Grindelwald is outstanding hiking territory, veined with trails that command arresting views to massive mountain faces, crevassed glaciers and snowcapped peaks.
High-altitude walks – around Männlichen, First and Pfingstegg – can be reached by taking cable cars up from the village. Anyone craving a challenge can tackle the Schwarzhorn via ferrata (mountain hiking route with cables), a giddying 5½-hour scramble from First to Grosse Scheidegg.
Stretching from Oberjoch at 2486m right down to the village, the region of First presents a fine mix of cruisey red and challenging black ski runs. From Kleine Scheidegg or Männlichen there are long, easy runs back to Grindelwald, with the Eiger towering above. For a crowd-free swoosh, check out the 15.5km of well-groomed cross-country skiing trails in the area. Or slip on snowshoes to pad through the winter wonderland in quiet exhilaration on six different trails.