Andermatt Resort Guide

Switzerland

Why Andermatt?

With huge investment in the last five years, Andermatt is the up-and-coming alpine resort to visit. Five brand new chairlifts and a new gondola mean that the Andermatt and Sedrun ski areas are now fully linked, opening up lots of new terrain - the SkiArena is now the largest ski area in central Switzerland with over 120kms of lifts. The village has seen a big expansion with new world-class hotels and facilities but the resort has retained its quaint Swiss village feel.

The Skiing

Andermatt's terrain is well suited to intermediate and advanced skiers with some fantastic off-piste opportunities across the Andermatt-Sedrun side. If you prefer really long, steep runs then head over to Gemsstock where two high-speed gondolas take you up from 1400m to 3000m - keep an eye out for freeriders up here.

Food & Drink

There are plenty of options for eating and drinking in Andermatt, from cosy stube to fine dining in the 5* Chedi Andermatt.

On the mountain

  • Rütihütte - a new cosy cabin-style mountain restaurant just up from the Andermatt gondola, this is a great stop for a reasonably priced hearty lunch or some afternoon après.
  • Restaurant Gummel - a mid-station restaurant on the Gemsstock side of the resort, this offers the perfect balance of modern décor and traditional Swiss meals.
  • Restaurant Piz Calmot - the outdoor terrace is the perfect sun trap for lunch.
  • Alphütte Las Palas - the best place in Andermatt for a morning pit stop or mountain après.

Off the mountain

  • Gasthaus zum Sternen - hearty local cuisine in the centre of the village.
  • Toutoune - high quality and good value family-run restaurant.
  • The Restaurant - The Chedi Andermatt's main restaurant offers a fusion of luxury Swiss food and Asian cuisine with 14 GaultMillau points.
  • The Japanese Restaurant - the same hotel is also home to The Japanese Restaurant - holder of 1 Michelin Star, 16 GaultMillau points and the largest sake collection in Switzerland.
  • Restaurant Biselli - just next to the Radisson Blu you can see the fresh bread and pastries being made daily in the onsite bakery.

Top Tip

No visit to Andermatt would be complete without a ride on the après ski train! The train runs alongside the ski area between Andermatt and Sedrun Disentis and back to the centre of the village with the beautiful panoramic backdrop of the valley - at certain times each day the après carriage runs with fully stocked bar and at the weekends with a DJ on board.

Activities

  • Cross country skiing - along the bottom of the valley, there are tracks from Andermatt to Realp, or do a loop from Andermatt. Either classic or skating styles are easy on these well-prepared tracks.
  • Snowshoeing & winter hiking - there are plenty of routes to explore in the area.
  • Tobogganing - rent a sled and you can use the lifts to access the sledding trails.
  • Ice rink - for skating and curling. Opens between Christmas and February.
  • Horse-drawn sleigh rides - prebook by calling +41 41 888 00 05. Kids under 12 are free.

Maps

Resort Map

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Trail map

Resort Map route map

Resort Stats

Season
December to April
Nearest airport
Zurich
Flight time
1 hour 30 minutes
Direct flight
Yes
Transfer time
2 hours
Transport
Transfer, rail, car
Elevation
3,000 m / 9,843 ft
Vertical drop
1,500 m / 4,921 ft
Avg snowfall
14 ft
Ski area
120 km / 75 miles
Ski lifts
20
Runs
37
Grade
25% beginner 45% intermediate 30% advanced
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