Learn to ski in Wengen
Located in the Bernese Oberland region at the foot of the Jungfrau mountain, Wengen is a charming and traditional Swiss alpine resort set on a terrace overlooking the Lauterbrunnen valley. The transfer time to the resort is around 1,5hrs from Bern,1hr 45mins from Zürich and just under 2hrs from Basel.
Wengen has several slopes close of the village, including the Lauberhorn World Cup Slalom piste. The resort offers 110km of slopes that are particularly ideal for families and intermediates, the majority of these being in the nearby Kleine Scheidegg and Männlichen areas.
The Männlichen cable car starts directly in Wengen and transfers skiers to the Männlichen slopes. The Jungfrau train travels up to the Kleine Scheidegg pistes and continues to the Jungfraujoch at 3454m altitude. Both skiing areas offer exceptional views of the surrounding Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains.
Wengen is neighbour to the international resort of Interlaken, which is situated in the valley between the Brienzer and Thuner lakes.
Ski lessons for beginners in Wengen
Ski schools in Wengen offer ski lessons from age 3yrs. Lessons last 3hrs per day and are arranged in groups according to ability and age.
Ski lessons for beginners focus on learning the basic skiing techniques of the glide and snowplough. These are taught on the flattest slopes within the resort, or in the designated Kindergarten areas for young ski novices. The ski schools in Wengen generally meet for lessons at the Kleine Scheidegg railway station or directly at the ski school beginners area.
Once the first two moves are secure, lessons progress to slopes with a slight gradient. Here, the ski novices are introduced to the snowplough turn.
Beginners with previous experience are taken directly to easy blue slopes. The aim of lessons is general technical improvement and an optimised body position. Parallel skiing is firstly introduced when the snowplough and glide moves have been well established.
For beginners wanting to work on their technique after lessons, the ski schools in Wengen recommend the long, no.36 blue run from Kleine Scheidegg.
Kids’ ski lessons in Wengen
Ski lessons are available from age 3yrs in Wengen. Group lessons are kept small, with only 2-6 skiers. Some ski schools in Wengen have Kindergarten or “Snowgarten” areas, which are set aside from the regular slopes and have beginner-friendly lifts & colourful obstacles. These areas are specifically designed for young skiers and help make learning as fun as possible.
Slightly older beginners learn their first moves on the flattest slopes within the resort, such as the beginner slopes up at the Kleine Scheidegg. The meeting point for lessons is either at the Kleine Scheidegg railway station, the Wengen railway station, or directly at the ski school beginners area.
Lessons for young skiers with previous experience take place on slopes that fit the skiing ability, whether on blue, red or black pistes. The ski schools in Wengen now focus on improving the skier’s general technique and body posture. More progressive skiing styles, for example parallel skiing and carving, are introduced accordingly.
The many red routes of the Männlichen area are recommended by the ski schools in Wengen as ideal for intermediates to practice newly-learned techniques.
Ski lesson prices in Wengen
Ski schools in Wengen offer group and private ski and snowboard lessons, plus other private lessons, such as freestyle, freeriding, telemark, ski guiding, ski touring and cross county. Some kids’s lessons have a lunch option. The prices shown are the lowest price per lesson within the season and do not include equipment hire or lunch:
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Wengen ski pass
The main ski pass in Wengen is the Grindelwald-Wengen ski pass, which covers all slopes and lifts in the Grindelwald, Kleine Scheidegg, Männlichen & Wengen ski areas. Ski passes are valid from 1-14 days and there is a 20% discount for skiers who pay for the pass online 3 weeks or more in advance. Ski schools in Wengen will be happy to give further advice about the ski pass.
For those looking to ski on the Jungfrau glacier and one wider-ranging slopes, the Jungfrau Ski Region ski pass covers 206km of pistes, from the Schilthorn to Oberjoch.
The best ski schools in Wengen
Altitude Grindelwald & Wengen
The 15-strong Altitude team offer group and private ski and snowboard lessons, plus private freeriding lessons.
The Kleine Scheidegg train station.
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Experienced, beginner friendly, patient
Swiss Ski School Wengen
Swiss Ski School Wengen offers group and private ski and snowboard lessons. Additionally the team offers private freeriding, freestyling, telemark, cross-country and ski guiding lessons. Tuition is giving in English, French and German.
The ski school has various meeting points, depending on the skiing standard.
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Experienced, value for money, reliable
Privat Ski & Snow Sports School Wengen
This ski school in Wengen offers private ski, snowboard, ski touring, telemark and freeride lessons in English, German, Italian, Spanish & French.
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Patient, experienced, reliable
What makes ski lessons in Wengen special
The Jungfraubahn train takes those with no fear of heights up to the Jungfraujoch - otherwise known as the Top of Europe - at 3454m. The Jungfraujoch is Europe’s highest altitude railway station and offers visitors a breathtaking view of the surrounding Alpine panorama. On clear days, the Vosges mountains in France and Germany’s Black Forest can even be seen.
For those looking for speed but with a change of equipment, the Fox Run could be just the ticket: This 4,5km toboggan run starts at the Wengernalp train station and finishes almost 600m lower in Wengen. Toboggans can be hired on site.
Ski schools in Wengen offer a wide range of alternative lessons, such as freestyle, freeride, telemark and cross-country, so there are plenty of options for snowsports fans who want to try something different.