Tucked in the heart of the Swiss Alps, Andermatt has turned into the world class ski destination
Located in the heart of the Swiss Alps, Andermatt-Sedrun ski destination is becoming one of central Switzerland’s leading ski resorts. The exceptional climate and the altitude provide optimal snow conditions for skiers and snowboarders all winter season long. Andermatt-Sedrun ski destination is being expanded into central Switzerland’s largest ski area, with state-of-the art facilities, more than 75 miles of slopes, 85 runs and 25 lifts. The first phase of the expansion project was delivered in the winter season 2014/15.
There are two mountain areas: Gemsstock and Nätschen-Oberalp-Sedrun. Direct access to both ski areas from the village of Andermatt. The average snow depth between December and April is 4.5 ft at the base and nearly 10 ft at the top of the Gemsstock.
The Gemsstock mountain is an internationally renowned off-piste destination. Gemsstock at nearly 9,842 ft. is one of Switzerland’s best freeriding destinations, thanks to its wide open expanses, challenging descents and untouched deep snow slopes. The glacier run is one of the best in all the Alps, while the panoramic view from the summit takes in over 600 mountains. Gemsstock is served year-round by a gondola. Facilities: Rental and demo shops offering top-brand equipment – Repair shops with overnight service – Complimentary shuttle bus runs throughout the town of Andermatt during the winter season – Slope-side hotels and apartment accommodation – Currently 9 restaurants and 6 ski bars – Childcare (children’s ski school) Ski and Snowboard School – Swiss Ski Association certified ski and snowboard school – Classes available in skiing, snowboarding and telemark skiing, provided in English, German, French and Italian – Private and group lessons available for all skill levels – Kids programme: instruction and childcare Other Winter Sporting Activities and Facilities – Cross-country ski centre – Ice skating rink – Snowshoeing – Winter hiking – Tobogganing.
The Nätschen is the sunniest area in the ski region and its slopes are ideal for families, with runs for all abilities served by chair lifts and gondolas. The Matterhorn Gotthard Railway also serves the terminal level for easy access from Andermatt. The Oberalp Pass road is used by skiers and snowboarders, winter hikers, snowshoers and sledgers alike. Between Sedrun and the Oberalp Pass everyone can enjoy wide and moderately challenging slopes. Sedrun also offers a snow park for freestylers, which will take you to new heights. If you are about to learn skiing, the practice hill Valtgeva in the centre of Sedrun is the right choice.
Andermatt is a picturesque village, 1.5 hours from Zurich International Airport, 1 hour from Lucerne, 2 hours from Milan and 4.5 hours from Munich. It is served by the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway, with connections via the Glacier Express to Zermatt, St. Moritz and Davos. Lively après-ski scene.
Snow Ski Ambassador Bernhard Russi Bernhard Russi – Olympic gold medalist, World Champion and Swiss ski legend – is a native of Andermatt. As the resort’s ski consultant, Russi’s expertise and profound knowledge of the area informs the new development at every level.
Up until now, Andermatt has been less known as a ski destination and better remembered for a James Bond car chase where Sean Connery zips along the nearby Fruka Pass in an Aston Martin DB5 during Goldfinger. But thanks to the opening of The Chedi Andermatt in 2014-15 season, the modest ski resort has been placed on the ski resort’s map. Tucked in the heart of the Swiss Alps, the hotel is a Goliath of a building, and the first five-star hotel to come to the sleepy area. It’s just a trigger to turn this place into the world class ski destination.