5 Reasons Engelberg Is An Unmissable Short Ski Break Destination
September 23, 2019
Amazing skiing and non-skiing activities, great flight options into Zurich and short transfers to the resort are just a small part of what Engelberg makes one of our favourite weekend resorts.
Factor in the high altitude, north-facing slopes, and a snow-sure glacier and you start to see why we’re constantly recommending it for both early and late season trips. And that’s just for starters… there are plenty more reasons that make this a standout destination. Let’s take a closer look at why.
1. It’s ideal for groups of all sizes
Whether you’re a large group ready to take advantage of the incentives offered by the big Belle Epoque hotels or a smaller group looking for a stylish boutique hotel, there’s accommodation for everyone in Engelberg.
No matter what size your group, Engelberg is ready for you.
With a lot of Scandinavians calling this resort home, they’ve had a huge influence on the modern interiors found in a lot of the hotels. Head to the bars at the Ski Lodge and Bellevue Terminus hotels for some serious design inspiration.
2. There’s so much to do
Engelberg is home to 82km of pistes, serviced by an excellent modern lift system—you’ll rarely encounter long queues. There are great storage facilities for all of your equipment at the bottom station of the main cable car so no walking in boot or lugging your gear back to the hotel.
There are also marvelous beginner slopes up at Gerschnialp. So it’s not only experienced skiers and boarders who can enjoy this resort. Better skiers can try the leg-burning 12km run right to the base station at the valley floor
But that’s not all, the freeriding opportunities are extensive, with numerous spectacular off piste descents including the world-famous Laub, Steinberg and Galtiberg.
Still not found anything to do? Try electric snowmobiling at SnowXpark, tobogganing down the floodlit 3.5 km toboggan run, snowtubing at Snowpark, swimming and steam baths or evenice skating inside an igloo! There’s simply no being bored in Engelberg.
3. The food is excellent
Take a heart-stopping walk across the spectacular Titlis hanging bridge, then restart your heart with a gooey fondue lunch at the Panorama Restaurant. Engelberg has some great mountain dining options and there is a good selection of restaurants and bars in town to keep you occupied in the evening too.
Momentum Ski Director, Ben recommends: “the pizza at Restaurant Bierlialp, as well as the steak grilled on an open fire at Alpenclub. On the mountain, the table service restaurant at Bärghuis Jochpass is one of my favourites and be sure to try the hearty local speciality of Älplermagronen (literally Alpine Macaroni – order it and see!)”
Whilst Heidi, our Events & Marketing Manager, recommends a stop at Roastery Engelberg. “On the mornings when the owners—Swedish siblings, Oscar and Sophia—aren’t skiing, they roast their own coffee beans. Their house blends are named after the two sides of the mountains in Engelberg, and 5 afternoons a week they open the roastery up as a coffee shop. It’s a must-visit for coffee lovers.”
4. It’s so easy to get to
Engelberg benefits from being just a 90-minute drive from Zurich’s airport, which offers a huge range of flight options and makes for one of the shortest transfers out there.
There are also great train connections with Swiss rail via Luzern, in around 2 hours, ideal for keeping transfers cost down for smaller groups and individuals and it’s a lovely journey that takes you all the way right into the centre of the resort.
Swiss Air also offers to carry your ski and snowboarding equipment for free. This is a huge deal for avid skiers. Having your favourite comfortable ski boots can make the difference between hours on the slopes or hours nursing blisters.
5. There’s always snow, even early and late in the season
Engelberg, directly translated as Angel Mountain, has a good altitude and slope aspect, so is generally very snow-sure. There’s even a glacier, so it’s an ideal destination for early and late season trips. Many runs are usually open until the very end of April and even into May.
Don’t forget to take the famous ski lift, the Titlis Rotair. It’ll take you over 3028m above sea level, revolving 360 degrees during the five-minute trip. This treats you to views of steep rock faces, deep crevasses and distant snow-covered mountain peaks.
Ready for your long weekend in the mountains?
As you can tell, it’s time we all put Engelberg back on our skiing maps. The ski area is home to two of the best off-piste runs in the Alps – and yet it’s long been neglected by the English-speaking world.
If you want to try somewhere new and off the beaten track, Engelberg is definitely worth a visit. Especially if you want somewhere that makes a long weekend in the mountains both highly convenient and loads of fun.
What’s stopping you from going skiing in Engelberg this winter? Get in touch now to plan your trip for a spectacular skiing weekend away in the Swiss Alps. It’s never too early or too late to visit this angelic resort in the heart of Switzerland.