A 90-minute drive from Zurich, Engelberg is our favourite ski weekend resort for advanced skiers in the Alps. The pretty town sits above Lake Lucerne and has a dominating Benedictine monastery; the monks that live there still ski around the resort! The skiing in Engelberg is extraordinary, with 2,000 acres of snow-sure pistes and plenty of opportunities to ski powder off-piste. In the evenings, bars host live music and restaurants come alive, making it superb for a long weekend.
As a result of the high altitude and sheltered valley, Engelberg is snow sure and is renowned for its fantastic off-piste skiing. The 3,028m high Titlis glacier has spectacular views across the surrounding mountaintops that are often soaring above the clouds. And most importantly, the 2,000m vertical from the top of the glacier into town is Switzerland’s longest descent, made up of challenging red and black runs.
Ski either the Big 5 or High 5 with a local guide, getting to know the local terrain. These routes include the epic peaks and descents of Brisen, Salistock and Steinberg to name a few. Subsequently, if you want to spend your time searching for fresh lines or unlocking new terrain, the guides can show you the best areas.
But don’t fear, Engelberg certainly doesn’t just cater for advanced and off-piste skiers. Across town, the Brunni pistes are a host of cruisy blue runs through the trees. Here you will find toboggan runs, hiking or snowshoe walks and the Yeti-Park Ristis that is great fun for children. In between winter activities, warm up in one of the many mountain huts for a hot chocolate or a filling lunch.
Taking the rotating Titlis gondola up the mountain is a great option for sensational views over Engelberg. Spot the ant-like skiers weaving down the mountain beneath you as you spiral upwards. After that, Chalet bar by the Titlis station is a sociable spot for a warming glühwein or Kafi schnapps afterwards.
A hub for Swiss and Scandinavian freeriders, Engelberg has a lively après. So you can choose between live music at Hoheneck bar, a ski shot at Yucatan or cocktails at Gadä Bar. With fantastic restaurants, dine on raclette at Fondue Stube Alpenclub, Nordic cuisine at Brasserie Konrad or local plates at a mountain hut.
After skiing Engelberg’s slopes, soak at Hotel Waldegg’s 34-degree brine pool with mountain views. Take a sauna in Eienwäldli, choosing a temperature between 50 and 85 degrees. Or similarly indulge in the H+ Hotel’s spa where there is a Finnish sauna, aromatherapy steam bath and massages..
Our three favourite hotels, Hotel Bellevue-Terminus, Hotel Hoheneck and Hotel Terrace are great for either a long weekend or a week-long stay. Hotel Bellevue-Terminus is a contemporary hotel with a classic 19th century Swiss exterior. The interiors are quirky with floral armchairs and dazzling chandeliers. From 3pm, Yucatan hosts a lively après ski with either live music or a DJ.
Once accommodating pilgrims, Hotel Hoheneck is a historical hotel with a lively bar and comfortable rooms. Warm up in the sauna after a day on the slopes or treat yourself to a massage. Alternatively, you could have a few drinks in the hotel bar accompanied by live entertainment. Similarly, the Art Nouveau Hotel Terrace retains its charm and character. The restaurant has high ceilings with chandeliers, draping velvet curtains and wide arches. Choose from the extensive cocktail list in Porticos Bar that has 250 types of gin, making it central Switzerland’s largest gin bar.
With such fantastic skiing in Engelberg, it would be a shame to only stay a couple of nights. So, why not stay longer? All our favourite hotels can host you for a week, therefore you can uncover all the incredible slopes.
For more information about skiing in Engelberg, please speak to our ski experts on 0207 741 7700.