Switzerland’s Jungfrau Offers Pass Deals; Kids Free On Saturdays
Switzerland’s Jungfrau region in the Bernese Oberland (think Grindlewald, Wengen, Murren) is home to three mountains - Jungfrau, Eiger, and Mönch - lots of skiing and riding, and some good deals.
Kids ski for free on Saturdays, with two children skiing free with every adult ski pass purchased. Children also get a free ski lesson if adult lessons are purchased from Intersport Rent-Network.
Save 20 percent by buying a Jungfrau Sportpass (2 to 10 days) more than 21 days in advance of arriving at a resort. A 6-day pass is normally CHF 323 ($359 US); discount brings price down to US $287, a savings of about $72.
Come early or late and take advantage of a “2 for 1” package. Two-night packages with breakfast and a 3-day Jungfrau Sportpass can be had from Dec. 7-20, 2013, Jan. 4-24, 2014, and March 8 to end of season.
The region is made up of eight villages: Grindelwald, Lutschental, Wengen, Mürren, Lauterbrunnen, Stechelberg, Gimmelwald, and Isenfluh. Driving distance from Zurich is about 195 km (121 miles); by train the trip takes about 2.5 hours.
You will find over 200km (about 124 miles) of pistes, 100km (62 miles) of walking trails, and 50km (31 miles) of sledge (sleigh) runs. The Jungfrau season is scheduled to begin Dec. 7 in the Kleine Scheidegg area with the remaining areas opening Dec. 14. You can view the conditions via cameras, including three new installations this year in Kleine Scheidegg-Lauberhorn, Grindelwald-First, and Männlichen.
Check the Jungfrau winter tourism website for many other deals, including combination ticket packages.
Several events are the highlight of the season. The 84th World Cup on the Lauberhorn in Wengen is Jan 17-19. This is one of the classic courses on the tour and will be a major Olympic preview this year. You can run the course and compare your times to racers from Jan. 20-April 2014.
The following week Grindelwald is in the spotlight with the 32nd World Snow Festival, a celebration of ice art on the natural ice rink from Jan. 20-25. Freeskiing happens with the Whitestyle Open March 7-9 in Mürren where top skiers compete for a cash prize of approximately US $11,103.
Photo: Mürren (Switzerland Tourism)