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Freeride Andermatt | Giraffe

Alpine entry, mighty slopes and a bold couloir


The descent from the Gemsstock via Vorderes Gurschenälpetli to Andermatt is the royal ride of Freeride Andermatt. In this respect it is the counterpart of the Galtiberg in Engelberg . It got its name from the narrow couloir, the giraffe neck, which leads down to the Unteralp. Whoever is in it understands the naming. These narrow, rock-bound couloirs belong to the geologically typical terrain of the Gotthard region. They form numerous, breathtaking lines around Andermatt, which make the heart of freeriders beat faster. In addition, they also form imposing gorges, which attract climbers like in the near Teufelstalwand .

The entrance is over and along the often heavily corniced ridge between the Gems- and Gurschenstock. Warning, the terrain is very exposed, there is a risk of falling and the track is often rocky. The slopes leading down to the Gurschenälpetli are very steep and very large. An avalanche would be fatal here. However, if conditions allow, freeriders will get their money's worth here: huge, open and wide slopes with often very good snow and in the end the spectacular bottle neck-like couloir that leads down to the Unteralp. Freeride Andermatt at its best. There are numerous variants, especially in the upper part, which are not described here.

However, you pay a small price for the giraffe by skiing or rather skating out along the Unteralp with little incline. Beware of wet avalanches from the large southwest slopes. Alternatively, you can traverse back to the Lutersee chair lift via the long “Schwedentraverse”. However, doing so means you miss the impressive giraffe neck couloir. If there already is a track and especially with the inevitable big smile on your face after this descent, skating out is usually effortless. And knowing how the descent ends at the best pizzeria in Andermatt, where you can toast to the past and all upcoming rides.

You might also be interested in these rides: Unter Geissberg, Felsental, Vorgipfel Couloir, Freetouring .

Andermatt Freeride: Vorderes Gurschenälpetli bei Champagne Powder

Caution : The giraffe leads over very exposed terrain with a risk of falling and through very large, steep slopes. A correct choice of the line and a correct assessment of the avalanche danger are essential. It is recommended to do this challenging variant accompanied by a local mountain guide .


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Book Freeride Andermatt


Do you want to freeride with a local guide? To book us, you have 2 Options.

Option 1 | Book mybergtour group

Subscribe to our Tour Mail. Whenever ideal conditions come up, we will post open freeride groups on You will be informed by email and can register online.


Your advantages: You will be offered freeride exactly when the conditions are ideal and you can decide at short notice.


Costs from CHF 179.- per person & day

Max. 6-7 people



Option 2 | Book privately

Here you are the boss. You determine both the date and the course of your day. We are looking for a guide for you and soon you can start.


Your advantages: You can choose the date and ride with your friends.


Costs from CHF 650.- per day


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You might also be interested in:  

Freeride Engelberg


Keywords: Freeride Andermatt, Gemsstock, Giraffe, local mountain guide



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