Engelberg, the Swiss Freeride mecca that is known throughout the world as a must travel to destination for the true powder skier. From big lines, consistent snowfalls, an après scene that rivals the best, to over 100,000 acres of accessible terrain through touring, Engelberg is in a class of its own. This is one of our favorite places to ski and we are very excited to launch a series of new Freeride camps and tours that will be exploring this area starting in 2017. Below are our Top 5 reasons to ski Engelberg.
#1- Pure Skiing
From the top of the 10,600’ Mt Titlis, with over 6,500 vertical from town, you have access to an unlimited number of descents. The views of central Switzerland are some of the best and on a clear day you can see the iconic Eiger, Jungfrau, and across the way to Andermatt.
The ski area offers something for everyone and if you are lucky enough to ski Engelberg on a powder day, you will be guaranteed one of the best days of your life. Overall, Engelberg provides access to 24 lifts, 50 miles of perfect piste, and 25 official trails. This is somewhat misleading stats when you consider a single trail is seven miles long and there are about 100,000 acres of accessible backcountry skiing if you pack your climbing skins. Bottom line, go ski Engelberg!
#2- The Big 5
These are some of the classic lines in Engelberg. Note to self before attempting these: hire a guide. Some of the lines are exposed, have access to serious cliff drops (100’ plus) and if you do not know the conditions or terrain, you could get yourself into a bad spot. I have been lucky enough to ski all of these and I can tell you one thing, they are all time. The Laub is one of the best powder runs in the world.
The Sulz- This area has 3 sections and offers a wide range of skiing options for everyone. Wendelücke- part of this area is reachable from the lift but the real action happens with a short tour that leads to one of the best powder runs in the area. Steinberg- the classic glaciated area under the rotating Titlis tram. From here there are a number of options to explore but requires a good sense of conditions to navigate. Galtiberg- the biggest of the Big 5! At 6,500 vertical from top to bottom, it gives a whole new meaning to big lines. One of the biggest lift served runs in the world that demands respect before heading out.
#3- The Après Ski Scene
One of the best areas in Switzerland to enjoy a après beer and to reminisce about the great powder you just skied. From the igloo bar on the mountain to the lively “Chalet” at the base area they’re a number of places to visit. The Yucatan is a must visit for every skier as the place is an après hot spot. Be prepared to dance on the tables in your ski boots. The Ski Lodge also has a great vibe and heritage for those looking for a more classic après scene with some of the best skiers in the valley. Engelberg offers a wide variety of après options for everyone.
#4- Access to Resort
Engelberg is incredibly easy to get to from Zurich and a majority of Switzerland, as it is set in the middle of the country. Somehow, set an hour south of Zürich in the exact middle of Switzerland, the resort has remained largely undiscovered. The train from Zurich airport will deliver you to the heart of town in just over 2 hours with one stop in Zurich or Luzern to switch on to a direct train. Driving to the resort will take less than 1 ½ hours. Once you get to town you will not need a car so we always suggest taking the train plus it provides a true Swiss experience.
#5- The Town of Engelberg
Rich in history, skiing and culture, the town of Engelberg should be on every skier’s bucket list. The town has great infrastructure in place for tourist as well as locals who are lucky enough to call this beautiful area home. On any given day you will have a wide selection of accommodations like the Skiers Lodge, Angels Lodge and the classic Hotel Terrace on the hillside to choose from depending on your budget. The options for restaurants, bars, nightlife, and local cuisine will satisfy any traveler spending time in the valley. The Alpenclub, the Bierlialp as well as the Spice Bazaar serve up incredible options for everyone to enjoy.
Engelberg is one of the most beautiful places we have been lucky enough to visit. It’s a top choice for our ski tours and we hope to ski with you in Engelberg soon! For more information on this destination, click here Engelberg Skiing.