There are certain things you expect to see when you hit 10,000ft in the Swiss Alps; stunning views of spectacular valleys stretching endlessly into the distance for example, snow sitting perfectly on top of beautiful mountain tops, and of course, a cardboard cut out of the two protagonists from 1995 Bollywood smash hit ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’.
Yes, you read that correctly, and no, we’re not talking nonsense. As anyone who has been to the top of Engelberg ski resort’s Mt. Titlis will know, the cutout exists – and it’s responsible for almost half a million tourists coming to Switzerland each year. But we’ll get back to that in a minute.
Engelberg is a pretty gnarly place. It’s best made use of by those who utilise the off-piste. The 82km of pisted runs at the resort are largely set up for the more advanced skier or snowboarder themselves, but though 82km and 26 lifts isn’t a huge total, the 2,000m of vertical off-piste options are some of the best in the Alps.
A short hike with your gear in nearly any direction on the mountain will see you facing down untouched powder and routes that will leave you with a smile on your face.