Switzerland's Haslital Ski Resort for Family Vacation
Haslital Switzerland is one of the best ski resorts for families in the
Swiss Alps. Its scenic, fun and offers plenty of ski terrain for everyone. Meiringen Hasliberg Lift Company - also referred to as Haslital
Ski Region is part of the Jungfrau, a beautiful ski resort in the Bernese Oberland. Meiringen Hasliberg is the ski area you access from the base
villages of Hasliberg Reuti and Meiringen and Twing, by cable car then
gondola up to Haslital's ski slopes.
The three connected ski slopes at Haslital include Käserstatt-Hochsträss and
Mägisalp-Haagen, and Planplatten - also referred to as Alpen Tower. Modern
gondolas and chairlifts, including two six packs, serve 60 kilometers of
prepared slopes. The views of the Alps, the Jungfrau and Eiger, Wetterhorn,
Titlis Glacier and the Lake Brienz below are superb.
Haslital offers skiers and riders well groomed pistes and trails, nothing
too difficult, making it perfect for families. Snowboarders at Haslital love
the natural gullies, halfpipes and ridges off Meiringen Hasliberg, while
young families enjoy Bidmi Skihäsliland - a wonderful learning area with a
magic carpet, beginner lifts, a fairy tale house, and an igloo village. For
kids, the legend of the trolls, muggestutz, is present throughout the ski
resort, telling the animated story of local mountain trolls to the delight
of Swiss children.
As you ski along Hasliberg's slopes, you pass classic Swiss Chalet and Huts where cheese is
stored in the summer as farmers work these hillside with their cattle. The
old Häägen Hut at Mägisalp and the more modern Balis Chalet are both great
for Swiss lunch outside on the deck or inside the cozy chalets.
The Haslital's Planplatten summit lodge features a beautiful panorama
restaurant Alpen Tower at 7,381', a must for a scenic drink at the Alpen
The kids will like the Muggestutz display of
trolls downstairs in the lodge. But the 360 views are the
highlight of this high mountain lodge - you can see
and the Jungfrau peaks, as well as
Titlis Glacier in nearby
Engelberg. Haslital and Engelberg are so close they
could connect ski resorts with a few lifts. Haslital is actually in
Jungfrau Region, just not as famed as the ski resorts of
arguably a good thing for skiers here.
Haslital has lots to do for ski families, the ski slopes offer an Audi Snow
cross park at Hääggen-Mägisalp, a Snow Park for free skiing and riding, and
night skiing. Haslital also has sledding and family toboggan parties, ice
skating and even Bavarian curling. Hasliberg Meiringen also has extensive
snowshoe trails, winter hiking (winter wandering) and cross country ski
trails through the beautiful Gadmen Valley and region.
Ski Lodging in Haslital
Hotel Viktoria is an affordable, fun family place to stay
when skiing Hasliberg, located up on the mountain in Hasliberg-Reuti just a
few steps to the Gondola, a short tram or bus ride from the Meiringen Train
views of the ski slopes and lifts. Kids will like the game room,
buffet style family dining and parents might reminisce at this dormitory
style lodging, formerly owned by the Methodist church, now Dutch owned and
minimal in decor but prime for first tracks. Wifi is in the lobby and
library only. For posh on mountain lodging The Wetterhorn Hotel
in Hasliberg Hohflu is a 1907 chalet completely redone to raves from guests. Or you can lodge in
Meiringen at the base of the tram near the Train station at Hotel
Sherlock Holmes - the legendary fictional character is memorialized
here in a museum, or stay at the more upscale Hotel Victoria.
A ski holiday at Haslital is well combined with a visit to nearby ski towns
of Engelberg and
Summit Elevation: 7,982' Vertical: 4,537'
14 lifts, 37 miles of prepared trails
Exceptional children's ski and snowboard schools
Audi Skier Cross park and free ride snowpark
Night skiing, sledding, snowshoe, winter hiking and cross country trails
Getting to Haslital: Fly into Zurich, take the
Train about 2.5
All Stories by Heather Burke
All Photography by Greg Burke