FIND ENDLESS ADVENTURE AND INTENSE BEAUTY IN ENGELBERG—SWITZERLAND'S FREERIDE CAPITAL.
A highly visual take on Engelberg, Switzerland, the adventure capital of the Alps.
If you’re lucky enough to call Engelberg, Switzerland, home, you might as well become a ski photographer. That’s just what Oskar Enander did when he moved here from his native Sweden in 2002. “We have the most amazing access to the backcountry,” he explains when asked why he enjoys living, skiing, and shooting in this central Switzerland town that dates back to the Middle Ages. “The ropes are pretty much there for show. You can duck under whenever you want.” Enander and his companions ducked many ropes last March, when the snowpack was “incredible” and the conditions were “excellent for shooting,” he says. Not that this is unusual for Engelberg, which enjoys one of the longest seasons in the Alps: The majority of the slopes are north-facing, so the snow stays cold even when the temperatures rise. Combine that with a respectable elevation as high as 10,000 feet and you get some of the best lift-accessed backcountry anywhere. In these images, Enander and his merry band of skiers, including Marcus Caston, Johan Jonsson, and Chad Sayers, canvassed the slopes for the season’s best pow, and found it everywhere from high alpine to the glades. Wherever they went, you can too. And you should.
From the top: Photographer Oskar Enander and skier Johan Jonsson lingered after the lifts closed to capture this shot of the sun setting over the jagged peaks; reflection and mountain scenery combine during a ride on the Titlis Rotair tram to the summit; the athletes enjoy the view after an early-morning warm up on a 5,000vertical-foot glacier run.