Engelberg Cross Country Skiing
The 11th most popular XC Ski in Switzerland.
Sunday 31 July 2016 06:38 GMT
South of Zurich, the Engelberg area has seven cross country ski tracks in the valley and up on the Gerschnlalp. The seven tracks are separate and non-interconnected.
Starting from the Sporting Park in town, the Engelberg Valley Trail (Talloipe Engelberg) accesses 22km of trails leading southeast to Furenalp that are groomed for both classical and skate skiing. The trails follow the small river passing through forest and meadow. They become more scenic as you proceed further from Engelberg. The Wasserfall Restaurant is near the end and makes a good destination (closed Thursdays). Off the Engelberg Valley Trail, there are several side trails. The Herrenruti Track is a 4km starting in the valley at Furenalpbahn cableway and has a steep climb. The Soodrund Track (Soodrunloipe) is a 2.1km track starting from the carpark at the Wyden maintenance depot and provides an easy introduction to cross country skiing. The Sun Track (Sonnenloipe) is a 2.1km track that connects with the Valley Track. The Golf Training Track (Traningsloipe Golf) is a 5.5km track along a scenic, but challenging route, starting near the golf club house. The Night Track (Nachtloipe) is a 1.6km route that is lit several evenings a week.
Up on Gerschnialp above Engelberg, the Loipe Gerschnialp-Untertrubsee trail system has 8km of gentle trails groomed for classic and skate skiing. It crosses the plateau through the Gerschniwald forest to the Untertrubsee.
A trail pass is required to use the trails. It is available for purchase from the Tourist Office. If you are staying at a major hotel, they may provide a "guest card" that provides free daytime access to the trails.
The Mammut-Intersport shop just north of the train station has cross country ski rentals.
To reach the Engelberg cross country skiing from Zurich by train, use the regional train through Lucerne into Engelberg.
Overall, Engelberg is the 11th most popular cross country ski area of all 22 Nordic ski destinations in Switzerland.