Ski Andermatt in Switzerland for those who enjoy their skiing but don't need a vibrant après-ski scene. A slightly older ski resort, it offers traditional Swiss Alp atmoshpere and quiet slopes.
If you ski Andermatt this year, then it may pay to do some research. Just 140km from Zürich, it has become less popular in recent years thanks to older lifts and more sparkly ski resorts nearby - but then you get no crowds! This is a great place for those who like to go off piste or ski touring. Access is fairly simple from Zürich which is good for transfer day.
Attractive, compact traditional village high up in the Swiss Alps
Excellent snow record and a long season, great for expert skiers as much of the terrain is steep and deep
Relatively uncrowded compared to resorts like St Anton or Chamonix
WE DON'T LIKE
Not a great resort for beginners due to steep terrain, activities off the pistes are limited
Weekends can get busy with skiers from Zurich
Development due which could change the resort for the worse
SUITABILITY RATINGS 1-5
On the slopes
Ski Andermatt - but not if you are a beginner. It is best as a ski resort for intermediates and those who enjoy going off piste or ski touring. The snow is good, there's a reasonable range of slopes (56km), but it's at its best when you go off-piste up on the Gemsstock. The lifts aren't the most high-tech - indeed you are much more likely to run into the Swiss army training here than the high fashion crowd. The quality of the snow and therefore the skiing and snowboarding is generally good though.
Andermatt is still a traditional village, with narrow cobbled streets, lots of bars and restaurants. There's plenty of slope-side accommodation in the village, but don't expect spectacular views - the army barracks aren't exactly scenic! Après-ski is strictly limited - there's not much to do here other than ski.