Wengen is a resort which, perhaps more than others, made an impact on the alpine world. Historically, this was the place where the alpine sport racing modality was developed. It was here where the first rules of alpine skiing were stipulated by the British during the early 1920s. In 1930 the first version of the now world famous World Cup competition, the Lauberhorn Rennen, took place.
The resort of Wengen
Wengen is linked with the ski resorts of Mürren and Grindelwald with great facilities. Here you will find 213 km of slopes, the longest run being more than 10 km and the highest vertical drop being 1443 m.
From Wengen you can get up to the mountain either by cable car from the village up to the Männlichen, or via train up to Kleine Scheidegg.
It has the world’s highest chocolate factory and Europe’s highest railway station. The service at the village’s hotels and restaurants are of the highest class, here you will find everything: from budget to large suites for guests requiring a little extra. Otherwise Wengen is a quiet village with more focus on skiing rather than late nights at the nightclubs. The village is also car-free, which means that all private car traffic is prohibited. However, there is commercial traffic largely consisting of electric cars.
A world famous Swedish skier once said that Wengen presents the best skiing in the Alps, so it’s one of the several reasons why my partner and I stuck to this place.
Our ski day
We started our amazing ski day from Kleine Scheidegg on slope nr 22 down to the Eiger Nordwand lift, which took us up to the Eiger Gletscher.
From the Eiger Gletscher we went down first to the slope 22 again, a favourite well worth testing. From the Eiger Glacier it’s a red slope down until it connects to a blue slope.
We then followed the 22 to Brandegg where we changed to the red slope 24 beginning as a piste and then transforming into a cosy prepared forest road running into the agricultural landscape and the hillside above Grindelwald Grund. The last bit goes past farms, hotels and small cosy restaurants with fabulous sun terraces on a day like this.
Once down in Grindelwald Grund we had gathered a total of 10.8 km skiing.
From Grindelwald Grund, you can quickly take the train up to Grindelwald, from where a short ride with the ski bus takes you to the gondola.You can also choose to take the train back up to the Kleine Scheidegg, which we did. The day concluded with the trip down to Wengen from Kleine Scheidegg, slope 36. Almost in the village, we took a detour into the Lauberhorn Rennens slalom race slope, ending in Inner Wengen with its world famous ski stadium. From there, lift up to Allmend and on the slope 36 again and down to Wengen village.
The Skitude app, our faithful companion
The Skitude app was our faithful companion during this beautiful day of skiing. Wengen has not got an app of its own yet, but the idea is that the Skitude app can be used anywhere.
The app is very simple to operate: we quickly went into the favourite resort of Wengen, that we had previously added, a quick tap on the bottom on the ”action” menu and then we choose ”Record track”. During the tracking we also used the pictures feature, which were geolocated considering our position.
Simple, fun and providing us a good overview of our skiing in the resort. As skiers we only wish that more resorts connect to this fantastic service, which is also an opportunity for ski resorts to provide location-based 3-D maps and communicate their own competitions. We have also noted that some ski resorts connect their web shops and ski pass sales into the app features.
Over all a great app, let your friends know and push out the message to resorts you are visiting so that they get their own Skitude app
More information about the Jungfrau resorts here http://jungfrau.ch