Andermatt Ski Resort

Andermatt, until recently a ski resort in decline, is back with a bang. Its Gemsstock mountain has always appealed to freeriders and off-piste skiers, but its new hotels and its shared SkiArena with lift-linked Sedrun means it can now compete again as a mainstream winter sports resort.

In the Ursern Valley, at the crossroads of Switzerland’s North-South and East-West Alpine passes, Andermatt was once one of the traffic hubs of Europe. The opening of St.Gotthard railway tunnel in 1882 and the road tunnel completion nearly a century later, however literally undermined Andermatt's economy, and what was once a thriving area became a dead end. 
Its lifeline was the Swiss army. From 1885 to the early 21st century, Andermatt became a garrison town. This military occupation choked-off its development as a ski resort. Andermatt had a snowy mountain, high ski lifts reaching to nearly 3,000m and narrow streets lined with traditional chalets but it also had barracks full of soldiers and a heavy-arms firing range.
Then the military left and into the void stepped an Egyptian-born destination developer, named Samih Sawiris and his Orascom company. He has been set on reinventing Andermatt as an upmarket year-round mountain resort by spending £1.2bn (Sfr1.8bn) virtually doubling the size of the town with new luxury hotels, apartments and chalets. 
Investment was ploughed into the skiing as well, creating the Andermatt-Sedrun SkiArena, with lifts linking Andermatt to the high plateau at Oberalp and onto Dieni, a small lift station near Sedrun. The final lift was completed for the 2018/19 season and the SkiArena is now the largest ski area in central Switzerland with over 120kms of lifts. 
The jewel in the crown of Andermatt's skiing, however, remains the majestic, north-facing, snowy mountain on the other side of town, the 2,961m high Gemsstock mountain. This is the home of the famous Bernhard Russi black run and the legendary off-piste routes such as Giraffe and Geissberg, but there are red runs too. 
Andermatt has a wide range of accommodation options, including some handsome hotels including the quirky Sonne Hotel and The Old Couching Inn, as well as modern-day super luxury with the newly opened The Chedi Andermatt hotel.  The après-sk is relatively tame but it's a nice place to wander around in the evenings with plenty of restaurants.
With its central location, Andermatt is easy to reach, whether you’re coming from North, South, East or West, and by plane, car or  train. Day trips to Engelberg, the other off-piste centre in Central Switzerland, are also possible by both public transport and private car.
 

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Andermatt Statistics

  • CountrySwitzerland
  • StateCentral Switzerland
  • Base1,444 metres
  • Summit2,961 metres
  • Vertical1,517 metres
  • Ski area extent120 km
  • Beginner28 km
  • Intermediate60 km
  • Advanced32 km
  • Longest run7 km
  • Number of ski lifts19 
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  • Surface lifts10 
  • Riders per hour21,720 
  • Day lift passSfr 60
  • 6 day lift pass 273

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Best Hotels in Andermatt

  • The Chedi Andermatt

    Chedi Andermatt

    The Chedi Andermatt is a hotel exceeding its 5-star status, with luxurious rooms, fine cuisine, and superb spa facilities, all in a convenient location.

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  • Hotel Schweizerhof Andermatt

    Hotel Schweizerhof

    The 2-star Hotel Schweizerhof is located in the heart of Andermatt.  This traditional property is close to local transport services and to the Gemsstock cable car. 

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  • Baeren Restaurant & Rooms Andermatt

    Baeren Restaurant & Rooms

    The Baeren Restaurant and Rooms is within minutes of both the local cable cars and the centre of Andermatt, offering guests a comfortable stay and fine dining. 

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  • The River House Boutique Hotel Andermatt

    River House Boutique Hotel

    The 3-star River House Boutique Hotel in Andermatt offers a comfortable stay in an historic building, with fine dining and comfort in a central location.

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  • Gausthaus Skiklub Andermatt

    Gausthaus Skiklub

    The Gasthaus Skiklub is located just minutes from the Gemsstock cable car in the heart of Andermatt. The hotel offers a comfortable stay in a traditional simple alpine property.

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  • Andermatt Chalet

    Andermatt Chalet

    Chalet Andermatt is located in the heart of Andermatt, offers a comfortable stay in its self-catered rooms, as well as nearby access to the Gemsstock Cable Car and ski-to-door access.

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  • Sodertorpet Swiss Alps Andermatt

    Sodertorpet Swiss Alps

    Sodertopet Swiss Alps enjoys a convenient location and picturesque setting in Andermatt. It is a stylish 2-person self-catered apartment which has been comfortably furnished.

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