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Freeriding in Andermatt | with local guides
Dream lines in a convincing variety
In the past, it was exclusively the young locals who paid attention to the off-piste runs around the Gemsstock, but today Andermatt Freeride is a well-known brand and, alongside Engelberg, one of the top spots in Switzerland in terms of off-piste skiing, even in the entire alpine region. And rightly so! Because on the descents up to 1,500 meters long, powder-hungry freeriders are offered practically everything their hearts desire.
The predominantly north-facing exposures of the Gemsstock provide cool shade on the slopes and preserve the powder. In addition, the terrain is strongly structured and some chambers are often in a sheltered location. The local freerider or guide usually finds powder somewhere. Thanks to its central location at the Gotthard, Andermatt gets plenty of it, both from the north and the south.
The Gemsstock offers wide, open slopes that invite you to make big turns and enjoy surfing. However, the area is particularly impressive with its demanding descents, its numerous steep couloirs, with elegant lines that are unparalleled in terms of aesthetics and with playful, varied terrain between rocks, crests, backs, channels, ditches and bushes. Anyone who is also willing to put on the skins and briefly ascend gets numerous other options.
Off-piste variants on Gemsstock | Freeride Andermatt
*Attention! The off-piste variants depicted on the maps only show their approximate courses and may contain errors. In particular, it must always be decided on site based on the prevailing snow and weather conditions whether and how a run is possible. This requires solid training in avalanche awareness and freeriding. We recommend every freerider to take advantage of corresponding offers and / or to book a mountain guide .
Giraffe | Freeride Andermatt
The royal descent
The off-piste descent from Gemsstock via Vorderes Gurschenälpetli to Andermatt is the royal descent from Freeride Andermatt. It got its name from the narrow couloir, the giraffe neck, which leads down to the Unteralp. Whoever is in it understands the naming. If conditions allow, freeriders will get their money's worth here: huge, open slopes with often very good snow and in the end the spectacular bottleneck-like couloir . Freeride Andermatt at its best. There are numerous variants, especially in the upper area, which are not described here. learn more
Andermatt Freeride: Vorderes Gurschenälpetli bei Champagne Powder
Felsental | Freeride Andermatt
The Felsental was probably one of the first off-piste variants to be ridden on Gemsstock and is now part of Freeride Andermatt's standard inventory. The Felsental with its wide slopes in the upper part offers plenty of space for big turns. In the lower part, the terrain becomes more versatile. Small hills, channels, short steep steps, ditches and bushes alternate and invite you to play. learn more
Ober Geissberg | Freeride Andermatt
The versatile one
The descents on the Upper Geissberg border directly on the glacier slope and are among the classic freeride options on the Gemsstock. After snowfall, they are sprinted and tracked quickly. Thanks to the very diverse terrain and the countless small variations, the local freerider or mountain guide often finds hidden corners that are less tracked. learn more
Freeride Andermatt: First Line an den wunderschönen Hängen oberhalb des Luterseelis
Unter Geissberg | Freeride Andermatt
The safe value
The descents on the Unter Geissberg are among the best value rides on the Gemsstock in terms of effort and income and are a safe value, especially in high winter. The wide, open slopes in the upper part are a must for all freeriders who love the fast, large turns. Further down, the terrain becomes a little more structured with gently shaped channels and contrasting bushes . Andermatt Freeride at its best! learn more
Champagne Powder am Unteren Geissberg, Andermatt
Vorgipfelcouloir | Freeride Andermatt
The classic couloir
Freeriders love them, Gemsstock in Andermatt offers them. These narrow, steep and shapely couloirs. The Vorgipfelcouloir is one of the great classics from Andermatt Freeride and has it all. The line is steep! Further below the terrain flattens a little and elicits a loud shout from many freeriders. learn more
Freetouring | Freeride Andermatt
Every freerider wants untracked, airy snow. This can still be found a few days after snowfall. Anyone who is ready to put the skins on quickly shakes off the masses and reaches hidden corners with untouched slopes . Freetouring is the modern term. Andermatt is also an eldorado for freetouring and convinces with numerous possibilities in this discipline. learn more