Engelberg Advanced & Off-Piste Skiing

Judged by the official piste statistics, Engelberg has little to interest strong skiers, with just one black run in the Titlis area - a steep mogul field - which is also the only pisted route down from the upper area. But the off-piste, freeriding and ski touring are all superb.

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Black & Red Run Skiing

But the red runs that make up most of the rest of the skiing are at the steeper end of the scale, with no let-up across most of the Titlis and Jochstock areas. Skiing the length of either the Trubsee-Stand cable car or the two chairs between Jochstock and Alpstubli at the western end of the Trubsee gives a sustained descent of 600 and 800 vertical metres respectively but without significant opportunities to vary the route.

If you're doing laps, you soon realize the restrictions that the glaciated terrain imposes on piste building on these north-facing slopes. Engelberg's second black run is on Brunni, from the top lift, following the shoulder of the mountain before feeding into the main red run, but it's barely distinguishable, in terms of pitch or the challenge it poses, from many of the reds found in the main ski area and it's quite short.

Off-Piste & Freeriding. 

The' Big Five' offpiste and freeride runs are the Laub, Sulz, Steintäli, Steinberg and Galtiberg.

The Laub is the most famous because it's so easy to access: from the Laubersgrat, head briefly onto Piste number 4, and keep high and to skiers' right, and if visibility is good enough to ski it safely, you will have no trouble seeing the entry point. Then keep going down the mountain till you reach blue run number 20. The Laub is neither particularly high (it starts at about 2400m) nor by Engelberg standards is it particularly long (a vertical of just under 1000m), but it's consistently steep, North-facing and wide enough for its powder to stay in reasonable condition, even when it's tracked. In theory you should have a guide but thousands ski it every year without one.

Sulz is the North facing route from Jochstock to Trubsee. There are several differnt variants.

Steintäli starts from the top of the Jochstock-Express and heads West down to Engstlenalp.

Steinberg heads North West from the top of the Klein Titlis down to Trubsee, keeping to skiers left of the Titlis Rotair lift from Stand to Klein Titlis. This is a glacier route which is not always easy to find and has considerable crevasse danger, so a guide is recommended. The second half of it is the same as Sulz.

Galtiberg is the run from the top of Tilis, down 2000m into the valley. The exact end-pint can vary depending on snow conditions but the most popular target is the small lift station at FurenAlp serving a mountain reserved for tobogganing and snowshoeing because you can return by bus from there to Engelberg. A guide is strongly recommended.

Ski-touring and Backcountry skiing. 

The 'High Five' skitours are Salistock, Brisen, Ruchstock, Titlis Round Trip and the Urner Haute Route. You need a guide for all these and they will advise what equipment you need such as skins, ropes, carmpons etc. 

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