Two new chairlifts for Andermatt

4th August 2016, by Abi Butcher

Andermatt's transformation continues this winter with two new chairlifts

Andermatt's transformation continues this winter with two new chairlifts

The ski resort of Andermatt prepares for its expansion this year, with the replacement of two old lifts.

The sleepy old ski resort in Switzerland is in the midst of a huge transformation that includes new luxury hotels and apartments and a big expansion of the lift-linked terrain. Plans for the CHF1.8 billion development in Andermatt were first announced in 2007, with the first changes to the ski area finally taking place last July.

In time for the start of the 2016/17 ski season, two old T-bar lifts will be replaced by high-speed six-seater chairlifts. This is part of a master plan that will see the resort’s Nätschen ski area linked by lifts and pistes to the currently separate Sedrun ski area, 15km away to the east.

Andermatt has a separate Gemsstock ski area on the other side of town, legendary for its off-piste and black runs.

If all goes to plan, two more six-person chairlifts and a new eight-person gondola that will form the links between the Nätschen and Sedrun ski areas will open for the 2017/18 or 2018/19 season. So too will 26km of new pistes and a new two-stage eight-person gondola from resort level to replace two old chairlifts.

The illustration below shows all the new and replacement lifts in the resort’s master plan.




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