South of Zurich and Luzerne, the Loipen Urserntal cross-country skiing trail system is a groomed track linking Andermatt, Hospental and Realp, which is an 18km trek. The tracks are groomed for both classical and skate skiiing, and has a few side tracks to explore. Overall, there are 28km of groom tracks along the Reuss ranging in elevation from 1,425m to 1,630m. A trail pass is required to use this trail system. Note, there are no nordic centers, ski rentals or trail pass vendors on the trail system. These services are only available in the town of Andermatt.
The base town of Andermatt is a charming village that is over 800 years old. It is known for its rambling streets with granite houses. Sadly, there's a lot of development pressure especially on the edge of town. Located on the Gotthard Massif, the region has a very good record for annual snowfall capturing storms from the west, south and even north.
Apres ski tends to be an in-town affair.. Try checking out the Himalaya Bar, then Spycher, and then Di Alt Apothek, but don't get your hopes up since they will all be pretty mellow (especially mid-week).
If you're looking for an authentic Swiss dinner, then try the Gasthof Ochsen, the Gasthof Sonne or the Gasthaus Tell.
And, if you can make it to late-night after a long day, try heading to the Schlesselbar or De Prato.
The base town of Andermatt is a charming village that is over 800 years old. It is known for its rambling streets with granite houses. Sadly, there's a lot of development pressure especially on the edge of town. Located on the Gotthard Massif, the region has a very good record for annual snowfall capturing storms from the west, south and even north. To reach Andermatt cross-country skiing from Zurich by train, you'll take the regional train through Luzurne to Goschenen. In Goschenen, you will switch to the Matterhorn Gotthardbahn cog railway for a 15 minute ride up to Andermatt.
To reach the cross-country skiing in Andermatt from the east in the Canton of Grabrunden, you will need to pickup the Matterhorn Gotthardbahn railway starting in Ilanz. It will run west through Disentis and Sedrun heading over Oberalppass to Andermatt.
Tip - There are great rentals and cross country ski services available in Andermatt at Alpina Sport (+41-81-949-2010). They also sell trail passes.
Overall, Andermatt is the 7th most popular cross country ski area of all 22 Nordic ski destinations in Switzerland.
Local Contacts: Nordic Center 41 (0) 41 888-7100; Andermatt Tourism 41 (0) 41 887 14 54 or +41 (0) 41 888 71 00.
Best Season: Jan. - Mar.
Average Difficulty: Easy
Base Camp: Hotel Badus (+41) 041 8871286; Haus Bonetti; Gasthaus Sternen; Hotel Sonne
Luxury Loding: Hotel 3 Konige and Poste; Hotel Sonne; Hotel Schweizerhof
Reference Source: click here http://www.andermatt.ch/
GPS: 46.632317, 8.591545
Date Published: 1/2/2016
Date Updated: 4/16/2019
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