Engelberg Ski Weekends
Only a mere 90 minutes from Zurich airport lies one of the best advanced skiing resorts in the Swiss Alps. Engelberg is an exceptionally pretty town with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains; its name appropriately translates to ‘Mountain of Angels.
The town has fantastic skiing and a great après scene after the lifts shut too. Overall, Engelberg isn’t as well-known as it deserves to be, and that’s just how we want it to stay.
- Approximately 90 minutes from Zurich
- Lots of blues and difficult reds
- This is a powder hound paradise
Engelberg town is built around an old Benedictine monastery, founded centuries before it became a fully-fledged ski resort. The town, whilst relatively small, is bustling on the weekend and attracts a good crowd of people to create a brilliant, lively atmosphere. The town is not ski-in ski-out but there are regular buses that can transport you to the slopes in no more than a couple of minutes.
Engelberg's slopes are best for intermediate and advanced skiers; beginners might have a hard time getting their ski legs here. There are a plethora of steep, exhilarating slopes that will keep you entertained over a 4 night stay. Engelberg is great for ski weekends right through the season, the chairlifts go up to 3,020m and there is a vertical drop of 2,000m; making for some incredibly fun descents. The mountain has an incredible snow record too and has an average of over 7 metres of snow annually.
If you’re a seasoned skier who is looking for freeride potential then Engelberg is the place to come. The off-piste opportunities are endless and an advanced skier will find that the relatively small 82km of marked slopes become completely insignificant when you start taking your skiing to the backcountry. Advanced skiers will want to look for the hardest and steepest runs on Mount Titlis and tree-lined freeride on Mount Brunni.
For a relatively small mountain, Engelberg has an electrifying après scene. Whilst it is no St. Anton, you will find the bars to be thriving during the weekend and the drink prices are much more respectable than you’d expect from a Swiss resort. There is also a little Igloo Village at Trubsee that offers delicious cheese fondue and a nocturnal snowshoeing experience. Engelberg isn’t just about great après and skiing though, if you’re daring enough, you can visit the highest suspension bridge in Europe; with breathtaking views at 10,000 feet.