Sitting in the heart of the Swiss Alps, snowy Andermatt is the largest ski resort in central Switzerland. The ski resort has invested heavily in ski construction, almost doubling in size over recent years. Andermatt’s skiing area is now directly connected with neighbouring Sedrun and it’s also possible to ski in the local resort of Disentis, bringing the total pisted area to 180km. Andermatt ski resort’s three ski areas are all connected by the iconic red Matterhorn Gotthard railway.
Andermatt itself is a traditional, Swiss village that’s full of character. A far cry from larger, purpose-built resorts, when you go skiing in Andermatt you get the authentic, Swiss experience. The resort is still largely undiscovered by British skiers and it’s well worth a visit. The combination of quiet slopes, impressive snow record and serious off-piste opportunities will make this a keen skier’s paradise.
If you’re skiing in Andermatt, there are two main mountains to explore; the sunny slopes of Nätschen and Gemsstock, where you’ll find brilliant off-piste opportunities.
Intermediates skiers should head to Nätschen where there’s a greater variety of terrain with gentler options. You’ll also find the connection over to neighbouring Sedrun here which offers wide, sunny pistes and fewer people. Andermatt’s skiing doesn’t offer a huge amount of opportunity for beginners but the recent development of the MATTI Kids Arena near the Nätschen station means learners are now better catered for.
Gemsstock is a freerider’s heaven, reaching up to almost 3,000m. The north-facing slopes benefit from abundant snowfall and offer some of the best conditions in Andermatt. The peak is accessed by a two-stage cable car with brilliant views; look around at the surrounding peaks and take in the playground below; think couloirs, cliffs and powder. On the mountain, there are a variety of red and black pistes – advanced skiers should try the famous Bernhard Russi black run. The real gem here though is the off-piste – there are some serious opportunities which have gained Andermatt the reputation as one of the best freeride areas in the Alps.
Zürich is our recommended airport to access Andermatt ski resort. It’s a 90-minute transfer by road or alternatively, you can jump on a train from the airport which takes two hours. This is a popular weekend resort for people living in Zürich so you’re sure to spot others with skies over their shoulders jumping on board.
The resort can be relatively quiet during the week, with the atmosphere livening up at the weekend as locals come up to enjoy a day or two skiing in Andermatt.
For a stylish night out, head to the five-star, luxurious Chedi Hotel. There are four bars to choose between here. The Cigar Library has the largest selection of cigars of any Swiss hotel with over 400 varieties to choose from and the Wine Library offers high-end bottles from around the world with regular tasting evenings.
For something a bit different, don’t miss a trip on the après-ski train at the end of the day. This converted carriage runs between Andermatt and Disentis and serves up a variety of drinks. We can’t think of a better way to warm up after a day’s skiing in Andermatt than a Kaffee Lutz (schnapps coffee), with great music and stunning views.
If you’re looking for something traditional, pay a visit to Ochsen. Dishes like fondue and raclette are the stars on the menu and pair perfectly with a schnapps or local wine. Another of our favourites for local dishes is Gasthaus Tell where you’ll find a serious selection of rosti.
The Japanese by The Chedi is a unique concept and offers something very different to the usual alpine favourites. Based up on Mount Gütsch by the gondola station at 2,300m, this is Switzerland’s highest-altitude Japanese restaurant. Expect dishes such as sushi, tempura and bento prepared fresh on the mountain.
There are 28km of cross-country trails to explore including a 2km night trail in Realp which is lit every evening from 6pm – 9pm, the perfect place to ski under the stars. For non-skiers that are keen to get up on the mountain, take on the 7km toboggan run, starting from Mittelstation Nätschen. It’s relatively gentle so can be enjoyed by all the family and there are places to stop for a refreshment along the way. Down in town, there’s a natural, outdoor skating rink which is open from Christmas until the end of February.
One of our favourite ways to see the resort is from a horse-drawn sleigh. Wrap up in furs and wind through Andermatt and the Ursern Valley; this is a really special way to take in the area.
Due to its high altitude and north-facing slopes, Gemsstock is very snow-sure and often slopes up here can open as early as October with good conditions lasting until mid-May. Over on sunny Nätschen, there are 330 snow canons covering 60% of the ski area, so there are rarely any issues regardless of the sunshine. View our snow report for Andermatt ski resort here.
If you’re interested in skiing in Andermatt, view our holidays here or call our experts on 0207 471 7700.