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Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen Ski Resort Guide

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Rated: 2/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates and Snowboarders.
Total Piste Length213km
Highest Lift2,971m
Resort Height800m
 Nearest AirportsBerne and Basel
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Lauterbrunnen

Located on the valley floor between Murren and Wengen this is the ideal resort for those wanting real choice with their Jungfrau Region Pass, especially as it includes Interlaken further down the valley.

Summary

The Swiss ski resort of Lauterbrunnen is in the Swiss Alps at an altitude of 800m, with 213km of marked runs.

Lauterbrunnen is part of the Jungfrau Region ski area with access to 591km of downhill skiing, with 131 marked pistes, served by a total of 66 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Lauterbrunnen itself (213km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Jungfrau Region ski resorts of Grindelwald, Mürren and Wengen.

With ski lifts as high as 2,971m, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snowboarding

Lauterbrunnen offers some good boarding and there are a variety of Snow and Terrain Parks in Lauterbrunnen.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Lauterbrunnen?

The next notable snow forecast is 2cm, expected on 23 October, with around 12cm forecast over the next 7 days.

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Snow this week

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Ski Area Stats

Lauterbrunnen Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
2246km
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
3598km
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
2369km
Downhill
Total Length
213km
Cross Country
Total Length
55km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
15

Jungfrau Region Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Pistes
Number of runs
131
Downhill
Total Length
591km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
66

Altitudes

Lauterbrunnen Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,971m
Lowest Piste800m
Resort Altitude (Lauterbrunnen)800m
Max Vertical2,171m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Lauterbrunnen
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Lauterbrunnen Overview

Lauterbrunnen at 796m (rather low for ski slopes) sits at the base of the mountain railway up to Wengen on one side and Murrren on the other. It is a pretty little village set in some of the world's most spectacular scenery. It's world famous landmark is the sparkling Staubbach Waterfall but for most the main attraction in winter is some of the most affordable lodging in Switzerland in a small, relaxed village.

 Notable Ski Runs

The most difficult run is the 'Oh God'.

Skiing

In an average winter adequate snow down to Lauterbrunnen only happens in January and February, when skiers can make one of the world's biggest vertical descents down the route of the Inferno race, over 2,200 metres from the Schilthorn, the famous revolving restaurant above Murren which featured in the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service (and indeed was only completed thanks to cash from the film company). There are no ski lifts in the valley itself so each morning guests normally decide whether to go up to the Wengen/Grindelwald side, or the Murren side, or indeed take the day off and head down to Interlaken - all are included on the Jungfrau lift pass. On the Mürren side the most famous runs for advanced skiers are down from the Schilthorn, the main one 6km (4 miles) back down to Mürren. If you're staying for less than three days be aware you have to pay to descend in the cable car from here, those who ski save the fare! Longer stayers get the descent included in their pass. Another good run is the Happy Valley - smooth and fast and easily reached from the cable car.

An off piste and heli-ski paradise surrounds you in Lauterbrunnen. The Mountaineering Centre (offices in the mountain ski centres and Interlaken) and the ski schools offer guiding to the various off piste powder snow and glacier descents, whilst a heliski operator based in Interlaken (see Interlaken entry) can take you to mind-numbiungly wonderful descents of between a world beating 2-3000 metres when conditions are good.

Lauterbrunnen offers good sking, particularly, for Expert and Intermediate skiers.

Location and Map

Where is Lauterbrunnen?

This ski resort is in the Swiss Alps in Jungfrau Region, Interlaken.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Lauterbrunnen is Berne, 60 minutes drive away.

Basel, Zurich, Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, Geneva, Sion, Lugano, St. Gallen-Altenrhein and Annecy airports are all within three hours drive.

Berne is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 15 ski lifts are able to uplift 9,200 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 10km of ski runs, with 26 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Lauterbrunnen open?

 Open from : 28 November 2020.

 Closes : 15 April 2021.

Usual opening is mid November, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

Piste Map

Lauterbrunnen Piste Map
Lauterbrunnen

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Lauterbrunnen, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Tourist Office Website for the latest.

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Aprés Ski

There are a few hotel bars in Lauterbrunnen but you have the option of popping down to sample the huge choice in Interlaken or staying on the mountain after the lifts close in Wengen or Murren and getting a late train down (but be sure you catch the last one, Cinderella, or it's a long, cold walk). If you opt for Murren the Eiger Bar is popular and the Palace Hotel has an up market cocktail bar and disco. The Tachi disco (do not mis-pronounce) is more laid back.

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