The Andermatt-Sedrun ski area will be fully linked in both directions for the coming season, completing the ski area development part of a project that had been described as the biggest construction effort in Switzerland.
The connection of Andermatt and Sedrun to create one of Switzerland’s largest ski areas has been planned for many years and is linked to a five-star resort development by Egyptian billionaire Samih Sawiris (pictured below) in Andermatt following the 130m Swiss Franc spend on ski area upgrades.
There are a total of 10 new and upgraded ski lifts (mostly large, high speed chair and gondola lifts) completing the two-way connection between the two formerly separate ski areas.
In March a one-way connection between the areas was completed but a new red piste was needed to make the connection skiable in both directions. This will be ready for the start of this season, reports indicate.
The kilometre long chairlift with pull down weather protection shields and an uplift capacity of 1600 people per hour which was completed in March has its upper station housed in the same building as the mountain station of the new 10-passenger gondola “Schneehüenerstock-Express” which has been completed over the summer and will run from the Oberalppass to the Schneehüenerstock from this season.
The opening of this gondola marks the final step in the project and the SkiArena Andermatt-Sedrun is now the largest ski resort in Central Switzerland with over 120km of slopes.