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Gliding into the valley

12 February 2019

A fun and varied descent
The descent from the Titlis glacier down into the valley is twelve kilometres long and incorporates around 2,000 metres of descent. Breath-taking views teamed with a range of great places to eat and drink make for a perfect day out on skis.


Whether they’re desperate to be the first to leave their traces in fresh powder snow, or are happy to take their time pulling on their boots and heading over to the valley station at a relaxed pace, these people all have one thing in common: they’re really looking forward to getting the snow under their skis. In the early morning there are already queues of skiers waiting at the turnstiles in Engelberg, all keen to get on board the gondolas that will take them up to their personal paradise on the Titlis glacier, 3,020 metres above sea level.


At the top, the route leads across the glacier to the start of the ungroomed Rotegg piste. The Rotegg represents a challenge for many and as a yellow slope (the most difficult category), it is only recommended for skilled skiers. Once you have mastered the Rotegg, you deserve to take a break. The ski hut on the Stand, at 2,428 metres a.s.l., is conveniently situated for doing just that. Once you’ve got your energy back, the next stage is from the Stand to Trübsee. When you reach the Trübsee Mountain Lodge it’s worth popping inside for a drink on the sunny terrace, or tucking into a pizza at the Lago Torbido pizzeria.

 

Riding high over the lake
From the Trübsee Mountain Lodge, a short slope leads to the Trübsee Hopper chairlift, which conveniently transports skiers over the lake. After that, the next opportunity to refuel awaits: The Alpstübli. Then it’s time to start gliding down into the valley. The first section is quite flat and ends in a bifurcation. Here, you can choose to take the more straightforward “Standard” piste or the steeper “Kanonenrohr”.
 

The best meringues in Engelberg
The Standard and the Kanonenrohr meet up again by Restaurant Untertrübsee. This spot is known as the “meringue bend” because Restaurant Untertrübsee serves the best meringues in Engelberg. It would be a shame not to try them while you’re here!

After you’ve polished off your tasty meringue, you can take on the final part of the descent into the valley. This section includes gentle slopes, steep inclines, several twists and turns, and a fantastic view over the village. When you arrive in the village you can look forward to a lavish après-ski at Chalet by the valley station.


My tip: After riding the Trübsee Hopper chairlift, you might like to take the lift up to the Joch Pass rather than immediately beginning your descent into the valley. There are two good reasons for doing that. First of all, you can visit the wonderful Bärghuis Jochpass, and secondly you will be able to get up more speed for the descent.


Text: Irina Reinle
Irina is an enthusiastic skier who loves to spend her free time in the mountains.
Image: Engelberg-Titlis Tourismus

 

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