Pre­mier freerid­ing El Do­ra­do

Deep powder, steep chutes, first lines – if these terms mean anything to you, then Andermatt is the place for you. According to trade magazines, the Gotthard region is one of the best off-piste areas in the world. 

Gems­stock in An­der­matt

Descents with a vertical drop of 1,500 metres, challenging chutes, and couloirs in all shapes and sizes await freeriders on Gemsstock, which rises to a height of nearly 3,000 metres. The mountain is famous throughout the world for its “Felsental”, “Giraffe”, “Guspis”, and “Geissberg” descents. They offer a wide variety of routes through the powder: from ten-kilometre descents to gnarly terrain. Particularly famous is the “Giraffe”, which gets its name from its course on the map. But descriptions don’t do this area justice – be sure to get a mountain guide so that you can experience this freeriding plus yourself! 

Red-clothed skier on the open terrain on Gemsstock
Freerider in deep snow on a steep run on Gemsstock

Pow­der val­leys at Dis­en­tis

Disentis is still an insider tip among freeriders: The descents in Val Segnas and Val Acletta have become classics. The ski area is also close to other valleys with powder slopes: Val Pintga and Val Gronda offer countless opportunities for busting powder in idyllic, secluded landscapes. Whether you’re a newbie cruising next to the groomed pistes or an ace looking for some freeriding challenges: At Andermatt, Sedrun and Disentis, you’ll find a descent that suits your needs. For your convenience, many routes can be reached almost directly from the cableways. That way, your legs won't be worn out from the climb. 

Freerider on a steep run with deep powder snow on Gemsstock

Safe­ty first

The off-piste descents are often steep and exposed to avalanches. Experience in open terrain, skill in using avalanche gear, and serious preparation, as well as an overview of the current avalanche situation, are essential requirements for ski touring. If you’re unfamiliar with the area, or if you’re unsure about your off-piste abilities, we recommend that you arrange for a mountain sports expert to accompany you. 

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