Bernhard Russi Run:
In the tracks of the Olympic champion
The former ski racer Bernhard Russi is one of Andermatt’s most famous citizens. He achieved legendary victories at the Winter Olympic Games and the World Ski Championships. Named in his honour is the Bernhard Russi Run, one of the longest ski trails in Switzerland
Six kilometres of fast-paced pleasure
The Bernhard Russi Run drops steeply from nearly 3,000 metres on the top of panoramic Gemsstock, down across the Gurschen glacier to the Gurschen gondola mid-station The piste is always well groomed, meaning that you can get top performance from your racing skis. Just the way Bernhard Russi did here in his youth.
Gemsstock: Highlight for freeriders and top skiers
Gemsstock is famous among ambitious skiers for its long, steep pistes and numerous deep-powder trails, and it’s also an insider tip among freeriders. It features trails with a vertical drop of 1,500 metres, glacier pistes, and the Bernhard Russi Run. Freeriders are drawn to the deep-powder slopes alongside the groomed pistes. No experience yet with freeriding? The Avalanche Training Center offers courses to ensure a safe deep-powder experience, and our mountain guides will show you the most thrilling slopes.
Innovative snow and glacier protection
On Gemsstock, the winter is longer than usual. Through the use of snowfarming, we keep about 25,000 m3 of snow on each of the Gurschen and St. Anna glaciers in top quality and protect it from melting. As a result, the season runs from November to May, i.e. seven months. In addition, we have been taking steps for years to protect the glaciers. The Gurschen glacier was the first glacier in Switzerland to be wrapped from spring to fall in a protective cloak. This prevented snow and ice from melting. The pilot project, overseen by the ETH Zurich, has prompted other ski resorts to protect their glaciers as well.
Bernhard Russi Run
Start: Gemsstock (2,961 m.a. s.l.)
Finish: Valley station of the Gurschengrat chairlift (2,010 m.a. S.l.)
Length: about six kilometres
Vertical drop: 950 metres
Degree of difficulty: black piste (continuously groomed)