Adelboden Ski Resort
Adelboden is a charming traditional village in the stunningly beautiful western region of Bernese Oberland. It is highly regarded as one of Switzerland's most favoured winter-sports areas and the desired family retreat both in the winter and summer seasons. It was heavily promoted by Sir Henry Lunn as one of the earliest Swiss ski holiday packages as far back as 1903 and it still ranks among its top-rated resorts. It is incredibly scenic, as it is located on a natural terrace overlooking a beautiful valley at 1,353 metres. It has an authentic Alpine village atmosphere which is heavily influenced by its blend of old traditional buildings and modern structures. Most of the village centre is pedestrian and car-free allowing holidaymakers to wander freely through its shops, cafes and restaurants.
Sharing the terrain with neighbouring Lenk, both resorts combine to form the ski area of Adelboden-Lenk, which has several other areas within it. It is made up of the areas around the slopes of Oey, Tschenten-Alp, Silleren-Hahnenmoos-Metsch and the Hahnenmoos sector which is essentially its snowboard haven. The resort has a total of 204 kilometres of pistes ranging between altitudes of 1,260 and 2,362 metres. The area is not completely interlinked with some areas requiring the local bus service to link skiers. The ski terrain is varied and largely favours beginners and intermediate-level skiers however, there are some notable runs in Adelboden, particularly, the Alpine World Cup slalom & giant slalom run in the Chuenisbargli zone of the Silleren-Hahnenmoos sector. Other challenging runs can be found on Geils and off-piste, powder seekers should look high up on the Hahnenmoos ski area of Adelboden. If you are travelling with the family, it's a fairly straightforward transfer as it's only located approximately 60 minutes from the Swiss capital of Berne.
Skiing in Adelboden is a great experience. The ski area is well balanced and although beginners and intermediates have the majority of graded pistes, there are still challenging advanced runs like the Chuenisbargli slopes which welcome the world’s ski elite every year for the Ski World cup slalom and giant slalom. Beginners will find most joy on the Tschenten-Alp in Adelboden and on the Leiterli and Stoss in Lenk with easy flat surfaces for children and novices. There are several reds across the area with the Silleren-Hahnenmoos an ideal location for intermediates. There is a long, blue, home run from Adelboden to Oey that is perfect for confident beginners but intermediates can also get in on the fun.
Freestylers have a fantastic time at Adelboden. Its Gran Masta park is an excellent snowpark perfect for freestylers and it caters to all from beginners to pros. Well equipped with jumps and rails, it is constantly visited by some international snowboard professionals. Freeriders will also enjoy the terrain in the Geils area which offers some of the steepest un-marked slopes and couliers. The Hahnenmoos sector also provides awesome powder fields and there is favourable riding terrain in the beginner area in TschentenAlp, which also has some good powder. Pro and advanced boarders still get to stay busy but beginner boarders will likely be the happiest here.
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The nightlife in Adelboden is varied but relatively calm in comparison to other ski resorts in Switzerland. Whilst the majority of the apres-ski vibe in Adelboden mirrors its overall calm and traditional atmosphere, there are still a number of bars where skiers can enjoy a few drinks and experience a party atmosphere. There are also several huts on the slopes where skiers can stop over for a drink and a lovely meal before heading back down to the village for a bit more apres-ski fun. In general, Adelboden is best suited to skiers who prefer a couple of drinks, some laughs and a nice evening meal over wild partying. We have listed a few places you might find interesting.
Located in The Cambrian hotel in heart of the resort, The Axe Bar is a very stylish bar and lounge. Its theme is cleverly centred around an ice axe; a crafty attempt at Alpine symbolism and Alpine living in general. It has a very contemporary and modern interior that still manages to capture an authentic, mountain village experience. A brilliant space for enjoying tasty wholesome meals and drinks, The Axe Bar has an excellent menu and a wide selection of beers and cocktails. More chill-out zone than a pub, it's the perfect place for skiers who are looking to relax after a long day on the slopes.
Time Out Pub
One of the resort's main apres-ski pubs, the Time Out pub is centrally located on Dorfstraße and is one of the most popular meet-up bars in Adelboden. A traditional snow bar, the Time Out is very friendly and welcoming to skiers looking to have an Alpine apres-ski evening of drinks, music and laughs. Time Out is also a fantastic place to have a tasty dinner and catch up on major international sporting events such as football or ice hockey.
Arena Bowling Bar A bit of something different on a night out after a long day on the slopes, Arena Bowling Bar is a restaurant, bar and bowling alley. Perfect for a family evening or a group of friends. The overall atmosphere is very chilled out. Great place for an evening aperitif followed by some classic pub meal classics. Bowlers and non-Bowlers welcome.
Adelboden is very well equipped with excellent facilities that cater to all, both on and off the slopes. Located in one of the most highly-rated winter sports areas in the Swiss Alps, the village’s services and facilities, from its brilliant accommodation to its piste management, are incredibly impressive.
There are several ski hire shops and rentals available to choose from in Adelboden. If you plan on visiting the resort this season, you can make your journey a lot easier by simply hiring your ski equipment directly from us as part of your overall holiday plan. We have trusted partnerships with some of the best ski rental companies in the Alps including the resort of Adelboden. Arranging your ski hire with us as part of your overall ski holiday is by far more convenient than waiting until you arrive at the resort to sort your equipment. It also places you ahead of the queue because once your equipment has been hired and paid for as part of your holiday booking, you do not have to do anything else but simply pick it up at the resort as it will be ready and waiting for you upon arrival.
You can very easily secure your Adelboden ski pass from us online while making your ski holiday booking. We can easily include it into your overall package as part of your customised plan thereby securing your ski pass for you way ahead of time. Once secured, your ski pass will be prepared and sent to you prior to your holiday so that you already have it by the time you get to Adelboden. Our customised services allow you to have a stress-free booking and resolve just about all your important needs online with us before you even step out of the doorway on your way to the Alps.
The Frutigen Sports Centre is only a short drive away from Adelboden and has fantastic sports and wellness facilities. It has a stunning view and is surrounded by the in the middle Frutigtal range which stars as a beautiful backdrop to the sports centre. It is very well equipped with outdoor (only open in the warmer months) and heated indoor pools. It also has an amazing wellness area that is well equipped with spa and sauna facilities. It also has a host of indoor sports facilities that the family get into for a bit of fun. If you were looking for services that were within or significantly closer to Adelboden, there is no shortage of fantastic hotels that have wellness facilities that are open to reservations from non-guests. For example, The Cambrian hotel has a fantastic, award-winning wellness centre within its premises as well as heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Its wellness centre is equipped with a Finnish sauna, steam bath, rain shower, a gym and a relaxing area. It also has an extensive list of specialised massage and beauty treatments. It is certainly one of the best places to visit for a little bit of TLC and self-indulgence after a long day on the slopes.
Adelboden is relatively quiet and is not a big shopping destination as is the case with a lot of its Swiss counterparts. It has a good number of shops, however, with essentials and the basics needed in a typical ski resort. There are a number of snow sports shops, a few boutiques, grocery stores, cafes and restaurants. Most of the shops in the Adelboden can be found on the Dorfstraße, one of its main streets.
Fantastic for families, Adelboden is arguably the top family-friendly resort in Bernese Oberland and is widely regarded among the top five for families and children in Switzerland. It has very good child leisure activities that families can enjoy together and a lot of its hotels have family-oriented facilities and in-house childcare services. Certainly, a fantastic choice to visit with the kids.
Adelboden has several ski schools offering quality lessons for children. When making your holiday booking with Erna Low, you will have the opportunity to enrol your children into ski lessons as part of your holiday package. We have great partnerships with some of the Alp's best and most experienced ski schools, therefore, allowing bookings to be made directly through us. Not only is this perhaps the most convenient way of securing your children's ski lessons, it also ensures that your children are enrolled with some of the top-rated schools and instructors.
There are several entertainment options for children both in and out of the snow. The kids can meet Snowli the mascot in the Kinderland Geils and listen to his special tale. The Horä Ski Fun Trail is a snow tubing and toboggan adventure and another fantastic leisure activity in Adelboden; it is located at the Bockmatti ski lift. Children who are comfortable on skis will absolutely love the Joana Hählen's race piste which is also located at the Bockmatti ski lift. Named after the local Swiss ski racer Joana Hählen, children can compete with her Chrigu Stucki or Globi (mascots) in a thrilling, fun-filled race. Slow down the pace and experience Escape Adelboden as a family; a fun-filled mystery-solving escape game with lots of riddles to be solved provided by the birdisi (fictional character). Located at the Vogellisi Piste, the game allows all to explore the adventurous world of Vogellisi and Tuck. Away from the wet snow, families can spend evenings in the local cinema, a large ice rink or opt for the sports and leisure centre for indoor swimming or climbing walls.
Another fantastic quality of Adelboden is its childcare options. Most of the hotels offer childcare services to families and we would recommend inquiring with the local tourist office for additional childcare options.
The slopes in Adelboden and Lenk make up the ski area in this region which range between 1,260 and 2,362 metres in altitude. The area has a good snow record as well as snow-making facilities that covers up to 40% of slopes, particularly in the lower areas.