Activities in Andermatt
Andermatt has a long standing reputation for its wonderful outdoor options off the slopes including tobogganing, snow shoeing, sleigh rides and ice climbing, but the new Chedi development has greatly increased the options with a spectacular spa a major attraction.
The Chedi Andermatt’s 2,400 square metre spa and wellness centre is a major attraction. Located on the ground and mezzanine floors the 35 metre indoor pool offers panoramic views on to the mountain-scape outside and is open from 7am if you’re awake early enough. Rest easy though it stays open until 9pm if you’d prefer and après-ski swim.
The spa features bio and Finnish saunas and an organic steam bath as well as no less than ten deluxe treatment suites, staffed by highly trained therapists equipped with the finest organic beauty products. Manicures, pedicures and hair styling are also available and you can even sign up for yoga classes.
The fitness area includes the latest Technogym equipment as well as free weights and certified professional instructors are there to offer personal training sessions if you need inspiration or encouragement.
Outdoors, sleigh rides are always a wonderful way to see a ski resort and rides of varying length from 30 minutes to two hours are available until 8pm every day. Call Rolf Albertin to book at least three hours before you would like your sleigh ride.
Snowshoeing is very popular around Andermatt, there are about 10 particularly well known and marked routes around the area and thee are graded like ski runs at blue to black level of difficulty and stamina required! Typical in the Andermatt - Mettlen snowshoe trail which is rated an easy blue and is 3km long. It takes you up the Unteralp Valley to Mettlen from where, you can see the Gurschenbach icefall. Routes are detailed on the resort website and equipment can easily be rented locally, guided walks are also an option.
Tobogganing is possible on the Oberalp Pass road which, you’ll be relieved to know, is closed to traffic in winter but makes a great gentle toboggan run which you can descend for a wonderful five kilometres! Toboggan passes are available and you can hire a toboggan at the lift station or at sport shops.
Goschenen and the surrounding areas have ideal conditions for ice climbing during January and February. Taking a mountain guide is essential if you want to get the best route for your ability and the conditions.
The open air Icepark Andermatt is a natural rink which also has a games room with pool table and a bar and café on site, skate rentals are also available.
Elsewhere in Andermatt the village museum is well worth a visit if only to look at the building it’s housed in – a particularly fine example of local architecture from the 18th century, and at one point home to a Russian general. It was restored to its original state during renovations at the end of last century. As well as telling the history of the area there is a section on the great Swiss skier and local boy Bernhard Russi, who is responsible for the design of many ski runs over the past few decades including most of the Olympic downhill courses created for virtually all recent and future Winter Olympic games.