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Visitor reviews for Andermatt Ski Resort

  • January 30, 2011
    from Sweden

    Andermatt is not the typical resort for skiers. In the village 'the clocks stopped' in the 60´s when the tunnel through Gotthardt to Italy was built and Andermatt was no longer along the traffic flow over the pass. So that's the curse and charm of this place. Everything is old and slow.
    The mountains are also special. Almost all are north facing, steep, cold, no sun and get a lot of snow. They don't prepare much runs, so it's powder and stays like that for a while.
    Now some improvement will come, because there is an Egyptian investor building the " New Andermatt" with lush hotels and a luxury new apartment town. Time will show how it works. Accommodation right now is hard to find, as above mentioned it's old with charm, but expensive. We stayed in Basecamp Andermatt which is a cool alternative from hotels. It is an alpine hut above the village. This year has been cold and dry, needs some serious dump to be good to ski. It is now the end of January and it looks like the end of April. Maybe you guys are luckier than we were.
    Be safe, Chris

  • Andermatt Ratings

    Overall: 3.7. Based on 8 votes and 11 reviews. Vote

    Access: 4.1

    (1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Andermatt.

    Public Transport: 4.5

    (1) There are no buses or taxis to Andermatt, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

    Scenery: 4.4

    (1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

    Accommodation: 3.9

    (1) No places to stay in/near Andermatt, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

    Cheap Rooms: 3.5

    (1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

    Luxury Hotels: 3.4

    (1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Andermatt.

    Ski in/Ski out: 4.0

    (1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

    Childcare: 2.7

    (1) There are no child care facilities at Andermatt, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

    Snowsure: 4.8

    (1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Andermatt is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

    Snowmaking: 2.7

    (1) Andermatt relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

    Snow Grooming: 3.6

    (1) There are no snow groomers at Andermatt, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Andermatt are groomed daily.

    Shelter: 3.4

    (1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Andermatt is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

    Nearby options: 3.1

    (1) If snow conditions are poor at Andermatt, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

    Regional rating: 4.5

    (1) Andermatt usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

    Lift Staff: 4.8

    (1) The staff at Andermatt are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Andermatt are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

    Crowds/Queues: 3.8

    (1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

    Ski Schools: 4.1

    (1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

    Hire and Repairs: 4.1

    (1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

    Variety of pistes: 3.8

    (1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Andermatt has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

    Beginners: 2.2

    (1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

    Intermediates: 3.6

    (1) No intermediate terrain at Andermatt, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

    Advanced: 4.6

    (1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

    Snow Park: 3.2

    (1) Not even a kicker at Andermatt, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

    Off-piste: 4.6

    (1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

    Cross-country: 4.2

    (1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Andermatt, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

    Luge/Toboggan: 3.0

    (1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Andermatt has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

    Mountain Dining: 3.4

    (1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

    Eating: 3.6

    (1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

    Apres-Ski: 2.9

    (1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

    Other Sports: 2.5

    (1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

    Entertainment: 2.6

    (1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

    Winter Walks: 3.8

    (1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

    Ski Pass Value: 3.9

    (1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

    Value (National): 3.8

    (1) Overall, Andermatt is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

    Value (Global): 3.9

    (1) Overall, Andermatt is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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  • February 20, 2009
    from United Kingdom

    My family have been visiting Andermatt for many years and I recon it's the place to go. But if you want fish & chips and clubbing to the early hours stay away and keep Andermatt just as it is - a friendly village for those who keep going back and love it.

  • December 30, 2008
    from United Kingdom

    Andermatt is the place me and my family keep on going back to. Don't be fooled - beginners can learn here (I did 15 years ago). Ski school is great for kids - friendly, English speaking, patient and the races on Friday mornings are fantastic.
    For adults the skiing is always great - apart from maybe the odd warm sunny weekend when the crowds can be annoying. Usually you're annoyed if you have to wait 5 mins for a lift. The snow is always good and when it's fresh the Gemstock (we call it hell hole) is awesome.
    The village is quiet - but what's wrong with that. The places that are there are good, friendly, with good food and good beer. And, for the British smokers, you can smoke indoors.

  • November 20, 2008
    from United Kingdom

    Been going for 40 plus years; a really great place to go with all classes of skiing. The Gemsstock is fantastic but plenty of good pistes in valley and usually no waiting.
    Roger 2006 must have been in the wrong place at the wrong time as all our friends keep coming back so it can't be that bad.
    Looking forward to 16 days in Feb 2009.

  • February 16, 2008
    from Spain

    If you're used to the typical French mega-resort, with 300 km of easy runs and some ugly concrete "villages", this is quite a change. The village is nice and quiet (there is a military complex, but it's not that big and outside the village). But it's the skiing that is especially different. Advanced and expert skiers will love this place. There are really just a few lifts, but they give access to some of the steepest, longest and most uncrowded runs in the Alps, the best snow (this is the area with the most snow of the whole Swiss Alps and it's mostly north-facing) and some of the nicest and longest off-piste. One interesting thing is that you can get on any train to move from one part to another of the resort (but there is also a free bus).

  • February 11, 2008
    from United Kingdom

    A great place for a long weekend. Direct flights from London and Edinburgh to Zurich. Motorway connection for self drivers renting a car or a great train journey into the centre of the resort. Change trains and you can go up the hill to Oderalp and ski.
    The main attraction is a big mountain with lots of ways down. It will certainly keep you happy for a few days. I had a powder day on Gemstock with fresh snow until 3 p.m. The second day there was still awesome off-piste. A sunny cruising day at Oderalp on day three made for a great long weekend.
    Longer off-piste descents and touring could be added to make for an adventurous week.
    Party animals should look elsewhere.

  • February 17, 2006
    from Finland

    Andermatt delivers very tasty off-piste skiing. Don't waste your time at the piste, go to Felsental, Unteralp, Winterhorn etc... So, very easy accessible off-piste skiing. Try also Disentis backyard after dump. Andermatt has quite low prices compared to other Swiss villages.

  • February 09, 2006
    from United States

    Not really wanting to create a crowd, let us just say that Andermatt rocks...yes, it is not large and the main gondola gets a little packed {nothing new for Europe}, but this hill is the steepest in Switzerland except for maybe Verbier {which has coverage and crowd problems usually}. Andermatt is quintessentially Swiss in every way, with badass mountain to match. The off-piste skiing is as good as any in the Swiss Alps.

  • January 31, 2006
    from United Kingdom

    This is a really sleepy, strange resort with quite limited skiing across 3 areas. You have to travel between them by an irregular mini-bus. The lifts are mostly ancient (all 5 of them!) and even in January I was queueing for 40 mins for the top lift. The skiing is lots of red and black runs, not good for intermediates or beginners and even then it is very limited.
    The locals are friendly enough but not that welcoming, they make you feel like an outsider.
    The town is really ugly with this massive military complex in the middle of it. The main street is quite traditional but apart from that.....
    Oh yeh, the nighlife is diabolical with only 2 bars that are straight out of the 1980s.
    So in short, I won't be going back.

  • May 17, 2005
    from Sweden

    Andermatt is a great place for off-pist sking (see Gemstock). There are just a few pists and yopu would get tired off them if you stay in the pists for a week.
    You could also go to Disentis or Oberalp with the Glacier-express and then you could easily stay in the pists and enjoy your week.
    Bu as I said, Andermatt is for the offpist. Lots of different routes, Felsentahl, the giraff etc etc.
    It's a small village with little nightlife. Couple of good restaurants/bars. " discos in the weekend, but this ain't the place to go to for partying. This is for serious skiers!
    See ya at Spycher!