Andermatt

Ski Resort in Switzerland

Introduction

Andermatt is a town and ski resort in the canton of Uri, Switzerland. It is located at a crossroad in the Alps with great historical importance.

Andermatt is one of Switzerland’s most snow-sure winter sports resorts. Andermatt Sedrun in Switzerland is a powder and off-piste skiing mecca for serious freeriders.  Combine cold storms from all directions which ensure a deep alpine snowpack well into April with 1500m vertical descents off Gemsstock, and you have one of the world's best freeride destinations, but there is also plenty for families and intermediate snow riders.

Easy access to Andermatt Sedrun via the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (train) and probably the world's biggest lift, terrain and connectivity expansion and improvements make it a very tasty destination for all skiers and snowboarders.

Andermatt is still a traditional Swiss mountain village and has some unique features that set it apart from other ski areas. The train as part of the lift pass and the superb sled run on the closed Oberalppass road to name just two.

Massive expansion of lifts and intermediate terrain plus several huge hotel developments in town mean Andermatt may soon be lost to the masses.

Andermatt info card

Resort Altitude1436m
Highest Lift2963m
Total Piste120km
Longest Run4km
Total Lifts11
Gondolas/Cable cars3
Chairlifts4
Drag Lifts4


Best time to visit Andermatt

This area is a sweet spot for gathering snow. At a convergence of three valleys close to the north side of the Alps, with the Gurschenfirn glacier immediately above, it has a reputation for being a powder haven. An average of 350 inches (890cm) of the stuff buries the ski area each year. Altitude helps, and on steep, shady Gemsstock most of the slopes sit between 2000 and 3000m. There are often healthy amounts snow here at times of the year when conditions in Switzerland’s main Valais region still leave a lot to be desired.

As investments flood the village, the people will eventually come, but for now Andermatt remains blissfully quiet and a great spot if you’re desperate for R&R during peak dates. If you’re here for the off-piste, the Gemsstock is on particularly fine form in the spring, when the snow is still coming down, days are longer and temperatures average a comfortable 6° C – this is when the King of the Mountain competition freestyle comes to town.


Andermatt Snow & Weather

Andermatt is blessed with a position in the Alps that guarantees a deep snow pack well into April and May. Storms from all directions impact the area with their frozen goodness. Some of the best skiing and snowboarding here can be quite late in the season. Keep a watch on the forecasts.

The upper slopes of the Gemsstock hold cold deep powder for longer than the rest of the resort, hence its attraction to many Powderhounds.  When the weather is at its fiercest, the lower terrain in Sedrun and between Natschen and Andermatt provide ample opportunities.


Andermatt Village

Andermatt is the largest village of three in the impressive Ursern valley at the foot of Gotthard Pass. This old world village with narrow streets lined with traditional chalets and cobbled paving has a certain charm and history behind it. The SkiArena development project is transforming the village and ski area, but the original village centre is still in tact.

Two hours south of Zurich at 1444m, Andermatt lies in the middle of Switzerland’s alpine passes and was once a traffic hub of Europe. With a golden age in the late 19th century, this village has been said to have been asleep for the last 30 years. However the charm and beauty of the original village centre is still intact.
The surrounding aesthetics of nature and architecture all document the thriving and turbulent history of the area. With stunning mountain lakes, glaciers and valleys surrounding this village, it creates a natural playground to explore and embrace. The unusual mountain passes and tunnels with whistling trains further remind you of its engineering heritage.
The famous Devil’s Bridge (legend had it this could only be built with the aid of the devil, hence the name) was once a gateway from north to south over the vast Gotthard. From the looming Gotthard Massif, spring four water sources named the Rhine, Reuss, Ticino and Rhone. The bridge and a picturesque hike to the source of the Rhine (part of a five day staged hike named ‘the four sources way’) are just two of the interesting attractions around Uri Canyon.
As you walk on the cobbles through Andermatt’s centre, you will still find charming and original buildings running from the central river bridge to the Gemsstock cable car. The Aurora hotel across the road from the Gemsstock cable car, as well as the folk museum, Talmuseum Ursern look over the narrow streets.
Nevertheless the look and purpose of this village has been transforming, first in 2013 with the first luxury hotel opened, named The Chedi Andermatt. As part of the new SkiArena development project the village sees six upscale hotels, 490 apartments and 25 chalets, which will both double the size of the original village, uplifting the old fashioned visual of Andermatt and, with new lifts to be finished in 2018, put it seriously on the map of alpine ski resort choices.

Andermatt Ski Resort

The 125 kilometres of runs at the Skiarena Andermatt Sedrun extend far up the sides of Switzerland’s Urserental Valley. Skiers and snowboarders of all abilities will find a wide range of enjoyable runs here for carving to their heart’s content. Beginners can look forward to 28 kilometres of simple terrain across the ski area, while intermediate skiers can explore 57 kilometres of red-marked runs. True experts will delight at no less than 40 kilometres of black-marked trails to get their teeth into. No less than 24 lifts spread across the ski area are on hand to carry skiers and snowboarders up the mountain.

The weekly SnowNight Sedrun is a fixture every Thursday, offering skiers and snowboarders the chance to take to the Dieni – Milez piste after the sun sets. And if that’s not enough, the sled run is also flood-lit and the restaurants on the mountain are open late into the evening.

The Skiarena is a great destination for youngsters. Three children’s parks cater to the youngest guests, while teams from the local ski schools are well versed at helping kids to make a great start on the snow. The Valtgeva snow park is perfectly equipped with a beginner’s garden, tubing run, magic carpet lift and much more besides. Meanwhile, the Kinderparadies Realp – complete with children’s lift and easy slope – is also an ideal place for making your first turns on two skis. And if energy levels start to dwindle, youngsters can refuel in their very own eatery – the Kinderrestaurant Valtgeva.

The terrain park and CrossPark Teiga Gronda as well as G-Park Gemsstock are a paradise for freestyle fans. Located on a sunny slope above the 2,000 m mark, the terrain park offers up beautifully groomed features including jumps, boxes and rails as well as a 100-meter half-pipe. The nearby Chill-Lounge is the perfect place to relax between sessions, while the 800 m ski and boardercross course provides a real adrenaline rush for the daring and proficient. The course’s three lines, which vary in difficulty, take in challenging waves, tables, jumps and banked curves. The G-Park am Gemsstock offers up natural features as well as demanding jumps and rails, all accompanied by the freshest sounds in the G-Park-Lounge. The Gotthart region is also a firm favourite with freeride fans and the Gemsstock is an ideal area for powder hounds to check out.


Skiing in Andermatt

Cable cars on opposite sides of the village lead to the two ski areas above Andermatt; Nätschen to the north-east and Gemsstock to the south, between which there’s some seriously gnarly off-piste that makes up for the fact there aren’t reels of runs. Neither’s lifts are the most modern but that’s half their charm and, for now, keeps the crowds at bay. We love that you can actually take a 10-minute train to Nätschen which, with a little patience, also rolls on to Sedrun and a ton more beginner terrain and operates late one night a week for night skiing there. It won’t be long till this is all lift served and central Switzerland’s largest ski area.

At present, two dedicated progression lifts at Nätschen and an easy blue run from Gutsch to the village are the crux of the novice terrain here, and beautiful though these may be, they’ll get old. Beginners should take the railway through the Oberalp pass to Sedrun. As learner friendly an area as you’ll find, this has the smoothest of progressions from carpet slopes to gentle blues and even cruisy reds if you make it that far, all included on a SkiArena lift pass.

Intermediates are much more at home in the immediate resorts, with wide open red runs and pacey blues on both mountains, plus a long black for more experienced skiers and snowboarders. When you start repeating runs, there’s once again the train to take you to further fields. Zigzag down reds through Calmut, Val-Val and on to Sedrun for an epic adventure before catching the choo choo back. Don’t be put off Gemsstock by tales of its terrifyingness. The Sonnenpiste is a wide, open-air red from the summit all the way back to the Gurschen middle station with views that’ll send you off-piste if you’re not careful.

An expert mountain, no doubt about it, Gemsstock is a destination ski area for any serious snow lovers. The gorgeous black Russi run across the Gurschen Glacier to the middle station is worth the trip alone. But it’s the off-piste here that you’ll put in your memoirs… Dedicate at least one mid-morning to the challenging Guspis route towards the village of Hospental for lunch in the Gasthaus St Gotthard (taxi or bus it back).

There are very good conditions for snowboarding here thanks to the wide free riding areas and the biggest half pipe in Central Switzerland at Sedrun, and a school dedicated to boarding.

When lifts to Sedrun open, this will be a different (read: even more epic) story. For now, enjoy the tranquility.


Andermatt Apres Ski

Après takes a back seat in Andermatt, but the resort manages to muster a few lively pubs and with the swish new Chedi bar, things have taken a step in the direction of mixologists and champagne. Head to fun, wooden Spycher for pizzas in which you’ll taste the proximity of Italy, or seek out traditional Swiss dishes like egg-topped rösti served by waiters in lederhosen at the Gasthaus Zum Sternen. One of our favourite things about eating out here is that prices tend to be a lot less than you’d find elsewhere in Switzerland.

For anything resembling real fun after dinner, you’ll usually have to wait till the weekend. In the week, be super sophisticated at the Chedi’s wine and cigar library. You can make up for it on Saturday in underground Pinte, where it’s all about that bass and packed with bright young things.

Besides maxing and relaxing on food and drink, off-slope activities include the Chedi’s Asian-inspired spa, where there’s a panoramic pool that you’ll want to go all wrinkly in. Out of doors you can try ice climbing, skate on natural rinks, take a sleigh ride through town, get tobogganing on the 5km (closed to traffic) Oberalp Pass road, and just generally soak up all this Swissness.

Transportation - Get In

The central location makes the Andermatt Holiday Region easy to reach no matter where you are coming from. It takes about 2 hours to get here from either Zurich or Lugano.

If you are coming by car, it is about 10 minutes’ drive to Andermatt after you exit the motorway at Göschenen. Visitors traveling by train take the hourly-running Gotthard express train to Göschenen. Here, after only a short waiting time, you change over to the narrow-guage Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn for the 10-minute journey to Andermatt.


By car

There are roads in all four cardinal directions to Andermatt, and being a bit off the beaten track, driving there may be an alternative. The town is surrounded by mountain passes, and you need to cross at least one in order to get into the town. The highest of them, Furka to the west is situated at more than 2400 meters and he Andermatt itself more than 1400 meters (almost one mile) over the sea level. Driving through alpine passes is a great experience and the views are fantastic. However remember that the engine heats up when ascending and the brakes when descending.

Zurich airport 123km / 1 hour 37 minutes
Milan Malpensa airport 189 km / 1 hours 58 minutes
Geneva airport 332 km / 3 hours 29 minutes
London 1,094km/ 11 hours 27 minutes
Paris 740km/ 7 hours 15 minutes
Munich 367km/ 4 hours 32 minutes


By train

Swiss national railways SBB operates local trains to Andermatt from Davos Platz, Göschenen and Visp. The Glacier Express from Zermatt to St. Moritz also stops at Andermatt.


By plane

Andermatt’s nearest international airports are Zurich, Milan and Geneva, and all have easy rail links to Andermatt, and even quicker road links using airport shuttle buses or private hire transfers. The closest airport, Lugano (LUG), has flights from Zurich and is a 2 hours 43 minute train journey or 1 hour 15 minute car journey.

Zurich airport 123km / 1 hour 37 minutes
Milan Malpensa airport 189 km / 1 hours 58 minutes
Geneva airport 332 km / 3 hours 29 minutes

Accommodation & Hotels


Surrounded by the natural, year round beauty of the Swiss Alps, The Chedi Andermatt nestles elegantly among the classic ski chalets of Andermatt, a village of timeless charms in the Urseren Valley. An effortless two-hour train ride from Zurich brings our guests straight to the idyllic heart of Andermatt, directly opposite the hotel. For GHMs first Swiss property, the Asian brand synonymous with style, service and serenity, chose renowned architect Jean-Michel Gathy to design these 101 spacious guest rooms and suites. Traditional materials such as warm woods and natural stone create intimate yet visually striking environments among the accommodations and extensive facilities including The Restaurant, The Japanese Restaurant, bar and lounge with its definitive wine and cigar libraries and a ski-in living room. Our comprehensive spa and wellness centre is a tranquil and transformative retreat where one-of-a-kind state-of-the-art features include hydrothermal baths and two contiguous swimming pools against the stunning outdoor alpine landscape. Andermatt is off the beaten track and it is a very authentic and typical Swiss village. The area is knows far beyond Switzerland for its towering peaks, deep canyons, cascading waterfalls and pristine mountain lakes. We are very easy accessible by road from Zurich (90 minutes), Milan (two hours) and Lucerne (45 minutes) or by a pictures train ride of less than 2 hours from Zurich city and 2.5 hours from Zurich Airport straight into Andermatt train statin, just opposite the hotel.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Luxurious Hotel
    • Beautiful architecture
    • Stylish hotel
    • Nice building
  • THE CHEDI ANDERMATT SUMMARY
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 94. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and Vibe.


  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Modern Hotel
    • New rooms
    • Comfortable beds
    • Stylish hotel
  • HOTEL CROWN SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 90, this hotel is one of the top 9% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.


  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • This is a wonderful boutique hotel, as guests say.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Stylish hotel
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Great desserts & fruits
    • Clean rooms
  • THE RIVER HOUSE BOUTIQUE HOTEL SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 91, this hotel is one of the top 16% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and Vibe.


Property Location With a stay at Andermatt Swiss Alps Resort in Andermatt, you'll be next to a golf course and minutes from Andermatt Museum and Gemsstock Cable Car. This 5-star apartment is within close proximity of Schollenen Gorge and Devil's Bridge.

Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 40 guestrooms, featuring kitchens with full-sized refrigerators/freezers and stovetops. Rooms have private balconies or patios. 40-inch flat-screen televisions with cable programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms have deep soaking bathtubs and hair dryers.

Amenities Take in the views from a garden and make use of amenities such as concierge services and ski storage. Additional features at this apartment include a picnic area and barbecue grills. You'll be on the slopes in no time with the complimentary ski shuttle.

Business, Other Amenities Featured amenities include multilingual staff and an elevator (lift). Guests may use a train station pick-up service for a surcharge, and self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.


The family-run 3 Könige is set by the historic bridge across the Reuss River, 450 metres from Andermatt Train Station. The Gemsstock Gondola lies 500 metres away. On-site facilities include free Wi-Fi and a spa centre.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this hotel for solo travelers.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Beds need improvement
    • Elevator in need of updating
    • Friendly service
    • Accessible parking
  • HOTEL 3 KÖNIGE & POST SUMMARY
    • This hotel has a very good TrustScore of 84. Guests recommend it because of its location, food and service.

Ski Area

Andermatt’s local ski area is on the Gemstock and Natschen with another small ski area nearby included on the lift pass, and providing over 120km of piste skiing and plenty of off-piste. Andermatt offers varied terrain and degree of difficulty, and best for intermediate, advanced and expert skiers.

All that is set to change following the huge investment in the new village, improvements to the lift system and the SkiArena project, which makes the Sedrun area much more readily accessible. 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.
This old fashioned resort had hitherto been limited in extent, certainly for beginners, with slow-paced lift systems, but always had challenging steep and deep terrain with serious blacks, off-piste areas and ski touring opportunities. At 1445m, Andermatt sits in the Ursern Valley at the foot of the Gotthard Pass surrounded by impressive peaks and snow-laden mountains. This charming old world town had struggled to keep up with the times but is now undergoing a rejuvenation. The new chain of lifts projected to be available in 2018 will open things and certainly make for easier access to existing and more exciting terrain.
Being one of the most snow-sure resorts in Switzerland, Andermatt provides quite simply ‘awesome’ ski terrain, known for high levels of snow on steep challenging terrain. Not ideal for beginners or even mileage-hungry piste skiers, there has until now been little in the way of gentle well-groomed slopes, however the new fast lift systems planned will help riders access more of the mountains’ relaxing terrain.

Skiing on Gemsstock

This high altitude mountain is the main attraction for skiers looking to visit Andermatt ski area. A freeriders’ haven with guaranteed snow and outstanding conditions attract steep-slope lovers from around the world. A climb of 1500 metres leads up from Andermatt on-board a 2-section cableway via Gurschenalp to reach the summit at 2,961m. With a glacier piste which is rarely groomed and off-piste routes like Giraffe and the famous Bernhard Russi Run, when there is a fresh dump of snow, it makes for an amazing freeride experience.
Beneath the cable car is a north-facing bowl of long, steep slopes with good snow covering, made up of off-piste routes, a ski route and a piste. However although sounding intimidating and traitorous, intermediates shouldn’t be afraid of Gemsstock. Outside the bowl heading down Felsental or Guspis towards Hospental you’ll find a nice, open red run away from the lifts named Sonnenpiste with again more off-piste opportunities. Once at the mid-station of Gurschen, back down to the village there are some short blues, a long but gentle black and a not-so-steep but tricky black to play around on. In terms of mountain restaurants, this mountain and resort is lacking, with one restaurant at the Gurschen mid station; the overly busy Gurschen Hut offers a table-service section.

Skiing on Natschen

One of the mountains in the Gotthard Oberalp Arena with a highest point of 2,345m, Nätschen has 4 ski lifts and 11 runs, approximately totalling 21km of ski pistes. Although not as challenging as Gemsstock, this sunny mountain offers a variety of terrain, with black runs and off-piste routes to long, open blue slopes. From Andermatt there is a 2-man chairlift that takes you to the middle-station, from here you have to decide whether to stick on the cruisy runs back down to the village or strive higher up to more steep and difficult territory. The Nätschen middle-station has a detachable 4-man chairlift and a drag lift taking you nearer the summit, area known as Gütsch, to then be accompanied by another drag lift to take you to the top. Primarily for intermediates onwards, this mountain caters for all levels, even from Gütsch at the top end of the mountain, a very long, gentle blue run sweeps down the entire mountain face back to Andermatt village.
Also the development plan to link Nätschen with Sedrun, at the moment accessible only by train, by 2018 a chain of lifts could really change the outlook of Andermatt ski area. As well as raising the piste total to 120+km, linking these two would open things up for beginners with some more gentle slopes for learning.

Sedrun-Oberalp

The small village across the valley is currently only accessible by the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn railway at the moment but is included on the SkiArena ski pass. This interesting ski resort is family friendly and especially suited to intermediate skiers. Serviced by five drag lifts and four chairlifts this mountain has 50km of ski terrain to cover, with 35km of that classed as medium difficulty. At the top of Cuolm Val there are a host of long red runs back down towards Milez and Mulinatsch, or even left towards Val Val valley. Also due to a modern snowmaking system in place here, snow-security isn’t a problem and you will find good conditions throughout the season.
Snowpark Valtgeva is right beside the town of Sedrun, this learning hill has two T-bar lifts and a carpet ride for novices. This gentle terrain allows complete beginners to get the basics done without having to brave going right up the mountain on the chairlift for the first time.

Beginner Skiing in Andermatt

Andermatt isn’t presently the ideal place for novice skiers; the lack of gentle runs and easy descents mean beginners won’t be able to enjoy a lot of what the mountain has to offer. For now anyway but all is set to change.

Beginner skiing in Andermatt

Ski terrain for beginners is limited. Furthermore, queuing for lifts can be a problem and mountain restaurants are few and far between.  However all is not lost, Natschen does have an easy blue run from  Gutsch all the way to the village, where beginners can enjoy a long causing run.

But all is set to change. With the SkiArena Andermatt-Sedrun Project, the related project which links from Andermatt to the high plateau at Oberalp and the Sedrun Ski area by the 2017/18 season, we will see six new lifts as well as improved lift systems in the two Andermatt areas. What will this mean? Well the new lifts will open things up for beginners with precious learning terrain now much more easily accessible in Sedrun, and the Andermatt-Sedrun SkiArena will become the largest ski area in central Switzerland.

Beginner skiing nearby at Sedrun

Beginners wanting to explore more terrain within their skill level can take the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn narrow gauge railway through the Oberalp pass to Sedrun. At Sedrun you will see more beginner friendly slopes and learning terrain, with a natural progression from magic carpet slope for learning the basics, into gentle blues and even cruisy reds if you get that far.


Intermediate Skiing in Andermatt

Andermatt’s ski area includes fun skiing for intermediates, with wide open red runs and fast-pace blues on both mountains, as well as a long black for better intermediates, but pay attention to the piste map and piste markers to avoid over committing.

Intermediate skiing on Gemstock

Most intermediates are intimidated by Gemsstock mountain with its looming blacks and extreme off-piste routes but with a piste map all that can be avoided and there are very enjoyable runs to be skied. The Sonnenpiste is a wide, rarely over-crowded red run from the summit of Gemsstock all the way back to the middle station, Gurschen. There is also a relatively easy but quite long black from Gurschenalp, albeit served by a difficult drag.

Intermediate skiing on Natschen

Nätschen provides slopes with all degrees of difficulty, and with just two chairlifts and two T-bars it’s very easy to find your way around. Take the 2-man chairlift from Andermatt village to mid-station then another 4-man chairlift to Gütsch at the top of the mountain and here you will find a few red runs which sprinkle off, or you can set off on the everlasting blue run sweeping across the mountain face right the way back to the village.

Intermediate skiing nearby at Sedrun

In addition, Sedrun has a total of seven ski lifts with a 6-man chair from the valley up to Cuolm Val, then further to Calmut with two quad chairlifts. Options from here include skiing down into Val Val or back to Cuolm Val where you can head to Dieni or proceed towards Oberalp. These routes include two drag lifts for access across more of the mountain, providing vast terrain from challenging to more relaxing.

Completion of the new lift systems by 2018 and the Ski Arena Andermatt- Sedrun will see the available ski areas on the Sedrun side much more easily accessible, creating a really significant ski area for all abilities, and genuinely part of the Andermatt experience.

Advanced & Expert Skiing in Andermatt

Andermatt has plenty of challenging terrain for advanced and expert skiers. An abundance of off-piste trails and steep and deep slopes, it’s not surprising that weekends are so busy with skiers seeking fresh snow and awesome skiing.

Gemstock

With a summit of 2,961m, Gemsstock Mountain has 31km of terrain to attack without including the further 6km of additional ski routes, 17km (55%) of that is deemed difficult. The glacier piste is quite often ungroomed, so that when a fresh dump of snow comes it creates a playground for an amazing freeride experience. The classic descents like Felsental, Guspis, Giraffe and Geissberg attract freeriders from all over, although these routes are only the ones they’ve named, the more experienced steep and deep lovers can find their own gullies and shoots.

A two-section cable car system takes you straight to the summit from the edge of the village, and beneath the summit is a large north-facing bowl. This bowl consists of long, steep slopes with usually excellent snow conditions and various off-piste routes and ski trails. Valleys outside this bowl include the most famous off-piste run at Gemsstock, Felsental, and Guspis, with a length just under 10km of freeride variant, heading towards Hospental, a village along the valley from Andermatt. Even from Gurschen mid-station, there are tricky black runs heading back to the village, that’s if you have the legs after a strenuous day of serious skiing.

Natschen

Natschen also boasts a few black runs, off-piste terrain and ski routes, and where 38% of 21km of ski piste is classed as difficult. Allowing families and mixed ability groups to enjoy the same ski area.

Andermatt-Guides.ch

Want to push yourself to your limits? Take a day touring or heli-skiing with Andermatt-Guides.ch. Ski amazing untouched terrain and soak up some truly glorious views of the snow-laden mountains in the heart of the Uri Alps. A day pass includes a helicopter flight under the impressive Salbitschijjen to land at 3200m on the Sustenlimi. After landing is when the real fun starts; ski through the impressive valleys and crevasses of the Steingletchser to 1865m and reach the pick-up point. A second flight then brings you back to Sustenlimi and the long descent to Voralptal and towards the awaiting Göschenen.

Ski lifts


Andermatt Ski Lifts

The ski lifts at Andermatt Sedrun are currently a mix of old and new, however it is all changing. The redevelopment of Andermatt Sedrun's lift system began in 2015. It is currently the world's largest and most ambitious ski resort expansions. In short, with a the focus mainly on the Andermatt side of Oberalppass, the lift redevelopment achieves several major outcomes for the resort:
1. Replaces old infrastructure (i.e. the Natschen double chair replaced by an 8er gondola closer to village level);
2. Expands into new terrain, increasing intermediate piste and lift linking Andermatt to Sedrun (4 new 6er chairs and an 8er gondola to link near Oberalppass);
3. Changes current terrain usage (i.e. establishment of new beginner area at Natschen, plus the shortening and realignment of old Natschen chairlift); or
4. Augments current lifts at critical locations (i.e. new 8er gondola from Natschen to Gutsch to reduce waiting times).

There are a number of other developments on the wishlist, the most critical being an 8er gondola  to reduce waiting times at the Gemsstock base. The Gemsstock cable car waiting times are excessive and the single biggest issue at Andermatt currently.

Overall, from the Powderhounds point of view, if fully realised, the lift system at Andermatt Sedrun would improve from a current rating of 3 powder paws to 5. We watch with interest.


Andermatt Lift Tickets & Passes

The Andermatt Sedrun ski resort offers a number of lift ticketing options. The standard Andermatt Sedrun pass covers all lifts in the Andermatt Sedrun resort plus the train between the two villages and all of the stops in between.

Other options exist for multi day tickets (2 to 15 days). A Skipass Andermatt Sedrun Disentis ticket includes the resort of Disentis 3000 and the train to Disentis. A Skipass Surselva includes all of the ski resorts to the east of Andermatt to LAAX (7 ski resorts).

Hourly tickets

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Activities & Things to do

Other than skiing and snowboarding, there are plenty of other activities available in and around Andermatt. Whether you enjoy action-packed, adrenaline-fuelled activities or relaxing and romantic rides on a horse sleigh, you will find them here.


Cross-country skiing in Andermatt

The Andermatt holiday region has ideal conditions for cross-country skiers, hence the 28 kilometres of trails in Ursern Valley. The cross-country ski pass (day and weekly) even includes travel on the trains from Andermatt to Realp, meaning skiers can use all the stops without the hassle of buying a new ticket every time. There is also a night trail in Realp available every Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm-9pm. Tel: +41 (0) 41 888 71 00; Email: [email protected]


Snowshoeing in Andermatt

In the Andermatt region there are approximately ten well signposted snowshoe trails, graded on difficulty like ski runs (blue-black). However although these trails are signposted, they are NOT patrolled or protected, therefore precautionary measures are strongly recommended; appropriate safety equipment and clued up knowledge on snow conditions judging on the daily avalanche bulletins. One nearby trail is the Andermatt-Mettlen-Mariahilf Chapel, this Blue 3km long trail takes you up the Unteralp Valley towards Mettlen. Enjoy glorious views throughout the trip and at the highest point, a view of the Gurschenbach icefall. Tel:+41 (0) 41 888 71 00 Email: [email protected]


Tobogganing in Andermatt / Gotthard 

In the Gotthard region there are three tobogganing options. The nearest to Andermatt is on Oberalp Pass road in Natschen, this very child friendly route has a gentle gradient and yes don’t worry the road is closed for traffic in winter. Another is the 3.5km long run from Milez to Rueras on the other side of Oberalp Pass. And finally on the Furka Pass, on a winter hike trail to get to Tiefenbach, then from there toboggan all the way down to Realp. Passes and hire are available at lift stations or sports shops. Tel: +41 (0 )41 887 14 45 Email. [email protected]


Horse sleigh rides around Andermatt

What better way to explore around Andermatt  in its winter glory than on a horse sleigh ride. Rides are available from 10am to 8pm, lasting from anywhere between 30 minutes and 2 hours long. Enjoy views of surrounding villages, landscapes and glorious snow-laden mountain peaks. Booking available at least 3 hours beforehand and is recommended to ensure you get your ride. Tel: +41 (0) 79 294 18 41; Email: [email protected]

Ice climbing in Andermatt

During the cold months of January and February there are many areas to ice climb in Göschenen and nearby areas. Although precautions must be taken, full safety equipment necessary and taking a mountain guide. will allow you to find the best route for you and your ability, as well as suitable conditions to climb.

Ice skating in Andermatt

Enjoy a day at the local outdoor ice rink, this natural rink named Icepark Andermatt also features a bar and café where skate rentals are available. Tel: +41 (0) 79 133 62 33; Web: www.icepark-andermatt.ch

Museums in Andermatt / Gotthard

In the Andermatt and Gotthard areas, there are several unique museums. Ursern Valley Museum with the history and culture of Ursern valley, St. Gotthard Museum located on a mountain pass, or take a day trip to Sasso San Gottardo. A museum, secret until a few years ago, located deep in the heart of the Gotthard mountain is a hidden network of army artillery fortifications. This dynamic world of steel and stone is the longest train tunnel in the world and contains the biggest group of crystals in the alpine region. Tel: +41 (0) 41 887 06 24; Web: www.museum-ursern.ch

Spa and Wellness centre at The Chedi Andermatt

This 2400 square metre spa and wellness centre is located on the ground floor and mezzanine floors at The Chedi Andermatt, offering a host of activities and treatments. The Spa boasts ten deluxe treatments rooms with highly trained therapists performing a range of massages and beauty treatments. Manicures, pedicures and even a hair stylist is available. And if that’s not enough the bio and Finnish saunas and organic steam bath will drain your strains away. In addition the 35 metre indoor pool with panoramic windows and views of the mountain landscape is open from 7am-9pm. Along with a fitness centre with expansive state-of-the-art equipment and certified instructors offering personal training sessions. Yoga classes are also available. Tel: +41 (41) 888 74 88; Email: [email protected]

Sights & Landmarks

There are not actually many museums and monuments and that like in Andermatt. However, the town's alpine-style houses and the nature with the surrounding summits are certainly worth photographing. Do bring a camera.

  • Devil's bridge (Teufelsbrücke) (On the road between Andermatt and Göschenen.). The Schöllenen Gorge below Andermatt used to be the bottleneck on the important Gotthard route. The first bridge was built here around 1300 and a first stone bridge around 1600. The two bridges which are now present are from 1830 and 1958. A famous Swiss legend tells of how the first bridge was built by the devil in exchange for the soul of the first men to cross the bridge. According to legend, a ploy was then used and a dog sent over the bridge instead. The devil got angry and brought along a boulder large enough to smash the bridge but was convinced on the way not to do so. He dropped the boulder where he was and it is supposedly still there today next to the road.
  • Talmuseum UrsernGotthardstrasse 113,  +41 41 887 06 24, e-mail: We-Sa 16:00-18:00 during the seasonA small museum inside an old nobleman's residence. Fr. 7/3

Restaurants & Nightlife

Andermatt hasn’t got the same appeal as many of its rival resorts in Switzerland in terms of après-ski or nightlife and for a small resort the cuisine available is quite expansive and varied. The completion of the whole new village project though is fast changing things.


Andermatt Bars

The après-ski and nightlife side of Andermatt is historically quite limited and for the past fifty plus years has relied on the small family-run hotel bars and restaurants for evening atmosphere.  On the weekends, the resort in general livens up and bars can warrant putting on live music and entertainment. However with the recent arrival of The Chedi Andermatt, the nightlife aspect of Andermatt took a step in the right direction, albeit quite expensively.
Looking for a smart après-ski experience? The Chedi’s several chic lounge bars have quickly become a go-to for skiers straight off the slopes. Here you can enjoy local beers and wine by the glass with live music and indoor and outdoor fireplaces. Just down the road from the Chedi, in the village centre is a more traditional alpine après-ski spot The De Prato Pub, with a lively pub atmosphere staying open till the early hours of the morning. Other options are the traditional Spycher Bar with a bar and terracecwith big-screen TVs for sporting events, Bar Di Alt Apotek at River House is a well-known spot for friendly hospitality and often has live music later on. A younger crowd is seen in The Wooden Sportsbar Andermatt, next to the local ice rink and this even has bands performing on the weekends.

Andermatt Restaurants

Andermatt is host to about 20 restaurants, serving cuisine with strong Swiss and Italian roots as you would expect. With this many restaurants in a small village like Andermatt, the standard of food and service is important and fortunately many have sterling reputations for excellent dining and friendly service. In recent years the bar has been raised with the arrival of Chedi hotel and resort has brought a new element to the table. The seven restaurants and chic cafes in Chedi hotel serve everything from Japanese delicacies to classic Swiss specialities.


Andermatt Mountain Restaurants

You certainly won’t go hungry any time soon here, with mountain restaurants and lodges scattered throughout the region. The undoubted place to be in the heart of the Sedrun ski area is Bergrestaurant Milez, while Restaurant Alpsu is the best option for a cosy meal and a break on the Oberalppass. Specialities at the latter include Valtellina favourites like Pizzoccheri, Malfatti and Manfrigole. In contrast, you can opt for some Grison regional dishes and typical mountain fare in the Restaurant Planatsch, while down-to-earth Swiss cuisine is up for grabs at Gasthaus Piz Calmot. And if you want to treat yourself to something slightly more exclusive and unusual, then look no further than one of the three Scandinavian Grillkotas in the ski area. Head over to the Gurschenbar or Stöcklibar on the Gütsch if you are in the hunt for lighter refreshment.

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