Roadtrip Switzerland 2016 - Part 2: Mürren Schilthorn

By Arjen on 20 October 2016 · 1

After a great day in Gstaad it was time to drive to the next destination. We chose a resort which was a bit harder to reach, but you'll also be rewarded with an awesome atmosphere in the village and plenty of untracked powder, even days after a dump: [Mürren](http: // in the ski area of the Jungfrau Region.

Blanket of peace

It's only a short drive from Gstaad to Mürren. You drive out of the valley, drive some kilometers along Lake Thun and you duck back into the valley at Wilderswil again. We park the car in Stechelberg. Mürren is a car-free village situated at an altitude of 1630 meters. Two large trams bring you and your luggage to the village. The ride up is stunning, with the tram passing some steep mountain faces. Once you arrive in Mürren, you use a sled to bring your bags to your hotel. With the stoke of Gstaad still in our legs Mürren feels like a blanket of peace. The village is charming, authentic and seems to be removed from a postcard. The claim to fame of the village is the James Bond film 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service', that was shot in the resort. Although the film is a couple of decades old, the village is still reaping its benefits. The British secret agent still has a large fan base here.

Riding between the trees

Anyway, we didn't come to see 007, but at least for 030. Thirty centimeters of fresh powder that is. The next day started cloudy. We ride powder between the trees on the lower parts of the mountain. You can find some nice runs around the Winteregg chairlift. The runs don't get too difficult on this part of the mountain, but the visibilty isn't that good so it's great to have some options between the trees. The steeper Blumenlucke looked pretty good as well, but you just need some good visibility here. Fortunately for us Mürren has multiple options between the trees.

Let's head for the Schilthorn!

It's a different story the next day. The sun comes out. And then there's only one place you want to be in Mürren and that's the Schilthorn. With 2971 meters it's the highest point in the ski area. And yet, though you are at almost 3000 meters you're dominated by all those mighty mountains that are just a stone's throw away. Mönch (4107 meters), Jungfrau (4158 meters) and some other big guys of over 4000 meters. They are the real gatekeepers of the area and they make you feel humble. The snow at the Schilthorn and the lower Birg station (2676 meters) is of excellent quality.

What a lines!

People don't ride a lot of powder in Mürren. The Blumental is still largely untracked, but the most beautiful lines can be found a bit higher on the mountain. We use the Grauseewli to get to a ridge at 2300 meters altitude. This is the gate to the great runs at the Sefinen. There are hardly any tracks. We ride awesome lines and realize it's not going to be a better in Mürren. We lap the run a couple of times and it's time to say goodbye. This is a place where we definitely go back a few days after a dump!

In part three of our Swiss road trip you can read more about one of the freeride classics of the Alps: Engelberg!



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