Resort Profile: Andermatt

By adamrowden, 20 Jul '12 at 09:28

Andermatt is one of Switzerland’s oldest and most picturesque villages and it is compact with a limited supply of nightlife, however the ski area is usually snowsure. It is located just north of the St Gotthard Pass and is known as the Crossroads of the Alps.

It used to be a resort that was a favourite of the British, however, in recent times it has become less and less popular. However, it is still a cracking resort that offers expert skiers and snowboarders a wonderful variety of off-piste terrain.

The lifts are a little antiquated as the resort is slightly run down in general, however, this does add to the charm of the resort, especially when combined with the beautiful scenery that surrounds the town. Also, seeing as it has fallen behind other resorts, it remains nicely uncrowded, so you won’t be battling the hoards to get to the fresh powder first.

Talking of powder, the Andermatt, Gotthard, Oberalp area is one of the most snow reliable places in Switzerland so if you are a backcountry reveller, you will be spoilt for choice. There are awesome conditions for snowboarding in Andermatt, which is mainly due to its wide free riding areas and, it also plays host to one of the largest half pipes in central Switzerland. As well as the more tricky slopes and off piste, Andermatt also offers great skiing and snowboarding for intermediates and beginners and all of the slopes tend to be covered with powdered snow until late spring.

Once atop the 3000 metre high Gemsstock, you will have a panoramic view of over 600 summits that really is sure to impress. The Gemsstock is also home to the Bernhard-Russi-Run, which is a famous ski run as it was one of the very first alpine runs that was created especially for carvers. The run also received its name in honour of the winner of the Olympic games in Sapporo. In fact, the Gemsstock is a ‘secret’ among most off-piste skiers and snowboarders in the region, so if you get the chance, make sure you give it a go.

Freestylers will also be pleased as there are two cracking snow parks in the resort where you can flex your muscles.

The Highlights

- Some of the best snow conditions in Switzerland
- Truly stunning backcountry terrain
- Very rarely crowded
- Nice long seasons
- Panoramic views of over 600 summits

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