On the slopes of the Diavolezza, the “she-devil”, freeride enthusiasts enjoy heavenly conditions: the steep slopes and snow-filled couloirs offer exhilarating descents full of variety and countless thrills. The spectacular runs on the Lagalb, her mighty neighbour, also promise boundless fun and unforgettable action. So brace yourself for the ultimate powder high in the freeride paradise of the Engadin: just like the world’s top freeride athletes when they compete for glory every year on the legendary north face of the Corvatsch!
Freeriding: for you, that means skiing or snowboarding in its original and purest form. A direct encounter with nature, the chance to give your creativity free rein ‒ and the occasion to sharpen all your senses to take in every detail of your surroundings. For safe riding, enthusiasts need to develop an acute awareness of the risks involved at every moment: and it is precisely this challenge that gives the sport its unique appeal.
In the freeride playground of the Engadin, you can find some of the best powder and most thrilling off-piste runs on the Diavolezza and Lagalb. Here, the options are virtually boundless, with fun and action to match! One of the most spectacular routes is the nerve-tingling “1,000-metre couloir” via Gianda Persa down to the Morteratsch Glacier, a superlative descent with natural kickers, jumps off rocks and cornices and seemingly endless powder slopes. Our mountain guides will bring you safely to the starting point on the north-east ridge of the Munt Pers (3,210 m) and ensure that at the end you may be out of breath but free from injury ‒ and raving about one of the runs of your life.
The free-standing Lagalb (2,959 m) owes its legendary reputation as a freeride mountain to its unforgettable runs in every direction. Its incredibly diverse terrain takes full advantage of about 800 “freeridable” vertical metres, with immaculate powder fields and wide slopes offering myriad possibilities for jumps and tricks off rocks and cornices. Hard to believe that the next lifts are just a snowball’s throw from this idyll: you, meanwhile, gracefully trace your first lines, leaving fine veils of powder sparkling in the air behind you.
If you adore runs through pristine nature, ask your mountain guide about the route from Trais Fluors down into the Val Bever. This high-altitude bowl, with its strange formations of yellowish dolomite rock, is not spectacularly steep, but it offers a magical winter playground ‒ with wide slopes and an exhilarating slalom between Swiss stone pine and larch trees covered in sno
The runs are considerably more demanding on the north face of the mighty Corvatsch (3,451 m), with gradients of up to 65 degrees. The stars of the world freeride scene have been gathering here for the thrilling Engadinsnow contest every year since 2003. The slopes and couloirs scattered with cliffs offer a mesmerising challenge: freeriding may look at times like a carefree dance on sparkling powder, but terrain such as this shows what skills athletes need to reach the very top.
Pristine slopes, virgin powder: never forget that once you are away from secured routes ‒ even by just a few metres ‒ you are in untested terrain. When you ride these slopes, you are accepting not just the magnificent gift of unspoilt nature but also its enormous risks. Sound knowledge of avalanche dangers is indispensable, along with tested safety equipment and of course an advanced level of freeride skills.
The Swiss Council for Accident Prevention (BFU) has put the key rules of conduct in a useful PDF brochure.
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How to boost your chances enormously of a carefree day in powder snow? Easy! Book the company of a qualified mountain guide or ski instructor, who will not only show you the best runs but also guide you safely through the terrain.