With three separate lifts leaving from the town center: the Firstbahn gondola, the old funicular, and the Grund-Männlichenbahn gondola, Grindelwald is well located to make the most of the enormous Jungfrau ski region.
A short shuttle bus ride away, Bodmi boasts excellent nursery slopes with drag lifts and magic carpets, and the local ski school is based there. With a large bunny mascot and a selection of little igloos to play in, the area is excellent for youngsters. On terrible snow days or during the warmer months, take the cog-railway up the mountain to Kleine Scheidegg, where there are more snow-sure novice slopes.
Once you’ve learned the fundamentals, you may go to the new ‘Slow Slopes,’ a series of defined blue pistes in First and Männlichen that are restricted to 30km/h. These are ideal for youngsters, students, and individuals who want a more relaxed pace.
Miles of nicely groomed blue and red lines, many of which lead back to town, appeal to more experienced skiers and boarders – one of our favorites is the red #21 which starts up on Kleine Scheidegg. Another nice, lengthy piste is the mellow blue #22 that follows the railway all the way down to town. Those looking for a challenge should not miss the famed Lauberhorn World Cup black run, which isn’t as tough as it seems. If you truly want to put yourself to the test, go to Mürren’s legendary dark, nearly vertical ‘Kanonenrohr’ run.
Pros may work on their tricks in the super pipe in Schreckfeld, or catch some serious air on the massive kickers in the ‘White Elements’ snow park at Bärgelegg in the First region, where they can also play on the rails, boxes, and wallslide.
Powder junkies will discover some great off-piste by travelling below the Eiger north face, and it is here that you can ski the famous ‘White Hair,’ which is best done under the guidance of a guide – try Altitude Ski School, who also provide heli-skiing.