welcome to ...



Back to Resorts

.............A directory of skiing, snowboarding and other winter pursuits


Wengen, Switzerland
Charm, stunning views and extensive intermediate terrain.

european skiing wengen switzerland

Given the charm of the village, the friendliness of the locals and the drama of the scenery, it's easy to see why some people - including numbers of middle-aged British people who have been going for decades - love Wengen. But non-devotees should
think carefully about the lack of challenge, the unreliable snow and the dependence on cog railways before signing up.

The last of these drawbacks is slightly less serious than it was. The avalanches of 1999 had one happy outcome: the new station of the Männlichen cable car has been built in the heart of the village, where it is not only less vulnerable to avalanche but also much more convenient. Of course, the cable car is now more popular, and gets queues. So those willing to gear their holiday activities to timetables - or to accept half-hour waits for trains - will still mainly rely on the railway. The rest of us will go probably elsewhere.

What's Great
What's Not-So-Great

+ Some of the most spectacular scenery in the Alps

+ Traditional, 'traffic-free' Alpine village, reached only by cog railway

+ Lots of long, gentle runs, ideal for intermediates, linked to Grindelwald

+ Rebuilt cable-car now an attractive alternative to trains up to the slopes

+ Nursery slopes in heart of village

+ Calm, unhurried atmosphere

Limited terrain for experts

Despite some artificial help, snow conditions unreliable - especially on sunny home run and nursery slope

Trains to slopes from here and from Grindelwald are slow and infrequent - life revolves around timetables

Getting to Grindelwald's First area can take hours

Subdued in the evening, with little variety of nightlife

Learn more about Wengen

SkiEurope specializes in customizing European getaways for North Americans.

If you are interested in finding out what it costs to go to Europe, let us know which destination interests you, and one of our Destination Specialists personally assist you.

Click here to request a free quote for your next winter vacation.

Content on this page by permission from SkiEurope (©SkiEurope) and "Where to Ski and Snowboard 2001" (©Chris Gill & Dave Watts) The best ski guide ever published. Get your own copy here.

Back to Resorts

Back to Snowpages Home


©2001 snowpages.com