The Best Undiscovered Ski Resorts in Europe: Engelberg, Switzerland

Where it's more about skiing than the scene

Mar 8, 2013
Outside Magazine

Valley of Engelberg.    Photo: Public Domain

Most skiers have never heard of Engelberg, though it’s no secret to in-the-know freeriders, especially Scandinavians, who have been tapping Engelberg’s goods for years. Situated in one of the most snow-sure spots in the Alps, the mountain, crowned by Titlis peak, rises 6,500 feet up from town, and is covered with cliffs, crevasses, and glaciers—and amazing off-piste descents like the 6,000-vertical-foot Galtiberg, which runs from the top of the Titlis down to the valley floor, and the Laub, a 3,675-foot, 30- to 35-degree face, one of the mountain’s classic off-piste lines. Refuel with a Pot au Feu—beef stew—at the Ski Hütte Stand, an alpine refuge accessed from the Stand lift. Then hit the Steinberg, a 4,000-vertical-foot run on technical, glacial terrain. Post up at the Yucatan (or “Yoki,” as locals call it) for après ski. When night falls, kick back at the Ski Lodge, which, unsurprisingly, was opened by some Swedish ski bums in 2008. For some reason, Scandies always seem to have a line on the world’s best skiing before anybody else does.

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