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Andermatt Ski resort, Switzerland

Andermatt

Andermatt is a municipality in the canton of Uri in Switzerland. With Realp and Hospental, it is located in the Urseren valley, 22 km (14 mi) south of Altdorf. The town is served by a Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (MGB) owned and operated railway station. The station is connected with Brig and Visp and with the western terminus of the Rhaetian Railway at Disentis/Mustér. There is also a very short branch line, the Schöllenenbahn, between Andermatt and Göschenen, at the northern end of the standard gauge St. Gotthard Tunnel.

Andermatt has two mountains around it which are used for ski slopes in the winter. Nätschen, which is on the north-east side of Andermatt and Gemsstock, which is on the southern side of Andermatt. Andermatt’s ski slopes are part of the Gotthard Oberalp Arena. There is a cable car running from Andermatt to the middle of Gemsstock, and a 2-man chairlift running from Andermatt up to the middle of Nätschen. There are plans to build a new gondola going up each mountain.

Overview

Located in the heart of the Swiss Alps, the Andermatt Sedrun ski area is becoming one of central Switzerland’s leading ski resorts. The exceptional climate and the altitude provide optimal snow conditions for skiers and snowboarders all winter season long. Andermatt-Sedrun is being expanded into central Switzerland’s largest ski area, with state-of-the-art facilities, more than 120 km of slopes, 85 runs and 25 lifts. The first phase of the expansion project will be delivered by the winter season 2014/15.

Key Facts

– Season: November – April
– Operating hours: 8:30am – 4pm daily
– Currently 17 lifts in place, 14 new lifts planned2 (7 additional and 7 replacement lifts)
– Vertical rise: 1,520 m
– Andermatt: 1,444 m a.s.l.
– Gemsstock summit: 2,961 m a.s.l.
– Runs2 : 85
– Longest run: 4.5 km
– Terrain2 : 21 % advanced, 59 % intermediate, 20 % beginners

Key Features

– Two mountain areas2 : Gemsstock and Nätschen-Oberalp-Sedrun
– Terrain suited to all skill levels, from beginners and intermediate to freeriders
– The Gemsstock mountain is an internationally renowned off-piste destination
– Direct access to both ski areas from the village of Andermatt
– Ski and Snowboard School: Swiss Ski Association-certified and home to some of Switzerland’s top instructors, offering programmes for all ages and abilities
– Lively après-ski scene

Location

– Andermatt is a picturesque village, 1.5 hours from Zurich International Airport, 1 hour from Lucerne, 2 hours from Milan and 4.5 hours from Munich
– Motorway A2 is 10 minutes away from the village
– Andermatt is served by the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway, with connections via the Glacier Express to Zermatt, St. Moritz and Davos

Snow

The average snow depth between December and April is 140 cm at the base and nearly 300 cm at the top of the
Gemsstock.

Nätschen-Oberalp-Sedrun

The Nätschen is the sunniest area in the ski region and its slopes are ideal for families, with runs for all abilities served by chair lifts and gondolas. The Matterhorn Gotthard Railway also serves the terminal level for easy access from Andermatt. The Oberalp Pass road is used by skiers and snowboarders, winter hikers, snowshoers and sledgers alike. Between Sedrun and the Oberalp Pass everyone can enjoy wide and moderately challenging slopes. Sedrun also offers a snow park for freestylers, which will take you to new heights. If you are about to learn skiing, the practice hill Valtgeva in the centre of Sedrun is the right choice.

Gemsstock

At nearly 3,000 m a.s.l., this mountain is one of Switzerland’s best freeriding destinations, thanks to its wide open expanses, challenging descents and untouched deep snow slopes. The glacier run is one of the best in all the Alps, while the panoramic view from the summit takes in over 600 mountains. Gemsstock is served year-round by a gondola.

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