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Wengen

Wengen Ski Resort Guide

Wengen, Switzerland

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length112km
Highest Lift2,320m
Resort Height1,250m
 Nearest AirportsBerne and Zurich
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Wengen

A very picturesque resort that has welcomed skiers since the turn of the century. Car-free, with life centred on the railway (which ultimately reaches Europe's highest station) and a spectacular back drop of the Eiger as well as the Mönch and Jungfrau. Site of the world-famous Lauberhorn race.

Summary

The Swiss ski resort of Wengen is in the Swiss Alps at an altitude of 1,250m, with 112km of marked runs.

Wengen 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 Wengen itself (112km 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 Mürren.

With ski lifts as high as 2,320m, snow cover is generally reliable.

Snowboarding

Wengen is highly rated by Snowboarders and there is a Snow Park in Wengen.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Wengen?

The next notable snow forecast is 12cm, expected on 26 October, with around 12cm forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Wengen Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 7 22km
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
1766km
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
 8 22km
Downhill
Total Length
112km
Cross Country
Total Length
17km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
19

Jungfrau Region Ski Area

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

Altitudes

Wengen Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,320m
Lowest Piste1,270m
Resort Altitude (Wengen)1,250m
Max Vertical1,070m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Wengen
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Snowboarding
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Apres-Ski

Wengen Overview

A very picturesque resort that is set in some of the most spectacular scenery that exists anywhere in the world, Wengen has welcomed skiers since the turn of the century and is one of the handful of 'original' downhill skiing destinations pioneered by British tourists (it celebrated 110 years of winter sports in the area in 1998).

The resort is the base of the famous Downhill Only Club (DHO), established in 1924 when the early English visitors first persuaded the locals to keep the railway running in the winter to get a lift up the mountains, then jump out and ski 'downhill only'. Many members of the Club still return every year, content to go back to the same resort annually, (often the same week in the same room in the same hotel).

Wengen first appeared 'on the map' in the 1880s, before alpine skiing was invented, with the construction of the Wengenalpbahn, the first mountain railway in the area. This ultimately went on to reach the legendary Jungfraujoch, Europe's highest railway station, perched at 3454 metres (11,332 feet). Much of today's Wengen was then build on a sunny 'balcony' on the mountain along one main street ending, at the station. It is still reached by the antique but eternally efficient cog railway, which connects with the international European rail network. Car drivers must leave their vehicles in a carpark in the valley and take the train up.

No introduction to Wengen is complete without mention of its other legendary and spectacular attraction - the Annual Lauberhorn World Cup downhill course, the longest and many believe the greatest there is.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Wengen is 12km long and the most difficult run is the 'Lauberhorn'.

Skiing

Wengen's presence in the lists of 'most favourite resorts' for those who have visited it is an unusual one. Most other entrants will be there because of their fantastic skiing, Wengen will be there because of the how it makes you feel just being there, even before you put your skis or 'board on. The awe inspiring mountainscape above and below borders on a spiritual experience for many which makes even the most bland skiing experience seem marvelous. Not that Wengen's skiing is bland - far from it, nearly 100 miles (160km ) of trails, shared with neighbouring Grindelwald, are lift-linked from the village, with further 50km+ or so (31 miles) also on the Jungfrau top ski Lift pass across the valley at Mürren.

The main ski area shared with Grindelwald is the Kleine Scheidegg. It is reached by the cog railway from Wengen to Wengeneralp in about 25 minutes (this may also be busy with non-skiing tourists on their way up to the Jungfraujoch, especially later in the season). The second main area is Männlichen, reached by cable-car from the village or accessed from Kleine Scheidegg.

Beginners will find nursery slopes in Wengen proper with friendly and efficient English-speaking schools and another area up at Wengeneralp . Intermediates will be most impressed by all that the Jungfrau top ski area has to offer, with many long, wide open runs above the tree line. Highlights include a trip over to Grindelwald for the 8km (5 mile) run down from the Oberjoch to that resort on its separate First ski area.

Grindelwald itself can be reached by another popular 8km (5 mile) run down from Männlichen. Experts will not want to miss the opportunity of a descent of the Lauberhorn, even if they can't match Franz Klammer's pace. This is now reached by a new chairlift from Scheidegg, above which the tough trails include the succinctly named Oh God! off-piste descent.

Many skiers and 'boarders tend to end the day with the 7km (4 mile) run down from the top of the Lauberhorn back to Wengen, perhaps calling at Mary's for a pre-après ski drink en route. A day trip over to Mürren on the train should not be missed in order to try another legendary run, the 6km ( 4 mile) black down to the resort from the famous Schilthorn revolving restaurant.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Location and Map

Where is Wengen?

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 Wengen is Berne, 70 minutes drive away.

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

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 19 ski lifts are able to uplift 20,200 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 50km of ski runs, with 150 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Wengen open?

 Open from : 14 November 2020.

 Closed.

Usual opening is late November, and usual closing is Mid April .

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

Piste Map

Wengen Piste Map
Wengen

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Wengen, 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 Wengen Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Wengen

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Aprés Ski

Although probably not the choice for those who put their partying before their skiing, Wengen nonetheless has enough lively bars and nightspots for most tastes. Unusually it is the locals, and often visiting Germans, who add to the fun. The British clientele are generally not at the forefront of the nighttime action as they are in many other resorts where they are the dominant seasonal incomers.

After the lifts close the pavement cafes that spill out around the station are generally crowded, happy places and tea dances begin at the nearby Silberhorn and Belvedere. Lively bars through the evening include the Tanne and the Pickle. Sina has live music and karaoke nights. Apart from partying options include the cinema, often showing English language films and occasional floodlit slalom races and ski jumping to watch, as well as ice hockey matches. Later on there are a number of discothèques.

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