If you follow me on Instagram, you will have noticed that I was recently away on a little ski mini break – three fabulous days of snow.
James, some friends and I popped in the car one Friday evening and drove, literally through a snow storm, to get to our top off-piste destination, Engelberg, Switzerland. If the name sounds familiar, you may recall that I raved about this resort last year.
We planned to visit Engelberg amid reports that many resorts in Europe were lacking in snow. As we drove through Luxembourg, France and finally into the Swiss Alps it became crystal clear, we were in for a powdery few days. Unfortunately, alongside heavy snow comes heavy clouds, but the lack of visibility did not dampen our spirits.
The photo below is from outside our hotel in town – the place was smothered in snow.
What I Wear:
Salomon Boots, Helmet, Poles & Gloves;
Scott Goggles (they were brand new so I was super excited to try them out in the poor visibility);
Spyder Ski Trousers;
Sportalm Ski Jacket;
Here’s the gossip on Engelberg:
The resort, whatever time of year, is for good skiers only and particularly designed for those who love off piste. There really isn’t a blue or green in sight. Much of the resort has been left untouched to allow those who love the off piste to take full advantage of Mount Titlis.
Where you stay and what you are looking for really depends on your standard but in my opinion, there is one choice to be made, close to the lift or further away.
Last year, we stayed at H+ Hotel Sonnwendhof which is a five minute walk from the lift for the slopes. The buffet breakfast is small and simple. The rooms are comfy and perfect for crashing in after a long day on the slopes. The only downside is that when we visited the hotel it did not serve evening drinks or dinner. On the upside, this means you get to walk into town and visit the local hot spots.
This year, we stayed at the Ramada Regina Titlis which is a five minute bus ride from the hotel front door to the lift for the slopes. I really cannot rave about the bus service more. I really prefer ski-in/ski-out but this was just ideal. The bus stop was outside the hotel front door and we never waited more than a minute for the bus to arrive. It was same when returning to the Hotel. Bus No.1 was pretty much ready and waiting to take us back.
The buffet breakfast was fantastic, the bedrooms had all you needed (nothing fancy) and we took full advantage of the pool, sauna and steam room after a long day braving the big freeze.
This is Switzerland so unfortunately for those paying, you’re not going to find any bargains in Engelberg, but you will find good food. Here are some of my top recommendations.
This restaurant is the perfect spot for a little fondue – the Swiss must have – in this warm and wintery chalet-esq restaurant.
The restaurant is also part of the Alpenclub Hotel, which boasts beautiful bedrooms.
If you are in need of a carb-up after a full day on the slopes, check out the best Italian in town. Perhaps surprisingly, there are a few Italian restaurants in Engleberg but this one has a top rating on TripAdvisor and I can assure you their pizzas and pasta dishes are of exceptional quality.
The party place.
James & I have eaten here twice and it’s really nothing to rave about. The food is good but it isn’t great, however the atmosphere is electric. In the future, I think we’ll stick to visiting this Mexican Bar & Grill for drinks after dinner and dancing into the night alongside outstanding live music.
And for when you’re on the slopes check out Skihütte Stand for a fantastic lunch.
Here are some snaps from our fabulously snowy mini break.