5 DAYS, 5 RUNS
ENGELBERG, SWITZERLAND NEEDS TO BE ON EVERY SKIER’S BUCKET LIST
Freeriders flock to Engelberg like surfers seek the waves of Hawaii. Visiting Engelberg-Titlis is a must. Not only are conditions great, it is easily accessible (only 90 minutes from the Zurich-Kloten airport) and home to the “Big 5” runs that challenge even the most talented skiers. Hire a guide and get after it with this plan.
DAY 1 WARM-UP STEINTÄLI
Steintali is accessible from the top of the Jochstock-Express. Locals will tell you, however, that the hike up to Wendelücke is worth it. Just 15-minutes will lead you to untouched snow, and you can find powder nirvana by hiking for 30 to 60.
DAY 2 PLAY SULZLI
Little, medium, and big Sulz offer a variety of playful skiing. From the top of the Jochstock-Express, you can access wide slopes, test your limits on high cliffs, and zip through steep couloirs.
DAY 3 DROP LAUB
With more than a 3,000-foot vertical drop and a 30 to 40-degree pitch throughout, the massive Laub face looks powerful and impressive from the Engelberg village. Lay fresh tracks on this wide-open run that is less technical, but equally as punishing.
DAY 4 CHALLENGE STEINBERG
Though the terrain of Steinberg ranges from steep chutes to mellow powder fields, it is among the most technical of the “Big 5.” Know your route when skiing this glacier and steer clear of crevasses.
DAY 5 JEWEL GALTIBERG
A 6,500-foot vertical drop makes the Galtiberg gletscher one of the longest, most thigh-burning freeride routes in the Alps. Dart across glacier fields then look up to the majesty of the 1,600-foot cliffs surrounding you as you wrap up a week of epic skiing.