Engelberg has for a long time been the hot spot for freeride skiers and snowboarders in their search for high cliffs and big turns. In later years the mountain biking scene in Engelberg has slowly established itself through the local community's growing passion and dedication. The endless hiking trail network offers everything from high alpine trails with stunning views to lower, loamy forest trails.
With over 900 years old history you'll get to experience the renowned authentic alp farming culture, passed on through generations, mixed with the upcoming mountain biking and freeride vibe.
The descents are often characterised by dodging cows, stopping at cheese farms and cooling-off in one of the many alpine lakes. The riding consists of flowy yet partly technical trails on the higher altitudes and more smooth, yet challenging ones further down the valley.
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Thanks to the well developed trail network and shuttling opportunities around Engelberg we have found a door to world class mountain biking trails which are still hidden from the larger masses. Some trails are starting to get names like "Little Finale" and "New La Thuile" which describes well the quality and variety of the trails.
After a sweaty day in the trails we enjoy a well deserved après bike beer at Ski Lodge together with all the locals, sharing stories in an atmosphere like nowhere else. Ski Lodge Engelberg is often called the "home away from home" for some of the best mountain athletes in the world.
Apparently a picture says more than a 1,000 words so why don't sit back and enjoy our favourite photos from our mountain bike tours in charming Engelberg, Switzerland.
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Mountain biking is one of the most social individual sports so if you don't want to go on a private trip we have some dates available to experience this destination together with other like-minded people.
If you are are looking to improve your riding technique, you should consider joining one of our mountain bike skills camps. They are tailored to both beginners and advanced riders.
9 - 12 August 2021 (Advanced)
9 - 12 September 2021 (Beginner)
If you are a group you can book a private trip at any point during our season from June to October (subject to availability). Our bespoke private trips are fully catered to your preferences. The cost of the trip depends partly on the final number of riders in your group as well as the number of active days. Private trips offer complete flexibility in terms of duration and riding level. Contact us to find out more.
*Please note that the inclusions for the MTB Skills Camp are slightly different from the above. Please click here to see Camp Details.Most optional items need to be pre-booked and are subject to availability and additional cost.
Alpine & Forest
Cheddar produced from Käserei Engelberg.
The 900 year old Benedictine monastery.
Founded in 2008 by two ski loving Swedes, the Ski Lodge Engelberg has become the natural habitat for adventure seekers from all over the world. The Lodge offers comfortable and spacious rooms, a jacuzzi and a sauna after a long day ripping up trails as well as a lively bar and restaurant with the best food in town (according to the local rumour). Ski Lodge Engelberg is as much the natural water hole for the locals of Engelberg just as it is for world famous action sport athletes.
Arrival in Zurich where a LeRipp representative will pick you up for the transfer to Ski Lodge Engelberg. After check, the guide will go through the weekend's plans before dinner is served in the hotel's restaurant. According to the word on the street the best restaurant in town.
Explore the Engelberg valley. We start with a few warm up runs in the bike park on the Titlis side in classic alpine terrain with a long and dreamy descent back to town. After lunch we head over to Brunni, the sunny side, where we enjoy the views of the characteristic peaks of Hahnen and Spannort while pedalling up to Brunni Hütte. We grab a quick coffee on the sunny terrace before heading down the locally famous single track Walenpfad all the way down to Wolfenschiessen. From here we take the train back to a well deserved après bike at Ski Lodge.
Shuttle days! After a steady breakfast, bike check and tuning we hop into the van and head for our first trail. During the days we normally head down the valley from Engelberg covering the areas around the Lac Lucerne, Beckenreid and Sarnen. For the braves ones each day is ended with a dip in a lake follow by a well-earned après bike in the Ski Lodge garden topped off with a filling and creatively delicious 3-course dinner.
Flexible day. Depending on your departure time there is the opportunity to go for half a day riding or simply relax at the lodge and explore the town of Engelberg.
In order to enjoy Engelberg's true treasures we recommend being an advanced mountain biker who is comfortable in steep and technical terrain (this does not apply to our MTB Skills Camps). The technical sections however, are usually not too long and are mixed with flowy and less technical terrain.
In the areas around the Engelberg valley we are getting most help uphill from lifts and shuttles. However, in order to maximize the fun we will aim to pedal and push shorter sections for up to 30 minutes per trail.
You have ridden a enduro and/or downhill mountain bike at least 10 times and master root sections and rock gardens as long as it's not too steep. You still handle the steeper trails while they are not too technical.
You can pedal your bike uphill at least 30 minutes per day and climb 150m during several consecutive days. Downhill you can ride 1500 vertical meters per day before the notorious cramp makes an entrance. You exercise on average at least once per week.