THE BIG 5

Whether it's the infamous Laub, the challenging Sulz, the mighty Steinberg, the hidden Steintäli or the challenging descent from the Galtiberg - the BIG 5 belong on your freeride bucket list!

 

You can reach all five downhill runs without having to unbuckle or run the skis just once. This is freeride pleasure to the power of 5, but please note that you are moving in unsecured and high alpine terrain. We therefore recommend that you book a qualified mountain guide who will guide you safely through the terrain and also find the best powder for you - even days after the last snowfall.

Safety first: Check your safety equipment (avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe, airbag backpack) before every freeride day and inform yourself carefully about the current avalanche and weather conditions.

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Laub

Backcountry Skiing · Engelberg
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The Laub, the classic among the freeride runs, captivates by its width and belongs to the famous BIG 5 in Engelberg.
Distance 3.2 km
0:09 h
1 m
1,194 m
2,449 m
1,255 m

The massive "Laub" face is mighty and impressive, not only from the village of Engelberg.  Thanks to its width, the Laub (old word for avalanche) has room for many tracks. Because of its fame, however, it is a much frequented and therefore often tracked descent. The simplest variant, seen from above, leads to the very right via "Laub Planggen Alp" into the over 30° steep terrain.

Comments

  • Steep slopes at the entrances in all variants
  • First part very very stony with little snow
  • 1200 meters altitude
  • 2450m.a.s.l. - 1247m.a.l.
  • Respect wildlife protection
  • It is recommended to hire a mountain guide

Author’s recommendation

Safe powder fun at the Snow & Safety Days.

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Update: July 10, 2023
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Highest point
2,449 m
Lowest point
1,255 m
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Safety information

Safety tips for off-piste skiing

  • Please note that you are travelling at your own risk.
  • A departure must be carefully planned.
  • Appropriate equipment (avalanche transceiver, probe, shovel, airbag) and clothing are essential safety factors.
  • The local ski and mountain guides will take you safely to your destination and back home.
  • Emergency call REGA telephone number 1414

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Start

Mountain station Laubersgrat
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'674'941E 1'182'076N
DD
46.785641, 8.420069
DMS
46°47'08.3"N 8°25'12.2"E
UTM
32T 455734 5181506
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Destination

Gerschnialp

Turn-by-turn directions

Stand-Laubersgrat-Laub-Gerschnialp

Public transport

National and international connections (from Zurich airport connections every half hour with approx. 1h travel time) to Lucerne. Afterwards with the Zentralbahn in 43 minutes through varied landscape and gorges up to Engelberg.

Directions

By car you drive on the A2 (Basel-Gotthard) to Stans Süd, then on the main road 20 km to Engelberg. Engelberg is 30 minutes from Lucerne, 1 hour and 15 minutes from Basel, Zurich or Bern.

Parking

Parking spaces are available in Engelberg for a fee.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'674'941E 1'182'076N
DD
46.785641, 8.420069
DMS
46°47'08.3"N 8°25'12.2"E
UTM
32T 455734 5181506
w3w 
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Get there by train, car, bike, or on foot!

Equipment

The equipment can be rented in the sports shops of Engelberg.

Similar routes nearby

  • Steinberg
  • Galtiberg
  • Sulz
  • Steintäli
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Distance
3.2 km
Duration
0:09 h
Ascent
1 m
Descent
1,194 m
Highest point
2,449 m
Lowest point
1,255 m
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1600 m1800 m
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