- Elevated between 1,068 m and 2,362 m, the Ski Resort is among the 10 highest elevated Ski Resorts in the Bernese Oberland. The vertical drop from summit to base is 1,294 m. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in Switzerland is 904 m. Most runs are therefore relatively long.
- Adelboden Lenk is among the 10 best rated Ski Resorts in Switzerland.
- It is among the 15 most family-friendly ski Resorts in Switzerland.
- Season starts on 18 Nov and ends on 8 Apr (141 days). Average season duration in Switzerland is 121 days.
- Average snow depth during the season (18 Nov to 8 Apr) is 85 cm at summit elevation and 21 cm at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during March, offering an average snow depth of 102 cm at summit elevation and 20 cm at the base. Therefore Adelboden Lenk is among the 3 ski Resorts with best snow conditions in the Bernese Oberland.
- Adelboden Lenk features 80 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in Switzerland is 79 sunny days. December is the sunniest month with an average of 22 sunny days.
- Offering 210 km of slopes and terrain, Adelboden Lenk is the largest ski resort in the Bernese Oberland.
The Ski Resort
210 kilometres of exhilarating groomers, 72 lifts and a bumper season extending from November to May: No wonder the ski region Adelboden-Lenk is a favourite among all winter sports fans. High in the Bernese Oberland, skiers can take their pick between five ski areas, each offering a range of runs spanning all difficulties and tastes.
The largest ski area, boasting 80 kilometres of runs, links two major towns in the region, with Lenk in the Simmen valley and Adelboden in the Engstligen valley providing the access points. Beginners are best advised to take the lifts up from Lenk, as the slopes surrounding Metschstand (2,100m) and Hahnenmoos (1,957m) serve up plenty of inviting blue-marked runs. Hahnenmoos should also be the first port of call for freestylers, home as it is to the Gran Masta Park. This terrain park offers rails and jumps for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. From Adelboden, there is quick access to the groomers down from Sillerenbühl (1,974m) and Aebi (1,530m), both of which offer plenty in the way of eye-catching intermediate runs for advanced skiers. Experts should head for the Boden-Chuenisbärgli lift which links to the top of the area’s famous World Cup course.
If you’d prefer to first get your bearings in a smaller ski area, from Lenk you should make for the Betelberg, where around half of the 42 kilometres of groomers are marked as easy. The “Kinderwelt Stoos” is the ideal place for youngsters to let off some steam on the snow. Families are also a common sight on the Adelboden side, and there are practice lifts and the Strubeli kids’ zone in the compact Engstligenalp area. Its location at 2,362 meters also naturally makes the area a hub for freeriders.
As soon as you feel confident on your skis, there are plenty of challenging runs to explore in the Tschenten Alp and Frutigen Elsigen-Metsch sub-areas. Frutigen Elisgen-Metsch also offers a permanent race run and a skicross course for anyone looking to get competitive.
Snow Safety & Snowmaking
On Mountain Dining
Adelboden-Lenk not only offers a huge amount of terrain, it also has a great choice of mountain lodges and restaurants: The ski area boasts over 30 places to eat and drink. Schnitzel fans should look no further than the Sillere Stube, while Restaurant Aebi serves delicious dishes on a sun deck decorated with cow bells – it doesn’t get much more Alpine than this! On the Engstligenalp, don’t miss the opportunity to try the Röstis at Berghaus Bärtschi. If it’s views you’re after, head for Panoramarestaurant Bühlberg which towers over Lenk and offers sumptuous vistas over the surrounding mountains. Traditional dishes like Rösti and Fondue are fixtures on the menu at Chuenisbärgli.
If you feel confident in your abilities, the ski area offers the unique opportunity to try your hand on the World Cup Course on the Chuenisbärgli.
Most Difficult Runs
The winter backcountry can also be easily explored on a winter hike, with the region offering some 190 kilometres of paths. In Adelboden, for instance, there is a circular route on the Engstligenalp which takes in a flat, high-level plateau. If you are looking for a longer route, there is an excellent three-hour trek starting at Gasthaus Höchst. In Lenk there are plenty of other routes signposted, including through the valley or up to the Betelberg or Bühlberg-Metsch.
Sledding fans won’t be disappointed in Adelboden Lenk either. In Lenk, they can choose between a three and six-kilometre course. Adelboden even offers as many as seven different sledding runs, with the longest winding five kilometres down from Sillerenbühl-Bergläger.
If you fancy making a splash away from the slopes, the Hallenbad Frutigen offers four different pools and a chill-out area with panoramic views of the mountains. Lenk boasts the Wallbach Badleisure centre with a 25 m pool as well as an outdoor whirlpool with 34°C water to help relax those tired muscles.
Après-Ski and Nightlife
Guests are also spoilt for choice when it comes to après ski. Whether you opt for the Bockbar on the Engstligenalp, the Spycherbar in Frutigen or the Wunderbar in Adelboden, a good time is all but guaranteed. After the mountain closes, the party continues in Adelboden in the Time Out Pub, Scott’s Bar or the Berna-Bar. In Lenk, Bar Bazar and the Tipi-Bar are the places to be.
Dining and Restaurants
In Lenk, food lovers should not pass up the opportunity to taste the delights of Lenkerhof. Oh de vie serves Mediterranean dishes, while the Spettacolo offers food from all corners of the world. The cuisine even picked up 15 points from the Gault Millau guide. Foodies visiting Adelboden should head for Aebi if they want to taste the bounty of the region and products from the restaurant’s own farm. The Alpenblick is known locally for its outstanding meat specialities, and it received 14 Gault Millau points. If you are looking for a taste of the exotic, the Tropenhaus Frutigen serves unusual fruits and specially bred fish, something that no doubt helped the restaurant pick up 13 Gault Millau points.
Infrastructure & Rental
Ski Rental Shops
By car: Take the Spiez exit after following the A6. If you want to hit the slopes from Adelboden, follow the main road towards Frutigen-Adelboden. If Lenk is your destination, head along the Bundesstraße 11 until Zweisimmen and then turn onto Lenkstraße there.
By public transportation: If you are travelling by train, alight at the station in Frutigen for Adelboden. Visitors to Lenk can take the train to Zweisimmen, from where the “RegioExpress Lötschberger” departs to Lenk.
The airport in Bern is only one hour away from the ski area.