Engelberg Titlis Tours and Freerides
Engelberg is one of the best resorts in the alps for off piste ski routes, with many excellent and long itineraries. Amongst them the Laub, Titlis, Galtiberg, Sulzi and Wendenstock-Lücke all offer excellent sport on long, steep, beautiful runs. They require little uphill work, but the risk of crevasses, avalanches, route finding or sliding off a cliff mean that they are for experienced off piste skiers only, and should be treated with respect. There have been fatalities on many of the routes described here. The centrepiece is the circuit of Titlis, a big outing that starts at 3000m, descends to Fürenalp at 1000m and has just 600m of ascent in the middle. It starts with an exposed traverse, then descends the extremely steep south flank of Titlis by a series of abseils, that experts can ski; conditions and queues permitting. Next a climb up to Grassen bivouac, and a long, steep glacier descent where route finding is tricky in poor conditions. All in all, a full day out that should present no problems to the experienced, but should not be attempted by those without full knowledge of alpine techniques and navigation.