[this article is sponsored by Le Grand Adventure Tours]
The snow-capped mountains of the Swiss Alps are home to some of the best skiing in the world. Nestled in the heart of Switzerland, away from the crowds, the glitz and glamour you’ll find two noteworthy ski resorts flying under the radar: Engelberg and Andermatt. What makes these two resorts a must stop on your next ski adventure?
Here are the Top 6 Reasons to Ski Engelberg and Andermatt this year:
#1 Freeride Mecca of Switzerland
Engelberg is the freeride capital of Switzerland. It offers up some of the biggest vertical descents in the Alps at a staggering 4,000 to 7,000 feet. Andermatt offers up plenty vertical entertainment of its own at 5,000 vertical. By comparison to some of the big American resorts, Jackson Hole’s vertical descent is just over 4,000 feet and Snowbird’s is 3,200 feet.
#2 Expansive Terrain
Andermatt’s expansive advanced terrain has caught the eye of Warren Miller who recently finished filming a movie here. Stretching out across multiple valleys, this area’s crown jewel is the majestic Gemsstock. This north-facing mountain offers plenty of steep and deep terrain to get your heart pumping.
Engelberg has literally thousands of acres of off-piste skiing along with legendary off-piste couloirs. These are best explored with a trusted guide who is well versed in the terrain and knowledgeable about conditions in the area. On such company, Le Grand Adventure Tours, prides itself on hiring only the best touring guides in the region, helping guests to capitalize on this expansive, gnarly terrain.
#3 Best Snow in Switzerland
The high altitude of the slopes make these two ski towns some of the most snow-sure resorts in all of Switzerland. Andermatt is on the northern side of the Alps, perfectly positioned to collect mounds and mounds of deep, dry powder. Engelberg’s formidable Titlus glacier is a north facing, deep freeze zone, chock full of so much deep powder it won’t be long before word of the secret stashes here spread to the rest of the ski world.
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#4 Big Lines
Engelberg and Andermatt are home to some of the biggest lines in the Swiss Alps. Beginning with Andermatt’s north-facing main mountain, Gemsstock, where the views from its perch offer sight-lines to over 600 hundred alpine peaks, you can access the famous Bernhard Russi run. This area is also the access point to tremendous off-piste terrain such as the legendary routes of Giraffe and Geissberg.
Engelberg is home to five of the most iconic runs in the Alps including Laub, Steinberg, and Galtiberg at almost 7,000 vertical feet! These big lines are not for the timid.
#5 Swiss Food/ Aprés Ski
Switzerland is the land of decadent feasts, particularly if you have a penchant for cheese. Woven into the very fabric of the culture is the Swiss version of bread and cheese – fondue. Perfect after a day on the slopes. Another cheese-based favorite are raclettes, cheese with potatoes. Numerous other tasty delights are on every menu delivered with an artisan flair. And of course, chocolates.
The aprés ski scene may not be as rambunctious as in neighboring Austria, but it’s still lively and distinct.
#6 Easy Access
Unlike some regions in the Alps, these two locations are centrally located, in the heart of the Swiss Alps, with easy rail access to both. Like their famous watches, the trains here run like clockwork. The views along the route are filled with postcard ready images, as you wind through the mountains past quintessential Swiss chalets.
The time is now: Explore new terrain and experience some of the best Switzerland has to offer.
Trips departing to Engelberg and Andermatt are available March 5 – March 12, 2017 with Le Grand Adventure Tours.
Le Grand Adventure Tours allows you to make the most of your experience as they are accomplished guides who know the lay of the land. A trip begins and ends with an emphasis on you, the guest, based on their expertise in the region and the sport. They’ve done all the research, they’ve explored the terrain, they know the in-and-outs of adventure travel so you get to relax and enjoy every moment. In addition to their extensive qualifications, Le Grand Adventure Tours is committed to the greater good, supporting local communities in which they travel and a commitment to minimizing their impact on the environment.
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