Adelboden

Adelboden, as is true of some of the other Switzerland ski resorts, carries the "Families Welcome" tag, which means that it puts a premium on making families feel welcome. People who enjoy relaxed ski resorts with good slopes will also feel welcome at this Bernese Oberland destination, and if you can't make it in the winter, the summer is a fantastic season as well. Hiking trails par excellence abound in the area, as do mountain biking routes, and the cooler mountain air provides relief from the warmer European lowlands.

Many travelers come to enjoy the snowboarding and skiing in Adelboden during the peak winter season. The charming village itself is set at an elevation of 4,430 feet above sea level, and numerous lifts are in place to take you higher. While the skiing is at a relatively low elevation when compared to some of the other European ski resorts, the five different ski areas that comprise the larger Adelboden-Frutigen-Lenk Ski Area usually have little trouble maintaining good snow. This is because many of the runs are north facing. The more than 105 miles of slopes in this large ski area cater to beginners and intermediate-level skiers and snowboarders, though advanced-level visitors can enjoy some more challenging runs. In addition to some decent black runs, you can also search around for off-piste tracks while looking to do some high-level snowboarding or skiing in Adelboden. A snow park with jumps and rails provides a good place to do some tricks, and you can also consider dipping in at the two halfpipes.

Three of the five ski areas in the Adelboden region can be accessed by the lifts from town. The other two require a bus trip. The bus service is efficient, so you shouldn't waste a lot of time in transit. When they're not out hitting the area slopes on their own, Adelboden visitors can venture over to the Alpine School Adelboden and book a special tour or some lessons. This ski school offers guided tours that can include skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing, and you can enjoy an overnight stay in an igloo that you help to make. If staying in an igloo isn't your cup of tea, there are some good Adelboden hotels to choose from.

Adelboden is known for its excellence in the field of alpine wellness. What this essentially means is that visitors will find the spa remedies to be plentiful. One of the best Adelboden hotels, the Alpine Spa Hotel, offers an excellent spa where you can enjoy a variety of soothing treatments, as does the also enticing Parkhotel Bellevue & Spa. These aren't the only hotels of choice for those who want to enjoy spa treatments while in town. Other Adelboden hotels that offer spa facilities include The Cambrian, the Sporthotel Adler, and Hotel Beau Site, and the Viktoria-Eden. The Alpine Spa Hotel, the Parkhotel Bellevue & Spa, and The Cambrian are four star government-rated hotels, while the others are more affordable three star establishments.

Adelboden isn't the largest or liveliest ski resort in Switzerland, and the apres-ski scene is relatively subdued. That's just fine by visitors who are interested in a more relaxed and down-to-earth experience. Everything that you will need to enjoy a good time can be found in Adelboden, and this includes an excellent sports facility where it is possible to do some swimming, workout on a variety of machines, book a horseback riding adventure, or do some ice skating.

A number of international airports are less than a three hour drive from the village, so whether you want to do some skiing in Adelboden or enjoy any other number of activities, getting there can be a relatively easy pursuit. The closest international airport is about an hour's drive away and can be found in the Swiss capital of Bern. Other options include the Basel, Zurich, and Geneva airports.

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