Klewenalp Ski Resort

Klewenalp ski resort cable car above Lake Lucerne.
Deep powder skiing at Klewenalp.
The perfect line down the Klewenstock.
Glorious views surround Klewenalp ski resort.
The Klewenalp base village of Beckenried is on the lakeshore.
The Klewenalp north facing terrain has superb snow quality.
The backside of the Klewenstock has steeps for the adventurous.
Klewenalp ski resort, Switzerland.
Even the low angle powder skiing is fun at Klewenalp.
Klewenalp ski resort, Switzerland.
Lunchtime at Klewenalp.
The Stockhütte gondola from Emmetten village at Klewenalp.
Klewenalp is awesome for beginner skiers.
Klewenalp intermediate piste trail near Stockhütte.
Klewenalp skiing.
Dive in the steep end at Klewenalp ski resort!
The Klewenstock is central to the entire ski resort.
Lake Lucerne from Klewenalp ski resort.
Klewenalp ski resort.
Ski Klewenalp in Switzerland & then head to Engelberg. Yee har!

Klewenalp Ski Resort

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  • Vertical (m)
    450m – 2,001m (1,551m))
  • Average Snow Fall
  • Lifts (14)
    2 Gondolas / cable cars
    3 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    December to early April
    8:05am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 50km
    Longest run – 7km
    Advanced - 20% (all routes)
    Intermediate - 48%
    Beginner - 32%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    Adult - CHF51
    Child - CHF25
    Child u/6yr - Free

Klewenalp Ski Resort Switzerland

Klewenalp ski resort Switzerland is located beautifully above Lake Lucerne, close to Luzern & Zurich. Klewenalp is a traditional Swiss resort perfect for a family ski trip or even better as a warm up to the superb Engelberg a few minutes drive to the south.

After a good snowfall, powder skiing opportunities are plentiful at Klewenalp. The potential 1551m skiable vertical down to the lake is a tasty treat indeed, but one that is being seriously challenged by our changing climate.

Pros & Cons for Klewenalp Ski Resort


  • Beautiful location above Lake Lucerne; 
  • Interesting variety of piste trails for all levels;
  • Fun off piste powder, steeps & tree skiing opportunities;
  • Great family ski hill;
  • Quiet on weekdays;
  • When the snow is deep, challenging backcountry terrain;
  • Nice warm up for Engelberg;
  • Loads of ski in ski out accommodation;
  • Lots of non-ski activities like sledding;
  • Good après ski.


  • No snow-making. Low elevation base area struggles for snow cover, so valley routes are not often open;
  • Awkward terrain to navigate around;
  • Busy on weekends with lots of families;
  • Comparatively expensive lift ticket.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Small ski resort that may or not hold one's interest for more than a couple of days;
  • Quiet town but perfect in a Swiss kind of way.

Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

Never a truer word was spoken than "you just never know until you go". Klewenalp is case in point. When perusing the Klewenalp ski trail map prior to visiting, what was seemingly a strange ski hill is actually proven to be the fact in reality. Awkward terrain equates to seemingly odd lift & trail placements that only start to make sense once a full lap of the resort is completed.

And so the old adage applies. Had we never gone, we would never have discovered that Klewenalp, despite its truly awkward terrain has some seriously fun, seriously steep, seriously pleasant piste & powder skiing in amongst some seriously gob-smacking scenery.

A great family resort, the crowd on the weekend was sizeable but restricted to the easy slopes on the piste, so not truly noticed by the Powderhounds. Some quick exploration had us in shin to waist deep powder (depending on the aspect) without too much effort at all. The steeps off the back of the Klewenstock were..... steep with a few trees thrown in for good measure (even though relatively short).

Access up the resort is via a cable car from the town of Beckenried or cable car & gondola from the higher village of Emmetten. The general lift system is a little dated, but gets the job done. Unusually, there is NO snow-making in the resort resulting in the valley trails back to Beckenried & Emmetten only rarely opening. But if they were open, oh the possibilities!

Where is Klewenalp Switzerland?

The Klewenalp ski resort is in the small central Swiss canton of Nidwalden above the shores of Lake Lucerne. The resort has two bases in the town of Beckenried on the lakeshore & the village of Emmetten higher up the hill.

Beckenried is a short 50min (72km) drive south from downtown Zurich & only 20min (22km) by road from Lucerne (Luzern). Gateway airport is Zurich (ZRH).

Beckenried has no train station (what? Is this not Switzerland!!), the closest one being in Stans on the line to Engelberg. Stans is 8km to the west of Beckenried. Search & book train tickets to Stans & Beckenried here.

Klewenalp Accommodation

The southern shore of Lake Lucerne is a short walk to the Klewenalp cable car in the town of Beckenried & provides a pleasant location to launch forays into the mountains. Accommodation is in several excellent hotels including the Hotel Nidwalderhof & the Seerausch Swiss Quality Hotel.

An interesting option would be to spend the night up on the mountain. There are several lodges up around the cable car top station but the highest of them is perched all by itself near the top of the Klewenstock summit, the Ausflags Pistenhotel Klewenstock.

The other Klewenalp resort base at the village of Emmetten has several hotels available, the most convenient to the ski lifts being the Hotel Engel.

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Klewenalp Activities

Typically for a Swiss resort, there were more families winter walking & sledding than one could poke a stock at. Great for skiers! The network of tracks & trails is intricate & returns to the main base area are made via chairlifts, cable cars or on foot. One sledding trail drops an impressive 750m of vertical into Emmetten village.

Tours in or near Klewenalp

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Engelberg - Andermatt Freeride Ski Tour
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Explore deep powder turns around Andermatt while skiing vast freeride off-piste terrain. With over 5,000' feet of vertical from the top of Gemsstock, your 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.
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USD 3,695
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Backcountry Skiing Tours

Urner Hut Tour - The Skiers Haute Route
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.
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