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The sunny winter trail W3

Short facts

  • start: First summit station
  • destination: Grindelwald sports centre
  • difficult
  • 17,89 km
  • 3 hours 15 minutes
  • 532 m
  • 2660 m
  • 1040 m
  • 100 / 100
  • 80 / 100

best season

Great Trailrunning trail that ends at the summit, unforgettable views and a descent along the longest sledging run in Europe.

From Grindelwald you can ride the gondola cableway up to the First. One last view of the massive peaks of the Schreckhorn and Wetterhorn and we’re off! A busy winter hiking trail leads past snow-covered Lake Bachalp and then covers a few arduous metres of elevation up to the Faulhorn. The “Big Pintenfritz”, the longest sledging run in the World (15 kilometres), starts here. This sledging run takes you to the Bussalp, where you can find refreshment in the mountain restaurant and recover from the rigours of the ascent. Once rested, you can either walk the last part of the trail or take the bus back to Grindelwald.

General information

Directions

First-Faulhorn-Bussalp-Grindelwald

Safety Guidelines

Please check Weather, snow and avalanche report https://www.slf.ch/ 

Snow report https://www.jungfrau.ch/de-ch/live/pistendaten/#grindelwald_first 

Equipment
  • First aid kit
  • weather-appropriate clothing - Onion principle (always carry waterproofs)
  • drink and food provisions
  • mobile telephone
Tip

Adi’s Skibar, Mountain Restaurant Bussalp

Getting there

There are different ways to reach the region by car. The fastest way from Basel and Geneva is via Berne. The fastest route from Zurich is through Lucerne and the Brünig Pass. The pass is open in summer and winter.

From the south, the route goes over the Grimsel or Susten Pass into the region. Both passes are only open in summer. Alternatively, you can take the Simplon Pass and then Lötschberg car transport.

 

Journey to Grindelwald

Arrival by car video Jungfrau Region

Parking

Grindelwald has public car parks with covered parking spaces: Eiger+ car park (252 parking spaces) and Sportzentrum car park (160 parking spaces). They cannot be reserved in advance. Uncovered parking spaces are available everywhere in the village.

Public transit

Travelling to Grindelwald, take the cable car Grindelwald-First to Bort station.

Thanks to its central location in Europe, Switzerland is served by international trains from over 12 countries. Within Switzerland, Intercity trains run directly from Basel and Lucerne to the Jungfrau Region. Travellers from Zurich have to change in Berne. The trains run every half hour.

Ticket purchase Jungfrau Region

Timetable and ticket purchase SBB

Arrival by train video Jungfrau Region

Maps

Jungfrau Ski Region slope map

Winter hiking- and sledging map 1:27‘000 von Grindelwald Tourismus

Additional Information

Grindelwald Tourist Office, www.grindelwald.swiss, Jungfraubahn transport, www.jungfrau.ch 

Please note the operating hours of the Grindelwald-First cable car.

GrindelwaldBus current operation: https://www.grindelwaldbus.ch/en/info/operation-infos 

Weather

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