Andermatt finally gets ski area permit

11th June 2014, by Abi Butcher

The quaint ski area of Andermatt has received permission to link with Sedrun

The quaint ski area of Andermatt has received permission to link with Sedrun

The ski resort of Andermatt in Switzerland has finally received permission to extend its ski area and link with nearby Sedrun — but can’t yet start work.

Markus Berger, communications director for the Andermatt Swiss Alps project told Where to Ski and Snowboard: “We are very happy about it – finally! This can truly be called a milestone not only the whole project.”

Andermatt is adding 37km of pistes with links to Sedrun over Schneehüenerstock, Schijenstock and Calmut as part of a CHF1.8 billion project, funded by Egyptian property tycoon Samih Sawiris. When the work is complete, the combined ski area of Andermatt and Sedrun will have 123km of pistes.

The permission was finally received a week ago but it’s not exactly a green light just yet — the project has several hurdles yet to jump before work can begin on constructing the lifts and new pistes.

“First there is a 30-day delay during which neighbours and environmental groups can oppose the permit — only after this will the permit be in force,” explained Mr Berger.

On top of that, although the permit has been granted, it has 265 pages with of conditions that must be fulfilled.

“So we have to wait for the delay plus evaluate the entire permission to see what we can do when and under what conditions,” said Mr Berger.

“It’s only after that that we can decide when and how we’re going to start construction.”

Sounds a little way off yet to us.

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