Skiing Near Interlaken: Best Resorts For Beginners & Experts

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Switzerland’s Interlaken holiday region is a paradise for ski enthusiasts with world-class resorts, stunning scenery, and an excellent apres-ski experience.

Here’s a look at the best ski resorts near Interlaken.

Jungfrau Region

Jungfrau, Lauterbrunnen
Jungfrau, Lauterbrunnen
  • 265 km of slopes
  • 62 ski lifts

The beautiful Jungfrau Region has three mountain ranges, two valleys, and 211 kilometers of manicured pistes. It’s one colossal ski area that is divided into smaller sub-resorts. One ski pass for the entire region will get you into all the sub-resorts, including trains, buses, and ski lifts as far as Interlaken Ost.

The slopes at the Jungfrau Region offer winter sports enthusiasts skiing and snowboarding, snow parks, racing tracks, and much more against a backdrop of the Eiger, Jungfrau, and Monch summits.

Grindelwald-Wengen

Grindelwald, Switzerland
Grindelwald, Switzerland
  • 102 km of slopes
  • 23 ski lifts

Grindelwald-Wengen is the most popular ski resort in the Jungfrau Region. Experts love the challenging twists and turns, and beginners can quickly get started on the slopes with nearby ski schools and rental shops. Situated at an elevation between 944 and 2400 meters, it’s the largest ski resort in Bernese Oberland.

The resort has well-groomed slopes, modern chairlifts, and a state-of-the-art artificial snowmaking system. It also happens to be home to the famous World Cup Lauberhorn.

Grindelwald is a charming town with a good selection of hotels, shops, and restaurants. The après ski experience is lively, with many bars and restaurants to mix and mingle with the ski crowd and other winter holiday enthusiasts.

The car-free village of Wengen is a popular place to explore and has a wide selection of accommodations. You can get to Wengen via a cog railway from Lauterbrunnen.

Grindelwald-First

Grindelwald-First
Grindelwald-First © Jungfrau Region Tourismus AG
  • 49 km of slopes
  • 10 ski lifts

The Jungfrau Region’s Grindelwald-First ski resort is a winter wonderland for skiers and snowboarders. It lies northeast of Grindelwald and merges with the slopes of the Schwarzhorn, a tall peak in the Bernese Alps. It’s popular for its series of long runs facing the sun and a jaw-dropping view of the famous Eiger north face. Elevations range between 1,050 and 2,500 meters.

You don’t have to ski to fall in love with Grindelwald-First. The winter sports resort delights guests with an exciting snowpark for sledding, ice skating, and snowshoeing. Enjoy activities such as the First Flyer, the First Glider, the First Cliff Walk, toboggan runs, and scenic winter hiking trails. Nearby ski schools can get you started if you’re a newbie and hone your skills if you’re an intermediate.

The ski lifts at First are up to date and you’ll find plenty to do for time off the slopes, including shops and restaurants. And there’s a plethora of hotels, chalets, and apartments surrounding the village of Grindelwald.

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Schilthorn – Mürren/Lauterbrunnen

Schilthorn
Schilthorn, Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
  • 54 km of slopes
  • 3 km of ski routes
  • 16 ski lifts

Also situated within the Jungfrau Region, the ski resort Schilthorn – Mürren/Lauterbrunnen boasts the title of the highest ski resort in the Bernese Alps with elevations between 796 and 2,970 meters. This means an excellent panoramic view of the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes the Jungfrau, Eiger, and Mönch.

You can get to this resort directly from Grindelwald by train Interlaken, Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen. Cabel car lifts will take you from Stechelberg to Mürren, a car-free village to explore. Then you can continue into the ski resort.

Long, steep slopes and cozy huts are what skiers love the most about the Schilthorn. Freestylers especially love the huge Skyline Snowpark.

Other Ski Resorts Around Interlaken

If a more local feel is what you’re looking for, there are several great smaller ski resorts around Interlaken. They are so local that many people have never heard of them. Take a look.

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Meiringen-Hasliberg

Hasliberg, Switzerland
Hasliberg, Switzerland
  • 60 km of slopes
  • 13 ski lifts

Enjoy skiing and snowboarding on varied and well-manicured slopes at this winter sports area between 1,055 and 2,433 meters. Junior ski fans are welcomed with special lifts and equipment in the Skihaesliland area. The slopes are especially wide on the Hochstraess, the Planplatten has natural gulleys, and slopes through the forest are serene.

If you don’t want to ski or snowboard, Meiringen-Hasliberg has excellent winter hiking paths and toboggan runs.

Axalp ob Brienz

Axalp ob Brienz
Axalp ob Brienz © Sportbahnen Axalp Windegg AG
  • 15 km of slopes
  • 12 km of ski routes
  • 6 ski lifts

Ski away from the crowds at the family-friendly Axalp ob Brienz ski resort. It’s located in the Interlaken Holiday Region at elevations between 1,422 and 1,959 meters. The slopes are wide and perfectly groomed, and the views of Lake Brienz and the surrounding Alps are impressive.

Families like the modern and easy-to-manage facilities at this cozy resort. You can also enjoy cross-country skiing, winter hiking, and tobogganing at Axalp of Brienz.

Niederhorn – Beatenberg

Niederhorn
Niederhorn, Sigriswil, Switzerland
  • 5 km of slopes
  • 1 km ski route
  • 3 ski lifts

Beginners are just as comfortable racing across the slopes of the Niederhorn-Beatenberg ski resort as advanced connoisseurs. Located in the Interlaken Holiday Region at elevations between 1,127 and 1,945 meters, this winter resort has easy slopes that focus on fun and more challenging slopes that are slightly steeper for more advanced skiers.

When the snow conditions are good, even off-piste skiers will have difficulty dragging themselves away from the slopes. Niederhorn-Beatenberg is an excellent place to hone your skills and advance to the next level.

Habkern – Sattelegg

Habkern, Switzerland
Habkern, Switzerland
  • 8 km of slopes
  • 2 ski lifts

This little winter sports area is only 6 kilometers from Interlaken. It sits between 1,100 and 1,485 meters with impressive views of the Bernese Alps, the Eiger, Monch, Jungfrau, and the Augstmatthorn from the Valley Station ski lift.

Habkern–Sattelegg’s manageability is popular with families, and a versatile piste network attracts experienced winter sports fans.

Hohwald – Beatenberg-Waldegg

Beatenberg, Switzerland
Beatenberg, Switzerland
  • 4 km of marked trails
  • 4 ski lifts

The Hohwald – Beatenberg-Waldegg winter sports area is located in the Interlaken Holiday Region about 65 kilometers from the capital city of Bern. It has a peak elevation of 1580 meters and a thrilling verticle drop of 335 meters for skiers and snowboarders. About half of the marked trails here are suitable for beginners making this ski resort ideal for newbies. The other half of the trails are for intermediate-level skiers.

Expert powder hounds won’t likely find challenges at this resort, but it’s a good one for beginners to practice and rise to the intermediate level.

Written by Ashley Faulkes
As a twenty-year resident of Switzerland, I am passionate about exploring every nook and cranny of this beautiful country, I spend my days deep in the great Swiss outdoors, and love to share these experiences and insights with fellow travel enthusiasts.

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