Engelberg is famed for its incredible off piste, enviable snow record and massive vertical – it’s no wonder that Ski Club Freshtracks have six weeks of holidays here each year.

There may only be 66km of slopes, but Engelberg really packs a punch and in the form of the Laub, it is home to one of world’s best freeride routes. The lift-served off piste potential is vast and its position right on the northern edge of the Alps means it frequently gets hammered during snowstorms. And although the biggest attraction is the off piste, the snowsure pistes also serve up some good terrain for beginner or intermediate skiers.

The resort is more of a small town and as a result there is good variety when it comes to accommodation. Its grand Victorian hotels have been joined by chalet-style buildings, concrete blocks and new apartment buildings right next to the gondola.

By far the best way to make the most of Engelberg’s incredible terrain is with Ski Club Freshtracks. There are six off piste holidays heading out to the resort this winter, between January and March.

Our Engelberg Resort Ratings

  • Beginner ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Intermediate ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Advanced ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Snow Reliability ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Fast Lifts ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Resort Activities ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Après ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Value ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Pros

Fantastic snow record

Epic off piste runs

Huge vertical and long runs

Cons

Most slopes above trees so can be bleak in bad weather

Limited pistes for intermediates

Accommodation mostly a bus ride from the main lifts

Engelberg Skiing and Snowboarding

The main ski area on the Titlis mountain is a paradise for off piste skiers. Classic descents including the Laub and Galtiberg consistently rank amongst the world’s top off piste runs, but a guide is highly recommended. There are also decent beginner facilities above Gerschinalp, but intermediates will find the extent of the pistes limited.

  • Total Pistes: 80km
  • Blue: 29%
  • Red: 57%
  • Black: 14%
  • Lifts: 19
  • Altitude: 1000m – 3020m

For Beginners

There's a good isolated beginner area at Gerschinalp and also smaller areas at Trübsee and Untertrübsee. You do have to use lifts to get to and from these slopes however. Progression beyond this is fairly limited as most of the other pistes are more challenging reds.

For Intermediates

The long descents back into town offer a good, long cruise – especially when freshly groomed first thing in the morning – but early intermediates may struggle here as many of the reds are pretty steep. The extent of the slopes is also an issue as most of the ski area can be covered in a day.

For Advanced/Expert & Off Piste

This is where the resort comes into its own and there is lots of superb off piste. The jewel in the crown is the classic Laub descent that drops down over 1000m via a consistently steep and wide slope above town. Hiring a guide or heading out here with Ski Club Freshtracks will really help to ensure you see everything the resort has to offer.

Engelberg Piste Map

The local area map can be downloaded here and an interactive piste map with the latest lift operating information can be found by clicking here.

Engelberg Ski Pass Prices

All passes cover the entire ski area and rates remain the same throughout the season. A season pass costs 900 CHF and can be upgraded to include the summer for a price of 1030 CHF. Note that these prices may change, so check with the resort’s website for the latest or give the Ski Club’s expert info & advice team a call on 020 8410 2009.

Category

Day Ticket

3 Days

6 Days

Adult (20-63)

65 CHF

172 CHF

296 CHF

Youth (16-19)

46 CHF

120 CHF

207 CHF

Child (6-15)

26 CHF

69 CHF

118 CHF

Senior (64+)

65 CHF

138 CHF

237 CHF

Engelberg Season Dates

  • Opening Date: 5th October 2019
  • Closing Date: 24th May 2020

For full details see the resort's website and note that these dates are subject to change. The Ski Club’s expert info & advice team are also on hand to help – call 020 8410 2009.

Engelberg Resort

The resort is more of a town than a village so there are great amenities and the scenery is spectacular as it is surrounded by towering peaks. It is generally a relaxed and quiet resort – most people come here for the serious skiing and not the partying. Off the slopes there is a lot to do, including a well-maintained and popular network of cross country trails.

For Families

Although the beginner zones are located up the hill, they are good and sunny – ideal for younger children. As a quiet resort this is a good option and the Swiss ski school has a good reputation, meaning you can head off to explore the off piste whilst your children learn.

For Après

This is not a real après resort, but the Chalet bar at the base of the Titlis Express gondola has a popular happy hour and is the place to go once the lifts close. In town, a lot of the action is based in hotel bars, but Yucatan and the Hoheneck bar are both popular.

How to get to Engelberg

Engelberg is very accessible and is close to Zürich airport. The drive takes under an hour and a half, whilst the train is only a little longer – it takes about two hours. The drive from Basel is a little longer but the train journey is just as quick as from Zürich.

  • Zürich airport: 1.5 hours (driving) or 2 hours (by train)
  • Basel airport: 2 hours (driving and by train)
  • Calais: approximately 10 hours driving (506 miles)

Engelberg Contact Details

Good For

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

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