Cross Country:12km of tracks down in Lauterbrunnen
22 March 2015 (7 nights)
This is a full board hotel - including flights/transfers, lift pass, tuition, childcare,open bar/snacks & entertainment.
A majestic, "timeless", pedestrian resort with legendary summits like the Eiger or the Jungfrau in the heart of the Bern Oberland.
The Chalet Village has all the charm and comfort of a former palace with numerous, cosy corners in the lounges. A real pleasure for all the family. If you’re bringing your baby, Club Baby Welcome will make your holiday easier with its extra facilities. There’s plenty to keep you fit exploring the vast skiing domain of Kleine Scheidegg and Männlichen or discovering the superb countryside in the surrounding forests on foot or with snowshoes.
The hotel, with its 207 rooms, consists of two interconnected buildings. The middle part was formerly a luxury hotel dating from the 1930s to which a new wing, the Edelweiss, was added in the 1970s, designed in a modern architectural style. Each room has a hairdryer, telephone, television and personal safes.
The bars and restaurants cater for every palate for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This Chalet Village offers you a pre-paid open-bar, during the day and the evening, where you can enjoy a complete range of popular branded drinks and sweet and savoury snacks. Drinks are also available during meal times, so you don’t have to worry about the bill at the end of your stay!
A functional Club room offering a simple, honest level of comfort. Edelweiss Club Rooms are situated in the annex, linked by a covered corridor to the main building. Additional options include a comfortable and elegant "Palace" Club room. These are situated in the main hotel, and are available with valley views.
Wengen is a magical car-free village with views of some of the most magnificent mountains in the alps.
It was the British who first brought the attractions of this pretty village in Switzerland’s Jungfrau region to the attention of the rest of the world as a summer alpine destination. And it was the British who first helped to develop the place as a ski resort almost a century ago by persuading the local authorities to run their mountain railways in winter as well as summer so that they could serve as some of the world’s first ski lifts.
Still today the Wengernalpbahn cog railway trains are one of the principal forms of uphill transport in the Wengen region. Wengen itself is a car-free village that can only be reached by the mountain railway which runs up from Lauterbrunnen on the valley floor to Wengen itself and on up via a few intermediate stations to the Kleine Scheidegg summit (2,060m), which is also served by a mountain railway running up from Grindelwald.
Although Wengen is certainly much livelier than its neighbour Murren on the other side of the Lauterbrunnen valley, it is still a fairly sleepy car-free alpine village where most of the action is centred around one long main street. The views out from the village to the surrounding mountains of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau are tremendous.
The British are still an important presence in Wengen in the winter and the resort appeals particularly to the middle-aged and families with young children, although groups of skiers in their twenties will probably find the nightlife scene here a lot livelier than they might expect.
Most chalet holidays and hotel holidays packaged by operators other than ourselves include in the price return charter flights and coach transfers to the resort. Many regional departure airports are also available. Please enquire for details. Additionally, many tour operators offer the option of rail travel to French resorts either by daytime or overnight Eurostar or overnight Snowtrain.
For clients travelling on tailor-made holidays with Ski Solutions A La Carte we are able to offer a wide range of scheduled flights from a variety of UK airports to suit personal preferences with such carriers as:
Swiss for Geneva or Zurich British Airways for Lyons, Geneva, Zurich, Salzburg, Turin or Venice There are several low-cost carriers which have widened the choice of departure points and destinations in particular from Birmingham, Bristol and Edinburgh which we are happy to book on your behalf as well as other scheduled airlines.
Easyjet for Geneva, Basle, Zurich, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Lyons, Grenoble, Turin, Milan or Venice Ryanair for Salzburg, Friedrichschafen, Basle, Grenoble or Turin as well as Globespan , Flybmi and Flybe.
Onward transfers to resorts are by hire car, taxi, train (Switzerland and Austria) or scheduled bus service as appropriate. For French resorts we are able to offer the popular daytime Eurostar service which runs weekly on Saturdays.
|Lower Depth:||15 cm||Piste Conditions:||Good skiing on well groomed pistes|
|Upper Depth:||70 cm||Runs to Resort:||Good|
|Fresh snow depth:||11 cm||Off-Piste:||Varied|
|Best Snowfall week||04-Feb-2013||23-Dec-2013||01-Dec-2014 (11%)|
|Best Base week||04-Feb-2013||03-Mar-2014||02-Feb-2015 (11%)|
Cross Country:12km of tracks down in Lauterbrunnen
An extensive, interesting ski area that appeals most strongly to intermediates.
Wengen is famous in ski racing circles for its intimidating Lauberhorn Mens Downhill course on which a World Cup race is held every January. However this gives a false impression of the kind of skiing on offer here. On the whole the slopes are far from intimidating and are best suited to intermediate skiers who like cruising and travelling a long distance on skis Wengen shares its ski area with neighbouring Grindelwald, which is on the same Jungfrau Region lift pass, as is the separate ski area of Murren, where the slopes rise up to almost 3,000m.
The highest point in Wengens own area is 2,480m, but most of the skiing is below 2,000m, leading down to Wengen itself which lies at 1,275m. Much of the terrain is below the treeline, which is useful in poor visibility. The only really challenging black run is that down from Eigergletscher to Wixi. Otherwise the big challenges are off-piste runs with English names such as Oh God and White Hare.
Mostly the runs in the Wengen/Grindelwald sector and on Grindelwalds separate First ski area, which runs up to 2,485m are blues or gentle reds. These are perfect for intermediate skiers and the dramatic mountain scenery that surrounds the runs is an important additional pleasure.
The scenery is also a coincidental pleasure when riding the mountain railway up from Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg. For faster access to the slopes the best route is the cable car running up to Mannlichen from the centre of the village alongside the resorts beginner-friendly nursery slopes. The slopes of Mannlichen are equipped with fast, modern chairlifts which make it easy to work your way over to Kleine Scheidegg. (There are no runs down from Mannlichen directly to Wengen, by the way the terrain is simply too steep.)
Returning to Wengen from the Kleine Scheidegg sector and skiing part of the Lauberhorn course was made much faster by the installation of a high-speed chairlift from Innerwengen, just beside Mary's Cafe.
A good selection of dependable swiss establishments.
The best lunches and the best views in the Wengen area are to be had at the Hotel Jungfrau at Wengernalp, either outside on the sunny terrace looking at the awesome North face of the Eiger or inside around the circular fireplace. Whichever, reservations are essential and credit cards are not accepted. The food is seriously good with excellent daily specials, but more basic staple dishes such as the veal sausage and the carrot cake are also both strongly recommended. The wine list is, likewise, impressive.
There is a good selection of eating and drinking places at Kleine Scheidegg, the Crewe Junction of the Alps. There is a particularly amusing giant Tipi tent serving good barbecue food and with all sorts of bizarre things suspended from its roof. Just next door to here there is an outdoor wood-burning oven cooking excellent pizzas. There is also a lively bar under a giant hydraulic umbrella.
Up at Mannlichen, the expanded Berghaus Mannlichen has a choice of service and self-service restaurants. But for a quick drink or a snack its worth heading across the plateau to the Spycher hut and its accompanying ice bar. The Allmend restaurant on the way down to the village, near the train stop of the same name, has a sunny terrace and decent food.
A slightly limited choice.
Most of the dining is done in hotels in Wengen, so there is only a handful of independent restaurants. An expedition up the Hotel Jungfrau at Wengernalp, followed by a toboggan ride home is always an amusing experience.
In town Da Sina does all kinds of pizzas, pastas and steaks, while the Hotel Hirschen is recommended for fondues, as is the public restaurant of the Hotel Eiger, which is a big favourite with the locals. The best gastronomic experience in town (15/20 in Gault Millau) is to be had at Chez Meyers in the Hotel Regina, which has the added advantage of panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valley. Jack's Brasserie in the same hotel offers more traditional cuisine. The A La Carte restaurant at the Hotel Schonegg earns 13/20 from Gault Millau and has a cosy ambience with its wood panelling and antique furniture. Alternatively, the "menu degustation" is tempting at the Hotel Caprice . The decor is contemporary and the ambience has a touch of urban chic.
A livelier, younger scene than one might expect in such an old-fashioned resort.
Apres-ski begins on the slopes in Wengen and most people stop off for a beer, a schnapps or an alcoholic coffee on their way home at places such as Marys Cafe (much improved under the ownership of Guido and Ariane Meyer, proprietors of the Hotel Regina) and the Schnee Bar outside the Hotel Brunner. The cosiest bar in town is the excellent little Pickel Bar in the basement of the Hotel Eiger, but accessed from the main street. The hotel bar of the Sunstar has a good ambience and is popular with non-residents. The Tanne is a lively cocktail bar appealing to a younger set, while the place to find the real youth and boarder culture is Chilis, a cafe-bar also in the main street.
Later at night younger people will find the action continues downstairs at Chilis until 2.00am and after that at Tiffanys until closer to dawn.