Andermatt Ski Resort

Andermatt, until recently a shadow of its former self with a golden age in the distant past, is undergoing a reawakening. Put plainly, Andermatt is a freeriders' heaven and one of Switzerland’s most snow-sure snow sports resorts. It is now ready for a big comeback and as a family ski resort!

In the Ursern Valley, at the heart of Switzerland’s Alpine passes from North to South and East to West, Andermatt village was once one of the traffic hubs of Europe, brimming with old world charm of narrow streets lined with traditional chalets. However due to the opening of St.Gotthard railway tunnel in 1882 and the road tunnel completion in 1980, Andermatt was underpassed, and what was once a thriving area became a dead end. 
The arrival of the Swiss army in 1885 provided a lifeline, at least economically here in Uri canton, with Andermatt becoming a garrison town serving as a command centre in the event of a war. This century of military occupation didn’t come without consequence, as this historic town welcomed barracks to house soldiers and even a heavy-arms firing range, taking its toll on the aesthetics of this postcard town. 
However the story of Andermatt is not doom and gloom for the future, with an unexpected saviour on the horizon. An Egyptian-born destination developer, named Samih Sawiris of the famous Orascom company, has been set on reinventing it as an upmarket resort by spending £1.2bn (Sfr1.8bn) creating six new four and five star hotels, 490 apartments, 25 chalets and an 18-hole golf course. The development named Andermatt Swiss Alps (ASA) upon completion will virtually double the size of the town. 
From a skier’s perspective, the biggest news is the SkiArena Andermatt-Sedrun Project, a related project which links from Andermatt to the high plateau at Oberalp and the Sedrun Ski area by the 2017/18 season. In partnership with the Scandinavian resort operator SkiStar, and having taken controlling interest in local lift companies, the project will see six new lifts and improved lift systems in the two Andermatt areas. What does this mean? Well the new lifts will open things up for beginners with precious learning terrain in Sedrun, and the Andermatt-Sedrun SkiArena will become the largest ski area in central Switzerland. 
The jewel in the crown of Andermatt skiing will remain the majestic, north-facing Gemsstock, with a peak of 2,961 metres, making it the largest mountain near the town. This mountain is for steely skiers wanting knee-deep powder and steep terrain to get their pulses racing. The top station is one of the great alpine viewpoints with panoramic views of hundreds of alpine peaks, and also the access point to the famous Bernhard Russi run and the legendary off-piste routes such as Giraffe and Geissberg. 
With its central location, Andermatt is pleasingly convenient to reach, whether you’re coming from North, South, East or West the journey is relatively short with Zurich and Lugano Airports both just under two hours travel. Travelling by Rail? The narrow-gauge railway transferring the Gotthard train to the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn provides streamline connections and a pleasing service.
Andermatt’s backdrop and scenic optical is simply postcard worthy: a stream winds its way through the valley of tightly knit mountains surrounding and jostling above the town. Walk down the narrow streets and see why Andermatt was once so beloved, the Aurora Hotel and Hotel Badus still holding the torch for old Andermatt. Up the face of Nätschen, the less demanding of the two main ski areas, picture snow-covered peaks, mountain huts dotted and little trains whistling in and out of the mountains.
It is no secret Andermatt is primarily known hitherto for advanced and better intermediate skiers rather than beginners, but SkiArena Andermatt-Sedrun now offers a healthy mix of ski runs and levels of difficulty. The renowned Gemsstock Mountain at nearly 3000 metres, providing legendary off-piste and steep-slope terrain, allows you to enjoy incredible panoramic views of alpine peaks from the summit before braving runs like the famous Bernhard Russi, named for the famous Swiss World champion downhiller born in Andermatt. However Nätschen ski area and across the valley to Sedrun resort offer more family-friendly slopes for recreational riders and even beginners feel comfortable starting out here. The Nätschen area has the Matterhorn Gotthard railway taking you to the height of the middle station, accompanied by two chairlifts and two T-bars, making it easy to navigate around the slopes. To access some of Andermatt’s most adored runs, a unique and adventurous journey lies ahead of you, taking a little red train chugging through three tunnels towards the ski lifts of Nätschen, then carrying on to Oberalp. 
At valley level, down Gotthardstrasse the town has some handsome buildings 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. Although there is little in the way of après-ski, the Spycher Bar provides fun and entertainment, and an abundance of restaurants provides regional specialities and exotic international dishes from Japanese to traditional fondues. 

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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 
  • Gondolas
  • Chairlifts
  • 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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