Skiing & Snowboarding

Snowboarders catch big air on Titlis, Engstlenalp and the half-pipe at Jochpass, while novice and intermediate skiers slide over to family-friendly Brunni and Gerschnialp for baby blues and cruisy reds. The real thrills for powder hounds, however, lie off-piste. Backcountry legends include Laub, Steinberg and the biggest leg-burner of all, Galtiberg, running from Klein Titlis to the valley 2000m below. A one-day ski pass costs Sfr62.

There’s a Ski & Snowboard School inside the tourist office, and places to hire ski/snowboard gear (from about Sfr50 per day) throughout town. Ski Lodge Engelberg is another great source of information, or stop by Dani’s Okay Ski Shop, where hardcore riders hang out and exchange tips.

In December, Engelberg hosts the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup.

Hiking

There are some 360km of marked hiking trails in and around Engelberg. For gentle ambles and gorgeous scenery, head for Brunni on the opposite side of the valley. The Brunni cable car goes up to Ristis at 1600m, where a chairlift takes you to the Swiss Alpine Club's refurbished Brunni Hütte. From here you can watch a magnificent sunset before spending the night.

More strenuous hikes include the trek over the Surenenpass (2291m) to Attinghausen, where you can catch a bus to Altdorf and the southern end of Lake Uri, and the climb over Jochpass (2210m) to Meiringen via Engstlenalp. Pick up a map and check on snow conditions before attempting these more demanding treks.