Way back in the dark ages when TM was barely past the teenage years, a trip to Switzerland in late October included a diversion from Lucerne to take the Gondola to the top of Mount Titlis. With a profound fear of heights I elected to sit it out … I would wait for my travel buddies down below, on terra firma, and check out their photos later.*
But, as I craned my neck to take in the towering wonder of nature, it struck me that I might be missing something fantastic, maybe never to be seen again. So I ran, ran to the Gondola, hopped aboard and alighted at the top.
And it was so amazing and snow-covered and exhilarating, I could only imagine being in the region in winter … so it was with personal interest that I was delighted to hear that Australian snow enthusiasts at the recent Snow Travel Expo in Sydney and Melbourne were introduced to the resort of Titlis-Engelberg in Switzerland (participating at the Expo for the first time) as a go-to for winter, and heartily embraced the destination!
Titlis-Engelberg representative, Peter Niederberger, accompanied by Switzerland Tourism’s Marketing Executive, Birgit
Weingartner, was pleased to report that the region received much interest from attendees over the two weekends in Sydney and Melbourne. Compared to many other parts of Switzerland, Titlis-Engelberg hadn’t been the traditional go-to destination for Aussie skiers; and as a relatively small village, the interest pouring in was encouraging.
Titlis-Engelberg is not only home to the largest freeride area in the country, but also Europe’s highest suspension bridge and the world’s first revolving gondola.
Its longest ski run stretches 12 km, the glacier stands at a towering 3000m above sea level and its steepest vertical drop is 2000m. The village of Engelberg sits at 1,050m and is only a 45 min train ride away from the historical city of Lucerne. A monastery, cheesemaker and a host of accommodation options are also very much part of the attraction.
Snow enthusiasts also learnt about value-add, such as ski passes that automatically included as part of their winter stays and the series of discounted winter packages offered for visits between October and May.
*PS – lest anyone think I was being a wuss, the world’s first revolving gondola transports you from the middle station at Stand up to the mountain station at 3,020 metres above sea-level!
On the plus side – the gondola revolves 360 degrees during the five-minute trip, treating you to idyllic panoramic views of steep rock faces, deep crevasses and distant snow-covered mountain peaks.