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An easy one-hour train ride from Lucerne, the "Mountain of Angels" offers spectacular views of lakes and mountains. With 24 lifts and 51 miles of ski slopes, it’s the largest Alpine resort in Central Switzerland, although it’s only a medium-size resort compared to Zermatt, Verbier or St. Moritz. Mount Titlis, Central Switzerland’s highest peak at 9,000 feet, is home to Engelberg’s main ski area, atop a glacier. Thanks to the high altitude, Titlis has an extra-long ski season (November through May). The smaller but sunnier Brunni area offers a change of pace. There are also a couple of thrilling sled runs and a cross-country track. The region ...

An easy one-hour train ride from Lucerne, the "Mountain of Angels" offers spectacular views of lakes and mountains. With 24 lifts and 51 miles of ski slopes, it’s the largest Alpine resort in Central Switzerland, although it’s only a medium-size resort compared to Zermatt, Verbier or St. Moritz. Mount Titlis, Central Switzerland’s highest peak at 9,000 feet, is home to Engelberg’s main ski area, atop a glacier. Thanks to the high altitude, Titlis has an extra-long ski season (November through May). The smaller but sunnier Brunni area offers a change of pace. There are also a couple of thrilling sled runs and a cross-country track. The region offers a full range of winter activities, including hiking, snowshoeing and ice skating. If the weather is bad, you can visit the 12th-century Benedictine monastery, the Cheese Factory, or the small Folk Museum. There’s a good selection of moderately-priced lodging and a lively aprés-ski scene in season.

Charlie Morris
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Charlie Morris is the author of the Open Road guidebooks Best of Honduras, Best of Costa Rica, Best of Belize, and Switzerland Guide.

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    February is high ski season. January is less crowded.