Traveling to Adelboden Fly into Zurich or Geneva Airports. Slightly closer to Zurich.
About 3 hours via train/bus from either airport. Travel by train to Frutigen
then via bus the last 20 minutes to Adelboden.
Adelboden Lenk Stats:
Summit Elevation: 7,217'
Base Elevation: 4,133'
Vertical Drop 3,084'
Total All 5 Ski Regions
Lifts: 72 lifts
Total Prepared Runs: 210-kilometers prepared trails plus off-piste
Adelboden-Lenk Ski Review:
Adelboden-Lenk doesn't get the big name recognition that
Zermatt and other Swiss
resorts do, but it offers plenty of world-class skiing spread across six
separate skiing areas and a delightful Swiss village. Adelboden is located in
the Bernese Oberland of Switzerland.
The Adelboden region offers a combined 210 km of slopes with 72 cableways and
lifts. Renowned for excellent snow quality, over 60% of Adleboden's prepared
pistes have man-made or artificial snow to guarantee good conditions and a long
ski season from November to May.
Adelboden/Lenk is the largest of the six skiing areas. A long
3-stage gondola ride from Adelboden village brings you to this vast ski area.
Adelboden offers an interesting conglomeration of gondolas, cable cars, six
passenger chairs with bubble covers and even T-bars. We discovered exceptional
grooming on over 80 kilometers of pistes, plus loads of untouched off-piste
bowls, chutes and faces. There are so many aspects as you ski from Adelbdboden's
Luegli chair, to the highest point of Lavey (7,217') all the way to Lenk - so we
could ski with the sun and find soft snow throughout the day. Of course we also
stopped at several on mountain chalets including the ChumiHutte for raclette at
a sunny outdoor table, and later the Standhutte Metsch for a beer and a
breathtaking view of alpine peaks.
Adelboden offers skiers and snowboarders plenty of variety on the slopes,
including ski cross parks, permanent racing courses, and a measured speed run.
For a unique and crazy descent - hop on a sled and head down the sledging trail
(we did not try this!). In addition to Adelboden Lenk, there are five other
skiing areas - TschentenAlp, Engstligenalp, Elsigbach, Betelberg and Kandersteg.
We skied a day at Engstligenalp, just up the valley from
Adelboden. Engstligenalp is an upper mountain plateau winter playground reached
by a long tram rising straight out of the valley. This snowy plateau offers a
dozen trails and vast off-piste skiing from a 7,750' summit served by a transfer lift and
two T-bars. There is also Nordic skiing across the wide open snowy plateau, dog
sledding, snow tubing, and ice skating inside an igloo. But the coolest feature
maybe Engstligenalp's Fondue Igloo - a beautiful ice igloo serving fondue by
candlelight, you sit on reindeer fur skins surrounded by illuminated ice and
amazing artwork carved inside a hand constructed igloo. Engstligenalp is a must
for one day of your Adelboden stay.
Lodging in Adelboden is plentiful, with over 10,000 beds in the
region, and plenty of après ski restaurants and bars. We enjoyed the
Parkhotel Bellevue and
Spa overlooking town with sensational views and a splendid spa. Adelboden is
very homey and historic, with a 1433 church, a ski museum, and a statue in town
square with footprints of Adelboden World Cup ski winners including Bode Miller.
The surrounding valley is amongst the most beautiful alpine landscapes in
Switzerland, very sunny too with mostly southern exposure.
Traveling to Adelboden via Frutigen - to reach Adelboden you
must travel through the village of Frutigen. If time allows, you may want to tour the Tropenhaus Frutigen
- a farm raising sturgeon, caviar and tropical plants, the experimental lab
utilizes warm spring water unearthed during construction of the nearby train
tunnel. After our tour, we dined on fresh sturgeon at the Hotel Rustica
- a modest hotel near the train station with superb food.