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Mürren

Mürren Ski Resort Guide

Mürren, Switzerland

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForBeginners, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski.
Total Piste Length53km
Highest Lift2,970m
Resort Height1,650m
 Nearest AirportsBerne and Zurich
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Mürren

Pretty car-free village linked by mountain railway (since 1891) to Wengen and Grindelwald and other Jungfrau Region resorts. The first Alpine Ski World Championships were staged here in 1931 by the Ski Club of Great Britain. Revolving Restaurant on top of Schilthorn.

Summary

The Swiss ski resort of Mürren is in the Swiss Alps at an altitude of 1,650m, with 53km of marked runs.

Mürren is part of the Jungfrau Region ski area with access to 591km of downhill skiing, with 131 marked pistes, served by a total of 66 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Mürren itself (53km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Jungfrau Region ski resorts of Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen and Wengen.

The ski resort itself is at 1,650m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,970m, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Mürren?

The next notable snow forecast is 7cm, expected on 26 October.

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Ski Area Stats

Mürren Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 6 11km
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
1131km
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
 8 11km
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 2 
Downhill
Total Length
53km
Cross Country
Total Length
2km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
12

Jungfrau Region Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Pistes
Number of runs
131
Downhill
Total Length
591km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
66

Altitudes

Mürren Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,970m
Lowest Piste1,650m
Resort Altitude (Mürren)1,650m
Max Vertical1,320m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Mürren
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Mürren Overview

Located amidst some of the world's most spectacular scenery, Mürren is a charming little village that has managed to escape over-development despite being famous in the history of winter sports since the very start of downhill skiing. The first Alpine Ski World Championships were staged here in 1931 by the Ski Club of Great Britain and three years before that the first Inferno race, believed to be the longest downhill race in the world attracting around 1,500 skiers every January.

Located at one end of the legendary Jungfrau region, on the same lift pass as Wengen and Grindelwald although not linked to them by ski piste (you can however get across by a wonderful, century-old mountain railway). Among its many claims to fame, early mention must be made of the revolving restaurant perched on top of the Schilthorn mountain, also known as 'Piz Gloria' (2970m / 9750ft) with incredible views all around. The panorama from here includes Mont Blanc on the French - Italian border, the German Black Forest as well as the local peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Solar powered and seating up to 340 diners it revolves once per hour and was made famous world-wide in the James Bond film, On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

Mürren is a car-free village, like Wengen, any drivers must park their cars in one of the large valley car parks below and take the cable cars up to the resort. The absence of petrol/gas burning vehicles enhances still further the natural beauty of the place, bringing true tranquility and mountain air as pure as it can be.

Skiing

One of the resorts which can claim to be the birthplace of downhill skiing in the Alps, Mürren also offers the highest ski area in the Jungfrau Region and around 53km (38 miles) of trails locally, with a total of 205km (128 miles) of trails on the Top Ski Pass including the slopes above neighbouring Wengen and Grindelwald - reached and returned from by a combination of ski, cable car, train and bus.

There are three main ski areas, the best known being the Schilthorn (see below) - tough at the top but superb for intermediates from the cable-car/tram's mid-station at Birg. The Schiltgrat has a mixture of runs whilst finally the Allmendhubel, reached by funicular train from the village has a draglift and easy runs for beginners. It's also possible to take a chair from here to Winteregg where there are lovely runs down through the pinewoods. Mürren's most famous runs for advanced skiers are down from the revolving restaurant on the Schilthorn (not marked on the map), the main one 6km (4 miles) back down to Mürren. If you're staying for less than three days be aware you have to pay to descend in the cable car from here, those who ski save the fare! Longer stayers get the descent included in their pass.

Anyone in the resort in January should not miss the 12km / 8 mile long Inferno race, staged annually for more than 60 years and involving a 2842m (9325 feet) vertical descent from the top of the Schilthorn down to Lauterbrunnen in the valley, if conditions are right. The course covers several steep sections, often full of bumps and the fastest descent takes around a quarter of an hour. The less determined regard an hour as a comfortable time. The race was instigated by the famous Kandahar Club, established in January 1924 and still going strong in the resort, just like the DHO (Downhill Only Club) across the valley in Wengen.

The Kandahar named their club after a British lord who donated a silver chalice as a prize to competitors in club events. The Club was involved in the early pioneering of slalom technique and worked with the Arlberg school of St Anton in the late 1920s, instigating the Arlberg-Kandahar Race in that resort. The Inferno race was predated by a race organised by Sir Arnold Lunn, a pioneer of Alpine winter sports holidays, in 1922. This is believed to have been the first ever Alpine ski race. There are other tough runs and plenty of heli-skiing opportunities; in the former category try the famous Kandahar slope on Schiltgrat.

Mürren offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate and Beginner skiers.

Snowboarding

Although not a typical snowboarders' destination, Mürren does have the advantage of having most of its runs accessible by cable cars, funiculars and chairs - few surface lifts. The resort has also built a half pipe at Schiltgrat chairlift, close to the village and the cable car station.

In the evenings there are few bars to fit the 'boarders stereotype young/loud/video screens norm - but then isn't it also a 'boarders norm to avoid being stereotypical...

Location and Map

Where is Mürren?

This ski resort is in the Swiss Alps in Jungfrau Region, Interlaken.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Mürren is Berne, 70 minutes drive away.

Zurich, Basel, Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, Geneva, Sion, St. Gallen-Altenrhein, Annecy and Lugano airports are all within three hours drive.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 12 ski lifts are able to uplift 10,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 15km of ski runs, with 38 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Mürren open?

 Open from : 12 December 2020.

 Closes : 17 April 2021.

Usual opening is mid December, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

Piste Map

Mürren Piste Map
Mürren

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Mürren, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Mürren Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Mürren

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Mürren Webcams

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Aprés Ski

Mürren's après ski is generally cosy and relaxed with most of the hotels offering traditional stubli bars. A good way to start straight after skiing is with a 'cake stop' at the Bellevue. Later on there is music at the Tächi Bar and the Inferno whilst for night owls the Biemli Chäller should be lively through the night.

For a bit of a change rent a toboggan at a sports shop, take the funicular up to Allmenhubel then sled back down. Alternatively you can go down from Mürren to Gimmelwald and take the cable car back up or, if you want to work up an appetite, walk up to the Gimmelen restaurant, enjoy a meal, then toboggan back down to your hotel.

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