Andermatt is a natural centre for off piste skiing. With a reliably impressive snowfall each year, north facing slopes and good uplift it is no wonder that it is rated by enthusiasts as one of the best off-piste venues in the Alps. The town is attractive with good facilities and a surprisingly friendly après ski scene. The main lift is the Gemsstock, a two stage cable car. The Felsental is a wide and deep, off piste bowl offering many variations. The route begins from a little way down the Sonnenpiste where a traverse takes you to a roller-coaster ride of drumlins and small valleys which, after 1500m, lands you back in the valley. Back at the top of the Gemsstock, drop off the back and boot-pack up to the saddle on the right and you get into the ‘Guspis’ valley, where another long, north-facing descent takes you to Hospental. This valley has a remote feel, usually reserved for the ski tourer.
Start Point: Top of the Gemsstock 2960m
Finish Point: The Felsental finishes at the base of the Gemsstock lift. The Guspis finishes in Hospental (return by train). Both are North facing.
From December to April
Off-piste equipment, avalanche safety gear
Freeskiing, Ski Touring, Snowboarding