You might recognize the Schilthorn and other parts of the Jungfrau Region, made famous by the James Bond movie “His Majesty’s Secret Service.” Home of the Eiger, one of Europe’s most dramatic and technically difficult peaks, the Wengen area has drawn mountaineers who have attempted the Eiger’s knife-edge summit for decades. Wengen is part of the Jungfrau” Top Ski Region.” In terms of skiing, the Top Ski Region is one of the most sophisticated and extensive interconnected lift systems in Europe, but the region still maintains its Old World charm. Visitors can take the Lauterbrunnen train to Wengen; a ride on a Swiss train is an experience not to be missed.
Magic, majestic, spectacular, sensational—these are just a few of the many words used by visitors to describe the breathtaking beauty of the Jungfrau Top Ski Region. The towering trio of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau never fails to fascinate. Home to 1,200 residents, you can feel the pride of the local people. A special point of pride is the legendary Lauberhorn—the longest downhill trail on the World Cup circuit. The Lauberhorn race takes place in January and draws ski racing fanatics from all over the world.
Off-mountain activities range from exploring Wengen’s 62 miles of winter hiking trails, to catching a flick at the town movie theater to perusing the quaint village’s shops. Every Monday, visitors can participate in an hour-long complimentary Culinary Village Tour, which includes sample snacks and tasty Swiss cheeses.
Despite its repute as home to the infamous Lauberhorn, Wengen skiing is mostly pretty tame. To access the resort, skiers and boarders must take the famed cogwheel train up from the Lauterbrunnen valley.
Intermediates and advanced intermediates have their run of the resort's 130-plus miles of skiing. Because Wengen shares slopes of the Kleine Scheidegg with Grindelwald resort, intermediates have access to even more perfectly manicured cruisers. In fact the only true black runs are found on the trails around the Lauberhorn.
However, if experts are willing to explore a little, the off-piste skiing under the North face of Eiger is quite choice. And of course, experts can always venture to the region’s Jungfraujoch, or even to Murren for heli-skiing.
Beginners and first timers will not find a plethora of terrain options, and it’s recommended that “never evers” stick to the beginner slope in the center of the village. More experienced novices can enjoy Wengernalp, or the slopes off the beginner lifts at Kleine Scheidegg. But you do have to take the train up and down to access this area. Sister resort, Gindelwald offers more gentle runs, reached by train to Kleine Scheidegg or a tram to Mannlichen.