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«Grimmialp: Dr Plousch im Schnee, bsunders für Familie» (Grimmialp is fun in the snow, especially for families)

Your perfect winter day at Grimmialp

Just a click away from all information about the Grimmialp winter sports area

The Grimmialp winter sports area in Schwenden lies at the rear of the Diemtigtal (Diemtig valley) and is yet so close. Are you looking for the perfect place for your family? Or for variety and a sunny ski area that’s easy to navigate? Then Grimmialp is just what you’re looking for. Nature provides the perfect surroundings to slow down, and you can look forward to simple and authentic snow experiences thanks to the varied winter activities.


© Naturpark Diemtigtal

When will you next visit us at Grimmialp?

  • A snow experience for the whole family

  • The snow playground «Schlaraffenland» (land of milk and honey) will make your children’s eyes glow

  • Snowshoe tours, winter hikes and cross-country skiing for those who love simple and profound experiences

  • Winter events ranging from authentic and cosy to sporty and adventurous

  • Cosy accommodation in holiday apartments, mountain hotels, group accommodation and camping sites

Our recommendation: keep your eyes open

You can find beautiful spots for taking pictures everywhere at Grimmialp. It’s worth taking your camera with you and catching the wonderful interplay between light and shadow.


© Martin Wymann

Perfect for families…

…is the sunny Grimmialp winter sports area in Schwenden at the rear of the Diemtigtal (Diemtig valley). It doesn’t matter if you or your children are beginners, or if you speed down the slopes like pros, because at Grimmialp there’s a suitable slope for everyone. Little ones can get their first taste of skiing at Gödu’s-Tellerlift (Gödu’s button lift), and patient ski instructors will show them the secret to mastering stem turns. All other skiers and snowboarders take the chairlift to reach the winter sports area, where perfectly prepared slopes as well as freeride descents await them. In the meantime, grandma and grandad can sit on a sun terrace at the valley station and observe the hustle and bustle on the slopes.


The wild landscape of Grimmialp replaces virtual reality, so prevalent nowadays, in a charming way. Here you can have real experiences off the beaten track, the moment you leave the lively Grimmialp either on your cross-country skis, on snowshoes or on foot for a winter hike.

A lot of snow sports in a compact area

Right next to the valley station of the Grimmialpbergbahnen (Grimmialp chairlift) you can find the Swiss Ski School beginners’ area. This is also where the Kinderlift Egg (Egg button lift) and the three-person chairlift starts. They bring you up to the lower Stierenberg with ease. The Nydegg–upper Stierenberg ski lift completes this small, but beautiful ski area. The slopes are mainly easy to intermediate. However, both black slopes and the freeride descents are quite challenging. 


Grimmialp facts & figures:

  • Three-person chairlift, 1 ski lift, 1 button lift

  • 10 km ski slopes (of which 1 km in the lower area with snow-making facilities): 40 % blue, 50 % red and 10 % black slopes

  • 10 km winter hiking trails

  • 22 km cross-country skiing trails

  • 4.7 km snowshoe trail

  • Children's playground «Schlaraffenland» (land of milk and honey)

  • Freeride descents

  • Swiss Ski School Diemtigtal

  • Paragliding starting and landing point right next to the chairlift

  • Sports shop with rental of winter sports equipment at the valley station

  • Grimmialp is easy to reach: From Berne, it takes 55 minutes and from Basel 1 hour 50 minutes by car. You can also reach the valley station by public transport.

Find our winter sports report showing you which facilities are currently open here. > Infosnow

«Kinderlift Egg» (Egg button lift), the authentic

This private button lift has been running since 1967 and was renewed in 1972. It has 36 buttons over a length of 250 m. The button lift still runs between 70 and 100 days each and every season thanks to the loving care of its owners, the Erb family. As a young boy aged only 13, Gottfried Erb, son of the constructor, and his siblings were responsible for working at the button lift. Later he was supported by his wife Fränzi. Today they have an employee, who helps from time to time. This makes Godi probably one of the longest-serving button lift workers ever. His son Alexander has now joined the company in its third generation. According to his mother Fränzi, Alexander is the friendliest of them all with children!

The perfect slope for sledging

The area around the Kinderlift Egg (Egg button lift) is perfect for the very youngest family members. Children can tumble around in the snow playground Schlaraffenland (land of milk and honey) and try their first run on a sledge. Take a break on one of the nearby restaurants’ sun terraces. > sledging (description in German)

Grimmialp is also the starting point for cross-country skiing

Two cross-country skiing trails, «Tiermatti» and «Grimmimutz» start at Schwenden. They offer you perfect cross-country skiing fun from sunny and easy terrain up to more demanding and technically difficult sections. Follow the trail along mountain streams, through forests and meadows. A real winter fairytale landscape that’s so inviting. > cross-country skiing

Authentic winter events

Grimmialp stands for authentic winter events. Each year on the 28 December, you can end the year with a beautiful torchlight hike together with like-minded people. It feels almost meditative, with the snow crunching under your feet. The magical atmosphere is completed by the torchlit shadows which give just a glimpse of your surroundings.
> torchlight hike (description in German)

The winter bonfire’s flames illuminate the dark night. Enjoy the beautiful winter night around the bonfire together with other visitors, marvel at the Swedish Candles and warm yourself up with a hot punch and a Cheesbrätel (bread with melted cheese) while listening to the live band.
> winter bonfire (description in German)

Torchlight hike

© Rahel Mazenauer

Winter bonfire

© Rahel Mazenauer

Stay where Nobel Prize winner Albert Schweitzer spent his holidays

Accommodation at Grimmialp offers something for everyone. It ranges from self-catering apartments, which vary in size from studios to larger apartments for small groups, to group accommodation, camping sites, as well as two hotels with restaurants. They all offer lodging where you can sleep well after a day out in the fresh winter air. > accommodation

Who learned to ski at Grimmialp?

Our regular guests often tell us that they learned to ski at Grimmialp. A fact that makes us really happy. Thanks to the team at the Swiss Ski School Diemtigtal a new generation of skiers is guaranteed. The beginners’ area at Grimmialp is located near the Kinderskilift Egg (Egg button lift). The button lift is one interesting stop on the way up the mountain. This winter sports area with its chairlift is the perfect place for advanced skiers. Find full information about group or private skiing and snowboarding lessons > here (description in German)

Get your rental equipment at the valley station

Perhaps you’re not sure which winter sport is for you? Or maybe you’d like to test a new ski? The shop Erb Sport lies directly at the Kinderlift Egg (Egg button lift). Here you can get everything you need for skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoe hiking and sledging. > Erb Sport (description in German)

Responsible snow sports in the Diemtigtal Nature Park

Getting first tracks in the deep snow far away from the slopes is pure freedom! But at what cost? What is considered freedom to humans, is wildlife’s struggle for survival. Let us show you how to plan your tours while respecting the local wildlife. It is important to know how to behave when you go off-piste. Get all information about how to practice snow sports respectfully in the Diemtigtal Nature Park.
> Respect to protect

Good to know

1830 m a.s.l.

is the highest point in the Grimmialp winter sports area, whereas the lowest can be found at 1,230 m a.s.l.

100 %

winter sports variety within a compact area


The PostBus takes you from Oey-Diemtigen railway station directly to the valley station of the Grimmialpbergbahnen (Grimmialp chairlifts)

you can find the current winter sports report here


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