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Seven good reasons for a winter holiday in Engelberg

03 December 2019 - Haven’t quite decided whether to spend your winter holiday in Engelberg? These seven good reasons should dispel any doubts.

1. Guaranteed snow
Engelberg’s winter campaign focuses on its guaranteed snow and that’s not surprising! The first ski slopes on the Titlis open up as early as October, and snow is guaranteed until the end of May. And what do you do if there isn’t a single slope available because of a lack of snow? Well, that just doesn’t happen...

2. An epic descent
How strong are your legs? Find out during your winter holiday in Engelberg as you ski from the Titlis, 3,020 metres above sea level, down into the valley, over two thousand metres below. The entire route is 12 km, so your legs will probably welcome the break on the short section across Trübsee – that’s the part when you get to ride the chairlift!

3. Paradise for freeriders
Engelberg is a mecca for freeriders, thanks to its large quantities of snow and its famous “big five” descents – the Laub, Sulz, Steintäli, Steinberg and Galtiberg, which can be reached comfortably by cable car. To ensure you stay safe, we recommend booking the services of a qualified mountain guide or taking part in our excellent Snow & Safety Days courses.

4. Ski tours off the beaten track
Far from the busy activity on the slopes and the famous “big five”, Engelberg and its surroundings offer plenty of opportunities for ski tours where you can truly get away from it all. We particularly recommend the “high five”: the Titlis circuit, the Urner Haute Route, and tours to the Salistock, Brisen and Ruchstock. Again, we warmly recommend taking along a mountain guide.


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5. Plenty for non-skiers
Just because it’s a winter holiday in Switzerland, that doesn’t mean you have to spend all your time on the ski slopes. Engelberg offers plenty of other ways to enjoy the snow. The cross-country trails on Gerschnialp and in Engelberg are very inviting at this time of year; you can also try out snowshoe trekking; and there is a wonderful network of winter hiking trails.

6. Fun for families
One of the coolest things about Engelberg is that there is something for everyone. While the pistes on the Titlis are for more experienced skiers, the sunny slopes of the Brunni are more gentle and relaxed. The Klostermatte is the perfect place for tiny tots and beginners – and famous blue parrot Globi often stops by for a visit. Other good ski areas for beginners are the Gerschnialp and Untertrübsee. And if you’ve had enough of skiing, you can switch to tobogganing.  

7. And in case of inclement weather
If the weather gets a little too windy or snowy for your tastes, you can come in out of the cold and enjoy a diverse range of indoor activities. Here are just a few tips: a dip in the Sonnenberg indoor pool or Eienwäldli adventure pool; tennis, ice skating, climbing and more at the Sporting Park; relaxing over a tasty treat in a mountain hut or one of the village’s charming cafés; or an excursion to Lucerne for shopping, sightseeing and a visit to transport museum Verkehrshaus Luzern.The Folk museum, our cheese factories and the monastery are also worth a visit. For even more ideas, visit Engelberg’s Tourist Information...

Images & Written by: Andrea Hurschler
Hand on heart: Andrea Hurschler grew up in Engelberg and has never spent her winter holidays anywhere else!