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Jungfrau Ski region pt. 2

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@telford_mike, what's happening down there Mike? Any news following the Fed Govt announcement and closure at Verbier?
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What’s confusing me is the Verbier statement says closure will apply to ALL ski areas in the country but Jungfrau website suggests otherwise. I’ve messaged Jungfrau.ch but no reply as yet
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It's all very confusing. We know that Mürren's closing from Monday, and no access to Schilthorn / Birg this weekend either. Was fully expecting a statement from the Jungfraubahn along similar lines. But 25 minutes ago the JB said on Facebook that they're open as usual.

So I guess we're open. We just don’t know for how long.
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Just reading an English translation of the Swiss govt press conference and it sets that all TOURIST TRAVEL and transport for tourism purposes only will be cancelled. States public transport for access reasons remains open.
Gatherings of 100+ banned as are more than 50 people banned in restaurants and bars.
Appreciating the vagaries of translation and interpretation of the statement how on earth can any ski area remain open in these circumstances?
The govt clarification and update on the situation has clarified seemingly little
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Jungfraubahn will have gone through the regulations with a tooth comb, and if there's a loophole they'll jump right through it. I doubt it'll be sustainable for long though.
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Yup, they've found a loophole. This is from the Berner Zeitung, translated by Google.

Jungfrau region: ski area remains open
"Adjustments in the catering business are being implemented," said Kathrin Naegeli, media spokeswoman for Jungfraubahnen AG on Friday evening, and pointed out that the systems are in operation.

Jungfrau Railways director Urs Kessler appeals to the guests' understanding of the restricted catering business and regrets that during the course of the day the impression had arisen that business in the ski areas had to be discontinued.

"In my view, the confusion arose because the Federal Council presented a draft regulation to the media orientation, which stipulated the company shutdown," said Kessler.

A clarification then came to the Bern government, which explained the definitive version of the regulation, in which the ski areas were not mentioned.
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I`m supposed to be arrving next weekend for a week. Not looking good though rolling eyes
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@telford_mike, keep calm and ski on then!
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Gstaad also staying open. Meiringen-Hasliberg closing forthwith. No news from Adelboden-Lenk.
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The Schilthorn website confirms that the Schilthorn is now closed ( the 50 people limit including staff would be the limiting factor for the restaurant) but it says the rest of Mürren's ski lifts will be running at the weekend, including Birg. Whether everything shuts down from Monday onwards remains to be clarified....
https://schilthorn.ch/en/Infos/Live
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Max 40 people in our cable car this morning, but we're open.

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Thanks Mike - looking forward to next winter already.
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Bizarrely I have friends who will be getting off the Ski Miquel coach in Lauterbrunnen around 50 mins time!!!
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The trains between Lauterbrunnen and Wengen will keep running as usual, but all trains up to Kleine Scheidegg and to the Jungfraujoch are now cancelled as from tomorrow: https://jungfrauregion.swiss/en/winter/services/coronavirus/
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Jungfrau skiing now closed for the season!
We were booked at Alpenrose until next Friday but managed to rebook flight for Sunday (tomorrow).
Wengen is already almost deserted. Sad for skiers but so much worse for the workers and businesses here who depend on winter and summer tourism. Cancellation of summer bookings are high due to uncertainty. Worries that some businesses won’t survive lengthy shut down. Just awful for people here.
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@Baggiesfan, absolutely. I arrived on Thursday so got in 2 days skiing before the closure. I'll stick with my original return flight date of Thursday, so for the next few days I can get to try out some of the many walks in the region (at least it's scenic). Safe trip home. snowHead
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Jungfrau are automating full refund of all unused ski passes as per their website this morning
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Lovely day for a walk - we're all tourists now.



Hotel Caprice is closing tomorrow. It'll be interesting to see how long the others last.
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Yes, sad to say its all over. Nice pic of Winteregg Mike, and of course the ladies.
Our walk was Stechelberg up to Trachsellaunen, it must be stated that its all beautiful on ski or on foot!!
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Jungfrau are automating full refund of all unused ski passes as per their website this morning


I booked insurance with the ski passes so have to claim it back via the insurance. A pain in the backside.
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Also on the general topic of refunds if anyone due to travel to their Swiss resort from the airport by train and return the same way has booked train tickets then they can be refunded. I'd booked some daysaver tickets for a later trip to Wengen and the T's and C's for these usually state they are non refundable, however because of the exceptional circumstances the SBB website now states that tickets can be refunded : https://news.sbb.ch/artikel/95750/coronavirus-einschraenkungen-im-bahnverkehr
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Staff at Wengen SSB so helpful. Refund of unused ski pass (6 days) and prebooked train ticket back to Zurich airport. All done with an apologetic smile. Alpenrose Hotel also so helpful. Thanks to all. Back next year!!
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Another beautiful day. We're moving house this week so we wouldn’t have been skiing anyway. Wengen is super quiet, and we're waiting to hear whether the bars and restaurants will have to close.

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Good luck with the house move, I love reading your reports and your photographs.
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Good luck with the house move, I love reading your reports and your photographs.


Thank you!
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Another beautiful day. We're moving house this week so we wouldn’t have been skiing anyway. Wengen is super quiet, and we're waiting to hear whether the bars and restaurants will have to close.



What an absolutely stunning picture Mike, you're so lucky. Good luck with the move and please don't stop with these regular updates.
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Today I walked down from Wengen to Lauterbrunnen. Very scenic, and the path crosses the route of the old original mountain railway that opened in 1892 (no longer in use). I knew about the old mountain railway route but hadn't realised that parts of it such as bridges and the trackbed are still intact. According to Wikipedia the original route was kept as a backup for many decades after the current longer but less steep route opened in 1910, and it was finally closed in 2009.
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Still remember when it had all the tracks on it but not sure if it was ever used. It is a lovely but challenging walk up from lauterbrunnen criss crossing the track.
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I travelled on that track when I first came here in 1978. Never imagined I would end up living here!
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The old track route makes a lovey footpath. Technically illegal but last season one of the Jungfraubahnen drivers got the surprise of his life when he bumped into me skinning up to Wengen. He was walking down to Lauters to start his shift. There was no sense of either of us commiting a misdemeanor!!
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@Rogerdodger, I just walked down the entire length of the old track route this morning from Wengen to Lauterbrunnen. There's a few places on it now where small tree saplings have taken root, in a few years time it may be a bit less easy to use. Here's a short video clip of the track as it comes
to an end in Lauterbrunnen:.
http://youtube.com/v/jn36LFuxt1M
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@Alastair Pink, nice!
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A state of emergency has been declared. All bars, restaurants and 'non-essential' shops have closed. It's definitely getting a bit weird now. We moved a load of stuff to our new place. There's no shortage of help now that practically everyone in the village is unemployed. Great views from the new chalet.

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I can think of worse places to be in lockdown. Beautiful!
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Oh, that's a really crap view! Have a great time living there!
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Wow @telford_mike Shocked

That's amazing, tend to lurk and follow this thread, that's an amazing view. Not jealous at all, no not me snowHead
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@telford_mike, rub it in why don’t you! I can think of worse places to be in a state of emergency. You lucky baaastard. Very Happy
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Almost as nice as BIRMINGHAM
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Thanks for the good wishes everyone. Move completed, and I've even worked out how the awnings work.



Absolutely beautiful weather again today, it’s hard to believe we're still supposed to be in the middle of the ski season.
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