1,353m above sea level, in the mountainous heart of the Bernese Oberland, Adelboden is a village-sized cluster of gingerbread-house wooden chalets surrounded by pine trees and flanked by snow-capped peaks. This traditional village is tucked away on a sunny mountainside, offering panoramic views of the surrounding valley. A peaceful town filled with olde-worlde charm; Adelboden is filled with rustic chalet-style buildings, tea rooms and quality hotels which line the pedestrian friendly high street and quaint lanes.
An ideal winter destination for families, the town is the first destination in Switzerland to have been awarded the Alpine Wellness holiday resort certificate. Adelboden is home to a wide range of accommodation, a high density of cosy alpine huts and snow bars, and 204 kilometres of pisted runs with terrain to suit skiers of all abilities. The charming town is well equipped with a variety of child-friendly leisure activities, whilst many of the hotels offer family-oriented facilities or in-house childcare services.
Resort Altitude: 1,353m
Resort Skiing: 2,400m
Total Ski Area: 204km
Blue Runs: 97km
Red Runs: 93km
Black Runs: 14km
Cross Country: 21km
The relaxed holiday resort of Adelboden lies in the middle of the Bernese Alps. This vast area tempts all calibre of skiers from families to top athletes. Four separate ski areas lie within close reach, with Adelboden-Frutigen-Lenk being the biggest linked area, housing 204 kilometres of pisted runs which are connected by 72 high-performance lifts. The slopes in Adelboden have received the international ski area test quality seal, whilst the off-piste offers plenty to please powder seekers.
Adelboden’s terrain varies between the world-cup giant slalom run on the Kuonisbärgli, to a multitude of cross-country ski trails and even a freeride arena. However, this is not to say the resort should not tempt families or beginner skiers, as the area is home to a good network of blue runs and nursery slopes which are sure to be uncrowded due to their separation from the main ski area via a gondola ride. All skiers will enjoy fantastic panoramic views of this charming alpine town from the slopes.
Adelboden is well suited to intermediate riders due to its diverse terrain, snow park and variety of pistes. Expert snowboarders will enjoy tackling the ski area’s more challenging black runs in the Geils area, as well as the good offering of off-piste terrain, aided by the resort’s consistent good snowfall records. Beginner snowboarders should be aware of the resort's areas of long, flat piste; notably the long run back down into the town, which may prove more challenging for those less experienced.
For those aged 4 and above, day and week lessons are available with highly-qualified ski instructors. Adelboden has two ski schools to choose between, one specifically for snow boarders and the other offering a range of lessons in downhill skiing, telemarking and even areas such as snow safety. Guests can also choose to hire a mountain guide if they wish to explore the off piste territory.
A special children’s ski club is available for those aged three to five, offering a range of activities such as races and parties, that will ensure no one misses out on a fun filled week in the snow. The resort offers a good range of nursery slopes with magic carpet lift facilities, which are designed to ensure children can get the most out of their time on the slopes.
Adelboden offers a huge variety of Alpine huts dotted around the main ski area, providing a welcome respite for the keen skier. Enjoy an authentic Swiss mountain experience from one of the many farm buildings on the mountain, which double up as a restaurant during the winter months, providing great cuisine and fair pricing. In the town, you can indulge in a range of dining experiences, from fondue in an igloo to a variety of traditional raclettes and local delicacies.
Whilst remaining a relatively quiet and traditional Swiss mountain village, Adelboden does not fail to offer a nice selection of après ski in the bars of the main hotels. Scott’s Bar at the Cambrian Hotel is the ideal stop off point for 4pm beers, whilst also offering screenings of major sporting events, as well as DJs until 1am. In general however, this charming town will be best suited to those looking for a week of fantastic skiing, topped off by delicious local cuisine and wonderful views.
Adelboden offers a fantastic variety of activities for non-skiers. There are 40km of winter hiking trails for those who want a day off the slopes or to take in the magnificent views at a slower pace. An additional 24km of toboggan runs as well as leisure facilities such as ski festivals, ice skating, dog sledding, sleigh rides, ice climbing, snowshoe touring and paragliding will be sure to keep the whole group entertained both on and off the slopes.