Why ski Wengen?


Wengen: A Quick Peek
Why ski Wengen? Typifying the classic Swiss chocolate box, Wengen is a quaint village of the Bernese Oberland, in the Bern canton, part of central Switzerland. Known for it popular Lauberhorn downhill run, it is dominated by  the surrounding Eiger, Jungfrau, and Monch slopes. The resort has impressive mountain dining places and provides a variety of accommodations. Apres ski is restrained with only a few night bars and clubs but tourists will also not run out of activities or village places to go. Wengen is not just purely for skiing. Its panoramic views is more than enough to make you sit back and enjoy the surroundings, especially if the sun is up and the sky is clear.

Wengen is accessible only by cog train going to the resort so the best option that you have is to use the rails in getting there. Like Zermatt, Wengen is also a car free village. Travelling by car can be done of course, but you must still take the train going to the resort anyway, and end up paying for extra parking services. Lots in the parking areas also need to be reserved in advance. From the parking area, a shuttle train with CHF6 fare is available to escort you to the resort. You can choose to start your trip from Geneva airport, which is about four hours away by train and three hours away by car to the ski village. Other airports are Zurich, with three hours travel time to the resort,  Basel, with two and a half hours travel time, and the nearest airport, Bern, which is only an hours drive away from the skiing destination.

Taking the train from London is a nine-hour transfer, and you also have to make a change in Paris and in Geneva for a train service going to the Interlaken area. From there, ride through the BOB and WAB railways with the Lauternrunnen – Wengen connection, and you can reach the resort in just 45 minutes.

Wengen: Ski Facts

Here are other things you need to know why you need to ski at Wengen:

Highest lift: 2472 m (8110 ft)
Lowest Lift: 1274m m (4180 ft)
Total vertical drop: 1070 m (7250 ft)
Piste Length:  214 kilometres
Longest run: 9 kilometres
Snow cannons: 15
Cross country: 0 kilometre
Total lifts: 40
Snow park: 1

The resort is groomed for intermediate and expert skiers  and snowboarders but also contains some sections to cater for beginners. It possesses seven black runs, seventeen red runs, and eight blue runs. The ski lifts can serve up to 20,000 skiers or snow boarders every hour. It can also augment snow with moderate reliability. Wengen has adequate off-piste trails and is generally a family friendly resort with notable mountain restaurants and amazing alpine sceneries.

Being one of the pioneer purpose-built ski resort in Switzerland, the houses and chalets in Wengen has retained most of its old, traditional charm, which makes it a perfect description of a chocolate box village. The lodgings are usually concentrated in the main village located up the railway station and provides efficient services, as expected of typical Swiss accommodations. It is advisable to carefully consider and search for an accommodation before booking it. Top hotels in Wengen include Hotel Brunner, Hotel Caprice, Beausite Park Hotel, Hotel Regina, and and Hotel Jungfrau Wengernalp.

If you are not the type that prefers hotels, you can also pick other lodgings such as apartment rentals to hostels. To save money, you can also get self-catered chalets and houses can also be booked straight from the tourist office.

If you are still thinking why you should ski Wengen, you might as well check the expenses you might make in the resort:

Local Lift Prices
Highest adult pass for 1 day: CHF 59
Highest adult pass for 6 days: CHF272
Highest child pass for 1 day: CHF30
Highest child pass for 6 days: CHF136

Equipment Rentals
Boots and Skis: CHF63 (£34)

Top Hotel Prices
Hotel Brunner  – Rate starts from CHF280 (£153)
Hotel Caprice – Rate starts from CHF400 (£218)
Beausite Park Hotel – Rate starts from CHF180 (£101)
Hotel Regina  – starts from CHF260 (£141)
Hotel Jungfrau Wengernalp – Rate starts from CHF 420 (£229)