Number of runs: 7
Resort Height: 1180.0M
Top Lift Height: 2000.0M
Total Length of runs: 15KM
Easy runs: 3
Medium runs: 4
Difficult runs: 0
Annual Snowfall: 0CM
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Kandersteg Ski Holidays - Traditional Village Surrounded By Stunning Alpine Scenery
The skiing in the quaint last minute ski holiday resort of Kandersteg is divided into two ski areas, located at Oeschinen and Sunnbüel. The areas are connected by a free ski bus that runs regularly throughout the day. When you purchase your ski pass for the Kandersteg area you also are entitled to ski at Launerchalp further down the valley.
The skiing is generally on wide, smooth, open pistes with stunning views and vistas at all angles. Oeschin is the home of the intermediate skiing with runs graded red and blue for intermediates on a cheap ski holiday in Switzerland. With 9 km of runs and great snowmaking facilities you are guaranteed brilliant skiing even late into the Swiss ski holiday season.
Last Minute Ski Holidays In Kandersteg - Traditional Apres Ski
Some great intermediate and beginner skiing can be found in Sunnbüel. The last minute ski holiday area is at an altitude of 2,000 metres and is accessed by a great cable car ride with stunning views of the valley. As well as the skiing here it is also the departure point for lots of ski tours and there is a highly regarded mountain restaurant to eat in.
There is a third option for skiers in this cheap ski holiday area with some excellent skiing found in Lauchernalp which is situated a little further down the Lötschen valley. There are runs here suitable for all abilities and a great infrastructure system to ensure that you can get to all the skiing you wish.
Cheap Ski Holidays In Kandersteg - Great Cross Country Tracks
There are 55 km of well maintained cross-country tracks in the area surrounding Kanderstag. There are high altitude areas (2,000 metres) with great trails in Oeschinen and Sunnbelüel. There is also a night trail in Kanderstag which is illuminated for long periods into the evening. Although there is no requirement for a ski pass to ski in these last minute ski holiday areas, people should purchase a trail pass to help with maintenance and up-keep of the pristine runs.
Although not a major centre for boarders, Kandersteg is a good place to learn, with the ski school offering lessons on the uncrowded, low-pressure, slopes.
Apres ski is generally low key and hotel based. The High Moon Pub in the Hotel Alfa Soleil is one of the livelier night spots and has a pool table.
The Hotel zur Post in the village centre is also normally popular with two traditional, but fully automated, bowling lanes. The Blümlisalp also has bowling (reserve ahead!)
The Alpenblick has live music on Fridays from a traditional Swiss folk group.
Kandersteg has a huge range of activities when you want a break from downhill skiing or boarding.
There's a 3.5km (two mile long) sledge run on the lower part of the "Oeschiwald" (length 800m), accessed by the chairlift. It is floodlit every evening from 7 - 10pm.
Up in the air there is a paragliding school, making use of the Allmenalp Cable Car. Hot air ballooning is also popular with International Ballooning Weeks organised.
A rare attraction in the Alps is the option to try ice fishing at the high altitude Lake Oeschinen (1578m).
There are 55 kms (30 miles) of tracked winter hiking paths. From the easy village tour to the alpine pass hiking tour - Kandersteg offers all difficulty levels. Snowshoe rentals and tours are available. Glacier trekking, climbing and ice climbing are available through Kandersteg Mountaineering School.
For horse riding The Royal Hotel Bellevue Park's stables offer guided rides and riding lessons. Sleigh rides are also available in the resort.
Indoor facilities include saunas in the hotels Adler, Alfa Soleil, Bernerhof, Blümlisalp and Waldhotel Dolderhorn. The Alfa Soleil and Blümlisalp also offer solarium facilities and the Alfa Soleil a small, but well-equipped fitness studio. There's also massage services available in the resort.
The resort's indoor ice rink is located next to the railway station and one minute from the village centre. Ice hockey, short track skating and curling are available as well as recreational skating. For training purposes and in winter weather there's a climbing wall at the ice rink and an indoor tennis court is open for business from April onwards each season.
There are indoor swimming pools at the hotels Alfa Soleil and Parkhotel Gemmi as well as a 25m public pool at Frutigen (15 minutes from Kandersteg), part of a large fitness centre.
An unusual option is indoor mini-golf (nine holes) and there's several bowling lanes and billiards tables in the hotels. There is also a museum, occasional organ concerts in the church and slide shows.
There's more than two dozen eateries to choose from around the resort.
The Chalet-Hotel Adler is typically cosy and snug and offers roesti-corner, bio-beef from a wood fired grill and fresh blue-lake trout served up to 10.30pm. The Oberländerstube in the Hotel Alpenblick also offers traditional Swiss food in a rustic environment. Specialities include local steak, An Emmentaler salad in a crisp basket, melted cheese sandwiches, raclette, fondue and roesti.
The Hotel Blümlisalp's restaurant offers market fresh ingredients, delicious fish dishes, tempting desserts. and is a member of the "Guild of Good Cooks". The Landgasthof Ruedihus offers traditional Swiss ambience and creativity and finesse in its cuisine combined with simplicity, natural and traditional recipes.
The Waldhotel Doldenhorn is another good choice for great food, being rated by both the Gault Millau and Michelin guides.
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