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Skiing in Engelberg - Central Switzerland ski region Picturesque village resort with a glacier and easy access from Zurich

The picturesque village of Engelberg, which is overlooked by its famous 12th century Benedictine Abbey, is set at the foot of the mighty Titlis mountain in a beautiful valley which leads up from Lake Lucerne. It's a charming spot with a relaxed holiday atmosphere, surrounded by the most spectacular and breathtaking scenery. This is also happens to be Central Switzerland's winter sports paradise with exhilarating skiing, snowboarding, sledging, ski bikes, ice climbing, snowshoeing and much more. Thanks to Engelberg's position close to a glacier, it's possible to ski here from October to mid-May. Engelberg also plays host to the annual FIS world cup ski jumping competitions each December. The resort is perfectly placed for a weekend break, being within easy reach of Zurich airport.  

Engelberg hotels

Altitude: 1050m-3020m
Pistes: 82km
Runs: 27 blue, 47 red, 8 black

Ski runs

The ski region around Engelberg boasts 82km of slopes and 25 lifts. Many of the challenging pistes are designed for advanced skiers, although intermediates will enjoy the Brunni ski area, which also caters for children. Snowboarding is well provided for and there are plenty of parks to test your skills. 

Titlis The Titlis Xpress transports you directly from the Engelberg valley station to Trübsee and on to Stand at 2,428m in just 16 minutes. Alternatively, the frequent ski bus shuttle service takes about 5 minutes to the funicular which take you up to Gerschnialp and the cable car to Trübsee and then Stand. A large ski area fans out in two directions from Trübsee, or there are easy and medium runs back down to the village. There are several runs from Stand or a cable car that climbs up to the Titlis at 3,020m where there is a restaurant with terrace and a spectacular view over the Alps. The run back to Stand over the glacier is for the better skier but the long run back to the village is also ideal for intermediate skiers. The mountain's longest down-hill run covers more than 12km at an altitude of 2,000m. Most pistes are snow-sure from December to April, with skiing possible on the glacier from October until mid-May. The Titlis ski area is also popular with adrenaline seeking off-piste enthusiasts thanks to the challenging descents. There are plenty of mountain restaurants to choose from - recharge your batteries with Italian pasta or classic Swiss 'Älplermagronen’ and get ready to hit the slopes again for more thrilling downhill runs.

Jochpass From Trübsee you can cross the frozen lake by chair lift to Alpstübli where there is a four seater chairlift up to the Jochpass at 2,207m and then a six person high speed chair lift to the Jochstock at 2,564m. There is the Freestyle Obstacle Park with corners and boxes at Jochpass. Restaurants at Alpstübli and Jochpass as well as several mountain huts on the runs back to the village.

Brunni 'The sunny side of Engelberg'. There is a valley station which takes just 4 minutes to Ristis at 1,600m. You can continue by chair lift up to Brunni and then a drag lift to Schonegg at 2,040m with a variety of runs with fabulous views for the intermediate skier, and ski runs back down to the village. All in all you can enjoy 7 kilometers of well-prepared trails and the sunniest slopes for skiing and snowboarding.

Klostermatte This is the perfect area for beginners. There are two lifts and a large children’s area with magic carpet conveyors. Klostermatte also has night skiing every Friday evening. The Ox and the Ristis restaurants are both open for this popular activity.  

Resort facilities

Winter hiking There are a dozen hiking routes from Engelberg covering 49km, allowing you to take in the woodland scenery and enjoy impressive views of the mountains and glacier.  

Cross country skiing Plenty of opportunities in the Engelberg Valley, including flood-lit routes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. 

Toboggan  Try the Brunni area with its network of sled runs, stretching from the Brunnihütte to Ristis. The 2.5 km long run guarantees a lot of fun!  Or there's the Fürenalp: a 20-minute walk up, followed by a gentle kilometre-long downwards run. At Gerschnialp on Fridays and Saturdays there is often a torchlight descent.  

TrübseeSnow Park FREE entry at the snow park December-April (weather dependent). Try minibobs and snowtubes - racing down the track on a rubber tyre. Whether you face forwards or backwards, simply sit back and enjoy the ride!

SnowXpark Take an exhilirating ride on a snowXbike - an agile snow machine for over 18s. For children over 12, the snowXmobile has two parallel runners and negotiates turns very easily.

Sports Indoor curling, tennis, badminton, climbing and skating. There is also an indoor pool.

Ski kindergarten Available for children of 2 years or more. Lessons are available in the ski school for children from 3 years of age.

Non skiers Plenty of walking opportunities. Nearby is Lake Lucerne which offers interesting excursion possibilities and the city of Lucerne itself is full of history. Engelberg's great Benedictine Abbey is also well worth a visit.

Après ski

Engelberg offers an array of eateries from traditional Swiss cuisine to Italian, Mexican and Indian restaurants. The bars are particularly lively at weekends, when locals from the Central Switzerland area come to enjoy the fantastic skiing. Skiers and snowboarders often head straight to the Chalet bar at the Titlis base station at the end of the day. The Yucatan is also very lively during the happy hour of 5-6pm. The Eden Bar and, later on, Disco Spindle are also popular. The traffic free centre of the village makes a stroll after dinner a real pleasure, with plenty of cosy stüblis and bars to distract you.

Snowshoe trek above Engelberg Freeride on Mount Titlis Don't miss the sun at Trübsee snow park Après ski shopping in Engelberg Family fun in Engelberg Cross country skiing on the Gerschnialp