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Sledging and Skiing at Andermatt

Zach and Katelyn were on Ski Week break so we planned for a day of sledging and skiing. The only problem was we haven’t had snow for quite some time. We thought we would spend a day at Flumserberg which is only a 45 minute drive from our apartment. However, we decided to target a higher altitude for better snow. We decided on Andermatt as a friend suggested it had better snow. Andermatt is about an hour and a half directly south of us.

It was very foggy in Zug as we left, but the sky cleared as we neared our destination. The mountains were beautiful and we drove along a stream through the hills along the way. Most of the route took us along familiar sites as we went the same direction for our Italy trip in October.

Upon arriving we had to figure out where to get tickets and rentals. We ended up at the Bahnhof in Andermatt which provided parking, rentals, tickets and a very nice first ride up the mountain on the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn, which runs through the area.

The snow was rather packed and became slushy toward the end of the day, but the sledging conditions were fantastic most of the day. The skiing further up the mountain was fine and the panoramic views were amazing. Toward the end of our stay, the fog rolled in creating a beautiful mix of  light before the blustery winds kicked up and light snow began to fall. We had a great mix of weather. The variety of weather added to the adventure of the day.

This was Zach’s second time in the Alps and he did a fantastic job. He did fall off the side of a run along the way, but he picked a relatively safe spot to do it. Many other areas would have been much worse as there was often a drop of 50 feet or more along the runs.

Kim and Katelyn enjoyed a little speed, walked at a few spots and really enjoyed the long, slick runs. They did have to slide on their rears down the last portion of the main bob run as it was a little too steep for their taste.

All in all, a wonderful day off as a family. While we prefer Mürren overall, we’ll probably head back to Andermatt when there’s a thick layer of powder.





  1. Marie
    Posted February 19, 2011 at 8:27 pm | #

    Coooool! Will there be snow when we get there? This blog is a wonderful keepsake for you and your kids and your kids’ kids!
    Good chatting with you guys today.
    See ya soon.
    Phil & Marie

  2. Posted February 20, 2011 at 7:56 am | #

    I’m thinking there probably won’t be any snow left when you arrive, but I’m also thinking that Switzerland and Italy will be in full bloom. The rain starts to ramp up in April, but the high average precipitation seems to happen in May and June. Should be a great time for your visit.

  3. Jeannie Cooper
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm | #

    After a day like that I wouldn’t need a nap, I’d need a hospital bed!

    Looks like fun; be safe! We keep you in our daily prayers.

    Love to all, Grandma Cooper

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