The weather forecast for the past weekend wasn’t too promising – the rain in Luzern and snow in the most of the alpine resorts. While neither I nor my husband likes to ski in such conditions, we decided to skip skiing this weekend. Instead we went sledging. Our destination was lovely village of Grindelwald in Jungfrau Region in Bernese Oberland. We’ve been there many times before – for skiing and hiking, but never for sledging.
Jungfrau Region is home of numerous well-groomed sledging tracks and is a great place to go sledging. We’ve opted out for Grindelwald’s run from Kleine Scheidegg to Grindelwald-Grund, a spectacular sledging track at the foot of one of the the iconic Swiss mountains – Eiger.
The 3km of this sledging track between Alpiglen and Brandegg, known as the Eiger Run, is illuminated by night and can be sledged even after the dark. We were there soon enough, we were able to experience the whole track, not just the illuminated part and it was great!
After our arrival to Grindelwald we parked our car at the Grindelwald-Grund parking space, bought our day-sledding pass and rented the sledges at the nearby rental shop. We’ve boarded the scenic mountain train to Kleine Scheidegg where is the start of sledging track.
On our way up, it came to our attention, a group of friends were skiing at the same area we’re going to sledge. They were just nearby Kleine Scheidegg and of course we’ve met. As it was already lunch-time, we went for a lunch together. After a lovely chat and delicious lunch, we bid goodbye to them and hit the sledging track.
The weather changed drastically while we were having lunch. It started to snow and soon, the mountains were not seen any more. But heavy snow didn’t stop us from having fun sledging.
I personally prefer sledging on the fresh snow as it gives you have better control of the sledges and it is easier to stop on such a terrain. Not to mention the beauty of the nature when it is covered with fresh snow.
I find sledging to be great alternative to skiing as it can be done in every kind of weather and it guarantees lots of fun in the snow. To me it also evokes great memories of my youth when I was swishing down and running back up the small summit near my home as soon as the first snow whitened it. The way I sledge now when I live in Switzerland, is a bit different. My husband and I now sledge at the professionally prepared sledge runs that are much longer and are all accessible by the lifts to the top of the summit. It is quite a contrast to the hill where I used to sledge as a child. The thing that didn’t change is my enthusiasm when swishing down the hill. When I’m sitting on the sledges, I still feel like that young girl who spent numerous hours having fun on snow.
How to get to Grindelwald:
- By car: Drive in direction of Interlaken. Once you’ve reached Interlaken, follow the road signs to Grindelwald.
- By public transport: Take the train to Interlaken Ost. There you change it for the regional train for Lauterbrunnen/Grindelwald. Make sure, you board the correct carriage to Grindelwald!
- Sledging day-pass: 29 CHF/person
- Sledge rental: 15 CHF/person
- Parking fee: 3 CHF