Andermatt has been a popular year-round holiday and wellness resort for the last 100 years, complete with a very friendly local population. Located in the heart of the Swiss Alps, this snowy haven is central Switzerland’s largest ski resort and the perfect place to enjoy a wide range of winter sports activities.
The resort has virtually doubled in size in recent years, with links to Sedrun opening the ski area up to cover a vast 181km. Andermatt offers a wide range of accommodation options, from traditional old hotels to the luxurious Chedi Hotel which is world-renowned for its exuberance. Widely regarded as one of the most snow reliable places in Switzerland, you can be sure to enjoy a range of slopes to suit all abilities which will be covered in powder until the late spring.
Resort Altitude: 1,444m
Resort Skiing: 2,961m
Total Ski Area: 181km
Blue Runs: 46km
Red Runs: 70km
Black Runs: 65km
Cross Country: 28km
Andermatt is surrounded by two main mountains; Nätschen, which is on the north-east side, and Gemsstock, which is on the southern side. The overall ski area, the Andermatt-Sedrun Ski Arena, links the base town to a variety of higher locations via a fantastic lift system creating the largest ski area in central Switzerland, housing over 181km of skiable terrain. The southern Gemsstock mountain is known as the jewel in the crown of Andermatt’s skiing, thanks to its majestic situation at 2,961m and its offering of a variety of legendary off-piste routes.
A range of excellently groomed slopes include a selection of beginner runs, wide open intermediate pistes, freeride off-piste territory and even a fun park. Challenging and varied, the resort will appeal to everyone from those who are new to skiing to serious freeriders who will enjoy thrilling descents such as the 1,500m vertical drop off Gemsstock; one of the world’s best freeride destinations.
The Gemsstock area provides an appealing range of challenging black runs, a fun park and a half-pipe; which will be sure to satisfy the more experienced boarders. It also hosts a wide range of off-piste offering plenty of powder. Beginner snowboarders will enjoy use of the Natschen area which houses some flatter runs on which you can work up your technique before graduating to the more challenging terrain.
Andermatt offers a choice of four ski and snowboard schools, which provide both private or group lessons for all ages and abilities, with instructors who speak English either fluently or as a native language. In addition to this, speciality schools offer mountain tours and guides which enable you to experience the full beauty of the Ursern Valley region, as well as gaining first-class exposure to the phenomenal off-piste which the ski region has to offer.
For a relatively small resort, Andermatt offers an expansive and varied range of dining options. Home to around 20 restaurants, diners can choose between traditional Swiss fayre, Italian delicacies, tapas feasts and much more. The introduction of the famous and luxurious Chedi Hotel brought a new element of dining to the town, with its chic restaurant on the hotel’s ground floor featuring fantastic ‘Theatre Kitchens’ and skilled Japanese speciality chefs.
Andermatt’s nightlife is predominantly based around a selection of small family-run hotels and bars which create a friendly, social atmosphere for the whole family to enjoy. The luxurious Chedi hotel brings an upper-class aspect to the après ski experience; offering a range of chic lounge bars, live music and outdoor fireplaces which skiers can enjoy straight off the slopes.
Andermatt offers a fantastic range of activities for non-skiers. From taking advantage of the 28km of cross-country trails, to enjoying the 3.5km toboggan run, to taking in the town’s winter glory on a horse sleigh ride to spending a day at the outdoor skating rink; there are plenty of options to keep everyone entertained. For keen skiers who need a little rest and recuperation after a long day on the slopes, head to the 2,400m spa and wellness centre at The Chedi and indulge in some luxurious treatments.