Engelberg

Engelberg

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Engelberg

Engelberg4/58
Engelberg4 out of 5 based on 8 reviews
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Engelberg Maps & Stats

    Engelberg Trail Map
  • Engelberg Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,050m - 3,028m (1,978m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    10m
  • Lifts (24)
    8 Gondolas / cable cars
    7 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Lat Oct to early May
    8:20am to 5:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 85km
    Longest run - 9km
    Advanced - 17%
    Intermediate - 55%
    Beginner - 28%
    Massive advanced off-piste terrain
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 23/24
    Destination Pass: valid on all Engelberg lifts
    (dynamic online lift pass pricing)
    Adult - from CHF54.50 to 70.50
    Child - from CHF22 to 28
    Child u/6yr - Free

    Trübsee Pass: valid on Titlis lower mountain lifts only
    Adult - CHF41
    Child - CHF17
    Child u/6yr - Free

    Brunni Pass: valid on Brunni-Klostermatte lifts only
    Adult - CHF44
    Child - CHF22
    Child u/6yr - Free
    Engelberg Big 5 Trail Map
  • Engelberg Big 5 Trail Map
    Titlis Ski Trail Map
  • Titlis Ski Trail Map
    Brunni Ski Trail Map
  • Brunni Ski Trail Map

Engelberg - Reviews

Engelberg - Reviews

Engelberg Powder

10/06/2024

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Powder Puppy

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Powder Puppy
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    N/A
  • Month Visited:
    March
  • Admin Rating
    4

Engelberg Powder

10/06/2024
30cm of fresh powder on my first European boarding day was the kind of start that gets one hard in the overpants! The scale of everything at Engelberg was huge compared to what I used to. Awestruck.

Low vis up high in the off-piste in such 'high consequence' terrain was challenging, but the on-piste was easy to ride in any conditions.

Engelberg the town has good free transport and shuttle buses, making it easy to get around. Nice, clean valley town in a pretty mountain setting.

Would visit again.
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Big Reputation For Good Reason

17/04/2024

POWDERHOUNDS EUROPE

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  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    N/A
  • Month Visited:
    March
  • Admin Rating
    5

Big Reputation For Good Reason

17/04/2024

Engelberg’s reputation for big freeride powder descents is legend. And to finally ski it properly on a few super deep days in March was a long-held ambition which turned out to be a real treat. Light mid-week crowds meant the usual ‘powder madness’ that besieges the mountain on weekends was not really in evidence and we were thankful for it.

As seems to be usual on powder days at Engelberg the Rotair cable car up to Titlis was only open for pedestrians until 10 to 10.30am each day, so doing the Steinberg in relatively untracked condition was all about timing it when the lift opened to skiers. Turns out we timed it relatively poorly, but still had a few incredibly epic runs. We never skied the Laub as the lower third of it appeared to be very poor when viewed from the gondola on the way up to Trübsee in the morning (a victim of the warm winter!). Viewing it later on in the day, a lot of people did ski the Laub, but the tracks down low looked to be anything but fun leaving us feeling a little vindicated (because there was a spirited conversation about ‘should we’ or ‘shouldn’t we’ earlier on in the day – the shouldn’t won!).

We checked out the relatively mellow off-piste lines around the Ochsenhorn on the Jochstock side of the mountain and then the Sulz in very poor visibility. Our snowboarder in the group did not enjoy the traverses out, but he is fit and did it a lot easier than most others that we saw. Skiing certainly has its advantages at Engelberg. A 1,560m vertical, 9km long, top to bottom from Jochstock back into the village, together with warming temperatures, was enough for us to call it a day and have a few beers at the ‘Chalet’. Felt a lot more cosy standing on the deck with a new wall enclosing it in; sheltering one from the sight & sound of the buses.

On this day I was with a mate that had just arrived in Switzerland, and it was his first day on snow. Suffice to say he was quite impressed. It set an extremely high bar for the rest of his time with me in Europe. I only managed to equal or better it at Sölden in Austria (where first tracks on a deep day into the Wasserkar below Gaislachkogel is hard to beat) and in Norway at Uløya Island and again in the Lofoten Islands - both incredible ski locations, even if they don’t have lifts! My point is that a good powder day at Engelberg is as good a day on snow as you are likely to have anywhere, anytime.

The following day was heavy snow & stormy with low visibility and saw us skiing on & off-piste powder all alone first thing in the morning. Below Stand, the steeps off to skiers left proved quite deep, but dicey as well. Care was required to avoid some slide zones. The visibility & conditions meant the Steinberg was untenable, but a few runs from the top past the Ice Flyer and down Piste Rotegg had a nice combo of a little visibility & deep untouched powder. The iconic Laub freeride zone still had poor snow cover on its lower reaches, so any joy at the top was juxtaposed against a bit of misery at the exit, but such is life. The visibility lifted somewhat, and we checked out the newest chair at Engelberg (the six-seat Engstlen) via the Steintäli route (which was blah!). The pistes around Jochstock were in supreme condition and thoroughly enjoyable as they were devoid of humans. The day ended with another full vertical tilt down along the Graustock and back into Engelberg. Glorious stuff.

Whilst skiing Engelberg we stayed at the Alp Apartments, right in the heart of town. An older style, traditional building with loads of character, the apartments interior was spacious, bright and shiny new with an excellent fit-out for full self-catering. We even availed our self of the washing machine & dryer – a godsend for me having been ‘on the road’ for a couple of months already. The ski bus stop for the main lines was just 50m from the apartment.

It’s a shame Engelberg town is quite low elevation (1,050m). The lack of snow in a ‘warm’ season like 2024 (and lots of rain), can be a little disheartening on a ski holiday. Remembering that the mountain’s ski terrain rises over 2,000m vertical above the town lifts the spirits, but it is still preferable to stay in a snow-covered village, as opposed to a green valley in winter. Warm winters also make the maintenance of the valley trail problematic, but if it ceased to exist tomorrow, it would not be the biggest loss, just a shame. The decrease in the size of the glaciers up higher is more alarming, aligning with a huge decline right across the Alps. Note that even though the bottom of the mountain was relatively snowless, I have rated the snow here the highest possible as the upper 1,500m of vertical was/is superb. It was just the lower 500m that was shite (ish). Consider that 1,500m of vertical is more than most ski areas in North America, plus all ski areas in Japan, Oceania & probably South America as well, so I reckon it’s a reasonable contention.

It will be interesting to see what the construction of the new extra cable car up to Titlis brings next season. Less waiting, but more skiers up top wont be a great equation. Time will tell. Also noted that the old Älplerseil cable car was no longer in place, despite it still being on the current trail maps. It was never of much use from a ski point of view, but I am intrigued nonetheless.

I rankled with the rating for child friendly at Engelberg. The reality is most of Titlis is not child friendly and the bits that are, are not great. The low elevation Klostermatte slopes struggle for decent snow these days. Go elsewhere if seeking a family ski holiday (unless your kids are all experts that is!). Aletsch Arena & Bettmeralp village for example.

Engelberg is one of those mystical mountains that conjures up images of deep powder, steeps & adventure. The reality can be a little different depending on the day, but when the stars align, Titlis provides the best kind of experience for Powderhounds. Who knows, one day I may even ski it with someone that actually knows the terrain. Looking forward to revisiting but will avoid doing it on a weekend when from all reports the morning lift lines can be horrendous, and the mountain gets tracked out incredibly quickly! But it is popular for a reason, and that reason will get me returning next season ……. powder!

See our thoughts on the pros & cons on our Engelberg overview page.


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Engelberg without powder - About as much fun as one can have in bed with clothes on

06/04/2023

Eivind Moen

Powder Enthusiast
Powder Enthusiast

Eivind Moen

Powder Enthusiast
Powder Enthusiast
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    5

Engelberg without powder - About as much fun as one can have in bed with clothes on

06/04/2023
Visited Engelberg for the first time in February 2023, in the midst of the 2023 draught in the Alps region. Snow was decent all things considered, and runs were well groomed. The mountain is quite steep, with fast and entertaining runs. Due to the steep runs, most of the mountain is not very friendly for beginners, although there is a good beginner/family area at gondola-accessible Trubsee.
The groomed ski area all things considered is not that large, but then again I don't think people go to Engelberg for the groomers. Freeride terrain is VAST and looked absolutely amazing, unfortunately the snow was too crusty to really enjoy or partake much for time I was there. For now, I had to just look at the Laub and hope to ski it in the future. 2000m vertical is massive, and although it can not all be skied in a single run it makes for a run top-to-bottom last run of the day.
Due to the lack of powder, focus turned to apres ski. Best Aperol Spritz was found at Engel & Bengel, and gluhwein at the Chalet at the bottom of the Titlis Xpress gondola is obligatory once you've made it down from the mountain. Apres ski at The Ski Lodge is the best hidden-gem I found, very cool ski-bum vibe. Due to close proximity to Luzern and overall easy access by train and car, crowds at Engelberg can add up, and probably more so on powder days.
So yeah, Engelberg is a good and fun place to visit. Great little mountain, and fun town. But I will definitely have to come back for a powder day as I firmly believe that "good" and "fun" will turn into "epic" at that point.
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Big Boy Mountain

13/01/2022

Sean

Powder Puppy
Powder Puppy

Sean

Powder Puppy
Powder Puppy
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    3

Big Boy Mountain

13/01/2022
Powder days at Engelberg are EPIC! This mountain has some serious big mountain freeride lines. I skied Engelberg in January 2022 during a storm that dumped 2 feet of light powder on the mountain. This was a pleasant surprise as there was very little snowfall in the actual village of Engelberg. While riding the gondola up it began dumping when we got to the mid mountain Trubsee station 1200m up. Visibility was a bit difficult but skiing off piste around the Jochpass chair was epic. Around lunchtime, the sky cleared and I was able to get two laps in on Sulz and then two runs on Laub which are two of the BIG5 freeride routes. It really doesn't get much better than skiing Laub in two feet of powder. The top of Titlis was closed to skiing but still open to go up and explore the glacier cave and cliff walk. Winds were very strong and visibility was minimal at the peak so I did not venture up there. There are two more glacier freeride runs that you can access from the top which I will have to save for next time. Engelberg has tons of other activities such as tubing, snow shoeing, glacier cave, cliff walk, and cross country skiing around the Trubsee area. This area also has a hotel and a few restaurants so you can stay right on the mountain. There are also plenty of intermediate pistes. The mountain can be dangerous as there are massive cliffs under the Titlis express gondola that are pretty close to some of the piste trails. If you are venturing off piste you need to know where you are going. There are also a lot of steep sections and tons of expert freeride opportunities within this area. The town has a few good restaurants and plenty of hotels. The prices are a bit high as is most of Switzerland. All in all, an unreal mountain for advanced/expert skiers that love to ski big freeride lines.
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Big Bad Ass Engelberg

Kashmir Survivalist
03/04/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    3

Big Bad Ass Engelberg

Kashmir Survivalist
03/04/2018
Big, bad ass Engelberg. This is a monster of a hill with some truly scary terrain. For those of us used to a nanny state level of warnings such as don't ski here or you'll die, be warned, there are some serious opportunities to ski off a cliff or cornice and do indeed that.....

Warnings aside, Engelberg has great fall line skiing and steeps. We discovered some deep wind blown powder stashes off-piste.

Visit the Iglubar for a unique bar experience.
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World Class Big Mountain Skiing.

POWDERHOUNDS EUROPE
25/03/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    5

World Class Big Mountain Skiing.

POWDERHOUNDS EUROPE
25/03/2018
Engelberg is 'world class big mountain skiing' in the truest sense of the words. A 2000m skiable vertical is imposing enough........... and then you ski it. The off piste freeride terrain is super intimidating at first. Crevassess and avalanche danger are ever present, even on the more popular routes (i.e. Laub). If intending to tackle the off piste, Engelberg is best sampled at first with a guide.

Regardless of where you ride, we found the snow quality to be excellent on and off piste, and for what you get, Engelberg is excellent value for money. Engelberg is one of Europe's most snow sure ski resorts with deep bases of 4m+ well into April and May.

For those not interested in chasing powder, Engelberg's topography means it has an awkward and disjointed arrangement of lifts and piste trails. After half a day it makes enough sense to provide even new skiers with a sense of adventure as trails wind down valleys to the base. The beginner areas are somewhat cut off from the rest of the terrain up higher. The best area for beginners isn't even in the main resort, but near the town on a sunny slope above the historic Kloster in the ski area called Brunni.

For those not interested in skiing at all, Engelberg is one of the world's best ski resorts to visit - ironic! The stupendous cable car ride on the Rotair over the Steinberg glacier and up to Klein Titlis at 3028m, then has the added attractions of a cliff walk on a suspension bridge, and ice walk through the glacier, wonderful views, paragliding and a nice restaurant. Lower down the mountain, sledding trails, winter walking trails, snowmobiles and snow tubing (to name a few) will keep you busy.

The town of Engelberg is quite large and like Davos and St Moritz, has lost most of its authentic Swiss village feel. Some pretty remnants remain though, notably the Kloster, but its saving grace is the location surrounded on all sides by spectacular mountain peaks. That quibble aside, the town has every service and lodging type one will ever need on a snow holiday. Engelberg also has the advantage of a train line which terminates in the heart of the town making travel to the ski resort from all the major Swiss cities and airports easy.

For a Swiss ski resort, Engelberg is better than most when it comes to après ski. The Iglu bar up on the mountain near Trübsee is sensational, the Chalet at the lift base a local standard and the Core Irish bar in the town centre excellent.

Engelberg is a ski resort that all skiers need to experience at least once. When are you going?

We are of the view that once is not enough and will return in 2019.


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Engelberg - Outside the Ordinary.

24/03/2018

Wendy

Powder Addict
Powder Addict

Wendy

Powder Addict
Powder Addict
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    3

Engelberg - Outside the Ordinary.

24/03/2018
Engelberg is overwhelming, but in a good way. Going straight to the top is intimidating (unless you have nerves of steel), yet somehow there is a way to ski down. There is super steep, challenging terrain that makes you want to go back and keep skiing until it becomes the norm and you can conquer the belly butterflies. The snow quality is excellent. The variety of descent options is amazing and the non skiing activitess are too many to list. WOW.
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Titlis

Steeve
04/01/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    March
  • Admin Rating
    1

Titlis

Steeve
04/01/2017
One of the best!
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