In Engelberg, winter starts in October and lasts until May. This freeride paradise is famous for some of the deepest powder in the world. This is where skiers and snowboarders come to get serious about their sport.
‘Engelberg can hold its own against the best ski regions in the world.’ So says Fabian Bösch, Engelberg’s own prodigal son, the eccentric yet quiet freestyle star who became World Slopestyle champion at the age of 17, and won the X-Games Big Air a year later. He also became a social media sensation after his YouTube stunt riding up an escalator with one arm during the 2018 Winter Olympics went viral.
The roots of his success are to be found in mountain terrain of Engelberg. Growing up, Bösch had one of Europe’s most extensive freeride ski regions on his doorstep.
Nowadays, Bösch covers thousands of kilometres each year. He cruises the biggest ski regions and the world’s most spectacular parks. But Engelberg is home. ‘When going home is on the cards, I arrange in advance to meet up with my friends to go skiing. Nothing beats it.’
Like Bösch, Engelberg has star quality. Or as he himself says: ‘Engelberg is a challenging area for skiing. That’s why I like it.’
Numbers matter: Check out Engelberg's stats
- 2,000m of vertical
- 82km of pistes
- 12km longest descent
- 49km of winter hiking trails
- 35km of cross-country ski trails
- 7 months of winter
- 5m of snow on its upper slopes last winter
For more information about everything on offer in Engelberg, go to engelberg.ch