ENGELBERG - ANDERMATT SWISS 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.

OVERVIEW

Trip # 9 Dates: Mar 10–17, 2019
Location: Engelberg Ski Resort & Andermatt Ski Arena, Switzerland
Duration: 8 days | 7 nights | 6 ski days
Skill Level: Advanced Intermediate-Expert
Price: $3495 per person

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 gets some of the most snow in Switzerland as it sits in a perfect location for storms and is typically colder than other resorts. Ski the legendary off-piste couloirs of Gemsstock mountain and explore the backcountry of Engelberg with our local guides. Engelberg- The freeride mecca of Switzerland with some of the biggest descents in the Alps. 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! 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.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Lift Tickets: All Lift Ticket to Ski Engelberg & Andermatt, Switzerland
Guiding: 8 Hosted days – including 6 Guided ski days at the surrounding resorts and backcountry. We go to the goods every day!
Coaching:
 Ski Technique & Backcountry Skills Sessions with Professional Skiers and Guides
Transportation: To/from Zurich Airport, and from Andermatt to Engelberg and to all Ski areas
Lodging: 3 Nights Lodging in Andermatt and 4 Nights Lodging in Engelberg  *Based on 2 people per room (twin/double share). If you would like a room to yourself please contact us.
Meals: Breakfast Every Day, Welcome & Farewell Dinner
Secure Ski Storage & Boot Racks at Hotels
LGA Welcome Gift Bag

OPTIONAL:
*Alpine Touring & AT Touring skis from Scott during the trip are available for $150 for the week
*Scott E1 Airbags, Avalanche Beacon, Shovel, Probe are available for $150 for the week


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, Snowboards, 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.

GEAR – SCOTT Sports Demos and Recommendations

We suggest you bring your own ski and backcountry gear if you have it. For the trip we do recommend a touring set up as this will allow the group to really ski a wide variety of areas. Having this as a daily set up allows us to find the best snow on the resort, quick laps in the sidecountry or going a little deeper into the backcountry. There are also options for ski touring days if the groups wants.

If rentals are needed, we can arrange snow equipment for the week through our partnership with Scott Sports. We will have a selection of powder skis with touring bindings to choose from. There will also be the brand new Scott E-1 Patrol Backpack and avalanche kits available for rent for guests during the trips. Both items can be rented for the duration of your trip to save you time and money. If you wish to rent ski/snowboard equipment please let us know so that we can coordinate your rental. Always bring layers, good gloves, 2 goggles if you have them or extra lenses, winter clothes for after skiing, and a down jacket.

THE RIDING EXPERIENCE

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. Ski the legendary off-piste couloirs of Gemsstock mountain and explore the backcountry of Engelberg with our local guides.

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 whose roots go back to the days as a major trading hub between Italy and parts of Europe. 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.


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 guest can explore new foods to try.


THE LODGING EXPERIENCE

Relax at hotels situated above the center of town overlooking the Engelberg Valley with stunning views of the resort and Swiss Alps. Every room has great 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. Located in the center of town and close to the lifts, its a prime spot for any ski trip.

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 bread 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.

If rentals are needed, we can arrange snow equipment for the week through our partnership with Scott Sports. We will have a selection of powder skis with touring bindings to choose from. There will also be the brand new Scott E-1 Patrol Backpack and avalanche kits available for rent for guests during the trips. Both items can be rented for the duration of your trip to save you time and money. If you wish to rent ski/snowboard equipment please let us know so that we can coordinate your rental.


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 freshly 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 lifetime 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 the 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.


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 4 pm 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. Enjoy some local wine, beer, meats, cheeses, and bread 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.


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.


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.

FAQ

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


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.


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.


Hotels Before & After Your Trip

There are a lot of great hotels in the Zurich and the surrounding areaa close to the airport or in city center. If you plan to arrive early, a day before the trip start, or if you plan to stay for an extra night before you leave. We suggest using online resources like Booking.com to check availability. We are always happy to help and offer recommendations for all of our guests.


Can I Reserve My Trip With a Deposit?

Yes, you can reserve your trip with a Deposit for all Multi-Day Tours lasting twenty-four hours or longer. If you seek to reserve a spot on the Tour more than 90 days prior to the Date of Departure. The Deposit amount is twenty percent (20%) of the Tour Price. For Private Group Tours the Deposit amount is fifty percent (50%) of the Tour Price. Within 89 days or less prior to the date of departure, the full amount is due at time of booking.


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. A 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 canceled 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 is The Group Size?

Small group sizes that don’t exceed 10 guests.


Do We Need to Tip Our Guides?

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.


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 a 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 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


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 to the trip in case there are down days due to snow storms or weather.


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.

ENGELBERG-ANDERMATT GALLERY

Andermatt, Switzerland

Engelberg, Switzerland

Happy Customers.

Testimonials

One of the best weeks of my life on all and every level

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.

Extraordinary Experience!

I agree with all the accolades for Le Grand submitted by other reviewers having just returned from a week skiing at Andermatt and Engelberg. I have been on many adventure oriented tours over the past 40 years on 5 continents and Le Grand stand out as the best. Jeff, Jeff and Crystal are highly accomplished guides but they are also warm, inquisitive and generous people. What differentiates them from other guides first, is that they are focused not just on the group but on the interests and needs of each individual member of the group. Second, while they offer a well structured itinerary, they adjust that itinerary on a daily basis in order to take advantage of the best opportunities and interests of their clients. –Peter V.

Great experience and I highly recommend a trip with them!

We just got back from the Andermatt & Engelberg Freeride Tour with LGA and it was all time. The skiing was even better and the mountain of Andermatt offers some of the best lift served skiing I have ever done. Engelberg is similar with one run that is almost 7,000 vertical! The local guides are great as they know the areas well, lived in the valley for generations and knew the local spots to visit. We would have not seen most of these spots unless we went with a local guide. The Swiss Alps have always been on my bucket list and this trip offered it all. Skiing with the group was a lot of fun as we had a lot in common and met new friends to ski with. –Sarah S.

I have plenty of runs and specific turns deeply entrenched in my mind now

I enjoyed my time with the group over beers, wine and dinner as much as I did our time riding deep powder off piste at Andermatt and Engelberg… and that’s rather impressive to say as a few days were truly epic… Jeff, as I was to discover on my trip, is a pretty big deal in the skiing industry, from his time with Warren Miller and his movies, through time spent as a professional and sponsored athlete, I was really impressed and had absolutely no idea. He’s a real humble guy. With a myriad of ski and snowboard technical knowledge, combined with an expansive array of back-country skill and awareness in all conditions, I gained a new perspective to being on the mountain thanks to him. He opened my eyes to things that I wasn’t aware of and instilled in me a new, and renewed, love of being on the mountain. He’s also as interested in the cultural side of his travels as he is in the skiing side. –Jamie H.

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