5 DAYS, 5 RUNS

EN­GEL­BERG, SWITZER­LAND NEEDS TO BE ON EV­ERY SKIER’S BUCKET LIST

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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.

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