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@musehead, thanks - wow, that's changed a bit in the last month!
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Wow, 60cm since yesterday afternoon @ 2000m in Engelberg and still coming down strong. Webcams look incredibly snowy - deep right down to town. Kind of wish I was still there...!

41cm @ 1000m in town according to SLF morning measurement. Quite a bit more than when I was there last week.
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@musehead, heading down tomorrow Happy
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81cm since yesterday afternoon now Shocked
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Got back late on Friday night. Started snowing at noon on Tuesday, still chucking it down at 5pm on Friday! Great week if difficult visibility at times (on Friday, it was downright dangerous in places and very tough to tell which way was up or down!) Mountain was largely deserted, apart from a couple of junior race training groups and the obligatory Indian and Chinese coach parties. It felt, at times, like having a private mountain!
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Mountain was largely deserted, apart from a couple of junior race training groups and the obligatory Indian and Chinese coach parties. It felt, at times, like having a private mountain!


Saturday was a completely different story. Lovely and sunny, but huge numbers of people trying to get up the mountain. Not helped by them closing the gondola shortly after 9am whilst we were still queuing at the base station. Took us 2.5 hours to get to Stand via the old funicular/ cable car route.

I'm reliably informed that this isn't normal for Engelberg since the new gondola went in, and I am just incredibly unlucky that the unusual occurrences coincide with my visits. Nevertheless, it was the final straw for me - as I'm clearly a bad omen, it's better for everyone else if I stay away!
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Quite an amazing snowfall last week at Engelberg - 85cm in 24 hours at 2149m



It resulted in a snow depth of 58cm at town level, smashing the previous 68-year record of 26cm for 29th April. It looks like it was also by some distance the biggest dump of the season.



Webcams looked amazing on Saturday. Shame about the trouble with the lift @Gämsbock, sounds very frustrating!
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Had a great day on Glacier 3000 while the sun was still shinning! The lifts closed today, Pity! Although I was told that it is still possible to use the main Cable Cars if you want to go Freeriding or skinning off the top during the coming weeks. With more snow forecast this might be a good option. But nothing else will be open. So not cheap!

If you are interested in seeing what conditions are like at Glacier 3000. I have posted some photos of my day out over on the Les Arcs Winter facebook page. Use this link. https://www.facebook.com/LesArcsWinter/
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A little bit late, but here's a very short trip report.

A sneaky late trip - April 24 to April 28 - to Engelberg for some late season turns and I was not expecting the amount of snow that fell during the week. It started snowing around noon on Tuesday and was still pouring down when I caught the 17.01 train on Friday afternoon! Here is a short trip summary.

Logistics: caught the 6am flight from Heathrow to Zurich with the excellent Swiss airline. No quibble about my large Dakine coffin bag (the check-in attendant didn't even weigh it, just asked how heavy it was! Around 20kg was my honest reply!). My transfer driver was waiting in arrivals and we were in Engelberg by 10.45 and I was checked in to my hotel, changed into ski gear and buying my lift pass by 11.15. On the slopes soon after. The return trip was equally painless. Finished skiing about 3.30, quick shower and caught the 17.01 train to the airport. Plenty of time to enjoy the business lounge at Zurich and back in London by 9.45pm!

Accommodation/resort facilities: Stayed at the centrally-located Hotel Crystal which is also very handy for the railway station and free ski bus. The hotel was very quiet, in common with the rest of the resort, and the restaurant was closed. However, breakfast was adequate and the staff friendly and helpful. Much of the resort was on a weekend-only footing with popular watering holes like the Yucatan and the Chalet closed. However, the Old Monk bar and the Core Irish pub were still going strong. Prices of food and drink are typically steep Swiss although the quality of the offerings are pretty decent.

Skiing: The resort was deserted and although the number of open lifts and slopes were limited (it was like having a private mountain at times, conditions were excellent. Snow on the glacier slopes was excellent and on the first day, spring conditions prevailed lower down with wettish snow close to Trubsee. Downloading at the end of each day was by the new Titlis Express gondola. It started snowing around noon on Tuesday and conditions made a dramatic change. It snowed, snowed and snowed all the way down to the village level. This meant visibility could be a little difficult at times, but there was skiing on fresh powder everywhere. The ride down the Rotegg itinerary was different on all three days - hard pack, soft snow and knee-deep powder! There were a few Scandinavian freeriders around on the Friday, despite the poor visibility; needless to say, there was no queuing anywhere and lap after lap was the order of the day. Engelberg is a magnet for organised tour groups from India, China, Korea etc and it was quite common to be stopped on the way to the glacier slopes to be asked to pose for a photo with one of these visitors!

It was something of a gamble to book so late in the season, but it was a gamble that paid off in great style with, what the locals said, was the very best snow of the whole winter! Fantastic!!!
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Awesome. Had the same myself a few years ago.

How much was the transfer from Zurich airport to Engelberg please?
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Normally, it is £165 but I was able to obtain a considerable discount thanks to knowing some people who know some other people (and you used the dreaded 'A' word!!!) Very Happy

It's 80 CHF return on the train.
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