Swiss Family Skiing - Ebenalp
In Switzerland, there is more to skiing than just the famous resorts.
During the winter months, we are asking locals in Switzerland where they love to ski. You’ll discover the best way to get there, which skiing abilities the area caters to, where to rent skis, and which restaurants to try. And as the weeks go on, we won't forget the non-skiers either!
You can check at the other destinations all around Switzerland in the series "Swiss Family Skiing" here.
Today we head into eastern Switzerland with Swiss Mum of 2, Julia. Julia and her family love the outdoors! Check out their 2 year old on the slopes!
1. Where is your favourite place to ski?
We love to ski in the Skigebiet Horn-Ebenalp in Appenzell Innerrhoden
2. What’s the best way to get there? What’s the parking like? Train Station/Bus Stop close by?
The parking is close to the Skilift Horn, just a 200m walk. Or you can take the gondola up to Ebenalp at 1590m. We prefer to stay at the Skilift Horn with our 4 year old as there is a little funpark there which is a nice beginners area.
With public transport, the journey from Zürich it is just over a 2 hours. Take the train to Gossau, SG and change trains for the S23 to Wasserauen, there it is just a 3 minute walk to the Ebenalp Ski Area or get off at Schwende for the smaller Hornskilift.
The area between the Gondola and the Hornskilift is connected by a bus or train
3. What ability does the area cater for?
The area is divided into two: The Skilift Horn in Schwende and the Ebenalp reachable by the Gondola from Wasserauen.
At the Skilift Horn you will find one lift with the options of a blue or two red runs as well as a nice beginner area of the kids.
Taking up the Gondola to Ebenalp you will find a mixture of more difficult runs as well as another kids area.
4. Is there a ski school? What facilities are there for beginners?
Yes, there is a small ski school. The big advantage is that it isn’t as crowded as some of the bigger ski areas can get.
Beginners can start at Hornlis Kinderland or head up to Ebenalp where there is a beginners slope there too.
5. Best place to rent skis nearby?
On your way up to the slopes you will pass Dörig Sport in Weissbad. There you can rent skis, boots and poles.
6. Anything for non skiers to do? Sledding/Snow shoeing/Winter Trails?
Appenzell is a beautiful place at the foot of the Alpstein. There a various winter hiking possibilities. You can also rent snowshoes if you don’t ski. There is a lovely small prepared Panorama trail to enjoy the winter sunshine.
SFT Note: According to the website you can pick up free Snowshoes at the mountain station.
7. Best place to warm up? Anything yummy we should try on the menu?
On top of the mountain in the “Berggasthaus Ebenalp” you’ll find home-style cooking and specialities from the Appenzell area.
There are two small huts as well. The “Höttli”is directly at the beginners area is a great place from which you can watch your kids doing their first turns with a skiing teacher while you drink a hot chocolate.
8. What sets your ski area apart from the rest?
It is small, local and fast to reach by train.
It is also not as crowded as other more popular areas and although you have just 10km of slopes, you don’t have to wait forever to get on a lift!
9. What’s one thing you never hit the slopes without?
A helmet and at the moment, my kids!
10. Tell us a little about yourself
We are Daniel and Julia, both 34 years old, and we live in the Appenzell area with our two kids, Elia (4 years old) and Joan (2 years old). Before we had kids our lives revolved around skiing. Now we are passing that passion on to our kids by taking them out skiing and sledding as often as possible. We use our Instagram feed @littlemountainvillage to engage with families and encourage them to get outside with their kids and be active. Our philosophy is that outdoor kids are happy kids!
Thanks Julia for sharing with us your favourite place to ski with your kids.
Do you have a ski area you return to time after time that you would like to share with the Simple Family Travel community? It doesn't have to just be to ski - do you enjoy sledding? Snowshoeing? A spa?! We would love to hear stories of families who also don't ski. Get in contact!