ENGELBERG – ANDERMATT
FREERIDE SKI TOUR

Engelberg- The Freeride Mecca of Switzerland With Some of The Biggest Descents in The Alps. Andermatt- a Hidden Gem With Expansive Advanced Terrain & Some of The Best Snow in Switzerland.

  • Ski 6 days with LGA’s local IFMGA guides deep into the heart of the Swiss Alps and across multiple valleys. Explore deep powder turns around the Andermatt Ski Arena and the URI Canton while skiing thousands of acres of off piste. With over 5,000′ feet of vertical from the top of Gemsstock, our groups will have unforgettable days in the Alps. Andermatt Ski Arena is one of the most snow sure resorts in Europe.
  • Engelberg- The freeride mecca of Switzerland with some of the biggest descents in the Alps. Engelberg- a true Skiers mountain with expansive terrain and some of the best snow in Switzerland. The resort is home to five of the most iconic runs in the Alps such as the Laub. Vertical descents of 4,000 to 7,000 feet of powder await you above the town. Engelberg is rich in ski history and offers one of the best ski experiences in the Alps. At the end of the day enjoy one of the liveliest apres scenes in Switzerland!
  • Andermatt is another historic town who’s roots go back to the days as a major trading hub between Italy and parts of Europe. Andermatt gets some of the most snow in Switzerland as it sits in a perfect location for storms and is typically colder than other resorts. With over 5,000 ft of vertical from the top and more backcountry touring than one could do in a lifetime, this is a mecca for skiing.
  • Enjoy one of the most scenic train rides along the Swiss mountains as we travel from Engelberg to Andermatt on our transfer day. Switzerland is well known for its efficient train systems and using this to access different ski areas allows our groups to experience more on our trips. The train passes along the lakes near the city of Lucerne and slowly climbs up past the “Devil’s Bridge” through the scenic Reuss Valley and crosses the Schöllenen Gorge.
  • Every group will explore backcountry huts, thousands of feet of vertical in the Alps over the week, an incredible après scene in the Swiss mountains and an experience of a lifetime. Ski the legendary off-piste couloirs of Gemsstock mountain and explore the backcountry of Engelberg with our local guides.

Dates: Saturday, March 10 – Saturday, March 17, 2018

Location: Engelberg Ski Resort & Andermatt Ski Arena, Switzerland

Tour Length: 8 days | 7 nights | 6 ski days

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Intermediate – Expert

Guide Ratio: 4 to 1 Client to Guide ratio

Hotel: Hotel Terrace & Alpenhotel Schlussel

Included Meals: Breakfasts, Welcome and Farewell Dinner

Price: $3495 per person

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 4 Nights* Lodging at the Hotel Terrace in Engelberg
  • 3 Nights* Lodging at the Alpenhotel Schlussel in Andermatt
  • Transportation to/from Zurich Airport, All Hotels and Ski Resorts
  • 6 Days of Lift Tickets & 2 LGA Guides skiing through Engelberg & Andermatt, Switzerland
  • Professional Local UIAGM Guides for 6 Days
  • Daily Skills Sessions with Professional Skiers and Coaches
  • Train Ride between Engelberg and Andermatt
  • Daily Swiss Breakfasts at our partner hotels
  • Welcome & Farewell Dinner
  • Secure Ski Storage & Boot drying racks at all hotels
  • LGA T-Shirt and Goodie Bag from our partners

*Hotel Rooms are based on 2 people per room. If you would like a room to yourself please contact us.

THE RIDING EXPERIENCE

Ski the infamous Big 5 at Engelberg including the Laub with a 4,000 foot vertical descent on one of the longest most consistent ski runs in the world. The Galtiberg is one of the biggest and most consistent runs in the world with over 6500 vert of skiing from the top! These areas have some of the most expansive backcountry zones accessible by lifts in the world! Engelberg is one of the best kept secrets in Switzerland and this historic ski village sits at 3,300 ft above sea level. Mt. Titlis rises to over 10,600 ft which allows for some of the best snow in Switzerland!


THE CULINARY EXPERIENCE

Every morning you will be treated with healthy Swiss breakfasts before we start our day. We host 2 group dinners (Welcome & Farewell) at local restaurants. Swiss meals are known for their quality & local ingredients as each region we visit has its own unique flavor. The group will have lunches at various mountain huts, restaurants and cafe’s while you take in the 360′ Swiss Mountain views. We leave these open so each guests can explore new foods to try.


THE LODGING EXPERIENCE

Relax at the Hotel Terrace situated above the center of town overlooking the Engelberg Valley with stunning views of the resort and Swiss Alps. Every room has great views views of Mt Titlis, the Laub and the Spannort. The hotel features a full restaurant and bar, ski room with heated boot dryers and free wireless internet. After a long day skiing Engelberg and exploring this vast area, enjoy access to the Wellness Center. In Andermatt, we will be staying at a classic Swiss hotel that has hosted skiers for decades, the Hotel Monopol. Located in the center of town and close to the lifts, its a prime spot for any ski trip. One of the best pizzeria’s in Andermatt is located inside the hotel and it should be on everyone’s list to try.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Day 1 – (Zurich International Airport-Transfer to Andermatt)

Fly into Zurich International Airport (ZRH) by 1pm where the group will be there to transport you. In some cases you may need to plan your arrival the day before. There are many hotels near the airport offering shuttle service so it is easy to meet the group back at the airport before our meeting time. We suggest using Booking.com to find a nearby hotel.

Le Grand Adventure Tours welcomes you to Switzerland! One of our all-time favorite places in the world. All guests will rendezvous at Zurich International Airport and meet the LGA Team by 1pm. From here we will transfer you through beautiful Switzerland and to your first ski destination, Andermatt. Inspiring views of gemsstock and the Ursern Valley’s surrounding peaks await you. The Hotel Monopol lies in the middle of Andermatt with great access to the town and resort. A perfect Swiss ski hotel with amazing views! This will be your home for the next 3 days to explore all of the Andermatt Ski Arena and new lifts. We will go over our ski gear for the week and if you need skis we can visit one of the local ski shops in town. Enjoy a Welcome Reception with the LGA Guides as they go over the plan for the week, discuss locations, possible weather and conditions in Engelberg. Sample local wine, beer, meats, cheeses and breads as you get to know your fellow skiers. Tonight is the first group dinner at the hotel and we look forward to sharing stories with all of you. After dinner this is your time to relax in the hotel, explore the town, or get ready for the next day. Steep yourself in Swiss culture and immerse into European life.

Transfer: Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Andermatt Ski Resort, Switzerland
Hotel:
Hotel Monopol in the center of Andermatt Resort
Included Meals: Welcome Reception | Welcome Dinner


Day 2 – 4 Andermatt Resort & The Backcountry Skiing

Enjoy three days of skiing Andermatt and the surrounding backcountry zones amongst the Swiss Mountains. These mountains are home to some of the natural springs that feed Europe’s major rivers like the Rhone. Thousands of acres and over 5,000 ft of vertical skiing awaits you at one of Europe’s best ski areas and home to some of the best powder in Switzerland. Andermatt Resort and the backcountry skiing are arguably some of the most sought after in Europe. Wake up to a great breakfast buffet with fresh cooked meals and local favorites so you are ready to go for the day. With the options to ski in three different Swiss Canton’s, use of trains to explore new ski areas, and brand new lifts allow our groups to access a life time of terrain. Get ready for a great day of skiing ahead, this is what skiing in the Alps is all about!

The Andermatt Ski Arena and Backcountry has a lifetime of ski routes to explore. Over the course of our stay in this stunning valley you will have the opportunity to see most of the area as we ski around three different Swiss Cantons and towering peaks. Ski the famous gemsstock area, Urserntal Valley, Göscheneralp, the backcountry around Sedrun, and many other alpine routes that our guides know the best way to access. This huge valley offers some of the longest, high alpine, and expansive terrain in Switzerland. A true skiers dream location to explore! Drop into 5,000 feet of vertical every day, covering high alpine powder, an expansive lift system to all major ski routes, and endless areas to stop along the way to see glaciers. A true beauty of the Swiss Alps.

Itinerary- Our guides will select the routes on a daily basis as they assess the conditions and weather. Our team is always looking for the best snow and instead of setting a day to day itinerary, we use our years of experience to find the best snow each day. From perfect powder over thousands of feet of vertical to long open bowls, and into endless ski runs, this is a true once in a lifetime skiing experience. Andermatt has something for everyone and at the end of the day enjoy a cold beverage in town after exploring the alpine of Switzerland. We ski each day using trams, lift serviced access, trains, and shuttles to maximize ski time and find the best snow. Guests will be able to have lunch at local villages and mountain lodges through the week. The Hotel Monopol offers packed lunches daily for a small fee or one of our favorites- local salami, cheese, and baguette in the pack as not much can beat that!

The group can experience one of the many restaurants in town on the open nights. This will allow everyone to try the local flavors this area is recognized for.

Hotel: Hotel Monopol in the center of Andermatt Resort
Included Meals: Daily Breakfast | 1 Group Dinner | Lunches are open for Guests


Day 4-7: Engelberg Resort & Backcountry Skiing

Get ready to head to one of our all-time favorite places in the world! All guests will meet the LGA Guides to transfer over to Engelberg by 4pm after our last day skiing Andermatt. From here we will transfer you through beautiful Switzerland and to our second ski destination, Engelberg. Inspiring views of the Laub and surrounding peaks like Hanen await you. The Hotel Terrace sits above Engelberg with its unique cave entrance. A perfect Engelberg ski hotel with amazing views! This will be your home for the next 4 days to explore all of the Engelberg ski area and backcountry.

Upon arrival we will get all of our ski gear ready for the next day and if you need skis we can visit one of the local ski shops in town. The LGA Guides will go over the plan for the next couple of days, discuss locations, possible weather and conditions in Engelberg. Ejoy some local wine, beer, meats, cheeses and breads as you get to know your fellow skiers. The last night we will have a group dinner at the hotel and we look forward to sharing stories of skiing with all of you. After dinner this is your time to relax in the hotel, explore the town, or take in the Swiss culture and enjoy the lively Apres scene.

Hotel: Hotel Terrace in the center of Engelberg Ski Resort
Included Meals: Daily Breakfast | 1 Group Dinner | Lunches are open for Guests


Day 8: Departure Day

Guests will be departing Engelberg on Sunday March 12th around 8am after a great 8+ days of skiing Switzerland! Join us for breakfast, say our goodbyes and enjoy a ride back to Zurich where you can catch a flight home or enjoy a night in the beautiful city walking along Lake Zurich. We recommend selecting a departure after 2pm from Zurich. If you would like to spend another night in Zurich, please contact us and we can help you make arrangements.

Included Meals: Breakfast

NOTE: This itinerary is an example. The tour may be altered to adjust for weather and conditions. Our guides will plan the tour around the conditions to make sure you have the best trip possible.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfare
  • Lunches: Guests will be able to have lunch at local villages and mountain lodges through the week.
  • 5 Dinners: Open for the group to explore town together or experience the local cuisine with new friends.
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities for Guides
  • Travel & Trip Insurance: We require trip insurance for all trips abroad.
    We recommend World Nomads as they are the ultimate in travel protection and global emergencies and evacuations.
  • Gear: Skis, Backpack, Avalanche beacon, Probe, Shovel, Skins and Helmet. If you have your own equipment please bring it. Avalanche safety gear is required on all of our tours and is available to rent for $150 for the duration of the trip.
  • Rentals: If you need to rent ski/snowboard equipment please let us know so that we can coordinate your rental.

FAQ

Check out our General FAQs section. Here you will find answers to your general questions.

What Should I Bring With Me?

Ski/Snowboard Gear:
Skis/Snowboard, boots, poles
Goggles
Helmet – stay safe on the slopes!!

Misc/Recommended:
Backpack
Avalanche Transceiver
Shovel/Probe
Touring Gear and Skins
Packable Puffy
Climbing Harness (that fits over ski pants)
(We can assist with some gear, please feel free to contact us)

Après Clothing:
You will be in the Alps for a week so please bring proper clothing for when you’re not on the slopes.

Travel Requirements:
Current Passport
Credit card, cash and/or traveler’s checks
ID or driver’s license
Medical insurance cards
Prescriptions or other medications
Important phone numbers
Proof of Travelers Insurance


Can I Reserve My Trip With a Deposit?

Yes, you can reserve your trip with a Deposit for all tours. Reservations are available immediately once a trip is announced and up to 90 days prior to the Date of Departure. The Deposit amount is twenty percent (20%) of the Tour Price. When booking within 89 days or less prior to the date of departure, the full amount is due at time of booking.


When Should I Make My Travel Arrangements?

Please wait until you receive confirmation from Le Grand Adventure Tours before making any travel arrangements. Our team is happy to assist you with any travel needs.


When is The Final Payment For This Tours Due?

Final payment is due no later than 90 days prior to departure, or 7 days from booking confirmation if booking is within 90 days.


What Is Your Cancellation Policy?

  • 90 days or more prior to Departure: LGA will retain the deposit as an “Adventure Deposit” for a future trip. Full refund will be given.
  • 89-60 days prior to Departure: LGA will retain 50% of the total Tour Price and the deposit will be held as an Adventure Deposit for a future trip.
  • 59 days or less prior to Departure: LGA will retain 100% of the total Tour Price.
    Le Grand Adventure Tours cannot be held responsible for snow and/or weather conditions. Trips cannot be cancelled or amended on the basis of snow and weather conditions.

What Is Your Refund Policy?

No refunds, reimbursements or discounts will be granted if, for any reason, Client misses the Tour, fails to join the Tour, leaves the Tour, is dismissed from the Tour, or cannot fully participate in the Tour. Any Refunds will be at the discretion of Le Grand Adventure Tours if you are involuntarily forced to leave a tour for any reason.


What Type of Skis To Bring?

A ski with roughly a 100mm to 110mm is the best option. If you want to bring a wider pair of skis please feel free or we can rent these if needed.


Do I Need Ski Touring Equipment?

It is highly recommended but not mandatory. If you have a new pair of touring bindings (Dynafit, Plum, Marker, Salomon, etc) and are comfortable skiing a wide variety of terrain on them, please feel free to bring them.


Do I Need Backcountry Safety Gear?

Avalanche safety gear is required on all of our tours. If you have your own equipment please bring it. Ski backpacks including beacon, shovel and probe are available to rent for $150 for the duration of the trip. (Option available to add-on at checkout. If you wish to add later please feel free to contact us.)


Ski & Gear Rentals

If you wish to rent ski/snowboard equipment please let us know so that we can coordinate your rental. Please advise the LGA Team before the trip if you will need gear.


What is the Best Way to Get There?

Fly into Zurich International Airport (ZRH) by 1pm where the group will be there to transport you. In some cases you may need to plan your arrival the day before. There are many hotels near the airport offering shuttle service so it is easy to meet the group back at the airport by 1pm. We suggest using Booking.com to find a nearby hotel.


What Is The Weather Going To Be Like?

For the most accurate weather please check the Andermatt & Engelberg Weather Online a few days before your trip. We will be in the mountains so bring clothes that will keep you warm in a wide variety of conditions. We will guarantee you get the most out of your ski holiday as we have a wide range of activities that we can add into the trip incase there are down days due to snow storms or weather.


What is The Group Size?

Small group sizes that don’t exceed 10 guests.


Do We Need to Tip Our Guides? If So, What is Standard?

Gratuities are not included. Tips are accepted at your discretion based on the overall trip experience provided by our team.


Do I Need Trip Insurance?

Trip Insurance is Not Included: We require trip insurance for all trips abroad. Protecting your trip & safety is our priority!
We recommend World Nomads as they are the ultimate in travel protection and global emergencies and evacuations.


How Long Does It Take to Fly to Switzerland?

Flight time from the West Coast of the United States to Zurich is approximately 11.5 hours if you book a non-stop flight. From the East Coast the flight time is approximately 8 hours.


Can I Use My Credit Card in Switzerland?

Credit cards are widely accepted, but Amex is not always accepted. Better stick with Visa. You will need some cash – but just for casual expenses. Most things can be paid for by credit card. The currency is CHF/Swiss Franc. EUR is not the currency of Switzerland (even if it is sometimes accepted by some merchants at a bad exchange rate). It never makes sense to carry too much cash on you – anywhere. Withdrawing cash from your checking account using your US cash/debit card is usually much cheaper than converting dollar bills at an exchange desk and you will get the BEST Exchange rate. Many credit cards charge a foreign transaction fee around 3-5%. This may be the time to get yourself a fun new rewards travel credit card that comes with “No Foreign Transaction Fees.” We never leave home without it.


Which Languages are Spoken in Switzerland?

The four national languages of Switzerland are German, French, Italian and Romansh. In the Davos & St. Moritz area they speak German or a Swiss-German dialect. You will find English is widely spoke all over Switzerland. It is still great to learn a few of the day to day vocabulary to be polite.


Is It Safe to Travel to Switzerland?

Switzerland is very safe. Always take regular precautions whenever abroad to save yourself from any potential headaches that could interfere with your travels.


I Heard Switzerland is Expensive, How Expensive is it?

With its plethora of international banks, the country is a center for global wealth. This means prices are high, but people are paid quite well. Supermarket sell pre-made meals for between 5-9 CHF. Bars and cafés are the cheapest food option, cost about 9-15 CHF for a lunch special. Restaurants with table service are around 20 CHF for lunch and 40 CHF for dinner (starter, main, and drink) to start. You’ll typically find pizzas for around 20 CHF in a restaurant. If you’re dining out (but still trying to stick to a budget), you’ll spend an average of 25-45 CHF a day on food.

Andermatt, Switzerland

Engelberg, Switzerland

Happy Customers.

Testimonials

Engelberg/Andermatt Freeride Ski Trip

I spent a week in Switzerland with LGA and had one of the best weeks of my life on all and every level. Jeff and Crystal go above and beyond to insure all aspects of the tour are top tier and amazing. They are not only great people but have in depth knowledge, insight, and information to make the trip fun, safe, and memorable. Skiing in places like Japan, AK, and Argentina I thought I had seen it all, but Jeff showed me some amazing skiing that marked as some of the best of my life. A truly great trip.
Ryan M.

Japan Ski Trip

Japan Powder Tour – Unreal! This is an absolute unbelievable adventure. If you want to ski big pow and are also looking for an incredible cultural experience, this is the trip for you. I’ve skied my entire life (last 18 years in Colorado as well as 3 years in Switzerland / Austria) and this was by far the best ski adventure I have ever taken. Some of the most memorable and best runs of my life. In addition to the incredible snow and terrain, Jeff and Crystal are true professionals both on the Mountain and off. This trip was butter smooth thanks to Le Grand Adventure Tours. A bucket list item for sure!
Ryan P.

Swiss Road Bike Trip

Wow this was really special. We road during the day and then went on wine or brewery tours, or we went to great restaurants every night. Jeff and Crystal were really impressive. Our group was intentionally small – just 4 of us. The private guiding was amazing because they knew SO much about the country. Even with just 4 of us, the rider ability was very different and they made it fun for everyone. We saw so many amazing sights we never would have found without Le Grand Adventure Tours.They coordinated the lodging, restaurants, rides, trains, etc. At 47, this was the best trip of my life. Jeff and Crystal have great energy and that is contagious. Jeff is the best cyclist I have ever seen and he can lead anyone. Crystal is an absolute joy to be around and the two of them are an unbeatable pair. I strongly suggest them.
Rich M.

Murren Ski Trip

Our Murren Switzerland Ski Trip was amazing! Jeff and Crystal did an awesome job creating a perfect trip with great skiing, incomparable ambiance, and the European Ski Vacation we had on our bucket list for years. They took care to find the best snow each day in an enormous valley full of choices, while maintaining the romance (our 20 year Anniversary) and adventure (cliffs, zip lines, Alp vistas) of an epic European vacation. If you enjoy great, challenging skiing, and well planned trip in a beautiful place, I highly recommend a trip with Le Grande Adventure Tours.
Casey T.

Chamonix Ski Trip

Beyond all expectations! These guys rule. The guides were incredibly knowledgable. The skiing was phenomenal. Decisions about where the best snow would be for the day’s conditions were always spot on. The terrain we skied matched the advanced level of the group, so that everyone was comfortably challenged. Accommodation was a lovely private chalet, super comfortable, and cleaned daily – a convenient short walk to town. The hot tub was a huge bonus. Private chefs provided exceptional feasts. Private daily ski transportation made travel easy. The professional photography came out amazing – such a nice treat to leave a trip like this with. No corners were cut. I always felt in good hands. I traveled solo and felt incredibly welcomed. I highly highly recommend joining a Le Grand Adventure Tour.
Judith K.

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