The Swiss Alps provide a breath of fresh air for anyone who is looking for an alpine adventure in truly beautiful surroundings. The landscape, culture and amenities all come together in the resort of Andermatt which can only be described as a snow sports paradise. The off-piste skiing and snowboarding is the obvious draw of the region, but there are other delights waiting to be discovered too. So if you are due to visit Andermatt and the Swiss Alps in the near future, you’ll want to read on to find out what you can expect…
Winter wonderland weather
There are some ski resorts in Europe that can be a bit disappointing when it comes to the snow forecast, but that cannot be said about Andermatt. During the winter you can expect a daily temperature of around -5ºC and -10ºC which is pretty perfect for perfecting your slalom and slicing. After all, you don’t want to be travelling to a destination that isn’t going to deliver exactly the winter wonderland you see in your mind’s eye! It’s also worth noting that the spring, summer and autumn are also excellent seasons to visit as the scenery is so stunning.
Super skiing and snowboarding
Andermatt and the surrounding area has traditionally been recognised for its off-piste challenges, but plans are underfoot to cater for many more families in the future. At the moment it is a haven for intermediates and advanced skiers and snowboarders. Those with a fair amount of practice under their belts will enjoy gentle Nätschen which has plenty of runs to get the adrenaline flowing. The same applies to Gemsstock, which at 2,963m is a mountain to test the experienced thrillseekers. In winter 2014, visitors to Andermatt will also be able to take advantage of a high-speed chairlift between the resort and neighbouring Sedrun, which will form the largest ski area in central Switzerland.
Lovely local cuisine
You will find the traditional cuisine of Switzerland when you are in Andermatt. You can try something new each night whether you visit a cafe, guest house or restaurant. Local dishes to try include a filling fondue or a calorific rosti topped with cheese – perfect when you’ve expended your energies on the slopes and need something hearty to eat. Of course you will still be able to find more international choices too such as steak or pizza. Once you have eaten your meal, you can step inside one of the warm apres ski bars to finish off the day with a nightcap before you retire to bed.
Sumptuous spa relaxation
If you are heading to the area after December 2013, you’ll be able to make the most of the highly anticipated Chedi – the cream of the crop when it comes to Andermatt hotels. It has a spa that looks out onto the snowy peaks, which should make it all the more rewarding when you are sitting in a bubbling jacuzzi. You muscles would agree that it can be a nice way to round off a trip when you’ve been an active part of the landscape on the many ski runs!