Engelberg is one of the premier freeride destinations in Switzerland. Sitting beneath the striking Titlis Mountain, Engelberg is famed for its extensive off-piste in addition to its 82km of slopes. An established village thanks to the still-functioning monastery, there are plenty of activities for non-skiers as well as powder hounds. Recent investment has seen the summer season grow so much that the number of visitors in the warmer months now eclipses the number of visitors in winter.
One of the easiest to reach ski resorts in Switzerland, it is a 1hr20 drive from Zurich, 1hr from Lucerne and has good train connections to plenty of major Swiss cities.
The mainly tree-less slopes above rise 2000m above the town, giving it one of the longest vertical drops of Switzerland. The high, north-facing slopes keep their snow well and long into the season, and the piste grooming is exceptional with well-placed snow machines for when the slopes lower down lose their snow. The off-piste is a free-rider’s paradise, and on a powder day the skiing rivals that at St Anton or La Grave. Although there is a beginner’s area, Engelberg is best for intermediate and advanced riders. The only real drawback of skiing in Engelberg is that it is removed from the town. There is a free shuttle which takes 2 minutes to drive to the gondola, or it is a 15-minute walk from the town, but once you see what the mountain has to offer this seems like a small price to pay.
Although famed for its powder skiing, Engelberg has joined the ranks of ski resorts which have become more popular in the summer. Reduced snow fall in recent years has seen an emphasis on summer mountain activities. Hiking and mountain biking are the go-to sports of Engelberg now, and the golf course here is one of the prettiest in the world. There is sport climbing, fishing and plenty of activities for the whole family.
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