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Adelboden Ski Resort, Switzerland

Skiing in Adelboden

Adelboden is a municipality in the Frutigen-Niedersimmental administrative district in the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland. Adelboden is a traditional Swiss mountain village on a terrace looking south to the Engstligen waterfalls. Also part of the village are the inhabited valleys of Gilbach, Stigelschwand, Boden, Hirzboden, and Ausserschwand. Church and main street are at 1,350 m (4,430 ft), the highest point of the area is the Grossstrubel with 3,242 m (10,636 ft), the lowest point is at 1,045 m (3,428 ft) in the Engstligen valley. The most salient mountains are Lohner (3,049 m (10,003 ft)), Steghorn (3,146 m (10,322 ft)),Wildstrubel (3,243 m (10,640 ft)), Fitzer (2,458 m (8,064 ft)), Tschenten (2,025 m (6,644 ft)) (mountain railway) and Gsür (2,708 m (8,885 ft)).

Tourism in Adelboden is especially suitable for families. In the summer there are 200 km (124 mi) of hiking trails, from sedate walks to alpine climbing-routes. Numerous mountain railways lead up to the mountains. Additional activities are: numerous mountain bike routes; and model aircraft construction on Hahnenmoospass with a workshop, and wind and landing opportunities.

In the winter there are ski runs of all degrees of difficulty, including the world-cup giant slalom run on the Kuonisbärgli, and cross-country ski trails. There are 40 km (25 mi) of winter hiking trails. For snowboarders there are freeride and freestyle runs. The Adelboden slalom and giant slalom are considered classic events of the FIS Alpine World Cup.

Main sights and cultural events

Engstligenalp plateau in autumn.
Engstligen falls: the Engstligen river falls 600 m (2000 ft) over rocks into the depth and forms one of the most impressive waterfalls in the Bernese Oberland. Very impressive is the “Alpaufzug” when 350 cows are driven upward on the narrow seam path through the cliff to the summer pasture on the Engstligenalp in early summer.
Engstligenalp: plateau at 2000 m (6562 ft.) elevation
The town’s church, with early-20th centuries glassworks by Augusto Giacometti.
Our Chalet – an international meeting place for girl guides and scouts.

Cultural events include:

World Cup Men’s alpine ski races (January)
the men’s giant slalom course is one of the most challenging on the World Cup circuit.
Vogellisi-Festival (Live music, July)
Vogellisi Lauf (Mountain running race in July)
Kammermusic-festival (Chamber music, July)
Langlauf night – every 30 December – Cross Country races on the main street of town

For more on Skiing in Adelbogen go to  http://www.adelboden.ch

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