The DHO is one of the oldest alpine skiing clubs in the world – learn more about the club, it’s members and about the village in Switzerland where we are based – founded in Wengen in the Jungfrau Region of the Swiss Bernese Oberland in 1925. The club has its winter base there, and whilst most of its members come from the United Kingdom, it caters for people who have joined from all over the world.
We provide a permanent base in Wengen for our members together with a representative in the village throughout the skiing season for club led skiing in the Jungfrau Region. Our centrally located club room is a convenient place to meet new friends and catch up with old ones.
The club organises a variety of alpine activities in Wengen for skiers of all ages including, during school holidays, “Coggins”, fun fast skiing for members children from 7 to 13 years old. and “Eagles” hard and fast group skiing with a top class ski teacher for 13 to 17 year olds. Many children have progressed from “Coggins” to Race Training competing at an international level.
Meet us in the DHO club room in the Eiger, right next to the Wengen railway station, come to one of our parties, held at different resort hotels throughout the season, or come for a guided day out as a visitor. Whilst helping Britain’s most talented young skiers, you will also be letting yourself in for a lot of fun and a lot of great skiing.
The Swiss holiday resort at the foot of the imposing Eiger – Mönch – Jungfrau mountain range in the heart of the Bernese Oberland.
There is no road leading to Wengen, only a mountain railway.
A new era for the club began in 2009. No longer do we shiver in the old (but much loved) Curling Club hut. The DHO now has a splendid Club Room in the Eiger.
Much work has been done by many members, including donated materials and artifacts, decorating and lighting, which enabled it’s inauguration in the time honoured fashion of a drinks party. We now have a permanent presence in the lovely village of Wengen, which continues to receive rave reviews from old and new members alike.
On 30th January 1924, British skiers in Murren formed the Kandahar ski club. The following year, newly assertive and rather confident in their Alpine racing capabilities, they challenged the skiers in Wengen to a team race. On the evening, of Saturday 7th February 1925, over dinner in the Palace Hotel Wengen, it was decided that a club should be formed with the avowed intention of competing with the Kandahar again and defeating them, this was the start of the DHO.