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Grindelwald is a very pretty, historic, year round resort in a spectacular setting with the backdrop of awe inspiring mountains including the Eiger. Grindelwald is also the largest base in the Jungfrau region, which includes Wengen and Mürren. It shares a ski area with Wengen, but also has its own First ski area. Famous for the its breathtaking views of the Eiger and spectacular scenery, Grindelwald celebrated its 850th birthday in 1996 and the 60th anniversary of the First Mountain railway in 1997. The first person to ski here was Englishman Gerald Fox who put his skis on in his hotel bedroom in 1881 and walked out through the hotel bar to the slopes wearing them - then followed the great and the good from around the world. Indeed the resort is busy year round and has a distinctly cosmopolitan air, attracting guests from all over the world giving a diverse ethnic mix in clientele rarely found in other resorts. As with Chamonix, Grindelwald's history as a climbing village predates that of its skiing fame, and its mountaineering heritage remains strong.
A very pretty, historic, year round resort, the largest in the Jungfrau region, which includes Wengen and Mürren. It shares a ski area with Wengen, but also has its own First ski area. Famous for the Eiger with it's break taking north face, Grindelwald celebrated its 850th birthday in 1996 and the 60th anniversary of the First mountain railway in 2007. The first person to ski here was Englishman Gerald Fox who put his skis on in his hotel bedroom in 1881 and walked out through the hotel Bar to the slopes wearing them. Then followed the great and the good from around the world and today thousands of ski and snowboarding fans.
Beginners and children are likely to spend their first few days at the Bodmi Nursery slopes which are home to Grindelwald's ski school and easily reached by ski bus from the village centre. There are two beginners' lifts and magic carpet lifts here.
Intermediates will find the most to attract them above Grindelwald and in the Jungfrau as a whole. One of the best run is the long 8km (5 mile) descent from Oberjoch back to Grindelwald. The powder slopes from the Eiger's glacier are also wonderful if you reach them first! There are fewer runs for experts but the legendary Lauberhorn World cup downhill has to be ticked off your 'wants' list, although the Black Rock and 'near vertical' Kanonenrohr are arguably more intimidating.
Grindelwald Sports, the snow sports and mountaineering school offer guiding to the various off piste, powder snow and glacier descents.
Depending on the conditions cross-country skiers will find 20km (around 12 miles) of cross-country tracks in the Grindelwald Valley, starting at Grund. Use of the trails is free but those who make a lot of use of them are encouraged to purchase a 'cross-country sticker' for 30 SF to help with their maintenance.
The Kinderhort Murmeli at first and the Sunshine Crèche at Männlichen are happy to look after children from babies upward on an hourly basis or for the whole day. The Swiss Ski School organizes lessons for children from as young as 3 up to 14. The younger ones are welcome in the Club Snowli between 9am and 4pm from Monday to Friday. Here they can enjoy sledging, painting and generally having fun in their own nursery area.
A list of additional baby sitters and child minders is available from the tourist office.
The Belvedere serves French cuisine whilst vegetarians will find a great selection, by Swiss standards, at the Kirchbuhl. High calibre establishments include the Schweizerhof, whilst The Memory restaurant at the Hotel Eiger is well known for its cheese and potato specialities and offers affordable, quickly prepared food.
The C&M cafe has a small fresh menu changing daily and homemade pastries.
Don't miss a full moon or torchlit descent, complete with fondue, organised by Grindelwald Sports..
Tuition is available from three schools, underlying the resort's significance in the 'boarding world, let be the Private Ski and Snowboardschool or the Ski and Snowboardschule Grindelwald. Another choice is the Burisport School. The high ratio of chairs, gondolas, funiculars and cable cars (trams) to drag lifts and the varied natural terrain also make Grindelwald a good choice for those seeking easy uplift and exciting downhill.