Andermatt-Sedrun to be operated by Vail Resorts
The world's largest ski resort operator, Vail Resorts, is investing 149 million Swiss francs in Andermatt, thus acquiring a majority stake in Andermatt-Sedrun Sport AG. The takeover of the US company is to be completed before the 2022/2023 ski season. At that point, Andermatt-Sedrun is also to become part of the Epic Pass.
The Ski Resort
In the Swiss Ursern Valley lies the 120-kilometer ski arena Andermatt Sedrun. Here, winter sports enthusiasts of all levels will find numerous slopes to enjoy. While the Gemsstock is primarily reserved for experienced skiers and freeriders, there are also easier runs for beginners around Nätschen, Gütsch and Milez. In total, beginners and returning skiers can experience pure fun on the slopes on more than 35 kilometers of blue-marked runs. For advanced skiers, around 60 kilometers of red-marked slopes and over 20 kilometers of black-marked runs await.
The kids on the slopes are well looked after in the ski arena. Several children's parks are available for the little ones and the ski school teams teach them the ABCs of winter sports in child-friendly lessons. Matti KidsArena Andermatt is located between Nätschen and Gütsch on the Sonnenhang and offers a large snow playground and a family restaurant next to it. In Sedrun, Drunis Kis Arena awaits with a family restaurant and snow tubing track.
The Fun Park Cuolm Val makes freestyle hearts beat faster. In a sunny location at over 2,000 meters, the fun park awaits with top shaped elements such as kickers, boxes and rails as well as a 100-meter half pipe. The chill lounge provides a cozy atmosphere and cool sounds. The Fun Park Gurschen at Gemsstock offers boxes, kickers and other elements for freestylers as well as a mini cross with steep wall curves.
In the Gotthard region, freeride fans also get their money's worth. Especially the Gemsstock is an ideal terrain for off-piste skiers.
Another 60 kilometers of slopes await in neighboring Disentis, where the ski pass is also valid. However, there is no direct ski area connection. From the valley station Dieni you first have to take the Gotthard railroad to Sedrun (approx. 5 minutes). The Cuolm da Vi aerial tramway then takes you from Sedrun to the slopes of Disentis.
- Offering 75 miles of slopes and terrain, Andermatt-Sedrun is among the 15 largest Ski Resorts in Switzerland.
- Andermatt-Sedrun is among the 3 best rated Ski Resorts in the Lucerne - Lake Lucerne Region.
- It is among the 5 most family-friendly ski Resorts in Switzerland.
- Elevated between 4738 ft and 9721 ft, the Ski Resort is among the 3 highest elevated Ski Resorts in the Lucerne - Lake Lucerne Region. The vertical drop from summit to base is 4984 ft. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in Switzerland is 2881 ft. Most runs are therefore relatively long.
- Average snow depth during the season is 139 " at summit elevation and 20 " at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during April, offering an average snow depth of 176 " at summit elevation and 9 " at the base. Therefore Andermatt-Sedrun is among the 15 ski Resorts with best snow conditions in Switzerland.
- Andermatt-Sedrun features 65 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in Switzerland is 67 sunny days. March is the sunniest month with an average of 21 sunny days.
Snow Safety & Snowmaking
On Mountain Dining
You certainly won’t go hungry any time soon here, with mountain restaurants and lodges scattered throughout the region. The undoubted place to be in the heart of the Sedrun ski area is Bergrestaurant Milez, while Restaurant Alpsu is the best option for a cosy meal and a break on the Oberalppass. Specialities at the latter include Valtellina favourites like Pizzoccheri, Malfatti and Manfrigole. In contrast, you can opt for some Grison regional dishes and typical mountain fare in the Restaurant Planatsch, while down-to-earth Swiss cuisine is up for grabs at Gasthaus Piz Calmot. And if you want to treat yourself to something slightly more exclusive and unusual, then look no further than one of the three Scandinavian Grillkotas in the ski area. Head over to the Gurschenbar or Stöcklibar on the Gütsch if you are in the hunt for lighter refreshment.
The toughest slope in the entire ski area is the demanding Bernhard-Russi-Run. Named after former ski pro Bernhard Russi, the run descends steeply from the panoramic views of Gemsstock peak down to the Gurschen middle station. On the 4.3 km trail, experts need all their wits about them as they descend 950 vertical meters down the mountain.
Most Difficult Runs
Away from the pistes, there is plenty more winter fun to discover in Urserntal. Almost 140 kilometres of immaculate trails await cross-country skiers in Sedrun, Urserntal and Goms. On top of that, around 60 kilometres of winter hiking routes offer up a gentler way to explore the snowbound landscape. However, surely the best way to discover the backcountry is with a pair of snowshoes, and visitors won’t be disappointed with the trails available here either. The various sled runs and snowtubing courses are also guaranteed to put a smile on your face and get pulses racing. If you’re looking to unwind away from the mountain, the Wellness Oase in Bad Sedrun is a great place to get away from it all.
Après-Ski and Nightlife
The Himalaya Schneebar between Nätschen and Andermatt comes highly recommended for fantastic après-ski on the mountain – think warm sunshine and cool drinks. At the Dieni valley station, the Capricorn is your first port of call for rounding out a great day on the mountain, with DJs and a lively atmosphere well into the early hours.
Dining and Restaurants
If great food is your thing, we recommend the restaurant at the River House in Andermatt. The American head chef Austin Rockeman gives his creativity free rein here, with delicious fusions of traditional Swiss food with contemporary North American cooking. Fine wines are expertly matched to the regionally-sourced food. In addition, gourmets shouldn’t miss the restaurant in the Chedi in Andermatt. In Sedrun, the restaurant at the Hotel Posta is also warmly recommended for foodies.
Infrastructure & Rental
Affiliate Ski Schools
Travelling by car
The ski area’s central location in Urserntal makes it easily accessible from all directions. Andermatt is one to two hours’ travel from Zurich or Lugano. By car, exit the motorway towards Göschenen and then follow the road until you reach Andermatt. There is plenty of parking available locally. If you are travelling to Sedrun, take the motorway via Chur/Ilanz and then on towards Disentis, Oberalppass. The ski area is located to the right, towards Rueras.
Traveling by train
By train, take the Gotthardschnellzug service to Göschenen and then the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn to Disentis Sedrun. This also connects to the SBB network and is a fast way of getting to Andermatt. Other rail connections are also available, including from Zurich or Chur. A free ski bus also operates locally. The free SnowNight-Bus between Disentis/Sedrun and Dieni also runs every Thursday.
The nearest airport
The nearest airport is in Kloten, around 175 kilometres from the ski area.