Climb up 1,500m in altitude from Andermatt to the Gemsstock, at almost 3,000m above sea level. From this vantage point that is truly in the heart of the Swiss Alps, you have all-round views sweeping across half of Switzerland.
Gemsstock – paradise for freeriders and downhill pros
Perfect deep snow, challenging steep slopes and descents of 1,500m in altitude: the Andermatt-Gemsstock ski region has much to delight powder pros. At almost 3,000m above sea level, the Gemsstock is the ideal spot for off-piste fun in the Gotthard region. From November to May, freeriders can make perfect tracks down slopes in a blanket of deep powder. Experts can demonstrate their skill on the descent from the glacier and follow in the tracks of an Olympic champion on the Bernhard Russi Run. Andermatt-Gemsstock – freeriders and expert skiers will love it here.
Getting there: train from Göschenen (Gotthard Line), Disentis or Brig to Andermatt, free Andermatt-Hospental ski bus in winter, two consecutive cable cars to Gemsstock via Gurschenalp middle station
Views: more than 600 peaks from the Gemsstock: from Pizzo Centrale and the Gotthard region, Rheinwaldhorn, Monte Rosa and the Bernese Alps, all the way to Urserental valley, Galenstock, Sustenhorn, Schöllenen Gorge, Windgällen, Tödi and Graubünden
Attractions: Bernhard Russi Run, downhills of up to 1,500m in altitude
Food/drink: Gummel, Pastakeller, Rondodrom, Gadäbar
Accommodation: Andermatt (no accommodation options at Gemsstock or Gurschenalp)