The fact that Murren is so compact, as well as completely car-free, are two big advantages for beginners – and particularly families with young children. There are
two ski and snowboard schools, Reeves Snowsports and Schweizer Schneesportschule Murren-Schilthorn. The main beginner’s area is small, a bit steep, and exposed to the sun – which often makes it icy in the mornings. The pistes off the Winteregg chair are a good place to start the day, and then you can progress onto the more southerly, sunnier slopes of the Schiltgrat from about 11am.
Not many people come to Murren to find steep off-piste skiing – they are more likely to go to Grindelwald or Wengen, but there are some tricky descents to be discovered here which you shouldn’t tackle unless accompanied by a local mountain guide. Contact the Mountain Guides Association Lauterbrunnen Valley (+41 33 822 57 65) or Air Glaciers Lauterbrunnen for bookings.
A family tour operator is needed here
This is a good little resort for families, but it would be nice to have a tour operator here with childcare. Children from two years old can be cared for all day (including lunch) in the non-ski nursery in the sports centre. The ski schools accept children aged four and over, and Snowgarten (+41 33 856 8686) behind Hotel Jungfrau cares for non-skiing children from 18 months to five years – with free nappies and a pick-up service from hotels on request. Kinderland, next to the Ski School office, is a children’s ski playground with a supervised rope-tow.