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Engelberg Ski Resort Guide

Engelberg, Switzerland

Rated: 4/5 (from 7 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForFreeriders, Expert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length82km
Highest Lift3,020m
Resort Height1,000m
 Nearest AirportsZurich and Basel
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A historic isolated village which grew up around a Benedictine monastery (established in 1120). The monks brought skiing here early in the twentieth century . The Rotair, the world's first revolving cable car is here, as is the Titlis where the nearby Ice flyer 6 seater chair opened in 2000.


The Swiss ski resort of Engelberg is in the Swiss Alps at an altitude of 1,000m, with 82km of marked runs.

Engelberg has direct access to 82km of downhill skiing, with 28 marked pistes, served by a total of 26 ski lifts.

With ski lifts as high as 3,020m, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Engelberg?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Engelberg.

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Ski Area Stats

Engelberg Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 1 4km
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Total Length
Cross Country
Total Length
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Engelberg Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift3,020m
Lowest Piste1,050m
Resort Altitude (Engelberg)1,000m
Max Vertical2,020m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Engelberg
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Engelberg Overview

With the majority of Switzerland's internationally famous resorts in the country's far west or south eastern corners, ancient Engelberg in the canton of Obwalden stands out alone in the centre of the country. The first hotels appeared here in the 1850s and winter sports not long after, but the village had been dominated for many centuries before then by the impressive Benedictine monastery, established in the early 12th century and still operational today, with about 34 monks in residence.

The people of Obwalden have always had a reputation for their independent spirit, and the Swiss Confederation was established very near here. Although a village with a population of around 4,000, Engelberg's long standing status as a holiday resort means that the architecture is of the grand Swiss model with old and new architecture meeting in a generally pleasing way and giving the feel of a small town, rather than a large village.

The surrounding classic Alpine mountain scenery rises up to 2000 metres above the village creating a spectacular backdrop. The impression of size is underlined by the list of facilities the resort offers, which would normally only be found within a large town or even a small city. As is increasingly common with Swiss ski centres, Engelberg mixes the best of old fashioned standards of service and quality with the latest in new technology on the mountain, including the already legendary rotating 'Rotair' cable car/tram, which ascends to 3020 metres (10,000 feet) to access skiing on the Titlis glacier.

Engelberg has always been at the cutting edge of technology; the first electric rail line in Switzerland was installed here. At the top station of the Titlis Rotair there is a tunnel through the glacier, where an ice bar sometimes operates and at the far end of which you find yourself in another canton (equivalent to walking in to a different State in North America).

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Engelberg is 12km long and the most difficult run is the 'Rotegg', which is 2km in length.


Engelberg's 82km (51 miles) of trails range over a 2000 (6560 feet) metre vertical, the longest trail from the Titlis glacier back down to the resort at 12km (8 miles ) long. This is the main section of Engelberg's skiing and is reached initially by the Gerschnialp gondola and then the Trübsee cable car . The base station is half-a -mile (800 metres) from the village centre so it's best to take the ski bus if you do not have your own transport (large carpark).

Most of the runs are of intermediate standard with beginner areas dotted around the mountains. Although nearly all the skiing is lift-linked it is broken in to mostly small areas spread all over the mountains with single meeting points, rather than being a fully interwoven network of trails. The Brunni cable car which leaves from the other side of Engelberg, but nearer the centre, serves lower altitude and mostly gentler slopes beneath Brunni. There is a popular children's snow play area here.

Experts will find most to entertain them on the Titlis, from which a steep black leads down to the base of the Rotair cable car at Stand. There are also some excellent piste runs down Laub beneath Titlis when the snow is right: a guide is essential to make the descent safely. 24 hour TV gives slope conditions, with cameras at key points around the ski area showing live pictures.

Cross country skiers have a good choice of trails around the valley. The Ski Jumping World Cup takes place on the 120 metre Titlis jumping hill in late December, it's the largest ski jumping hill in Switzerland and the only Swiss stop on the FIS World Cup tour.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


The main snowboarding attractions are on the Jochpass where a terrain park is established when the conditions are right. 'Boarders also head for the glacier, especially in the spring and autumn 'summer skiing season' when a fun park is created on the Titlis Glacier.

Location and Map

Where is Engelberg?

This ski resort is in the Swiss Alps in Obwalden.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Engelberg is Zurich, 82 minutes drive away.

Basel, Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, Berne, Lugano, St. Gallen-Altenrhein, Friedrichshafen, Milan Malpensa, Strasbourg and Sion airports are all within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 26 ski lifts are able to uplift 25,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 32km of ski runs, with 20 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Engelberg open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is early October, and usual closing is Late May.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Engelberg, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Engelberg Tourist Office for the latest.

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Mountain Bike Hire

There is downhill mountain biking available and you can rent Mountain Bikes in Engelberg.

Aprés Ski

There are up to ten night spots to choose from, with the Spindle disco a perennial favourite and the bar at the Eden Bar is also popular. There are always big parties at the Yucatan Tex Mex restaurant with 50% evening from 5 to 6pm. If you fancy something different you'll find Europe's hiughest bar on the titlis at 3020m.

For Folklore visit the Bänklialp restaurant on Wednesday or Saturday evenings.