Work is underway to link the ski areas of Andermatt and Sedrun, modernizing and expanding the resorts to extend over 120 kilometres of slopes. Large amounts of investment in the area will see the first phase of the work, the building of a new gondola and two chairlifts, begin in time for the 2016/17 season with the first new six-seater chairlift planned to be operational by the start of winter. The new SkiArena Andermatt-Sedrun will be the largest ski area in Central Switzerland and thanks to its diversity of terrain and reliable snowfall it looks set only to grow in popularity over the coming years.
Andermatt offers piste skiing for all abilities over a vertical distance of more than 1500 metres, although there may be fewer options for beginners than for more experienced skiers. There is a large amount of off-piste to explore, with guiding and ski touring available, and the new connection with the resort of Sedrun will only further increase the great range of slopes you can enjoy from this picturesque base.
Traditionally the après-ski scene in Andermatt mostly revolved around small, family-run establishments, however recent years have seen the arrival of several sophisticated lounge bars. Head to Himalaya bar for sunshine, sofas, and fantastic scenery. Alternatively, the De Prato Pub in the village centre stays open until the early hours, offering drinks and good nacho and burger style pub food.
There are a number of great restaurants in Andermatt, including the usual longstanding traditional Swiss options. The Gasthaus Tell is one of these, where the rosti comes highly recommended, as is the Gasthaus zum Sternen, which features staff in traditional dress. The Riverhouse Restaurant brings a more modern twist to traditional regional dishes, and there are a number of homely and enticing on-mountain eateries too.
Andermatt offers a great range of activities on top of the excellent skiing, choose from:
• Snow tubing
• Night skiing
• Sleigh rides
• Ice climbing
• Ice skating
• Village Museum