region, you have amazing views of the towering peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau all at over 13,000′ in elevation in the Bernese Alps. Grindelwald-First offers fantastic views of the Wetterhorn – Grindelwald’s House Mountain, and Titlis Peak in the distance at teh ski resort of Engelberg.
Grindelwald-First emanates from the town of Grindelwald with over 60 kilometers of prepared slopes all offering magnificent views of the Bernese Alps and the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. Grindelwald and First ski slopes are known for many miles of mellow cruising, very family friendly terrain above tree line typically in the sun with dramatic views. A long four stage gondola from Grindelwald village (which can be a long wait at the base on weekends and holidays) takes you to the upper mountain where you will find more lifts.
Well prepared wide-open pistes soften in the sun, and powder fields lie between the marked runs. From Grindelwald Grund, you can either take the cog railway up to the Kleine Scheidegg or the gondola lift up to the Männlichen to ski Wengen and even more terrain. Teh new EigerExpress 28-passenger Gondola is planned for 2020.
Grindelwald is great for free skiers and snowboarders with plentiful playful ski terrain, a big “White Elements” snow park, a skier cross course, and for thrill seekers the First Flyer is a racy high flying zip line style adventure included in all lift ticket purchases. You should hire a mountain guide if you want to venture into some of the neighboring valleys and snowfields beyond Grindelwald’s prepared trails – to avoid cliffs, slides, and hidden farm fences.
Grindelwald-First is also home to the longest sled run in the world. You take the 4 stage Gondola from Grindelwald to First, then hike two hours on the Faulhorn to 8,812′ for an amazing descent down the groomed sledging run which continues 15 kilometers past signs, winter hikers, farms, and mountain chalets where you can stop for lunch or schnapps.
On mountain chalets with big sun terraces, like Bort located mid-mountain, dot the ski slopes of Grindelwald. Grindelwald is not a car-free ski village like nearby Mürren and Wengen, its busier and not as alpine elegant, with a huge parking garage and a village center.
Jungfrau Stats: 9,744′ highest summit at Schilthorn, 6,888′ vertical, 44 lifts connecting four Swiss towns with gondolas, cable cars and trains, 224 kilometers of trails.
Traveling to The Jungfrau: Fly into Zurich, take the Train to Lauterbrunnen, then Grindelwald, Wengen or Műrren, about 2 hours.