The new Schneehüenerstock Flyer high-speed six seater chairlift in the Andermatt-Funicular-Oberalppass area has been given an official opening day of Saturday, March 3rd, subject to final approval and issuing of an operating licence by the Swiss Government Transport Department.
The resort says that this means the first one way connection by ski lifts and runs between Andermatt and Sedrun will be possible from one week later, Saturday 10th March 2018.
A ski connection back between the two areas, via a red run, should open for next winter 2018-19.
The connection of Andermatt and Sedrun to create one of Switzerland’s largest ski areas has been planned for many year and is linked to a five-star resort development in Andermatt. It will eventually see approximately 10 new and upgraded ski lifts (mostly large, high speed chair and gondola lifts) and a two-way connection between the two formerly separate ski areas. Together they will offer 120km of runs, the largest area in Central Switzerland, following a 130m Swiss franc spend on upgrades.
The new 1km long lift will have pull down weather protection shields and an uplift capacity of 1600 people per hour. Work on the lift has been repeatedly delayed through this past winter by the heavy snowfall and other extreme weather this year in the Swiss Alps.
The lift’s upper station is housed in the same building as the mountain station of the 10-passenger gondola “Schneehüenerstock-Express”, which will run from the Oberalppass to the Schneehüenerstock from the beginning of next season.