The ski resort of Andermatt Gotthard Oberalp Arena is one of the most snow reliable places in Switzerland. Here in the Ursern Valley, the mountain passes of Gotthard, Furka and Oberalp meet. The local winter sports area reaches up to an altitude of 2963 meters. There are very good conditions for snowboarding in Andermatt due to its wide free riding areas and the biggest half pipe in Central Switzerland. If you want to go skiing in Andermatt you will also find slopes of every difficulty level, usually covered with powder snow until late spring.
The report has kept its charming traditional Swiss feel even though the modernization is starting to creep into the resort. With plans for 6 new connecting lifts linking the Oberalp plateau for the 2016/17 season this will make Andermatt part of one of the largest ski area in Switzerland. The local area has a fascinating history, rumors that the area is actually where all Switzerlands gold is kept in hollowed out mountains and these “secret caves” still can’t be visited by the public..
The Ski area of Andermatt is divided up into two main areas called Gemsstock and Natschen, one small children’s area called Realp and then the next valley of where you connect to the resort of Sedrun.
Domaine: Andermatt and Sedrun
Resort Height: 1436m
Skiing Elevation: 2961m
Vertical Drop: 1525m
Piste Summary: Green: Blue: 23%, Red: 43%, Black: 33%
Adult Ski Pass: 265CHF Approx.
The first is Gemsstock where you can enjoy glacier skiing and mainly harder runs and off piste. Due to the glacier there is guaranteed snow and absolutely breath-taking views.
The second area is called Natschen and is perfect for families and those enjoying their early years on skies. You can take the train up the mountain which is hugely civilised. This is the perfect area to learn on.
What we love
What We Love
- The resort is not on the British ski radar and as a result it is quite on the piste all the time
- The Bernhard Russi Run, a 4.3km route in Gensstock and vertical of 960m, named after their Swiss Olympic champion who loves his home run
- The Chedi – It’s a favourite and a stunning hotel
- Such easy access, trains from Zurich to Andermatt and it is easy
- The Glacier Express goes through Andermatt
- Bernhard-Russi-Run (named after the local ski-racing hero) and the famous off-piste routes such as Giraffe and Geissberg
What needs improving
Watch Out For
- The resort can be quiet in the town during the evenings
- The apres ski while there is more civilized than lots of more known resorts in Europe
- Eating choices I the resort are good but limited
2hr 30 min train ride from Zurich brings you straight Andermatt, directly opposite the hotel. Regular connections of less than two hours link Andermatt to Basel Airport and forty-five minutes from Andermatt by car is an airfield for private aircraft charters in Buochs. By road, Andermatt can be reached from Stuttgart or Munich in 4 hours, Milan in two hours, Zurich in 90 minutes and Lucerne in 45 minutes.