Grindelwald has wide-open groomers and some good freeride potential. It is fairly exposed to the elements meaning the weather can change quickly together with the quality of snow.
Fine when the snow's good
Lift count : 6 x Cable-cars 7 x Gondolas 16 x Chairlifts 13 x Drag-lifts
Pass (Low/High Season) :
Grindelwald towards Wengen / Photo: Steve, WSG
Grindelwald white-elements terrain park / Photo: Steve, WSG
Grindelwald park / Photo: Steve Dowle
Grindelwald Muhlebach / Photo: Steve, WSG
Grindelwald restaurant at the Bort / Photo: Steve, WSG
Grindelwald off-piste area under the first-fleiger / Photo: Steve, WSG
Grindelwald view from the restaurant on the First / Photo: Steve, WSG
Grindelwald towards the Off-Piste area on the Rothorn / Photo: Steve, WSG
Grindelwald restaurant deck / Photo: Steve Dowle
Grindelwald avalanche awareness zone / Photo: Steve Dowle
Grindelwald is one of the resorts that helps form the area more commonly known as the Jungfrau Region. The other resorts that make up this sector are Wengen (very posh and super up its arse attitude), and Murren the most laid back and snowboard friendly of the three. Grindelwald sits up at an altitude of some 1034 metres and scenically, is an impressive place. However, the same can’t be said of the rideable terrain that is immediately on offer from the base village, for this is not an adventurous mountain resort and freeriders will soon get bored of the place, although it is a very good carvers resort.
The 200 plus kilometres of marked piste stretch out across two large wide open plateaus that stretch up from both sides of the village, with the slopes on the Mannlichen and Kl.Scheidegg side linking up with the runs that descend back down into Wengen. You can also reach Murren via the slopes but in truth, it can be a bit of a pain the arse. Grindelwald is a large sprawling resort that attracts a lot of visitors, there is no such thing as a good time to visit to avoid crowds; the place is always packed.
The main access lifts are not only slow but the queues for them can be hellish and can often mean a 50 minute wait in line. Still, once you do get up on the slopes and the conditions prove to be favourable, provided you don’t wan to be particularly tested, you will be able to have a good time.