Engelberg Resort Guide
Renowned in the freeski community for its challenging and expert descents, expect big verticals and some of Europe’s best ski- and free-riding in Engelberg-Titlis, Switzerland. With an altitude of around 1000m (rising to 3,239m at its peak when you factor in its glacier), you’ll find most of the skiing is above 2000m.
Engelberg's terrain doubles in size for advanced skiers who are happy to carry their skis and hike a fair distance - but be prepared - thighs will burn! Our favourite off-piste classics include the Grosse Sulz (Big Sugar Snow), the Kleine Sulz (Small Sugar Snow) and Steinberg (Stone Mountain) - an incredible run right through the middle of the Titlis glacier, with crevasses and great walls of ice on every side. This is an unforgettable adventure but should not be attempted unless accompanied by a qualified guide. Perhaps the most famous is the Laub - a long and lovely thigh-burning descent back down to Engelberg.
- Jochpass: An intermediate and partially advanced run; on busier days follow the locals by taking the Titlis to Stand and then cut across to Jochpass side
- Stand: An advanced run that is expert in some segments
- Downhill: Talabfahrt - a direct route down from Trübsee to the valley; for wide cruising choose the Standart or, for a steep descent, the Kanonenrohr
- Beginners: Ängstlen - on the Titlis side popular with locals; The Brunni - an easy tree-lined run on the sunny side which also has a decent black run from the top accessed from mid-station/mountain
Eating & drinking – on mountain
- Berghaus Jochpass - a choice of two restaurants in an Alpine lodge setting serving homely family recipes along with locally- and regionally-sourced dishes
- Mountain Lodge Ristis - based on the Brunni side and offers local specialities, a dedicated childrens’ menu (burn off some post-lunch energy in the Yeti Park next door)
- Mountain Lodge Stand - found at the peak of Stand a great place for traditional fondue served daily. Their burgers are pretty good too!
- TITLIS Panorama Restaurant - reached via the Titlis Mountain Station; table service with panoramic mountain views at 3000m, the menu includes wood-fired pizza
Ski School & rentals
Whether you’re an absolute beginner to pro-skier or boarder you’ll be well catered for in one of the resort’s English-speaking ski schools, offering everything from one-off improver lessons right through to longer-running courses. If freeriding or ski-touring are on your itinerary, we highly recommend tapping into the resort’s fully-qualified English-speaking local guides who are experts in the surrounding terrain.
A free shuttle bus is available throughout the whole winter but stops in the evening so you’ll need to budget for taxis to get around at night.
The Yucatan Bar does Happy Hour straight after you come off the slopes. If your stamina will let you, stay and drink for 12 hours solid until they throw you out at 5 am! For a more traditional affair, the Alpenclub has plenty of atmosphere and hearty Swiss cuisine.
Best evening bars
Suggestions include The Core Irish Pub, an authentic locals hangout; for neon lights, low ceilings and a guaranteed headache the next morning, head to Gletscherspalte; or, try the Hoheneck bar - an àpres spot that continues late into the early hours.
Winter hiking & snowshoeing – explore the area in serenity and quiet, away from the crowds.
Cross country skiing – 43km of trails, including night skiing on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9pm.
Sledding – there are 3 sledge runs with a total length of 7km.
Ice skating – indoor or outdoor natural rinks, with ice hockey, curling and ice-stick shooting.
Airboarding – like sledging, but on inflatable “airboards”, you can whizz down the mountain!
Snowmobiling – electric snowmobiles are more environmentally friendly, but just as fun. From 12 years.
Kids in Engelberg
Based in the Hotel Terrace, Childcare Terrace offers supervised activities for ages 3 to 15. The Mini Club takes children from 3-9 years and has a mix of toys and games along with a ‘cuddly corner’ for quiet time. The Teenie Club is for 9 - 15 years with lots of table games including air hockey, plus simulators and Nintendo.
Available Sunday - Friday 10 am-12.00 pm and 3-9 pm, with a daily childrens’ dinner at 6 pm, places must be booked by 8 pm the night before.
Nursery slopes/beginners area
Right next to the Brunni Cableway Valley Station and ski bus stop, the magic happens in Globi’s Winterland and Snowli Village in the Klostermatte area, Engelberg’s nursery slopes, where you’ll find open flat skiing and sledding and is perfect for beginners and young children. It includes two ski lifts, two magic carpets, a ski carousel (a bit like a ski roundabout great for finding ski legs at a young age), plus a trail. Keep an eye out for ‘Globi’, Engelberg’s huggable furry blue parrot, often found on the slopes ready for fun.
Yeti Park Ristis
Easy slopes in this fun ski-park for children positioned behind The New mountain lodge Ristis. Open daily 10 am to 4 pm.