Nice friendly resort

by: Jonbanks - May 17, 2011

  • Overall Rating 4
  • Family Friendly 5
  • All Mtn. Terrain 4
  • Terrain Park 2
  • Nightlife 0

    Pros: good end of season snow, almost guaranteed.

    Cons: very late season can be not great for beginners.

    Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters

    Date Visited: Apr 1, 2009


Full review

Have visited Engelberge twice both in the April Easter holidays, helping lead a large group of young people.. Their are really two sides to the resort. One over the lake on the aptly named 'lake hopper', some nice higher altitude red and black runs from the Jochstok chair (very fast, good chair lift), some surprisingly rated blues at the bottom of that chair - they get a bit narrow half way down - maybe not suitable for complete beginners. And a lovely wide red & short black off the side of that, back down to the lake hopper.
On the other side Stand is the place to go if you cant be bothered for the cable car filled with those who are silly enough to not be skiing! surprisingly in my experience these people spend most of their time cornering skiers and taking photos of them... - they are not unkind, its just a bit odd...
The skiing from the top of Titlis is good, not very expansive but I generally avoided it until later in the day, their is a Really nice wide red run running along side the T bar (good for a spot of carving in the afternoon when everything else turns to slush)
the only way to ski down from their is the Yellow run!!! (or the gonadal - back to getting in some photos)- basically a black that generally hasn't been pisted, Its nice and steep and great after a good dump, but can get pretty icy and mogully, although they tend to piste bash a narrow bit if it gets like this. Its a good run for intermediate to advanced - maybe not one for your first week on ski's.. below that their is a nice range of carvey red's or a short black.
Their are some decent tricky runs for the advanced and some really nice red runs!

I get the impression that for the more advanced and less encumbered by kids Engelberg would excel at off-piste.. but I haven't had the chance myself. It does cater very well I think for improving intermediates the yellow and 2 black runs offer something a bit tricky, while a nice mix of reds are their to hone and build up the technique!

I'm not the type of skier that wastes skiing time visiting the town. But my few visits, the town was very friendly and had many beautiful views!! had a few nice Chat's with British speaking locals on a few chair lifts too - so the resort does get a tick in the friendly vibe box from me!

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