Traveling to Engelberg Fly into Zurich, take the Train to Engelberg, about 60 miles and 2 hours
via train, or just over an hour via car.
Engelberg Ski Stats
10,000' highest summit, 6,500' vertical, 25 lifts with gondolas and cable cars,
over 50 miles of trails. Two separate skiing areas. The main mountain is Titlis.
Brunni is the south facing smaller mountain.
Engelberg Switzerland is a ski heaven, hence the
name meaning Angel Mountain. It’s absolutely beautiful, at the end of a dramatic
valley of Swiss Alps - most notably the Titlis Glacier and the Hahnen –
the town of Engelberg’s house mountain. Engelberg comprises two ski resorts - Titlis and
Brunni, both reached from the historic mountain village at the base. Engelberg
villages dates back to 1120 with the beautiful Benedictine Monastery as the centerpiece.
The first ski lift was installed in 1913. Today Engelberg offers a nice mix of
old and new, cold and warm, with the frozen Titlis Glacier where skiing starts
at 10,000’, and warm Swiss hospitality in the valley. Engelberg-Titlis
ski area has three aspects with 50 miles of prepared slopes served by 25 modern lifts,
and snow skiing typically on the Glacier from October well into May. As one of the largest ski areas in Central
Switzerland, glacier ski runs start at 10,000', the longest is 7.5 miles
descending a big 6,500' vertical.
Engelberg is not as well-known as Swiss ski resorts Zermatt, Gstaad, Davos and
St Moritz, but it deserves to be. In recent years, Engelberg has been discovered
by Swedish telemark, backcountry and off-piste skiers looking for high alpine adventure,
untracked powder and steeps. Engelberg Titlis is home to some of the longest off piste runs in
the Alps, and also offers family friendly ski terrain.
From Engelberg village it takes three lifts and almost two miles to reach the
summit. You start with a long gondola to Trubsee, transferring to a cable car to the
Stand mid mountain, then onto Titlis Rotair - the world's first revolving cable
car installed in 1993 (to be completely upgraded November 2014). This
spectacular circular tram car rotates a complete 360 during your ascent to the
top of Titlis, pretty amazing, pretty scenery and a perfect opportunity to scout
your ski lines from above.
The top of Engelberg's Mount Titlis, the highest in central Switzerland at 10,626', is a
glacial amusement park, like Disneyland on snow, with photo stations, a Glacier
Cave, and the super scenic Titlis Cliff Walk – at 9,908' this suspended metal
footbridge provides incredible panoramic views of the Alps, and
too many glaciers to count with their turquoise sparkle. You can watch kite skiers and parasails take flight, and ski
tours heading out on their Titlis Tour circling the entire conical peak during
their descent. Engelberg Titlis summit is extremely popular with Asians and Indians
seeking their very first snow. They ride the base to summit gondolas and trams
with skiers, but they don’t hit the slopes. Instead they scurry around the
summit glacier, taking photos of themselves in the snow – it’s quite a touching
From the Titlis summit you can ski laps on the Ice Flyer quad and a T-Bar
serving several prepared pistes. Titlis' tremendous off piste ski
opportunities offer immense risks too as this is an active glacial mountain,
loaded with crevasses, unmarked cliffs, and hidden dangers.
Get a guide, a Bergfuhrer, level 3 instructor, or buy beers for an experienced
The prepared ski pistes below Titlis at Stand are served by Tram and Rindertit double and quad chairs. Several pleasant intermediate
and advanced runs flank
this section of the mountain. A must-stop lunch chalet is Skihutte Stand, a
large but lovely Swiss restaurant whether you dine inside or on the scenic sun
From Stand you can ski The Laub - the most famed off-piste run at Engelberg,
easy to find, it’s a huge steep snowfield that drops from 8,000', almost
3,600' vertical down a consistent wide open face with 30-40 degree pitches. At
the base of the legendary Laub is The Ritz restaurant – a perfect place for a
beer or lunch – your reward after this incredible run.
From Trubsee, the mid mountain Lake where the Igloo village sits, heading to the
right is the Jochpass ski region of Engelberg and the most popular ski trails, a
dozen intermediate prepared pistes reached by a quad, the Jochstock Xpress summit
six pack and a lower double chair Engstlenalp. Free skiers will enjoy the Big
Air Bag and snow parks, or you can race the clock for your fastest ski time in
Engelberg’s most challenging terrain is reached on Titlis Glacier and from Jochpass ski lifts where dramatic couloirs and chutes drop several miles. Laub
is just one of Engelberg’s Big 5 legendary runs along with Zuls Small, Middle and
reached from the Jochpass Express six-passenger chair, Steinberg Glacier under the Titlis Rotair, and Galtiberg. There are countless other adventures reached just
off Engelberg’s prepared pistes or with a short hike and a guide. At the end of your Engelberg Titlis ski day, you can
download the gondola or ski the long human slalom trail #6 several miles back to the base
to get your full vertical and leg burn.
Brunni Ski Region is the sunny side of Engelberg with Klostermatte offering a
perfect area for beginners with two lifts and a magic carpet at the base - here you will find ski school, Globis Winterland
and Kinderland’s animated and colorful mascot Globi to excite the youngsters.
night skiing some weekend nights on Klostermatte slopes. Taking the Brunni
tram up to Ristis, Brunni ski area offers pleasant on piste, groomed trail
skiing served by a chairlift and an upper mountain poma lift to Schonegg. Many
locals admit they prefer the quieter sunny slopes of Brunni from the bigger
Engelberg mountain slopes. With a local guide, you can ski some exceptional off-piste from Brunni
to add some adventure to this otherwise tame but highly scenic ski terrain. The
Brunni Hutte terrace is incredibly scenic for lunch or a snack with views of
peaks, parasailing and sledgers flying by the lodge.
Engelberg ski terrain is much bigger than its trail map indicates, many
different aspects and elevations, mellow family skiing on the sunny side of Brunni, and high elevation prepared pistes of Joch and
tremendous opportunity to explore off the glacier and the snowfields with a
guide, Begfuhrer. You will need at least three days to explore
all Engleberg's ski terrain. Engelberg is very near to Haslital, in fact they hope to
someday connect Engelberg to Hasliberg Meiringen ski area by joining forces and
Aside from alpine skiing at Engelberg, there is cross-country, sledging (which
is crazy Swiss sledding down the mountainside), snowmobiling on quiet electric
snow machines or motorbikes at SnowXPark next to the Iglu Village at Trubsee,
winter hiking and snowshoeing to enjoy the dramatic Swiss Alps scenery of the
Engelberg valley. In Engelberg village, you can shop, enjoy a spa at a Salon, or
visit the spectacular Kloster Church and Benedictine Monastery – which also
houses the only Monks’ cheese factory in Switzerland.