What’s new in the Jungfrau Ski Region for Winter 2016-2017

With faster, better trains that shorten the journey time to and from the Jungfraujoch by 30 minutes, what lies at the top of the highest station in Europe is now even easier to reach this winter. Skiers, snowboarders and outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a whole host of seasonal activities and events in the Jungfrau Ski Region that are accessible via the Jungfrau Railways network. Please continue reading to find out more.

Better trains for increased quality and productivity to the Jungfraujoch
Jungfrau Railways has modernised the three-section railcars, currently used to transport holidaymakers throughout the scenic Jungfrau Region – a project that will shorten the round trip to the Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe by 30 minutes when the timetable changes in December 2016.

Upgrading the fourth generation of trains in the over 100-year history of the Jungfrau Railway, will guarantee a safer and more superior experience while allowing higher speeds to be achieved on the section between Kleine Scheidegg and the Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe.

The Jungfraujoch –Top of Europe experience truly is a highlight of every trip to Switzerland. This popular excursion to the highest train station in Europe (at 3454m) offers guests an impressive all-round winter experience, from the picturesque train journey which carves up through the Eiger, to the ‘Alpine Sensation’ tour which illuminates the fascinating history of the railway and walks guests down through to the heart of the glacier and an ‘ice palace.’

Other attractions include ‘the Sphinx’ viewing platform, ‘Snow fun’ outdoor sledging adventures and Europe’s highest chocolate shop – ‘Lindt Chocolate Heaven’ which the faster trains will give visitors more time to explore and enjoy.

Don’t miss…

Lauberhorn Live – the world’s longest World Cup downhill ski race
Those who want to watch the pros take part in the world’s longest World Cup downhill ski race during their ski holiday can head to Wengen for the legendary race which takes place on Saturday 14th January. Holidaymakers can speak a peek and watch the professionals training in the days running up to the race which starts from Tuesday 10th January. Plus, after the race takes place, the world’s longest World Cup downhill piste will be open to everyone. Don’t forget to capture the fun on you Winnercard.
For a full programme of the events surrounding the race and for other information visit www.lauberhorn.ch/en

Top of Europe Ice Magic in Interlaken
Ice Magic will return to Interlaken on 17th December 2016 for its third year. The centre of the town will be transformed into a winter wonderland on ice from December to February with four interlinking ice rinks, runways, skating, curling and restaurants. Skaters can expect a variety of events throughout the season as well as Christmas markets in the run-up to the big day.

Half-pipe in the White Elements Park
The White Elements Snowpark Grindelwald is number one in the Bernese Oberland when it comes to freestyle and one of the largest in Switzerland. It has several lines with plenty of rails, obstacles and boxes as well as a dedicated snowpark for beginners. New for February 2016 was the half-pipe  measuring 130 metres long and 5.7 metres high making the freestyle area Grindelwald-First even more thrilling.

20th SnowpenAir Festival – 8-9th April 2017
At 2,061 metres above sea level, the highest open-air concert in the snow takes place at Kleine Scheidegg amidst the stunning scenery of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Returning for the 20th year, the popular festival will feature top national and international music acts performing in front of a stunning mountain backdrop. The combo ticket price includes train travel from Interlaken to Kleine Scheidegg and a one-day lift pass for the Jungfrau Ski Region.

Eiger Run – The evening sledging pass
After a day at the ski resort, the Eiger Run offers an extraordinary experience, even after sunset. In the evening, the Wengernalp Railway trains travel to Alpiglen from the Brandegg middle station nearly every half hour. The night ride on the illuminated sledge run is an experience that no one should miss. Plus, the sledging fun can be extended with a cosy and warm fondue at the Berghaus Brandegg or Alpiglen.

First Flyer at Grindelwald-First
800 metres of steel cable, up to 50 metres high and speeds of up to 84 kilometres per hour – the First Flyer promises pure thrills. Holidaymakers will sit in a securely designed harness for the rapid descent from First to Schreckfeld.
Weather permitting, this is free during the winter season for holders of valid Jungfrau or Grindelwald-Wengen Sportpass

Experience piste grooming in the Pistenbully
In the evening, long after the skiers and snowboarders have returned to the valley, the PistenBullys‘ time begins. Rolling over the snow on giant snow groomers they leave even trails in the snow ready for the next day. Up to three skiers per day can accompany a PistenBully driver for a few hours while they work in the Grindelwald-First or Kleine Scheidegg area.

Earlybird 2 to 14-day ski pass
Skiers who buy their multi-day ski pass at least 21 days before the first day of validity can up to 20% when booked online.

Children ski for free on Saturdays
As well as the Sportpass being available for all children (6-15 years) at an attractive flat price of CHF 270, families can also save on the Family Day Ticket on Saturdays. When one adult buys a full price one-day or afternoon ticket, three children (6 to 15 years) can receive a day pass on Saturday for free. Skiers just need to buy an adult day pass online (valid on Saturday) then present the purchase confirmation at a Jungfrau Region railway station to receive a free day pass for up to three children.

For a full list of lift pass prices in the Jungfrau Ski Region, please visit the website. Hiking and sledging passes are also available here.

For more information about the events, news and special offers in the Jungfrau Ski region, please visit www.jungfrau.ch/en