“My Philosophy is where the best snow is – that’s the best resort.”

Those are the words of Andrea Enzio, the IFMGA Mountain Guide responsible for introducing Freshtracks to Andermatt. And since we ran our first trips to this quaint little Swiss ski town surrounded by towering mountains, we haven’t looked back.

We aren’t quite sure what it is about this rail accessed resort, maybe it’s the sleepy town or the welcoming hospitality, it might have something to do with the incredible terrain and generous dumps of snow. Whatever it is, we are hooked on the Andermatt formula.

To hear for yourself what it is about Andermatt that makes it so unique then read on, or alternatively speak to one of the Holidays team by calling +44 (0)20 8410 2022 to find out more.

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The quiet and attractive town is a welcome break from brutal purpose built mega resorts. Made up of charming old houses, the main street is fed by quaint little lanes, one of which is home to the home of Freshtracks in Andermatt, Hotel Sonne.

The cosy family run hotel is perfectly located in the town, just metres away from the Gemsstock Cable Car. With bucket loads of authentic Swiss charm, the hotel is the perfect place to unwind after a hard day on the hill with a drink and some of the delicious local cuisine from the in-house kitchen.

If you are looking for the chic of Val d’Isere or the glamour of Zermatt then humble Andermatt may not be for you, a sentiment which extends to the terrain surrounding the town.

Andermatt is renowned for its incredible variety of rugged and remote terrain, which lends itself perfectly to off piste and ski touring. A good level of fitness is required to make the most out of a trip to Andermatt with many descents running from summit right down to resort, many of which will require a skin or hike to unlock. With a guide like Andrea it is possible to access some of the most breath-taking descents in the Alps all season long.

Incredible terrain would be redundant without healthy snow cover, and fortunately Andermatt is one of Switzerland’s most snow-sure winter resorts, a combination yielding incredible off piste potential all season.

Snowboard Guides

The number of different areas accessible from Andermatt’s base station means that no matter what the conditions a local guide will be able to seek out some fresh snow. Slopes of varying aspects and steepness surround the town and are quickly accessible by a modern lift system which is continuously under development (a link with neighbouring Sedrun is planned to open in 2018/19). Much of the best off piste terrain can be found above the trees on the north faces of the Gemmsstock peak, which stands tall amongst its immediate neighbours, some spectacular rugged and challenging descents can be made here, not for the feigned hearted!

Whilst Andermatt is best suited to off piste skiing and touring, the 120km+ of mostly challenging pistes surrounding the resort are enough to keep most mile hungry piste skiers satisfied. This quiet corner of the Swiss Alps is the ultimate playground for any intermediate and advanced skier.

Freshtracks run a number of weekend and full week trips to Andermatt guided by Andrea and his team, find out more below.

Andermatt Off Piste Weekend

14 Dec – 17 Dec, 28 Dec – 01 Jan, 25 Jan – 28 Jan, 29 Mar – 02 Apr

Made up of three fast paced days off piste with IFMGA qualified Mountain Guides these weekends are the perfect introduction to this incredible area. We promise you won’t want to leave!

Andermatt Adventure

06 Jan – 13 Jan, 13 Jan – 20 Jan, 24 Feb – 03 Mar, 10 Mar – 17 Mar

Spending double the amount of time in Andermatt still doesn’t mean that you will even scratch the surface of this expansive area, but you can definitely give it a go! Mountain Guides once again help you navigate these rugged mountains and unlock the very best this region has to offer over a full week of skiing.

To find out more about any of the above holidays head to the holidays page on our website or alternatively call up one of our friendly team on +44 (0)20 8410 2022