Andermatt Sedrun

Andermatt Sedrun

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Andermatt Sedrun

Andermatt Sedrun4/55
Andermatt Sedrun4 out of 5 based on 5 reviews
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     Andermatt Sedrun Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Andermatt Sedrun Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,444m - 2,961m (1,519m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    6 - 10m
  • Lifts (21)
    4 Gondolas / cable cars
    9 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Andermatt
    Late Oct/early Nov to mid-May
    8:30am to 4:45pm

    Sedrun
    Late Nov to mid April
    9:00am to 4:45pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 120km+
    Longest run - 10km
    Advanced - 50%
    Intermediate - 35%
    Beginner - 15%

    Incl. Disentis - 180km
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 20/21
    Andermatt-Sedrun-Disentis
    Dynamic Lift Pass Pricing
    Adult - from CHF41 - 82
    Child - from CHF21 - 42
    Child u/6yr - Free
    Andermatt Trail & Piste Map
  • Andermatt Trail Map
    Sedrun Trail & Piste Map
  • Sedrun Trail Map

Andermatt Sedrun - Reviews

Andermatt Sedrun - Reviews

Modern Resort with Charming Old Villages

Damn Morris
21/09/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    2

Modern Resort with Charming Old Villages

Damn Morris
21/09/2020
Great snow, easy to get to and great off-piste runs.
Andermatt has gone through a lot in the last few years but Sedrun and Disentis still hold all of their charm.

Andermatt - Yes Yes Yes

Cam
25/01/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    2

Andermatt - Yes Yes Yes

Cam
25/01/2020
Super stoked with Andermatt. The Gensstock was steep & deep as promised. Some lift lines for the cable car but needed the rest anyway, so no problemo. A few long flat exits from the backside were a bummer but worth every aching minute. Town has enough bars to fully continue the stoke. Super couloirs - yes. Super snow - yes, Coming back - yes.

Europe's Best Freeride Destination?

08/02/2019

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  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    5

Europe's Best Freeride Destination?

08/02/2019

Andermatt Sedrun has finally made it into the ranks of the world’s great ski resorts. The transformation has been years in the making & one of the biggest in Europe. We have been observing first hand over the past few years.

In season 2018/19 the resort’s main meal for powder hunters, the Gemsstock, had the deepest snowpack in the world for much of the season (until it pewked snow in western USA for several weeks in late February!). That’s not unusual & is a great starting point for a ski destination. But whilst Andermatt has always been an objective for serious freeriders, it was never been truly approachable to the masses, until now.

So, what has changed. New & replaced lifts, new piste trails, new dynamic lift ticketing system, new restaurants, new hotels & apartments, new shopping precinct, integration of ski resort facilities with the train station & most importantly, a new psyche which includes full active partnership POW (Protect Our Winters), plus little touches like free water at all the mountain restaurants (unusual in Europe).

The immense ski lift & terrain expansion, full interlinking with Sedrun’s Dieni lift base & train station, plus an increase in bed numbers with the creation of quality hotel & apartment options like the Chedi & Radisson Blu Hotel Reussen, has seen Andermatt transformed. In the ‘old town’ there has even been a subtle increase in style & quality of bar & restaurant offerings too – not a bad thing.

The expansion in piste trails is obvious all the way to Oberalppass. Whilst many of them are a touch too off-camber & short for our liking, intermediate skiers & snowboarders can now go on a rollicking ski journey on groomed runs all the way to Dieni near Sedrun. The journey can take as long or quick as you like, but an insider’s choice is do a warm up down the new advanced piste back down into Andermatt from the Nätschen gondola mid station first thing in the morning & then move on! Lovers of wide open long intermediate piste trails should not skimp on spending time at Sedrun’s Dieni. Lunch at the new highest lifted point on this sunny side of the resort (2600m) is worthwhile at Schneehüenerstock. Note & use the free water & reusable mugs. Bravo Andermatt!

From a local resident & skier’s point of view, we wonder how they feel about all this development in their little piece of alpine paradise. Hopefully they reap some positives out of it. Several that I spoke to were initially concerned but that appears to have evaporated. Replacing old banger double chairs with modern gondolas will tend to do that, no matter how ‘hard’ you are! We have previously lamented the limiting nature of the Gemsstock cable cars on a busy day. With the benefit of further experience in the resort, we are now of the view that the limitation is a small price to pay for the better ski experience smaller numbers of skiers alighting at the summit brings.

Certainly, from a Powderhounds point of view, developments like what has occurred at Andermatt can be detrimental to the pursuit of untracked powder. The lift expansion to Oberalppass has already pushed freeriders into the nearby backcountry earlier in any powder snow phase. But the reality is Andermatt’s topography allows it to cope & cope well. We experienced deep untracked powder on the Gemsstock within a 5min traverse from the top of the cable car, 10 days after the last significant snowfall (see photos with this review). And the easily accessible backcountry up to the Rossbodenstock from Oberalppass had vast swathes of untracked snow on its north facing terrain as well.

A secret to visiting Andermatt for the first time & scoring that powder, days after a snowfall, is to cough up for a guide. The Gemsstock can be a wicked beast of a mountain that guards its secrets well. Unlike many of Switzerland’s best freeride locations (i.e. Engelberg, Verbier), one cannot see most of the terrain on the Gemsstock. You can spend an inordinate amount of time & energy cluing it out for yourself, seeking the treasure. Better to just get a guide, even if just for one day, & safely enjoy this amazing mountain.

A few raucous après drinks are always on the cards in Andermatt, more so than most Swiss ski resorts. Try the Biber Bar near the gondola base & the Jodlerwirt Bar near the cable car base. In the centre of town, the River House’s Bar Di Alt Apothek & the Spycher provide wonderful libations.

Restaurant dining in Andermatt has gone up a few notches. In town, the lovely Enoteca 1620 is a perfect pre-dinner starter. The new Biselli restaurant in the Reussen complex across from the Radisson Blu Hotel is brilliant. Cheaper eats are still accessible with burgers, pizza & simple meals at all the aforementioned bars.

We had the privilege of staying at the Radisson Blu Hotel Reussen Andermatt on this journey. Considering it had only be open for less than a month & despite the lower levels still being in a construction phase, we struggled to fault it. It is a true 4-star but aspiring to be better. Exceptionally attentive guest services & bar staff set the tone & it continues into the beautifully appointed, contemporary hotel rooms.

The swimming pool may be hard to find & even harder to remember how to get out, but it is sensational. Underwater loungers with integrated water jets & a glorious outlook across the snowy landscape to the peaks continue the ‘better than 4-star’ theme.

From a skier’s point of view, the hotel is well designed for snow sports. Skis, boards, boots & helmets can be stored in the cavernous ground level ski locker room. The lockers have excellent heated helmet & boot dryers within each locker. A shuttle bus to the gondola & train station departs the same level as the ski room & is on a constant rotation during the day. Or one can just walk. It’s about 5min.

The hotel’s Restaurant “Spun” is simply superb for breakfast but was still finding its feet at dinner. Some of the dinner courses, whilst visually impressive, were underwhelming in the flavour department. Wait staff were nervous (hope it wasn’t because of lil ol’ me!!). Both issues have no doubt been dealt with since. The main hotel bar is beautiful & a delightful spot for meeting all & sundry. A better dinner option across from the hotel is the aforementioned “Biselli” - delicious.

Vast underground parking is available at the hotel, but is irrelevant, because of course, like me, you will do the right thing & catch the train to Andermatt.

One of the great quirks of Andermatt used to be skiing & walking across train lines throughout the day. Sadly, these crossings have largely disappeared, replaced instead with safe, integrated underground links. Cursed progress…….!

Powderhounds now rates Andermatt an absolutely world class ski resort in just about all aspects. Visit soon, bring some friends, stay at the Radisson Blu, bring your climbing skins & avi-safety gear, get a guide for a day, don’t pinch your pennies too much & enjoy Andermatt.

Andermatt Sedrun Keeps on Improving

30/03/2018

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  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    5

Andermatt Sedrun Keeps on Improving

30/03/2018
We visited Andermatt Sedrun for the second time in 2018. The ongoing development of the ski resort saw some massive changes to lift infrastructure and the establishment of a dedicated children's area.

The new gondola from near the train station is a quantum leap over the old Natschen chairlift and extends for a full 900m vertical on the'sunny side'of the resort. Sadly, the classic ski crossing of the railway line at Natschen has been replaced with an underpass removing one of skiing's great icons.
Andermatt had a bumper snow pack again during our visit, but avalanche dangers were high.

The new online dynamic lift ticketing system meant that we had some very cheap skiing (10euro) for the day, but were locked in to the day regardless of the weather, which wasn't great. Crowds were reasonably thick on the ground and we expect them to continue to grow and the lift and hotel developments reach their conclusion next year.

Still a great ski resort. We will check in on Andermatt Sedrun again next season

Andermatt-Sedrun: Great Skiing, Big Future

01/02/2017

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  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    5

Andermatt-Sedrun: Great Skiing, Big Future

01/02/2017
Andermatt has a near legendary reputation as a challenging freeride powder skiing destination and it is not hard to see why. Heading up the cable cars to the Gemsstock summit, one get a close look at all the potential inbounds off-piste lines. At the summit one sees the backcountry access and potential for endless turns. Quite impressive. For mere mortals there are plenty of less intimidating runs on and off piste in the glorious north facing Gemsstock bowls. The inbounds terrain of the Gemsstock has excellent snow quality due to aspect and consistent deep snow falls.

On the opposite side of the valley, the old Natschen chair leads up to south facing slopes that are good for all skier abilities. The piste is serviced by two chairlifts, including one brand new 6 seater. Taking the train from Natschen station (included in the lift price), gets you to Oberalppass and the Sedrun lifts. Sedrun’s terrain is largely sunny south facing, wide open, intermediate piste – a great foil to Gemsstock.

Andermatt retains a lot of small village charm and has some fantastic quirky aspects. As you get on the Natschen chair on a sunny day, the black sheep will be grazing in their pen off to the left. Up at Natschen itself, there is a level crossing for skiers to get over the Matterhorn Gotthard train line. The train is part of the ‘lift system’ and can be taken up to Oberalppass where the lifts connect to Sedrun. By far the best quirk is skiing down the Oberalppass road (closed to cars in winter) in amongst families sledding, walkers and snow bike riders, and doing it whilst racing the train down the adjacent track into Andermatt.

But be warned. Quaint little Andermatt is changing into a major ski resort. Extensive property development near town is creating a massive surge in high end accommodation. Coupled with this is a huge redevelopment of the lift system and extension of in bounds terrain to fully connect Andermatt and Sedrun without the need to take a train. Two new chairs (one in Sedrun, one in Andermatt) were installed for this season (16/17) and the replacement of the Natschen chair is well advanced. The new gondola base area was evident during our visit and will undoubtedly improve amenity and decrease lift lines at this important location.

The question remains as to whether the future changes to Andermatt and Sedrun are for better or worse. Will the Gemsstock cable car cope with increased numbers. It already struggles? Time will tell. We can’t wait to get back to Andermatt-Sedrun in 2017/18 to see for ourselves. Suggest everyone do the same!