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Skiing in Grindelwald area with magnificent views on Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau

  • Mar 7, 2014 · 5:15 PM

Dear All,

Several of you have been to the Grindelwald/Wengen area so I do not need to introduce the area to you. However for those who have never been there, Grindelwald/Wengen is a large skiing area with many blue and red slopes and great views on the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. Every year the famous Wengen worldcup skiing downhill (Lauberhorn) is organized here and the area allows, for those interesting in making many skiing kilometers, quite a large variety. 

Given that it takes 3 hours by train/bus to get there, the plan is to stay over for a weekend- departure Friday evening around 5.30pm and departing Grindelwald Sunday late afternoon. The winter schedule from SBB is not known yet so by mid December I should be able to provide you with exact details of trains and will update the Meetup site with exact times of train/bus departures.

For those that have never been on a Meetup skiing trip- the concept is simple. Given that there are different levels of skiers/snowboarders, typically smaller groups are being formed by those of equal ability. On Saturday morning and Sunday morning we decide in what mountain hut around what time we will meet for lunch so that everyone can catch up with others, if they like to. In the evening we will have joint dinner and for those who still have flexible muscles after a day skiing there might be some music to dance on.

I have taken an option for 30 spots in a hostel in Grindelwald. The hostel has some double rooms, however mainly 4 bed rooms. As much as I can I will take into account your request for double rooms … please do understand that I put women in the same room, men in the same room (unless couples) so sometimes I have to shift people from room to meet the balance of number of females/males coming. Therefore please do not complain if at the end, I can’t offer you exactly the room you were asking for.

Given that Friday night, highly likely we will arrive around 9.30 PM or later, I did not book any dinners, however those who are hungry can of course still get something in Grindelwald.

The prices by person per night for the hostel are: (between brackets the non-member prices are indicated):

·  Double room, shower/toilet:  61 francs (67)

·  4 bed room, washbasin: 44 francs (50)

·  5 bed room, washbasin: 44 francs (50)

The prices include accommodation/taxes/CO2 contribution and breakfast. A 4 course dinner can be booked at a cost of 17 francs. For those who want dinner for saturday night, please add 17 francs to the above amounts.

Therefore for two nights, the total amount is 122 francs or 88 francs for those who are members of youth hostel and 134 respectively 100 francs for those who are non-members. Please add 17 francs to 122/88 or 134/100 francs in case you want to have dinner.For those who do not use electronic banking, but who go to the Post to pay the amount into my bank account - please add 4 francs to the amount transferred, since the Post charges me as recipient this amount for such manual transfers done.

My bank details:

Account number[masked]A 

BIC: UBSWCHZH80A 

IBAN: CH[masked] 8940 A 

Patrick Wellens

8045 Zurich

As you will certainly understand, group bookings in winter needs to be made several months in advance. Since I do not want to take the financial risk of booking a whole hotel and then nobody shows up, I will only make a booking for confirmed payments. Therefore in order to secure our place as a group, can I please ask you to make a transfer to my bank account by October 15, 2013 at the latest. As soon as the payment is received I will obviously update the Meetup site. If there is little interest for this activity, I will cancel this trip.

Looking forward to great skiing,

IMPORTANT

·  In Grindelwald village there are various ski-shops, so for those who want to rent skis/snowboards/snow-shoes etc. this is all possible.

·  I will make a group reservation in trains and buses on Friday night and Sunday afternoon (at no cost). Important to note is that in case the Group does not show up I as an organizer get charged 50 francs (for trains).Therefore please let me know as soon as possible whether you will join the group by train and/or are coming by car. If coming by car, Parking can be done at the hostel however chains are obligatory and there is a 7 francs charge.

·  Everyone is responsible to buy their own train/bus tickets – I only make the group reservation (so that we have space).

·  Please note that everyone is responsible for his/her own acts. It is up to each individual to take out appropriate insurance (off-piste, rescue, hospitality, third -party liability etc.) and by no means this organizer can be held responsible in any way for organizing this ski-weekend.

·  Reservations are made on a first come, first serve basis. Rather than the date someone clicked yes on the Meet-upsite, the date of payment will be considered.

·  There are no refunds. In case you cannot make it, someone else can take your spot till 1 week before departure. To avoid that continuous changes are being made till the last moment and I have to communicate these changes continuously to the hotel and change the room mix, a flat amount of 10CHF will be charged for any changes during the last three weeks prior to the trip.

·  You do not need to bring along sleeping bags, blankets etc. however you need to bring along a towel.

zurich hb departure 16.02 arrival bern 16.58 bern
departure 17.04 - arrival interlaken 17.57
departure 18.05 - arrival grindelwald station 18.39
departure (bus) 18.46 - arrival youth hostel 18.52

Return sunday
departure 16.19 - arrival 16.54 interlaken
departure 17.00 - arrival bern 17.52
departure 18.02 bern - arrival 18.58 zurich hb

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  • David P

    Best weather of the season so far and great bunch of people to hang out with

    March 14, 2014

  • Karime

    Great Weekend!!!

    March 14, 2014

  • Patrick

    Although the nightlife was not as good as Zermatt, the slopes were not as challenging, the weather was great (too warm - it needs to snow again).

    Sincere apologies for the mess with the breakfast- I did not know it was going to be like this with both our and a large French group.

    March 10, 2014

    • Andrea

      thanks a lot for organizing it all and dont worry about the breakfast :-)

      March 10, 2014

    • Helen

      Thanks so much for organising. Awesome weekend like always :-)

      March 11, 2014

  • Johnny A.

    now here is the Schaffhausen vote
    belgium tour coordinator 10 points
    swiss mountain view 10 points
    california sunshine 10 points
    CU all soon
    Johnny

    1 · March 10, 2014

  • Anja

    Thanks for getting the sun out Patrick! What a great weekend to be in the mountains.

    March 10, 2014

  • Philip

    "spycher" bar but has food, too. Smaller restaurant where plane stops, etc

    March 9, 2014

  • Philip

    Pauliina, Peder and I will meet at the restaurant closest to landing strip (there are two) at 12:30 if anyone wants to join.

    March 9, 2014

  • Danny

    Small group will meet tomorrow for (snowshoe)
    hiking. We would like to leave 9pm at First
    Station. Let me know or Uli if you want to join.

    March 8, 2014

  • birgitta

    any suggestions for an après ski bar later today?

    March 8, 2014

    • birgitta

      we are at schurli bar

      March 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Having a drink in central hotel wolter before dinner if anyone wants to join

      March 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Could someone please post when/where lunch will be when it is decided? Thanks!

    March 8, 2014

    • Anja

      Aiming for kleine scheidegg. Should be there a little after 1

      March 8, 2014

    • Christina

      brigitta and I are at eigergletscher and have a table for 8

      March 8, 2014

  • Patrick

    I have made following reservation for 25 people on following trains

    zurich hb departure 16.02 arrival bern 16.58 bern
    departure 17.04 - arrival interlaken 17.57
    departure 18.05 - arrival grindelwald station 18.39
    departure (bus) 18.46 - arrival youth hostel 18.52

    Return sunday
    departure 16.19 - arrival 16.54 interlaken
    departure 17.00 - arrival bern 17.52
    departure 18.02 bern - arrival 18.58 zurich hb

    If you are coming by car and/or take later train, please let me know.

    February 24, 2014

    • Chiara M.

      Hi Patrick, do you know which is the reserved coach in the train from Zurich, if any? Thanks

      March 7, 2014

    • Patrick

      As always - in the Front of the Train Or Second Wagon from the Front.

      March 7, 2014

  • Patrick

    IMPORTANT - Some of you paid me for dinner on saturday evening, whereas others decided to eat out in town. In case anyone is interested in having dinner in the hostel tomorrow night (till 7.30 pm) please advise me ASAP and at the latest by tomorrow morning 8am. By then I will pass on this info - please note that the hostel need to prepare meals in advance and if we come friday night with e.g. 15 additional meals, this will not be possible, hence their request to let them know ASAP.

    1 · March 5, 2014

    • birgitta

      would also have dinner at hostel if still possible

      March 7, 2014

    • birgitta

      seems i paid for 2 dinners so fr and sat...

      March 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I won t be able to make it this weekend. If anyone wants my place I would give it away for free.

    March 6, 2014

  • Danny

    Hey there! Who is interested to have a snowshoe hike as a group for one day? If you tell me then I bring my snowshoes. Thanks!

    1 · March 5, 2014

    • Danny

      Thanks Uli! Who else is interested for a snowshoe hike? If we have 5 replies I will check for a tour guide until Friday. Otherwise bring your hiking shoes for any case.

      March 6, 2014

    • Uli

      Hey Dany, I am wrting you an email...

      March 6, 2014

  • aleks

    I am driving tomorrow evening around 5-6pm from Zug to Grindelwald. If someone wants to join please let me know.

    March 6, 2014

    • Tamas T.

      Hi Alex,

      March 6, 2014

    • Tamas T.

      how many place do you have? we are 2, and my girlfriend is coming from Zürich, but arriving here at 5:30

      March 6, 2014

  • kerstin

    Please count Imke and me in for dinner tomorrow. Thank you!

    March 6, 2014

  • Annette

    Hi Patrick, please count me in for dinner on Friday and Saturday night. Many thanks Annette

    March 5, 2014

  • Patrick

    With regards to saturday morning, my plan is to take the bus at 8.04 am (right behind the hostel), arrive at 8.12 am in Grindelwald, take up the train at 8.17 am and arrive at Kleine Scheidegg at 8.47 am.

    March 1, 2014

    • Patrick

      The hostel has confirmed me that breakfast on saturday morning starts to be served at 7.15 am allowing us enough time to get to 8.04 am bus.

      March 5, 2014

    • David P

      I will join you at that time. It seems this weekend will be a bit spring-like, so will be best to get on slopes early while it is still cold. Looking forward to it!

      March 5, 2014

  • Karime

    Getting Excited about this trip!!!

    March 5, 2014

  • Pauliina S.

    Hi Patrick! I will be going to Grindelwald already on Wednesday (evening). What is the name of the hostel? I could book the same hostel for the first two nights just to myself. Just in case anybody else is interested in joining me earlier, would be fun! :)

    1 · February 11, 2014

    • Gail

      Are you still planning on going early? I am thinking I could come out Friday morning.

      February 23, 2014

    • Pauliina S.

      Hi GQ. Sorry for delayed reaction. Im in Grindelwald from thursday onwards. Not sure about plans yet. My number is[masked] if you want to catch up on Friday. Most likely skiing somewhere:)

      March 5, 2014

  • Patrick

    For those who want to relax their muscles after a day of skiing, I have been told that there are reduced prices to get into the swimming pool in Grindelwald. Open till 8pm. Alternatively some dancing at the Mescalero bar (hotel Spinne-dorfstrasse 136) or plaza disco (hotel sunstar-dorfstrasse 168) later in the evening might be a good therapy as well ))--

    March 5, 2014

  • Petra

    Hi - re the ski pass (snow rail) - is it the Jungfrau region or just Grindelwald ski pass - which is most appropriate for the two days?

    March 5, 2014

    • Patrick

      The Jungfrau Region includes Murren and Schilthorn - if you want to try these areas then it is worthwhile to pay only 15 francs more but personally I think the Grindelwald area should do.

      March 5, 2014

  • Uli

    Hi,
    is someone into ski-touring and has equipment and knowledge? 2 options:
    Äbeni Flue, Hollandia Hütte: http://www.hikr.org/tour/post65926.html
    First: http://www.hikr.org/tour/post75488.html

    I would like to do a ski-tour on Sat - if you like to join, please contact me via mail on meetup.

    Best
    Uli

    March 5, 2014

  • Patrick

    For saturday evening, my plan is to ski down from Kleine Scheidegg on trail 22 to Grindelwald Grund and here get in train/bus to youth hostel. http://grindelwald.ch/en/Holidays/WINTER/Slope_report

    Maybe we can meet for lunch at 1pm in Eigerglestcher restaurant?

    1 · March 1, 2014

    • Andrea

      I would like to join the restauarnt and the 22 (It is a very beautiful slope !!!)

      1 · March 1, 2014

    • Danielle Z

      me too

      March 4, 2014

  • Olga

    Hi, i will not go. If someone wants my spot, my email is [masked]

    1 · March 4, 2014

  • Petra

    Hi Patrick - Trish & I will be on a later train as we are travelling from SG. See you all at the hostel! Lk. fwd. Thanks!

    March 1, 2014

  • Christina

    Hello. My Spot is available!

    February 18, 2014

    • Kim

      Hi, Christina, I was waiting for your mail. It seems something wrong with my mail. The spot is already taken? Pity....

      February 26, 2014

    • Christina

      Sorry Kim. I don't quite Understand myself, but Patrick aussigned my spot to Petra.
      He is refunding me my payment . See the comments. Hope you get a place. All the best !

      1 · February 27, 2014

  • Patrick

    Dear All,

    Some people asked me whether I also organize off-piste skiing in Grindelwald and St Anton. Before I reach out to various companies, may I ask who would be interested?

    I do not know the exact prices, but would assume the price range should be something like 120 -140 francs per person.

    Kind regards

    February 24, 2014

    • Pauliina S.

      I am tempted to say yes. Legs hurt after yesterday in Zermatt but it was worth it.

      February 24, 2014

    • Ben G.

      I would be interested.

      February 27, 2014

  • Murray

    I am no longer able to join this trip as I have friends coming to Switzerland. If anybody wants to join then please let me know.

    February 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      There is still a double room available I think that I had booked

      February 25, 2014

    • Murray

      Patrick, Philip will take my spot.

      February 27, 2014

  • Andrea

    hi Patrick, for those you come on their own, can you give us the adress of the hostel and your mobile numer? And do you know if there are enough parking slots available or do we need to do a reservation for the cars? ciao, andrea

    February 26, 2014

    • Patrick

      my mobile 079/[masked]

      February 26, 2014

    • Patrick

      About 50 yards away from the hostel is a public parking with space for approx. 10 to 15 cars, at the hostel itself there are limited parking spots

      February 26, 2014

  • Patrick

    I have 35 spots (no more) - hopefully there are no mistakes. David, Karime, helen, anja, MC, paulina, christine, imke, kerstin, andrea, olga, birgitta, kasia, chiara, annette, tijana G, johny, peder, bruno,rafael, patrick, brian, ben, tamas plus 1, alex, daniel lauber, kim, dawn, danielle, liliane, petra (2).

    February 25, 2014

    • Murray

      Hi Patrick, it looks like you have taken me out of the list as I can no longer attend, which is fine. Claire is interested to go but I guess this will not work at this short notice because of the allocation of rooms. Do you already have 35 without me ?

      February 25, 2014

  • Patrick

    Because of lots of changes last minute, people who are signed with a yes (but have not paid me) etc. - it is not always clear to have the right overview.

    I have 35 spots (no more) - hopefully there are no mistakes. David, Karime, helen, anja, MC, paulina, chrsitine, mike, keratin, andrea, olga, birgitta, kasia, chiara, christian, justine, murray, johny, peder, bruno,rafael, patrick, brian, ben, tamas plus 1, alex, daniel lauber, kim, dawn, danielle, liliane, petra (2). Let me know if anyone is missing.

    February 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Please delete Justine and Christian, we can no longer make it, see message bit lower down. Many thanks

      February 24, 2014

    • Patrick

      @ Squirrel - noted. Annette to be added- sorry for all these errors/changes.

      February 24, 2014

  • MIGUEL

    One bed is still available. Anyone interested?

    February 19, 2014

    • MIGUEL

      Hi Patrick, Ben Galehouse will take my place. Thanks again for the organization!

      February 21, 2014

    • Patrick

      OK noted - Given that I still need to pay money to Ben, I will make transfer to you Miguel.

      February 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Miguel and Patrick - I transferred 50 francs (as I am not a member) to Miguel's account for a room on Saturday night only. Thanks!

    February 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone, Christian and I cannot make this trip now, does anyone want to take a double room?

    February 16, 2014

  • MIGUEL

    Hello, I don't think I will be able to make this trip. Have 2 beds for the 2 nights in a 6 bed room. Is anyone interested?

    February 10, 2014

  • Lia G.

    Hi, I don't think I will be able to make this trip. Is anyone interested? Cheers!!

    January 25, 2014

    • Kasia

      Hi Lia. I've just sent you the payment. Sorry for the delay - I was moving apartment and it was a bit chaos. You should receive it tomorrow.

      February 4, 2014

    • Lia G.

      All good. Patrick, KAsia is taking my spot. Cheers and sorry for any inconvenience.

      February 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Patrick - if there are extra spots available I'll take one as well. I have a different hotel currently reserved but I should be able to cancel. Just let me know!

    February 3, 2014

    • Lia G.

      I am checking with Kasia if she is indeed interested, if not, I still have my spot

      February 3, 2014

  • Petra

    H Patrick - well I just transferred CHF 234 to your account (2 x) for 4 or 5 bed room. It would appear that there were 4 spots so I hope I can secure two of those! Thanks!

    February 3, 2014

  • Petra

    Hi Patrick - are there still spots left on this weekend trip? Possible interest for Sat night (2) - don't have to be in the same room. Thanks for feedback. Petra

    January 29, 2014

  • birgitta

    hi patrick, just to let you know-i have taken teklas spot and paid her directly. best b

    January 28, 2014

  • Jaja

    Hi all, I decided to participate in Engadin Ski Marathon which is unfortunatelly on the same weekend. In case anyone is interested in my spot, please let me know.

    January 27, 2014

    • Patrick

      Hi Jaja, suggest you provide me with your full name, bank details, zip code and city where you live. I will make transfer to you as soon as money received from someone interested.

      January 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey, I now have to go to Asia on business so if anyone wants my spot, please advise at [masked].

    January 16, 2014

    • Tekla

      Hi Brigitta, you can take my spot if you want. It seems I will not be in Switzerland. Let me know if you are interested.

      January 21, 2014

    • birgitta

      hi tekla
      i am interested in taking your spot. can you send me your payment details?
      best b

      January 21, 2014

  • Uli

    Dear both,
    Karime and Yael thanks for your feedback.
    @Yael: I got another spot at downtown lodge, there is one 5 and one 4-bed room now.
    best
    Uli

    1 · January 16, 2014

  • Uli

    Hi everyone, anyone interested to try to find a different location to stay overnight close to the group? I am going and meet the group in the evening or on the slopes...
    Best
    uli

    January 14, 2014

    • Karime

      Hi Uli, I will send you an email. I have a place you can use. Natali is also using it.
      Karime

      January 14, 2014

    • Yaël

      Hi Uli, you can also go to Downtown Lodge 152 in the center of Grindelwald. I booked already for 8 people. May be they still have some spot free :[masked] - Cheers, Yael

      January 14, 2014

  • birgitta

    would also like to take a spot:-)

    December 27, 2013

  • Kristina E.

    If someone can´t make it, I would like to take the spot :)

    December 21, 2013

  • Petra

    Any spots left here?

    November 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Petra, I now have to go to Australia during this timeframe of this trip so you can have my spot (of course if ok with Patrick). Please confirm via email address ([masked]) and I will send you my bank details to make the transfer. Patrick, if this is not the protocol, just advise. Happy with whatever approach. Have fun!

      November 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Patrick - just an FYI that I'm a bit late to the party here, but booked a separate hotel (Jungfrau Lodge) for Saturday night. I have a car, and can hopefully meet up with the group on Saturday morning. Cheers!

    October 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Brian, I would love to go on this trip as well and thinking about booking a room at the Jungfrau Lodge. To make sure, you booked into this one? http://www.jungfraulo...­

      October 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Chrissy - yep, that's it! I actually got a room for both Friday night and Saturday night, but may end up canceling the Friday reservation as the time gets closer.

      October 27, 2013

  • Danielle Z

    Transferred CHF 134. Thanks for organising Patrick

    October 14, 2013

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