Engelberg is often considered an under the radar resort, and this may be because it serves a very specific type of visitor. If you are skiing in Engelberg there is a high chance you're there for one purpose - to ski fast, powder filled slopes down the huge 2100m vertical descent.

As a resort, Engelberg does not suit an ostentatious crowd - you not spot fur clad Russians champagne spraying from tables. Nor does it suit families, thanks to the resorts somewhat awkward layout requiring a bus ride to the lifts every morning. Instead the resort attracts a crowd you would be more likely to find in Chamonix or La Grave: those who want to get up early, ski all day, eat well, party into the night and repeat. The resort was named after the 12th-century Benedictine monastery (Engelberg means the mountain of the angel) that dominates the town as you look down from the lifts.

The resort offers just over 80km of pistes served by 27 lifts, the majority of which sit on the Titlis mountain much of which sit above 1800m. However, the majority of the face has been left unpisted, creating a freeriders paradise, with a huge range of lift accessible off piste terrain. Snowcover is excellent thanks to the altitude, orientation and a season that lasts from Octoberthrough to late May. It's these fantastic conditions that keep guests, including our Freshtracks holidaysn coming back year on year.

Pros

Reliable snow on high, shady slopes

Some classic off-piste runs

Big vertical of almost 2000m

Cons

Fragmented slopes, some poor links

Ski-bus needed from most lodgings

Limited pistes, mostly above trees

Getting there

  • Basel airport: 1.5 hours
  • Zurich airport: 2 hours

Good For

Ability
  • Advanced
  • Intermediate
On Slope
  • Fast Lifts
  • Snow Reliability

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