Grindelwald offers some classic skiing - particularly for intermediates - and is a great choice for older skiers and families...
Together with Wengen and Mürren, Grindelwald is one of the three main ski resorts of the region known as the Jungfrau.
You should therefore expect to be completely blown away by the scenery. Grindelwald sits beneath the north face of the Eiger: an 1,800 metre wall of rock which has inspired generations of rock climbers - and claimed the lives of quite a few as well.
Resort height: 1,035m
Grindelwald shares its ski area with Wengen and Mürren, and relies on an old-fashioned mix of mountain railways, chairs and drags for its lift system. This is charming and frustrating in equal measure, and anyone who wants a go-go-go ski holiday, spending more time on the snow than the lifts, should think twice about coming to Grindelwald. The queues to get out of Grindelwald on Saturday and Sunday mornings can also be very long - get up early, or late, to miss them.
That said, there are some classic runs to be enjoyed in Grindelwald. In all, there are 213km of pistes on offer, and the best of the terrain suits competent and athletic intermediate skiers. There are two highlights. First is the Lauberhorn down into Wengen, one of the men's downhill courses on the World Cup skiing circuit. That sounds intimidating, but on most days it's fairly easy, and it's great fun to check out the kind of terrain the world's fastest skiers have to tackle. The other run is the long, wide, swooping Tschuggen red down into Grindelwald - a real contender for a top 10 of intermediate skiing.
One other must-ski is Mürren, at the top of which is the revolving Piz Gloria restaurant. The James Bond movie “On Her Majesty's Secret Service” was filmed there, and it's the best spot to soak up the scenery.
Some tour operators fly their guests into Berne, which is only a 90-minute transfer away...
But most visitors come in via Zurich airport and take the train: The rail journey is spectacular, but lasts nearly four hours.
Grindelwald's network of pistes is perfect for intermediate level skiers and snowboarders...
It is less ideal as a destination for beginners, though. And skiers of all levels may find the lift system frustratingly slow.
The après scene is not exactly rocking, but the spectacular scenery will provide a stunning backdrop to your holiday...
Grindelwald is a resort that suits older skiers and families best, so don't expect full-throttle nightlife. Still, there are several cute laidback huts and restaurants at which you can enjoy a drink on the way down the mountain. Some are little more than shacks, such as Holzerbar towards the bottom of the Tschuggen red into town - but on a sunny day, with the adrenaline pumping, you'll rate them amongst the best on the planet. Later on, night owls gravitate towards the Mescalero club in the Hotel Spinne. For a meal with lots of Alpine atmosphere, book a table at the cute Challi-Stübli in the four-star Hotel Kreuz and Post.
There isn't much in the way of shopping here - but in all other respects, Grindelwald suits non-skiers very well. The scenery is worth the journey on its own, and the mountain railways mean pedestrians get to range freely across the area as well as skiers. There's a wide range of activities, such as tobogganing, to sample, too.
Cost of living 7/10
Grindelwald is neither a luxury, nor a bargain-basement destination. Most of the accommodation in town is in three and four-star hotels.
Attractiveness of the resort 9/10
The village itself is an odd mix of cute chalets and austere-looking hotels, but there's no denying the power of the scenery.