Andermatt-Sedrun ski link to open

5th March 2018, by Abi Butcher

The six-man “Schneehüenerstock-Flyer” went into operation on Saturday 3 March

The six-man “Schneehüenerstock-Flyer” went into operation on Saturday 3 March

This coming weekend, the long-awaited continuous ski link between the Swiss ski resorts of Andermatt and Sedrun will finally open — though only to advanced skiers this season.

On Saturday 3 March, the six-man “Schneehüenerstock-Flyer” went into operation, a week ahead of the opening of a new un-pisted route between the two resorts. The new yellow ungroomed (freeride) slope will open to advanced skiers on Saturday 10 March, allowing skiers to travel from Andermatt to Sedrun. A red piste will be prepared between the two in time for the 2018/19 ski season, opening the link up to all.

This ski link has been many, many years in the planning. Andermatt and Sedrun received permission to join up back in 2014, a controversial decision at the time due to the unspoiled, freeride nature of Andermatt — which has had CHF1.8billion of investment ploughed into it by Egyptian property tycoon Samih Sawiris who built the five-star Chedi hotel, a golf course, smaller hotels and accommodation as well as adding 37km of pistes.

This weekend Andermatt-Sedrun will celebrate the opening of the new “Schneehüenerstock-Flyer” and ski link — a few months behind schedule. Due to this winter’s heavy snowfall and storms has at times halted construction of the 1,000m-long six-man chair that will transport 2,000 people an hour when it is operating at full capacity.

The lift station is housed within the same building as the mountain station of the 10-passenger “Schneehüenerstock- Express” gondola, which will run from Oberalppass to Schneehüenerstock next season. Until this opens, for the rest of this season, skiers have to return to Sedrun by train.

Earlier this winter, three new restaurants opened on the Gemsstock on Andermatt-Sedrun, and new «Gütsch-Express» gondola opened on 23 December, serving as a main feeder from Andermatt train station directly to the Nätschen-Gütsch- Schneehüenerstock ski area.


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