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"Before skiing the Jungfrau region for the first time, we had read just about everything we could about it. And, the common thread clearly seemed to be that this place was nothing short of postcard perfect. Could it be that everyone was going a little overboard? Well, actually, after several visits, we can now attest that these descriptions are absolutely spot on—it’s truly spectacular. The destination’s three villages—Grindelwald, Wengen and Mürren—are surrounded by vast snowfields, with the Eiger’s north face looming straight above.
The Jungfrau region boasts 200 km of amazing cruising runs. Not too difficult, and most are very long. This is definitely the place to chalk up the mileage. The geography can, however, be a bit confusing. We actually had to turn around on our first day. But, we quickly found out that the best way to get to the most difficult terrain (on the Schilthorn, the peak above Grindelwald) is by train to Mürren, a pedestrian-only village. Here you’ll find the most challenging terrain and, typically, the best snow. The Lauberhorn World Cup run is borderline insane, but we still managed to reach the bottom, somewhat gracefully.
There’s lots to do in the evenings too. We personally like the Challi Bar, with its alpine barn-board decor and occasional live bands, or the Espresso Bar where very few patrons actually order coffee. Seems like beer and schnapps are more the norm around these parts.
By Marilyn Griffiths, Special Contributor and Robert Choquette, Co-founder and Former Editor of Skier Magazine