In the heart of the Jungfrau Region the picturesque village of Grindelwald is the only one of the three resorts (Wengen and Murren) that is accessible by car with a comfortable 20-minute drive from Interlaken and just 175km from Basel.
The first skier - an Englishman named Gerald Fox - appeared in Grindelwald in 1881 and is alleged to have fastened his skis in his hotel room at the Hotel Bear and walked out onto the snow and proceeded to ski in a squatting position down the nearest slope! True or not, it makes a lovely story!
Since then Grindelwald has attracted the great and the good from English nobility to a Russian grand duke. Now this wonderful resort welcomes 14 per cent British within the total number of guests making the UK fourth best tourist area.
Although there has been development over the years, the resort still retains charm and atmosphere characteristic of this part of Switzerland. Grindelwald boasts all the modern amenities yet the village centre is quiet at night without attracting "loutish behaviour" associated with some ski resorts.
Grindelwald is served by the Railways of the Jungfrau Region which means you can access Kleine Scheidegg by train and then ski across to Wengen before returning by train to Kleine Scheidegg and skiing back to your resort. Or you can take the longest cable car journey in the world to the fantastic ski area at Mannlichen which is also connected to the ski region at Kleine Scheidegg. Alternatively, you can take the train to Murren via Lauterbrunnen and enjoy a day skiing adventure at mount Schilthorn.
There are 44 lifts in the region including links to Oberjoch (2501m) and Mannlichen (2230m) and ample snow throughout the season.
Mannlichen Panorama Restaurant last winter season the self-service restaurant on Mannlichen was converted and extended to include an Edelweiss bar. Unspoilt view of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountain panorama.
A blue piste at the First area will be marked as a slow speed zone especially for easy skiers and families with small children. The piste will be cordoned off and reserved for slower skiers. Grindelwald has some 12,000 beds in 46 hotels and 6000 beds in chalets and private apartments so there is something for everyone.
The Editor has been fortunate enough to visit the family-run 4-star superior Boutique Hotel Belvedere, just below the resort railway station and was very impressed with the high standard of rooms, large swimming pool and other amenities.This hotel would certainly be the choice of the Editor. In 2007 the Hotel Belvedere celebrated it's 100th anniversary and over the years has welcomed both Sir Arnold Lunn and "Montgomery". The hotel is a firm favourite with British guests who return year after year, many of them either booking direct or through Powder Byrne; Inghams and the Swiss Travel Service. The hotel is ideally situated for both the First and Mannlichen ski slopes and has its own bus service for guests to the lift stations. (see Editor's Choice Hotel for further information).
An alternative hotel would be the Steinbock-Grindelwald and further information can be found at: www.steinbock-grindelwald.ch
You can enjoy a Swiss speciality at Ruth Lohner's "Cucina della Passione" and there are good places to eat out on the mountains above Grindelwald. Many of the "huts" have their own food specialities!
Eating out in local restaurants is a mouth-watering delight as local dairy farmers are renown for providing local milk and cheese. In fact cheese is still produced as it was 100 years ago and an authentic Swiss fondue at least once during your skiing holiday is a "must".
Jungfrau Tours based in Interlaken can assist British skiers making their way to the region by car and offer a service which includes hotel books and parking arrangements as well as special train journeys to the Top of Europe at Jungfraujoch. Why not visit Jungfrau Tours Website.