In winter the Ursern Valley turns into a fantastic ski area where enthusiasts can enjoy the thrills of 125km of well-prepared pistes served by 20 lifts. The longest run is 8km (5 miles) and the winter season in Andermatt lasts from November through to April.
There are two mountains - Gutsch at 2344m which has a 4-seat chair up to near the summit and a choice of red, blue or black pistes back to the middle station at Natschen (1842m). This in turn is served by a 2-seat chair from the village with a nice selection of runs for beginners and intermediate skiers from the midle station back down.
For the advanced skier, there is a black piste from Grossboden back to Natschen but on the other side, the Gemsstock mountain (2963m) is served by a two-stage cablecar to the summit with a choice of black or red pistes back to the middle station at Gurschen (2212m)
At the nearby village of Hospental (1453m) there are 2-seat chairs to Luckli (2000m) and a tow to just below Winterhorn (2661m) with good red and blue pistes back to the bottom. There is also a black run from top to bottom but this is for advanced "fit" skiers!
The resort provides a good selection of ski runs including 40km of black; 57km of red and 28km blue pistes and is certainly sufficient to keep a skier from Britian happy for the duration of their holiday.
Andermatt is a charming resort full of original Swiss character and is reached via the Fruka Pass/Tunnel or from Goschen. There is good car parking in the resort. It is located in the German-speaking region of Switzerland and is near the Fruka, Oberalp and Gattard Passes. It is also on the route of the famed "Glacier Express" so you can always enjoy a day off from skiing and take a spectacular railway journey through the Swiss mountain landscape.
The village is not inundated with "hoardes" of day skiers and the skiing is plenty and varied for an enjoyable weeks' visit.
There is an excellent selection of accommodation in Andermatt with a total of 19 hotels ranging from 3* hotels, down to 2* hotels and guesthouses and pensions combining to offer 1660 beds. There is no shortage of evening entertainment with moonlit sledging trips followed by a fondu and visitor ski races.
In addition to fitness facilities in many of the hotels the resort provides ice skating; mountaineering; sleigh rides; paragliding; curling and hiking. There is a good range of discos, cafes and bars and there are special folklore evenings where you can soak up local and Swiss atmosphere.
A car journey from Calais will take approximately 10/11 hours but if you are flying, the nearest airport is Zurick (117km)