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KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY - Vanessa Fisher, Wengen
Wednesday February 28, 2018 - Email this article to a friend

A resort that works for Kids, Tweens and Teens plus a skiing Grandad at Half Term: Wengen in Switzerland.






My visit was a family visit.

A return to a resort I have been to many times but not with my family for a couple of years - like many Wengen regulars we were lured back by its enduring appeal for families.

My dad, now 72, wanted another ski with his grandchildren before his various ailments curtail his skiing.

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To cut a long story short I ended up taking half of his eight grandchildren to Wengen;

One young one, a couple of 'tweens' and one teen, along with my father "grandad", whose own health has been a bit suspect of late.

Wengen worked for everyone.

Tired legs - young and old - can come down from the mountains by train or cable car.

Teens can hoon around the circuit from the Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg and speed down the Lauberhorn back to the village.

The teen found some fellow skiing teens who he has met before in Wengen = happy teen!

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Grandad liked to have a regular break at lunchtime in the sunshine when it appeared or was happy to latch on to a random group over a bowl of soup at 'the station restaurant' at Kleine Schiedegg. 

Mobile phones make it even easier these days to connect with everyone but the joy of Wengen is the accessibility of its slopes using the excellent trains.

Plus the stand out wigwam - an easy meeting point come rain or shine (and we had both!).

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If you want to ski back to the village base, there are options to suit all abilities and on our final full day in the sunshine all the grandchildren made it down the famous 4.5km Lauberhorn Downhill run, a proud moment!

Despite it being half term, we avoided the cable car queues in the morning with early starts.

Not once did we queue at Grindelwald for a bubble or return train up the mountain.

youngest_at_the_start_of_the_lauberhorn_downhill_Youngest at the start of the Lauberhorn downhill



























The blue run through the trees to 'Brandegg' and all the way down became a favourite for all ages, younger legs darting in and out of the bumps and paths in amongst the woods and snow banks and the older less flexible legs finding the smooth path between the woods easy to turn on.

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There are a few ski resorts which work well for mixed ability and mixed age groups but none that I have been to, make it as easy as Wengen.

For information visit the Jungfrau region website.

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PlanetSKI readers have already had an insight in to the history of Wengen with our senior news reporter, Katie Bamber, hanging off the Eiger:
As well as her adventures in a piste basher:
See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the mountains.

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