Engelberg is one of the best resorts in the Alps for advanced skiers with great terrain that includes open powder fields, bowls and couloirs. The highest points are above 3000m and with the resort at 1000m, this gives 2000m of vertical descent. The resort has an excellent snow record and in good years the locals are often skiing until well into May.
The best runs:
The Laub – without doubt one of the biggest slopes in the Alps – a drop of over 1000 vertical metres between 30-35 degrees. Access from the Rindertitlis and Laubersgrat lifts and then traverse across to the Laubersgrat.
Jochstock: From the Jochstock espress lifts there are lots of rewarding off-piste options including some steep couloirs.
Steinberg: Steep glaciated terrain from the top of the Titlis lift all the way down to Trübsee.
Titlis-circuit: a unique, full day, high alpine tour with gradients up to 45 degrees. From the summit of the Titlis the route goes via the Steinberg glacier to the Vorderen Titlisjoch. Its possible to descend to the narrow couloir to the Chli glacier and then on to the Wenden glacier. Ascend to the Grassen bivouac. From here you can climb to the summit of the Grassen (2946m) before enjoying the fantastic 1800m vertical descent over the Firnalpeli glacier down to Herrenrüti, from where you can take the free bus back to Engelberg.
Arrival in resort, check-in to our preferred hotel. We have a welcome meeting with the guide and the rest of the group at 7pm. Dinner in the hotel.
You have 5 full days of guided skiing with our IFMGA Mountain Guide. They will choose the daily programme based on the snow and weather conditions at the time.
You have 1 freeski, non-guided day. This is usually the last day where you can enjoy skiing in the Engelberg area.
Departure after breakfast.
The price includes all guide fees and expenses for 5 guided days, 7 nights accommodation with 6 evening meals and a 6 day ski pass for the area.
The price does not include lunches, beverages, personal insurance, equipment hire, travel to/from Engelberg.
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This is an extensive list of the recommended clothing and equipment you will need if you are coming on one of our Off-Piste Adventure trips. On all our weeks you’ll be staying in comfortable catered chalets or hotels. When skiing you need to carry just a day pack, which contains your safety equipment and any personal items or extra clothing layers you may need.
Although our Off-Piste Adventure courses rely heavily on the lift systems in resorts, access to and egress from runs sometimes involve climbing and walking a short way and you may undertake 1 or 2 day ski tours, for this reason its best to have skis with ski touring bindings, skins and ski touring boots.
The “Safety Trilogy” - applicable for all our off-piste courses and ski tours.
Avalanche airbags/rucksacks – if you wish to ski with one of these on our courses you are welcome to do so, they are not mandatory but we always support the use of available safety items.
You can hire avalanche rucksacks in a lot of resorts, makes are usually Snowpulse/Mammut, ABS or BCA Float sacks. Prices vary from shop to shop and resort to resort but a guide line price would be from €20-30 per day or around €100-120 for 6/7 days.
Remember it is not enough just to carry this equipment; you have to know how to use it.
How about joining one of our specialist avalanche courses – check out http://mountaintracks.co.uk/discipline/winter-mountaincraft
Switzerland is a mountainous Central European country consisting of 26 Cantons, with Bern as its main federal city.
It is boarded by Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. Its a landlocked country with the mountainous regions occupying a greater part of its territory.
Home to around 8 million people (2013) the country has many pretty villages, lakes and mountains. The highest mountain in Switzerland is the Monterosa (specifically the Dufourspitze) at 4,634m. The country has the highest concentration of 4000m peaks at 48.
Its 2 largest cities of Zurich and Geneva are global economic centres and gateways to the Alps from countries across the world.
Its main languages are French, German, Italian and Romansh.
It is a condition of booking that you are insured for your chosen activity and the cover must include medical expenses, personal accident, personal liability, third party risks and rescue (including helicopter rescue). You are strongly advised also to take out cover against cancellation and curtailment.
For more details and to purchase a policy online visit http://www.skiclubinsurance.co.uk/
If you need assistance arranging your personal insurance please let us know.
Engelberg is bang in the centre of Switzerland, with excellent road and rail connections.
It’s just 20 kilometres from the nearest motorway by car, or a comfortable ride from Lucerne by train on the Zentralbahn line, direct to the centre of Engelberg. The closest major international airport is Zurich, 1.5 hours by road or around 2 hours by rail from resort.
By rail - good links from the airports (hourly direct connections to Lucerne from Zurich airport). From Lucerne there is a direct hourly service to Engelberg operated by the Zentralbahn. In addition, regular comfortable Intercity or Eurocity trains run to Lucerne.
By air - Zurich airport – 90 km / 55 miles, Berne airport – 100km / 60 miles
Our Off-Piste Adventure courses are run by our team of IFMGA Mountain Guides led by Olly Allen, Matt Dickinson, and Nick Parks.
The guide to skier ratio is 1:6 maximum, our advanced weeks typically run on a 1:4 ratio with expert trips either 1:2 or 1:1 we can run with a maximum of 2 groups on the same week.
We use one of the comfortable hotels in Engelberg for our trips which are located in the town. Our preferred option is the Hotel Terrace a 3* hotel overlooking the town.
IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV
The IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV symbol is the logo of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association.
Nick, Olly and Matt are all fully-qualified UIAGM Mountain Guides and members of the British Mountain Guides Association.
The International Ski Instructors Association is the world body for professional ski instructors.
The ISIA was formed in 1971 and there are currently 39 member nations representing the very best in ski instruction around the world.