The Downhill Only Club, or DHO, is one of the oldest ski-clubs in Europe and was founded in 1925 in Wengen, by an enthusiastic group of British skiers who wanted to race against skiers from the Kandahar Ski Club founded the year before across the Lauterbrunnen valley in Mürren.
In the 1920s before the advent of ski lifts, skiers first had to climb up the mountain before skiing down. Exceptionally in Wengen, skiers could travel up on a cog railway before skiing down – hence the name of the Club.
The Club has continued to flourish in Wengen with an offering for every sort of skier: the holiday skier, the racer, the ski tourer, and the off piste specialist.
In Wengen throughout the Winter season there is guided skiing in the Jungfrau region for all members of intermediate standard and above, with opportunities for off-piste skiing and heli-skiing for the more adventurous. We are one of the few organisations offering this service across the Alps and we have a number of trained ski-leaders who you can join up with to really get to know the beautiful Wengen and Jungfrau area and ski with others. We have weekly races throughout the season so that everyone can try their hand at competitive skiing. Many of the races start from the Lauberhorn Start Hut – giving members the opportunity to find their inner ski racer. For those wishing to improve their skills we offer adult development courses.
The Club enters teams of racers into the famous Inferno race in Mürren (the largest and longest amateur competition in the world) and into the Amateur Inter-Club Championships.
A ski-touring trip is organized every Spring.
The Club also promotes and supports children at a number of levels and for anybody visiting Wengen as a family. We have our own Coggins and Eagles programme which allows your children to advance their skiing skills much faster than in a traditional ski-school and also having a great deal of fun with like-minded age groups.
For those children wishing to take their skiing to a different level the Club offers race training, with camps and competitions all over Europe throughout the year.
You can find a full list of events and how to join the DHO on this site or by visiting our beautiful Club room which is located next to the railway station in Wengen.
Our DHO Club room is unique in the region as it allows members to meet socially as well as providing a meeting point to gain up to date information on all the events that are happening in Wengen. It is open every evening during the season and we love to welcome new members and their guests to try the Club out and see for themselves all of the benefits of joining the DHO. Many members who join return on a yearly basis due to the lifelong friends they make.
The DHO also has a Wengen Manager, Mark Hughes who will be delighted to assist with any enquiries and can help with Ski-leading, general resort information and how to make your Wengen holiday a truly memorable experience.