Andermatt is as much about the past as it is about the present. Its picturesque streets are steeped in history yet the resort is driven by some very big plans.
This remote resort is currently pushing ahead with CHF130m plans that will make Andermatt Ski Arena the biggest ski area in central Switzerland.
The first phase of work to link Andermatt-Sedrun has begun, with huge infrastructure developments that will give skiers and boarders the chance to enjoy 120 kms of piste, including new runs in previously untouched skiing areas.
Two new six-seater lift is already in place between Gurschen – Gurschenalp, and Unter Stafel-Gütsch, and a new Porsche design six-seater heated chairlift at Oberalp Pass-Calmut opened this season (winter 2016/2017).
Artificial snow systems have also been introduced in Tiarms-Calmut-Oberalp Pass and the slopes leading into Andermatt from Gurschen.
Work has already started on the eight-seater gondola between Andermatt, Nätschen and Gütsch, and the six-seater Hinterbordli-Stahlgand chairlift. Both will be ready for next season.
In spring 2017 the ski slope connection work will start in Oberalp Pass – Schneehüenerstock to introduce an eight-seater gondola, and a six-seater chairlift between Vordere Fell.
There will also be a new area for beginners at Nätschen, with a moving carpet that will be finished by next season. New restaurants at Gütsch and Nätschen are likely to be open by next season too, dependent on progress with transportation facilities.
All in all, those skiing in Andermatt will see big changes over the next few years.
For more information on skiing in Andermatt, visit www.andermatt.ch