Skip to main content

The sunny winter trail W3

Great Trailrunning trail that ends at the summit, unforgettable views and a descent along the longest sledging run in Europe.

Grindelwald Tourismus
CH- 3818 Grindelwald
+41 33 854 12 12
grindelwald.swiss
info@grindelwald.swiss

From Grindelwald you can ride the gondola cableway up to the First. One last view of the massive peaks of the Schreckhorn and Wetterhorn and we’re off! A busy winter hiking trail leads past snow-covered Lake Bachalp and then covers a few arduous metres of elevation up to the Faulhorn. The “Big Pintenfritz”, the longest sledging run in the World (15 kilometres), starts here. This sledging run takes you to the Bussalp, where you can find refreshment in the mountain restaurant and recover from the rigours of the ascent. Once rested, you can either walk the last part of the trail or take the bus back to Grindelwald.

Difficulty
Difficulty
Distance
17.9km
Duration
3 hours, 15 minutes
Ascent
532 vm
Descent
1663 vm
Starting Point
First summit station
Ending Point
Grindelwald sports centre
Top public transport friendly Summit tour Tour route With refreshment stops Mountain railway ascent/descent

Details

Difficulty
Difficulty
Technique
Condition
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
2660m1040m
Recommended season
  • jan
  • feb
  • mar
  • apr
  • may
  • jun
  • jul
  • aug
  • sep
  • oct
  • nov
  • dec

Author Tips

Adi’s Skibar, Mountain Restaurant Bussalp

Equipment

  • First aid kit
  • weather-appropriate clothing - Onion principle (always carry waterproofs)
  • drink and food provisions
  • mobile telephone

Safety Guidelines

Please check Weather, snow and avalanche report www.slf.ch 

Snow report www.jungfrau.ch/de-ch/live/pistendaten/ 

More information and links

Grindelwald Tourist Office, www.grindelwald.swiss, Jungfraubahn transport, www.jungfrau.ch 

Please note the operating hours of the Grindelwald-First cable car.

GrindelwaldBus current operation: www.grindelwaldbus.ch/en/info/operation-infos 

Directions

Starting Point

First summit station

Koordinates :

Geographic 46.659857 N 8.053717 E

Ending Point

Grindelwald sports centre

Step by Step Directions

First-Faulhorn-Bussalp-Grindelwald

Getting There

Public transport

Travelling to Grindelwald, take the cable car Grindelwald-First to First station.

Thanks to its central location in Europe, Switzerland is served by international trains from over 12 countries. Within Switzerland, Intercity trains run directly from Basel and Lucerne to the Jungfrau Region. Travellers from Zurich have to change in Berne. The trains run every half hour.

Ticket purchase Jungfrau Region

Timetable and ticket purchase SBB

Arrival by train video Jungfrau Region

Getting there

There are different ways to reach the region by car. The fastest way from Basel and Geneva is via Berne. The fastest route from Zurich is through Lucerne and the Brünig Pass. The pass is open in summer and winter.

From the south, the route goes over the Grimsel or Susten Pass into the region. Both passes are only open in summer. Alternatively, you can take the Simplon Pass and then Lötschberg car transport.

 

Journey to Grindelwald

Arrival by car video Jungfrau Region

Parking

Grindelwald has public car parks with covered parking spaces: Eiger+ car park (252 parking spaces) and Sportzentrum car park (160 parking spaces). They cannot be reserved in advance. Uncovered parking spaces are available everywhere in the village.

Hütten oberhalb Bussalp
Bachalpsee eingeschneit
Winterwanderweg First Richtung Bachalpsee-Faulhorn
Faulhorn
Bachalpsee eingeschneit
Bachalpsee eingeschneit
Winterwanderweg First Richtung Bachalpsee-Faulhorn
Winterwanderweg First Richtung Bachalpsee-Faulhorn

Grindelwald Tourismus
CH- 3818 Grindelwald
+41 33 854 12 12
grindelwald.swiss
info@grindelwald.swiss

Book your accommodation now!