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Spotlight on Andermatt - Ski Resort Guide

Switzerland is home to some of Europe's most highly regarded ski resorts with skiers flocking to Zermatt and the Matterhorn each year. Andermatt might sometimes be a little overlooked in relation to other major Swiss resorts, but there are plenty of reasons to ski there. Continuing our series on European ski resorts, here is our spotlight on Andermatt...

Andermatt resort guide

Andermatt has long been a popular ski destination for Swiss skiers, but given it's close proximity to Zurich (c. 1 by car or 2 hours by train), it is well worth a visit for international skiers as well. The area has recently undergone some fairly big developments thanks to major external investment, and construction is ongoing for a new deluxe apart-hotel complex, with plans in place for possible expansion of the location's ski area. The village itself however is still home to an authentic mountain community, providing a similar feel to that which can be found in other highly regarded ski stations like Chamonix for example.

Well known for being home to an an Alpine training barracks for the Swiss army, as well as being the Birthplace of Olympic Alpine Ski Champion Bernhard Russi, Andermatt is a favourite of advanced level freeride skiers, seeking to take on the famous Gemsstock which is ever-visible from the main street of the village.

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Skiing at Andermatt

Andermatt is served by two ski areas, which are accessible via ski lifts from the village's base terminals, which are at at opposite ends of the resort.

The steep glaciated slopes of the Gemsstock provide black-grade pistes for the advanced skiers, as well as plenty of off-piste routes, and a black-graded run in to the village. Gemsstock also has a mid-altitude section that is perhaps a little more intermediate friendly with blue pistes and a snowpark.

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Natschen, is the resort's second ski area, located on the on the Gutsch. This has a more diverse variety of pistes which offer more for beginner and intermediate level skiers. This area is served by a chairlift direct from the village. Natschen's mid-altitude sector is also accessible by train from Andermatt's railway station.

The larger Sedrun-Oberalp  can be reached by train from Andermatt, located at the far side of the Oberalp Pass. The Gotthard-Oberalp lift pass covers Sedrun-Oberalp, and the train ride from Andermatt takes around twenty minutes.

Andermatt Ski Resort Guide

Though Andermatt is far less lively in the evenings than resorts like Ischgl or St. Anton, it still has a good range of restaurants and bars. Recent investment in the resort  means that it is currently in transition from a quiet traditional Alpine village into a modern resort with more 5 star accommodation currently under construction. The resort's 5 star hotel Chedi which opened in 2013 was the first of these, with other new hotels and apartments currently being built.

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