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Jungfrau Ski region pt. 2

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We had the pleasure of guiding this entertaining group from Telford Ski Centre today. Nice one guys, you were great to ski with.



An awesome day, with endless on-piste powder and sunshine.
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@telford_mike my family of four are thinking of switching from PDS to Grindewald or Wengen too. I try to minimise the carrying skis bus/walking faff for the kids and Mrs, causes less friction so happier times for all Happy. Where do folks leave their skis in these two resorts? Männlichen looks nice and small and we could walk to the cable car from the hotel, do people leave them in lockers in the base station or up on the Intersport at Männlichen? Or in Grindewald, lots of reports of lockers at the station but is there an option to leave skis at the new massive Grindewald base station? Or at Grindelwald First? Most hotels seem to be a stroll or bus rides away from any gondola.

I've only ever been to Austria or France before. Austria seems to have lockers at modern base stations or in hotels. France seems to be hotel based.
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@snowheeeed, in Wengen some of the hotels have their own ski rooms for storing boots and skis, not a problem if the hotel is close to the Männlichen cable car. If your hotel is a bit further away from the cable car then there is a big ski and boot storage facility at Central Sports just next to the Männlichen cable car (you normally have to pay for this, but the hotel I usually stay at (the Edelweiss) has an arrangement with Central Sport so that their guests can use the facility free of charge.

I can't comment on Grindelwald as I've never stayed there.
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@snowheeeed,
Sadly it’s difficult to get around any faff with skis in Grindelwald that we’ve found. Our solution was always to stay at the Derby Hotel which is directly located on the station. This means it’s a very short walk around from the boot room to the platform or a slightly longer walk up to the main bus station park where you catch busses up to First or down to the gondolas.

On our last visit we hired from Central Sport in the town who I believe would have offered ski storage if required & from recollection they used to have a small shop up by First (haven’t been since March 2019). If still there, might be worth emailing them re storage as they were very responsive when I wanted to check stock on a specific ski.

To be honest, if using Grindelwald as your base for the Jungfrau, due to the spread of ski areas, you’ll be better to keep your skis close by. If any areas are closed due to weather/wind or just a change of mind, then at least you can change to an alternative area easily.

EDIT: It was Buri Sport in Grindelwald rather than Central.
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@snowheeeed, yes, there are lockers at Terminal, at the bottom of the Männlichen and Eiger Express gondolas. You can pre-book here:
https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/grindelwald-terminal/ski-locker/
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Thanks all, based on hotel availability and on the balance of everything (cost, location, cancellation policy) I'm going to try Derby Hotel Grindelwald. Wengen looks lovely and sounds easier to get up the mountain, so maybe for another year. Just got to decide where to keep the skis to keep the family happiest Happy
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Thanks all, based on hotel availability and on the balance of everything (cost, location, cancellation policy) I'm going to try Derby Hotel Grindelwald. Wengen looks lovely and sounds easier to get up the mountain, so maybe for another year. Just got to decide where to keep the skis to keep the family happiest Happy


A tip for the Derby - get a south facing room(s). They are bigger & have full sized baths (unless you are a die hard train fan I suppose).
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@Chuckles3, .....the view isn't too shabby either!
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@Chuckles3, .....the view isn't too shabby either!


But of course! Got some spectacular night shots over the years.

Yes, second tip, ask for a higher floor room - lessens any road noise & you get those rather spectacular views of the Eiger Very Happy
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First training runs for the downhill today. Accidents are expected!



Glorious sunshine today, but absolutely freezing. It should get less cold towards the weekend.
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Mürren today, everything very quiet. Coffee at Sonnenberg.



It’s still very cold, but the sunshine is lovely. Snow very good pretty much everywhere.
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The International Lauberhorn races have begun, and we started with the Super-G today. Marco Odermatt flashes by - the first Swiss winner of the weekend, and hopefully not the last.



With weather like this, the races are a wonderful advert for the village.
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@telford_mike, does the Super-G use the Lauberhorn course?
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@Smokin Joe, yes, they start just above Canadian Corner, and finish in the stadium at Innerwengen.
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Marco Odermatt the most exciting skier on the planet at the moment great that he won here today after the tremendous win in Adelboden last weekend. Downhill not his strongest discipline but who knows!!!!
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Jill t wrote:
Marco Odermatt the most exciting skier on the planet at the moment great that he won here today after the tremendous win in Adelboden last weekend. Downhill not his strongest discipline but who knows!!!!


Was a cracking run. He was 2nd last out at Bormio, so definitely not one to be written off that's for sure!

He's really making a fantastic mark on the circuit this season!
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Jill t wrote:
Marco Odermatt the most exciting skier on the planet at the moment great that he won here today after the tremendous win in Adelboden last weekend. Downhill not his strongest discipline but who knows!!!!


He hit 138kph on his way down the Hannegschuss this afternoon, so he seems pretty comfortable with speed!
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Which is the best train ticket to get from airport to location as i see the transfer ticket is not longer available ?
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@Chris Brookes, I looked last night for exactly the same thing and noticed its gone - dont want to book a specific train just in case train is delayed etc.
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@Chris Brookes, @Smokin Joe, I find that the best ticket is the supersaver ticket. EDIT: I made a mistake, the supersaver ticket is only valid for a particular time journey, don't buy this if you want flexibility. The flexible ticket which is valid all day that I meant to link to is called the Saver Day Pass. It goes on sale from 60 days before your travel date, and increases in price the closer you get to the travel date. It's valid for any train journey on the swiss rail network (including the last leg up to Wengen or Murren) and is valid for the entire day, so offers flexibility if your flight is delayed somewhat. Note that the default initial displayed price assumes you have a half price railfare card, you have to select that you don't to get the appropriate price.

Hope this helps. snowHead


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Alastair Pink wrote:
@Chris Brookes, @Smokin Joe, I find that the best ticket is the supersaver ticket. It goes on sale from 60 days before your travel date, and increases in price the closer you get to the travel date. It's valid for any train journey on the swiss rail network (including the last leg up to Wengen or Murren) and is valid for the entire day, so offers flexibility if your flight is delayed somewhat. Note that the default initial displayed price assumes you have a half price railfare card, you have to select that you don't to get the appropriate price.

Hope this helps. snowHead


Thanks Alastair
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@Alastair Pink, thank you
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Alastair Pink wrote:
@Chris Brookes, @Smokin Joe, I find that the best ticket is the supersaver ticket. It goes on sale from 60 days before your travel date, and increases in price the closer you get to the travel date. It's valid for any train journey on the swiss rail network (including the last leg up to Wengen or Murren) and is valid for the entire day, so offers flexibility if your flight is delayed somewhat. Note that the default initial displayed price assumes you have a half price railfare card, you have to select that you don't to get the appropriate price.

Hope this helps. snowHead


Thanks, I found it helpful too. Also it's Supersaver gets you a Fisrt class tix for only another 15CHF versus typically double rate. Looks fab. Never been on Swiss trains but imagine 2nd class is equiv to our UK 1st wink

BTW, couldn't spot the best family of four deal and approach, or return fares. Any suggestions please?
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@snowheeeed, sorry I don't know about family deals, but as regard return fares I just book two separate supersaver tickets for the outbound and return days.
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@snowheeeed, there is a button next to first / second class to add return journey
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Found the return journey button now, thanks. (user error clearly!)
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@Chris Brookes, @Smokin Joe, @snowheeed, apologies, I named and linked to the wong ticket Embarassed The supersaver ticket is fixed to a particular time train on the day . The flexible ticket I meant to link to is the Saver Day Pass. Once again apologies.
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Jill t wrote:
Marco Odermatt the most exciting skier on the planet at the moment great that he won here today after the tremendous win in Adelboden last weekend. Downhill not his strongest discipline but who knows!!!!


Was a cracking run. He was 2nd last out at Bormio, so definitely not one to be written off that's for sure!

He's really making a fantastic mark on the circuit this season!


Great race and atmosphere on the mountain today and its going to be so exciting tomorrow
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Another race, another air show. Today’s was better.



The village is absolutely packed and there's barely a mask in sight Shocked Big party tonight, race tomorrow, and party again. It'll be interesting to see the attendance numbers next week.
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telford_mike wrote:

The village is absolutely packed and there's barely a mask in sight Shocked Big party tonight, race tomorrow, and party again. It'll be interesting to see the attendance numbers next week.


I hope the Covid infection numbers in the village don't rocket upwards as a result. Skullie
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I watched the ceremony on SRF TV at home tonight certainly the crowd in the World Cup village were largely wearing masks and entry was prohibited without a covid cert, on the main street well its a free for all but at least everybody is outdoors
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@Jill t, good to hear. We stayed at home tonight Very Happy
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Big race today, and it was won by an Austrian, which never goes down well here. It’s still blue skies and sunshine, with pistes starting the day firm, before softening in the afternoon warmth. I didn’t get a decent photo today, but Air Glaciers shared this stunner.

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@telford_mike, great photo! Cool
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Holiday prep in progress 2022 style!

Antigen test x 2 sitting on the table ready to be used.
Backup antigen x 2 sitting on the table ready to pack just incase we get badly delayed and we trip over the 24hrs.
Rick Stein at Home dinner ordered for the weekend so we have restaurant food but safe at home
Essential shopping only this weekend
Next week drive to work two days so avoiding the special people on the train who have the extra special invisible face masks.
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1 day extra AL and the longest 30mins when we do the LFT and hope as always for just 1 red line. If all that works I can get excited and pack the bags and we are off to Wengen on the 29th.

I am quite excited about finally getting to use my new skis that have been waiting for almost two years to get used!
I have skied in the area before both for weekend trips when I lived in Switzerland and a few years ago for a holiday but just like many I haven't skied for a couple of years.

I do ski OK. Not the speediest but mostly happy on blues & reds. Always in control but I do sometimes have an attack of the collywobbles especially in flat light and if I perceive the slope and being too steep even if its not! So given that I have had a gap of a year I think a nice confidence building ski lesson is in order

Does anyone have a recommendation for a particular ski school or instructor who would be patient with my collywobbles and remind me of how to get down the steeper slopes? My plan would be for a 2 hour private lesson on day 2. I did this a few years ago and I was a much less anxious skier for the rest of the week. It will be just me I did ask the other half if he wanted to share the lesson but was told it would be too difficult as we are at such different levels rolling eyes Very Happy Very Happy
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@Cat66, some in our group had lessons last week with an instructor called Geronimo from Altitude. He restored confidence to a very nervous skier who was almost on the point of going home after her first day, and helped others to ski better and get greater enjoyment. It was (iirc) CHF155 for 2 hours for up to 6 people - still a bargain for one person.

We shared a 2hr lesson on day 2 with quite a difference in skill levels - I’ve always found something(s) to learn even in this scenario, particularly when confidence is the main issue to be addressed.


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Does anyone have a recommendation for a particular ski school or instructor who would be patient with my collywobbles and remind me of how to get down the steeper slopes? My plan would be for a 2 hour private lesson on day 2. I did this a few years ago and I was a much less anxious skier for the rest of the week. It will be just me I did ask the other half if he wanted to share the lesson but was told it would be too difficult as we are at such different levels rolling eyes Very Happy Very Happy


+1 for Altitude ski school. Full disclosure, Mrs t_m works for them, but they are excellent.

https://www.altitudeskischool.com/wengen/
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Cat66 wrote:


Does anyone have a recommendation for a particular ski school or instructor who would be patient with my collywobbles and remind me of how to get down the steeper slopes? My plan would be for a 2 hour private lesson on day 2. I did this a few years ago and I was a much less anxious skier for the rest of the week. It will be just me I did ask the other half if he wanted to share the lesson but was told it would be too difficult as we are at such different levels rolling eyes Very Happy Very Happy


+1 for Altitude ski school. Full disclosure, Mrs t_m works for them, but they are excellent.

https://www.altitudeskischool.com/wengen/


Swiss Ski and Snowboard School Wengen
Skischulleiter: Ercole Famiglietti | info@skiwengen.ch

Zentrum Silberhorn / CH - 3823 Wengen / Berner Oberland / Schweiz
0041 33 855 20 22

There are a number of really good instructors in the Swiss Ski School such as Julie or John Parsons,Vroni,Fritz,Silvia May ,Bob or Rachael Eastwood are obvious ones but just go in the office and explain what you are looking for they will fix you up(office next to the Co Op)
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And in the interests of inclusiveness it's also fair to mention the Privat ski school in Wengen, I had an excellent Telemark lesson some years ago with one of their instructors (Tino).
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And in the interests of inclusiveness it's also fair to mention the Privat ski school in Wengen, I had an excellent Telemark lesson some years ago with one of their instructors (Tino).


agree Pierre or Tino or Valdo
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