|Central Switzerland - Engelberg
|Review provided by a previous Chaletfinder advertiser.
|The skiing season in Engelberg is long, which is testament to the
excellent conditions which the resort enjoys. The main skiing season
runs from early November to the end of May, although the lifts on the
glacier are open in the summer as well for the super keen. The resort
has also invested in extensive snow making facilities.
Skiing in Engelberg is extremely varied, catering for all abilities, from
the Snowli Village, an area close to the Monastery which is dedicated
to children learning to ski, to the “steep and deep” off-piste runs for
which Engelberg is rightly famed.
There are two main skiing areas on either side of the resort - Titlis
The Brunni Mountain is best suited to beginners and to intermediate
skiers who want to take things a little easier (although there is a black
run here too for those that don’t). The slopes are mainly south-
facing, making the area popular early in the day or season, when
temperatures are lower, and with those who want to pick up a suntan
on their holidays. There is also a wonderful children’s winter snow
park called the Yeti Park.
The main skiing area in Engelberg is on the Titlis Mountain and is
served by the Rotair, a cable car that revolves through 360 degrees
(the first of its kind in the world), giving breath-taking views as you
climb the mountain.
The slopes on Titlis rise to 3020 metres, giving an impressive vertical
drop of 2000 metres. The run from the top of Titlis down to Engelberg
village is a muscle-burning 12 kilometres long.
Beginners start on the lower slopes of Titlis, known as Gerschnialp,
where there are several blue runs, before moving up to the early
intermediate slopes at Trübsee (the name of the mountain lake which
sits at 1800 metres). To get to many of the slopes here, skiers ride
the Trübsee Hopper chairlift, which crosses above the frozen lake.
Titlis is perfect for intermediate skiers who have the run of the
mountain, with several excellent red runs, although the black runs
from the top of Titlis and on the Gemstock are only for the boldest of
intermediate skiers, or experts. Mile-hungry intermediate piste
bashers whose only interest is in skiing a new area every day may be
better suited to one of the French mega-resorts. However, those who
want varied and technically demanding slopes on which to test and
hone their technique, amongst wonderful scenery, will be in their
element in Engelberg.
For advanced intermediates who are ready to try something new or for
those who are already expert skiers or boarders, Engelberg has
fantastic off-piste skiing and boarding. The resort has long been a
mecca for off-piste aficionados, with Scandinavian skiers and boarders
in particular making their annual pilgrimage to the resort. Many end
up staying for the entire season, exploring new places to indulge their
There is plenty of slope-side powder skiing to be enjoyed at
Engelberg, but for the true back-country skiing for which Engelberg is
rightly famed, we strongly recommend the use of one of the excellent
local guides and can help you arrange this. There are several powder
faces, cliffs, couloirs and cornice drops which can be accessed by those
in the know, either or on foot or helicopter, as well as the famous
Laub, a 40 degree slope with a 1000 metre vertical drop, located on a
stunning promontory overlooking the resort.
Engelberg is extremely popular with snowboarders. Aside from the
marked runs and off-piste areas, there are also two boarder parks, a
rail park and a boarder cross slope.
And if you need to re-fuel, there are no less than 17 mountain
restaurants around Engelberg, some of which are well off the beaten
track but worth seeking out, offering great value food in a wonderfully
Engelberg to Zurich (Switzerland) is 1 hr 35 mins
Engelberg to Berne (Switzerland) is 1 hr 55 mins
Engelberg to Geneva (Switzerland) is 3 hrs 10 mins
Engelberg to Milan (Italy) is 3 hrs 10 mins
Engelberg to Sion (Switzerland) is 3 hrs 10 mins