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Ski advice- beginner Berner Oberland

Hi All

I see some have given great advice about skiing for beginners in the Zurich area on here. I desperately need the same for BE and am only out here a few days this time.

Basically I've had a few lessons and find the nursey slopes comfortable but still struggle to control my sheet when turning on steeper settings, so today I went to Adelboden and did the Blue run right opposite the information office in town and massively struggled. First time on a blue and found it really tough and walked most of it.

Am looking for:-
- fairly long really flat (nursey style flat)
- wide
- proper lift in terms of not just a rope as my arms are in real pain after a great day on the nursery slope at Wiriehorn
- in an ideal world somewhere with a long intermediate run with off piste opportunities for my mate
- not crazy walking as struggling with ski boot rub

Possibly a lot to ask for. Have been recommended Elsigen Metch?

Thanks so much
Stefan
P.S. Looking to go to Grindelwald/Kleine Scheidegg tomorrow hoping for options too. Opinions welcomed.
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P.S. Looking to go to Grindelwald/Kleine Scheidegg tomorrow hoping for options too. Opinions welcomed.
Be aware that the nursery area at Kleine Scheidegg doesn't really meet your requirements very well. It's quite a pain to get there, needing several train changes, in the first place, then you need to ski or walk from the station across a busy area and down a steepish run to get to the beginner piste.

Really I'd have said Adelboden would be the best area close to you, but it rather sounds like there are some skills you still have to learn. I know it's further to come to Engelberg, but in fact the learning areas here are probably as good you could find anywhere in Switzerland. PM me if you want to know more, or look on the thread Adult ski lessons in English for some previous discussions.

EDIT: I'm free for a lesson tomorrow afternoon if you decide to come here instead. ..
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Re: Ski advice- beginner Berner Oberland

My advice to the OP is forget about easy-peesy slopes and take some lessons. Life is too short to try and teach yourself to ski...
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Re: Ski advice- beginner Berner Oberland

Elsigen Metsch would be a good choice. It has a drag lift though. If it's OK, I would recommend it to a beginner. In Grindelwald, on Kleine Scheidegg side you would find either wide or flat slopes but not both. Maybe the First side would be better - I've never been there.
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Re: Ski advice- beginner Berner Oberland

In Adelboden, the Bühlberg run is the best for beginners.
If you are driving, you can drive directly to Bühlberg and park if you take the road to Lenk rather than going to Adlboden.
It has a new and fast chairlift.

http://www.infosnow.ch/~apgmontagne/...adelboden-lenk
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Re: Ski advice- beginner Berner Oberland

Thanks so much for all the advice. Went to Engelberg and had a lesson as offered above. Going again tomorrow as although far it's perfect for my level and requirements. Top lesson too! Thanks all
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