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Engelberg boasts buzzing nightlife, but you'll want to get up early to ski its fantastic off-piste routes when the snow is good...
Compared with the likes of Val d'Isère and Courchevel, Engelberg is a small ski resort, but for a short stay it's ideal - a short-ish drive from Zurich airport, and blessed with a handful of world-class off-piste descents. The nightlife in Engelberg is exceptional too - thanks to the fact that this is where the young guns of Luzern come to party at the weekends.
Resort height: 1,050m
You can ski two sides of the valley in Engelberg. One, south-facing Brunni, is good for gentle, intermediate-level cruising. But the main attraction is the slopes of the 3,020m Titlis, opposite. Here you'll find some steep and exciting pistes, as well as several memorable off-piste runs.
One, the Galtiburg, is a 2,000m descent that covers every conceivable kind of ski terrain and feels like a wilderness adventure as much as a skiing or snowboarding run. It will take all but the most expert skiers and snowboarders an entire afternoon to complete.
The other, the Laub, is an extraordinary 1,000m run that never wavers from a 30-45 degree pitch, and is never once broken by rock bands or trees. On a powder day, it's paradise, and the best skiers and snowboarders do repeated laps of it until their muscles explode.
Neither should be attempted without a guide - both are very prone to avalanches.
The resort of Engelberg is a 90-minute drive from Zurich airport...
Alternatively, you can reach Engelberg by train, which takes about two and a half hours from Zurich.
Engelberg is a great choice for advanced skiers and snowboarders, particularly if there's plenty of fresh snow...
Beginners may struggle to see what all the fuss is about, though.
Party animals will love the weekend vibe, while non-skiers will enjoy the stunning scenery and the wide range of activities...
You wouldn't expect such a small town (permanent population, 3,600) to be so lively - but Engelberg has some great bars, fuelled by a combination of weekending locals and a sizeable Swedish contingent. Yucatan, in particular, is a spacious, fun and cosmopolitan place, and the Spindle nightclub is rammed at weekends. For dinner in Engelberg, many people eat in their hotel restaurants, but for a special treat the traditional Schweizerhaus restaurant is the place to go
Engelberg has a long tradition of summer tourism so non-skiers won't feel like an alien species here. If you're prepared to wrap up warm and venture onto the ski slopes you could have a lot of fun, too: Brunni is a great place to go tobogganing, and the flat valley floor is perfect for first-time cross-country skiers. Plus the revolving cable car to the summit of Titlis is worth riding even if you don't plan to ski or snowboard from the top.
Cost of living 6/10
Many of the hotels in Engelberg may look grand, but they're not expensive. Most of the bars and mountain restaurants are pretty reasonable too.
Attractiveness of the resort 7/10
The mountains are stunning, but Engelberg itself isn't as charming as many mountain villages, thanks to the large and rather sombre 19th-century hotels that predominate.