What do we know about Swiss Andermatt from open sources? 300 years ago, here, in granite rocks, the first tunnel was cut through – a dark hole in the mountain, known as Urnerloh, no more than two meters wide. In 1707, the great Goethe described in his notes a journey through this tunnel and the panorama of the high plateau that then opened: “Of all the places that I know, this is the most interesting and beloved.” After another 100 years, the German poet and playwright Friedrich Schiller, the author of the drama about the Swiss hero Wilhelm Tell, described Urnerloh: Spring and Autumn. ”
After 300 years, little has changed: tourists began to get to the Oberaralp pass, behind which Andermatt lies, not on foot through Urnerlokh, but in a car of a comfortable train. Regular or, for example, the panoramic Glacier Express, which connects the historic route Zermatt, Davos and St. Moritz, and makes a short stop in Andermatt. However, the impressions are similar – the dazzling whiteness of the surrounding slopes involuntarily close your eyes.
The history of the ski development of the slopes in the area of Oberalpah began in 1904, when four Norwegians appeared in the Andermatt community, and the new telemark skiing style became popular in the resort. Andermatt began to grow rapidly as a center for skiing. Long before the production of lifts became widespread all over the world, there were already built special cable cars to lift skiers, and the second ski tow in Switzerland was built in 1937 in Andermatt. Today, the Skiarena Andermatt-Sedrun ski area consists of three zones, united by one skipass – Gemstok, Natchen / Gyutch and Sedrun. The first two are directly above Andermatt itself, on the slopes of opposite peaks. Sedrun – in the neighboring valley, over the Oberalp Pass and you can get there by train (on the same skipass).
Sedrun includes several chairlifts and a pair of drag lifts and is good for quiet skiing for beginners and intermediate skiers, skiing with children and training. There is also a snow park for snowboarders and newschoolers. The tracks are well prepared, are on the southern slope, in good weather there is a lot of sun and a great view of the pass and Gemshtok. In Sedrun, a relaxed weekend is held by most of the coming Swiss and many Italians, who are within easy reach.
The Natchen / Gütch zone is located on the southern slope of the valley in which Andermatt is located. The chairlift, which lifts skiers here, is located at the very beginning of Andermatt, not far from the railway station. From the good view opens here 10 minutes on foot, or even less on a free bus, resembling a minibus, plying the town. The first line of the wheelchair raises to Natchen station, and the train going through the pass to Sedrun also stops there. The next turn throws you to a height of 2344 m, from where a good view opens up of Andermatt, the adjacent valleys and the Furka Pass in the distance. Riding along prepared trails above Natchen suits both well-prepared skiers and amateurs. For pros, red and black tracks with a good incline and differential, for beginners and ordinary sled fans down to Andrematt a long blue trail goes along the road, covered with snow in winter and closed to cars.
Between them, as well as on the sides, it is relatively safe to ride off the pistes – there are practically no stones and rock drops, the whole zone is very friendly for an easy freeride. On a nice sunny day you can have a great time. The descent from Natchen to Andermatt winds serpentine along the railway line, along which the red Glacier Express trains rise or fall from time to time – do not be lazy to stop and take a picture if you happen to catch this moment.