Adelboden is quite highly recommended for first timers. There are three long established ski schools each offering specially designed beginner courses, with skills honed from decades of experience. The nursery slopes are conveniently located just on the edge of the village and beginners usually spend their first few days on here before moving on to the easier slopes further up the mountain.
The huge Adelboden ski area is served by a network of modern lifts including a dozen gondolas, cable cars and funicular railways and 10 high speed 4 and 6 seater chairlifts. Pistes are up to 7km (nearly five miles) long. The heart of the slopes is reached from the resort by a gondola from Oey which transports skiers to Sillerenbühl 1974m. From here runs of all standards and all types branch out, with 90% - or 200km - of the runs equally divided between easy and moderate difficulty. In other words, intermediate heaven. You can also take day trips to other ski areas nearby including Kandersteg and the Jungfrau region (Grindelwald, Wengen and Murren).
10 percent of Adelboden’s terrain, more than 20km of piste, is graded black so there are plenty of challenges here for the advanced skier, particularly when you throw in the off piste routes that ski schools and mountain guides will lead you too when conditions are safe.
The most famous piste by far is the challenging Chuenisbergli World Cup piste, one of the world’s most infamous and an annual early-January stop in the FIS World Cup tour when around 30,000 fans descend on the village. As well as being fairly fearsome in the daylight, every Friday evening from mid-January to early March the piste is floodlit and open for after-dark skiing and boarding.
Snowboard / Freestyle Skiing
Adelboden’s Gran Masta Park was created in 1998 and has since grown to become one of the top destinations for snowboarders and more recently freestyle skiers in Switzerland. Located in the Hahnenmoos sector and known as GMP for short, it contains lines for different styles and ability levels with a selection of rails and jumps. If you need a break from all the big air, go to ground in the GMB (Gran Masta Bar) on site which has hot and cool drinks and snacks, a sundeck where you can relax while others strut their stuff, or a nice indoor stove if it’s not a sunny day.
Cross country skiing is popular at Adelboden which has a number of trails for visitors suited to both classic and skating styles. To use the tracks you need to buy a day pass (8 Francs) or a weekly card, valid 7 days, for 35 Francs. If required, the Swiss Snowsports School Adelboden (+41 (0)33 673 80 90) can offer cross country ski lessons, and rentals are available locally.
The tracks are located at Boden and on Engstligenalp. The latter has the 5.5km long "Lägerloipe" and the 2.5km long "Sonnenloipe" offering easy, classical and skating trails as well as a high altitude route with guaranteed snow 2,000m up. The area can be reached by the local bus to Unter dem Birg followed by the cable-car up to Engstligenalp.
On Boden there’s a 2km easy track, a 7km moderate loop and a 7.5km trail "Unterbirg" graded moderate, the longest in the area and able to be tackled in either direction.
Adelboden Average Snow And Weather Conditions
Although Adelboden itself is south facing, receiving about nine hours of sunshine a day, the slopes above are largely north west and north easterly facing, sheltered from too much direct melting sunshine, more than a third of them (65km) covered by snowmaking, Adelboden’s slopes are relatively snow sure.