Engelberg isn’t just a winter ski resort, it’s a winter heaven.
Engelberg lies in the heart of Switzerland and it has been receiving resort visitors since the 1850s.It has become a popular year round destination. Skiing began in the valley during the early 20th century, brought in by the Benedictine monks whose monastery is still present. The quaint and scenic village is reminiscent of a postcard with its surrounding peaks, glaciers, and lakes.
Skiers especially enjoy ascending the Titlis, a 10,000 ft north-facing peak, in the Rotair revolving gondola. Engelberg has a variety of terrain to suit all levels of skiers, however it is especially suited for intermediates. Non-skiers or those who decide to take a day off will find plenty to do in the valley from the 12th-century Benedictine Monastery to a variety of health spas and shopping.
Engelberg has so much on offer that you might be tempted to extend your stay just to pack it all in.
Understandably, skiing is the number one pastime in Engelberg with much of the terrain designed for advanced skiers with beginners needing to be wary of the more challenging pistes. The season typically lasts from October until May and the area has also become an off-piste skiing Mecca with many winter visitors traveling to enjoy the challenging descents that can be reached from the lift ski areas of Jochpass and Titlis. Snowboardingis well provided for and there are plenty of parks to test your skills.
That’s not to say there’s nothing for beginners to enjoy, however – for example, the area of Brunni is suitable for early intermediates, although its snow season is not typically as long. The Lake Lucerne region offers a relaxing diversion from the typical winter activities such as skiing, snowboarding and sledding with a wide selections of shops, cafés and restaurants to enjoy. Lucerne is easily reached from Engelberg by the hourly Swiss Rail service.
Cross country skiing can be enjoyed with a variety of different routes with interesting courses in the Engelberg valley. Alternatively, you can take in the scenery with some winter hiking that includes routes through the woods with impressive views of the mountains and glaciers.