Top Ski Touring Trips in Andermatt
Whether you want to freeride ski along some classic routes, heliski down Sustenlimmi or ski tour through the Oberalp Pass, there is something for every type of skiing adventure in this glacier-filled wonderland.
Rising 1.437 meters above sea level and located in the central Swiss canton of Uri, Andermatt is a historic Swiss skiing center. Flanked by two traditional resorts and surrounded by dozens of other off-piste skiing opportunities, this small Swiss city is a great starting point for any type of ski touring adventure. The city is a historical crossroads between the north and south as well as the east and west of the country, meaning nowhere is particularly tough to get to by rail. Since there is no local airport, you’re best bet to get here is via one of the larger cities such as Bern or Zurich.
Expect plenty of snow, but also some nice and sunny days during the peak ski touring months. The area generally gets about 11 to 12 days of snow per month between December and February. Be sure to bring some warm clothes as well, since daily mean temperatures range between -3ºC and -5ºC during this time period.
How long you stay really depends on what you want to do. There are single-day freeride skiing options on some of the local mountains; two to four day ski tours through the Oberalp Pass; or eight-day off-piste skiing options around the whole region. Spend as much time as you can get away from the daily grind exploring Andermatt!
Most ski touring programs run from December to February, but there is usually enough snow for ski touring in March and April too.
Leo Infanger was a fantastic guide. He found great powder for us even though it was 4 days since the last snowfall! Avalanche danger was moderate at the time of our trip, but we felt completely safe under Leo’s guidance. We had never used skins before and Leo gave us great instructions on how to put them on the skis and the proper technique for using them, even when traversing across extremely steep slopes. I look forward to spending another day with Leo the next time we are in Switzerland.
I had am amazing time during the 1-day off-piste training course at Hoch-Ybrig. Urs, our main mountain guide, was very helpful in answering my queries before the course, and Lupe from explore-share was helpful in selecting the course. We had 3 groups under Urs, Mario and Patrick, and I was in the group with Patrick. He gave us a lot of nice tips and individualized video analysis. He made a special effort to convey everything in English, since I don’t know German. All the participants were very helpful and friendly too! The course is good value for money as skis are included for the weekend in the course price.
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