The three peaks of the Jungfrau massif, all at around 4,000 meters, provide the splendid backdrop for 206 kilometers of slopes and runs. Ride the Jungfraubahnrailway from the Kleine Scheidegg, easily reached from Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald, to the highest railroad station in Europe at 3,454 meters, or take any of the dozens of lifts and cableways to reach runs as long as 12 kilometers. The Jungfrau’s ski areas are known for their long runs, as well as for reliably deep snow. Beginners and learners should head for the slopes near Wengen, while experts will find Mürren’sruns the region’s most challenging.
The rustic and car-free chalet village of Mürren, at the foot of the Schilthorn, is reached from Lauterbrunnen by funicular to Grütschalp and from there, by a 5.5-kilometer narrow-gauge railroad. The Schilthorn is a ski legend of its own for its hair-raising black-diamond Inferno run, scene of the annual Inferno Race, the world’s biggest amateur ski race, this year on January 17 to 20. A few days earlier is the Lauberhorn Race, Switzerland’s biggest annual winter sporting event. Grindelwald-First is a favorite of boarders for the freestyle superpipe by the Schreckfeld station and for off-piste freeriding. One of Europe’s longest gondola lifts carries skiers and boarders to dozens of kilometers of Alpine ski trails. At the edge of Mürren, with spectacular views, is the luxury Hotel Eiger, but the moderately priced Eiger Guesthouse is more convenient for those arriving in Mürren by train.