Engelberg

Engelberg ski resort Titlis Xpress gondola ascends 1400m vertical.
Steep powder laden off piste is the order of the day at Engelberg.
The Titlis Rotair cable car ascends 600m vertical to Engelberg's 3028m top.
Summit of Titlis (3239m) at Engelberg is heavily glaciated.
The town of Engelberg is surrounded by spectacular mountains.
Powder on the upper Steinberg glacier on Titlis at Engelberg.
Surveying the vast and challenging freeride terrain at Engelberg.
Steinberg glacier, Engelberg ski resort.
Steinberg glacier, Engelberg ski resort.
Iglu bar has a sensational interior. An Engelberg 'must do'.
Jochpass chair serves some of the excellent Engelberg piste trails.
Engelberg piste trails have great snow and are super fun.
Engelberg has a massive array of non ski activities including the Cliff Walk.
Engelberg has all the services, facilities & activities for a great winter holiday.
Ski powder at Engelberg.
The Laub is one of Engelberg's signature, epic, off piste descents.
The hotel at Jochpass is one of the best Engelberg ski in / ski out lodgings.
The ice cave is a fascinating walk through the glacier at Engelberg ski resort.
The Chalet is Engelberg's premier apres ski location.
Ski Engelberg.

Engelberg

Readers Ratings

Engelberg

Engelberg4/54
Engelberg4 out of 5 based on 4 reviews
  • Recommend
    100%
  • Would Revisit
    100%
Mixed group guided instructional packages to the Dolomites
World Nomads Travel Insurance

Engelberg Ski Resort Switzerland

Engelberg Switzerland is one of the top powder & freeride destinations in the world. In the shadows of Titlis, Engelberg ski resort is renowned for freak storms pewking heaps of fresh snow, gnarly descents of up to 2000 metres vertical & easy accessibility from Zurich (and other major cities) by train. It was definitely on the Powderhounds bucket list, make sure you put it on yours as well.

The Powderhounds recently ticked Engelberg off the bucket list. We can confirm that this mountain is indeed beautiful, fun & intimidating all at once.

Summary of Pros & Cons for Engelberg Ski Resort

Pros

  • Huge skiable vertical of 2000m;
  • World class freeride & powder skiing - home of the BIG 5;
  • Deep, reliable & quality snowpack;
  • Fabulous piste trails for all levels;
  • majority of terrain above 1800m elevation;
  • Awesome views when the sun shines;
  • Full service town with everything one requires on a snow holiday;
  • Amazing range of non-ski activities in a spectacular setting.
  • Superb access by train and connections to Zurich airport.
  • Excellent value for what you get.

Cons

  • Topography means disjointed pistes & lifts;
  • Engelberg township has lost much its authentic feel;
  • Beginner terrain is disjointed from rest of the ski terrain;
  • Some piste trails are very busy (i.e. near Jochpass & Laubersgrat);
  • Intermediate skiers may get bored after a couple of days;

Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective

  • Limited range of 'high end' hotels;
  • It is in Switzerland, so things are a bit more expensive (but everything works!).

Engelberg Skiing & Snowboarding

Engelberg is 'world class big mountain skiing' in the truest sense of the words. The 2000m skiable vertical is imposing enough........... and then you ski it. The off piste freeride terrain can be super intimidating to the uninitiated. Even on the more popular routes (i.e. Laub), avalanche danger & crevasses on the glaciers are ever present. If intending to tackle the ‘Big 5’, Engelberg is best sampled (at first anyway) with a guide.

For those not interested in chasing powder, Engelberg's topography means it has an awkward & disjointed arrangement of lifts & piste trails. After half a day it makes enough sense, Even new skiers will feel 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 (monastery) in the ski area called Brunni. The Brunni ski area consists of the lower 'learn to ski' run plus a small amount of mixed piste trails on about 440m of skiable vertical accessible via cable car.

Engelberg's ski lifts are an intriguing mix of old and new. Several ancient cable cars throughout the valley appear to have more to do with summer & winter walking than skiing. In the Titlis ski area, surface lifts appropriately serve beginner areas, whilst modern chairs & gondolas, plus the iconic Titlis Rotair cable car provide the uphill oomph for the rest. Replacement of the painfully slow Engstlen chair & two new chairs plus a terrain expansion are in the wings for below the Schafberg peak.

See our Engelberg Skiing page for more information.

Snow & Weather

Engelberg is renowned for freak storms pewking heaps of fresh snow on the 3239m Titlis. With an average upper mountain snowfall of over 10m, the snow quality tends to be excellent on & off piste making Engelberg one of Europe's most sure ski resorts. The upper mountain can be subjected to some extreme weather during winter storms but is amazing when the sun comes out. Not that inversions can make it seem cloudy when in the village, but Titlis may be in sunshine - always check the web cams!

Where is Engelberg, Switzerland?

The Engelberg ski resort is in central Switzerland is just 35km south of the beautiful city of Lucerne (Luzern). The main international gateway airport is Zurich, only 85km north of Engelberg .

Engelberg is connected to Lucerne, Zurich and the rest of Switzerland by the wonderful Swiss railway system. Trains to Engelberg from Lucerne take only 45min and leave every hour. Click the banner below for train tickets & schedules.
Europe Train & Bus Schedules & Tickets
See our Travel to Engelberg page for more information.

Engelberg Accommodation

The Engelberg ski resort has the sprawling village of the same name at its base providing plentiful hotel, apartment & guesthouse lodging options.

For something completely different the Berghotel Trübsee & the higher Barghuis Jochpass Hotel provide the best ski in ski out accommodation in Engelberg. The Hotel Iglu Dorf at Trübsee involves sleeping in an ice hotel & whilst not for the faint hearted, is a wonderful ski lodging experience. The bar at the Iglu-Dorf is sensational. Definitely the place to have a celebratory drink after an epic powder laden freeride route.

In town, the centrally located Hotel Schweizerhof & Hotel Crystal are close to the train station, town centre & ski lifts. In the town centre, the beautifully decorated Alpenclub Hotel is a stand out. Best value accommodation that includes private & shared rooms are the Pension St Jakob & Spannort Inn.

Search & book all Engelberg Ski Accommodation here >>>

With the regular train from Lucerne taking only 45min, staying in this delightful city is a definite option when skiing Engelberg. Lake Lucerne is only 25min drive from Engelberg. Beautiful towns along its lakeshore such as Beckenried (at the base of nearby Klewenalp ski resort) provide all services, great hotels and restaurants and offer an alternative to staying in Engelberg.

Engelberg Bars

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 gondola lift base a local standard and the Core Irish bar in the town centre is excellent. All three can be combined in the one afternoon.

Non-Ski Activities

For those not interested in skiing at all, Engelberg is one of the world's best ski resorts to visit - ironic! As if the stupendous cable car ride on the Rotair over the Steinberg glacier and up to Klein Titlis at 3028m is not enough. At the top there are the added attractions of a cliff walk on a suspension bridge, an ice walk through the glacier, wonderful views, paragliding plus a quality restaurant. Lower down the mountain there are sledding trails, winter walking trails, snowmobiles & snow tubing (to name a few) to keep you busy. On nearby Brunni more sled & winter walking trails await, along with the requisite mountain huts for some fine alpine dining.

Tours in or near Engelberg

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Engelberg - Adermatt Freeride Ski Tour
GUIDED SKI TOUR | MIXED GROUP
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Explore deep powder turns around Andermatt while skiing thousands of acres of off piste. With over 5,000' feet of vertical from the top of Gemsstock, our groups will have unforgettable days in the Alps. Then ride Engelberg - the freeride mecca of Switzerland with some of the biggest descents & best snow in the Alps.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share room.
Base/invoice currency is in USD ex taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 3,495
View Details
 
See all Safari (Road Trip) tours that visit Engelberg here

Backcountry Skiing Tours

Urner Hut Tour - The Skiers Haute Route
GUIDED SKI TOUR | MIXED GROUP
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
The Urner Hut Tour or otherwise known as “The Skier’s Haute Route” is one of the best ski tours in the Alps. The tour goes from Andermatt to Engelberg and has an emphasis on top-notch descents rather than the long traverses which are common on some other standard Haute Routes through the Alps.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share room.
Base/invoice currency is in USD ex taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 2,595
View Details
 
See all Backcountry Skiing tours that visit Engelberg here