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Wengen the week before Lauberhorn...

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My hubby and I have been looking at skiing Wengen in January next year but the only date we can travel is 6th January, which gives us the week running up to the Lauberhorn downhill race (12th - 14th).

Has anybody had good/bad experiences in Wengen in the run up to Lauberhorn?

We have asked before about the rail network getting from Geneva to Wengen, and have some excellent info on that now, but we would also like to know how the race may affect the rest of the ski area? Would it be very busy generally all around the Jungrau that week, or would race visitors travel in towards the end of the week (giving us a few days peaceful skiing before the crowds arrive)?

We like the idea of the excitement and atmosphere that the race will bring, but don't want to be caught in big lift queues getting around the mountain, or on crowded pistes.

Any advice gratefully received...! Very Happy
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We were there the week before the race two or three years ago, we had a great time and had no queue issues at all, the resort was fairly quiet. There were a couple of parts of the downhill track closed all week (the jump) and the slalom piste towards the end of the week, but that was it.

I would go again at the same time without hesitation.

PS, forgot to say that the Italian team arrived at out hotel half way through the week and were very civilized.
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@DebbieD, I live in Wengen most of the year. The week before Lauberhorn is a great week to come skiing. Lots of beds are taken by the media and the racers, and they aren’t skiing the regular pistes.

The race visitors don't arrive until the Saturday of the downhill so no worries on that score.It's a really good week to come skiing in Wengen. See you in Rocks bar!
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@DebbieD, Definitely a great week to go, the pistes are no busier, but the atmosphere in the town is great.
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