Grindelwald – ski center in Top Ski region at the foot of Eiger (3970 m), Mönch (4099 m), and Yungfrau (4158 m) mountains in the Bernese Alps. Wengen and Murren also belong to this region.
At the background of majestic 4000 plus peaks the spurs of the nearest mountains seem to be almost gentle, but it does not effect the difficulty of their slopes: there are different categories of trails.
Thus, in the area of Mannlichen (2348 m) – Kleine Scheidegg (2061 m) the difficult trail is Lauberhorn-Rennstrecke (4300 m, elevation change 1028 m), in the area of First peak (2168 m) – the one going via Bort to Grindelwald (6000 m, elevation change 1118 m). The longest trail goes from Lauberhorn to Grindelwald/Grund (intermediate, 10 000 m, elevation change 1450 m). The intermediate trail starting from Aspen (600 m) is lightened on Thursdays and Saturdays from 19.00 to 21.30. The following route is popular among downhill skiers: by train to the top of Kleine Scheidegg, then downhilling to Wengen, then by lift to Mannlichen and downhilling to Grindelwald. From the Eiger glacier one may downhill to Lauberhorn and Scheidegg.
For snowboarders there are half-pipe at Frist top, snowpark at Ober Joch top, Snowboard Valley (Lauberhorn) with the most up-to-date equipment, and Magicland snowboard park (Kandahar).
Wengen has the longest downhill trail (4200 m) where the Word Cup stage is held annually. If your rest concurs with these competitions you should watch them – it is unforgettable show.
One of the entertainments is trips by mountain railroad. There are restaurants on Scheidegg’s top. One may dine even at Yungfrau Joch (3454 m). And than rise to the highest viewing terrace at the observatory (3573 m). Though, not everyone will stand rarefied air at the vertiginous height. Yungfraubahn railroad opened in 1912 (the length is 9.3 km) is very impressive: angle of ascent at some sections riches 25o, and beautiful view of glaciers and mountains opens from the windows. The northern slope of Eiger was previously called “fatal”: climbers managed to climb it only in 1938. It strikes that the train goes through the mass of this mountain and even makes two stops inside of it: Eigerwand and Eismeer. Viewing windows are cut in the stone.
One should also visit viewing point at Schilthorn peak (2790 m) at the opposite side of the valley (by train to Lauterbrunnen, then by lift).