|Skiing in the Jungfrau Region|
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Skiing and snowboarding pistes are open for all levels. Beginners are best served at Wengen and Grindelwald, both of which have nursery slopes and plenty of blue (easy) runs very close to the village centres. Red (intermediate) pistes run beneath the long Männlichen–Grindelwald gondola line, while there are long blue runs from Kleine Scheidegg down to Brandegg and Grindelwald-Grund. First (2168m), above Grindelwald, also has a host of leg-stretching blue and red runs. Mürren offers some of the most scenic skiing in the Alps, with a new chairlift accessing more than half-a-dozen routes down from the Schiltgrat (2145m), and the Allmendhubel funicular accessing lots more pistes-with-a-view.
There are thrilling red and black (advanced) runs from the Lauberhorn down to Wengen, following the course of the famous World Cup downhills and slaloms – at 4km, this is the world’s longest competition piste (the downhill record is currently held by Kristian Ghedina at an amazing 2min 24.23 seconds) and, aside from skiing it yourself, if you’re around in mid-January you should try and catch a glimpse of the professionals.
Black runs in the region are satisfyingly testing, most notably those down to Wengen from the Eigergletscher (2320m). The incredibly steep “Inferno” piste from the Schilthorn summit (2970m), through difficult mogul fields and the infamous “Gun Barrel” down to Mürren covers 11km.
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