- Half Board
- Excellent snow record
- Superb off-piste
- Fully qualified mountain guides
- Suitable for intermediate off-piste skiers
Andermatt is a charming 800 year old Swiss village in the Gotthard Massif. It is renowned for its excellent snow record thanks to its geographical location.
It is also renowned for its superb off-piste and the main mountain, the Gemstock has been likened to the Grand Montets in Argentiere, but with the distinct advantage that the off-piste here in Andermatt is rarely crowded.
5 full days off-piste guiding plus 1 'freeskiing' day when no guiding is provided.
The principal aims of this week are:
- To provide first class guiding from professional, friendly Mountain Guides to
improve off piste skiing technique.
- To give practical mountain awareness training on the hazards and risks associated
with skiing off-piste particularly for avalanches.
- To provide the opportunity to ski the best off piste in the Monterosa ski region.
The week is intended to be fun with lots of thrilling skiing but always directed with maximum attention to your safety and the safety of others.
Itineraries vary depending on the composition of the group and the weather and snow conditions.
Our intermediate level off-piste adventure courses are for people with between 2 and 5 weeks off-piste skiing. Capable of skiing 10-12 continuous turns off-piste. Can ski down most slopes but lack confidence on steeper pitches and in tricky conditions.
These weeks will be led by Mountain Guides and so the focus will be on off-piste guiding and mountain awareness with some general coaching and instruction.
For the off-piste adventure courses you need to have good physical fitness in order to enjoy full days on the hill. On these courses you will mostly use the lift systems to gain altitude but you can expect some walking/climbing in order to access some runs.
Accommodation and meals
You will stay in one of Andermatt's many hotels on half-board basis (twin-rooms). Our preferred hotel is the Hotel Sonne. All rooms are ensuite. The hotel is a traditional Swiss hotel, family run with friendly staff. The hotel restaurant serves continental breakfast and a 2 or 3 course evening meal. Portions are plentiful!
Andermatt used to be a favourite of the British, but has since fallen on harder times. Now it is more known as a mountain troop base, although many skiers still take the train up to enjoy excellent snow, a reasonable range of slopes (56km) and some top off-piste.
Andermatt deserves to get more coverage, particularly for experts who want to get off marked trails up on the Gemsstock. Because it's a little run-down, the lifts aren't exactly the most high-tech and efficient, but Andermatt still maintains its picturesque charm. And because it has slipped behind other resorts, it remains delightfully uncrowded. There are no buses and you have to use the train to get around. You can also take the train to Davos, St Moritz and Zermatt.
The village has plenty of slope-side accommodation but there's a limit to après-ski, nightlife and other non-skiing stuff. And the barracks don't really maximise the views! Overall, Andermatt is a slightly old-fashioned resort that deserves a return to its former glory. If you want good snow and quite tough terrain, this is the place.