Working to make your
ski day perfect
The aroma of coffee fills your room, a ray of sunshine tickles your nose, it snowed overnight. Full of anticipation, you leap out of bed – just as our team did hours earlier in order to offer you a perfect skiing experience.
Andri Huonder’s alarm clock goes off at 4:00 a.m. The forecast is calling for excellent weather, and 15 centimetres of new snow have fallen. As a result, we’re expecting a big turnout at the ski resort. So that all guests will be able to arrive safely, Andri and his colleagues at Disentis and Sedrun are up early clearing snow. At the same time, a Matterhorn Gotthard Railway locomotive is crossing through the Oberalp Pass outfitted with a snow plough. The first train is scheduled to arrive at the top of the pass at 7:45 a.m., and the tracks have to be free of snow by then. Many skiers will be coming from Ticino, and the Lukmanier Pass also has to be open for them.
Our piste maintenance vehicles were in operation even earlier. The first vehicles set out immediately after yesterday’s piste inspection. Because the forecast called for snow, they didn’t have to worry about making snow and could instead concentrate fully on grooming the pistes. With our 14 piste maintenance vehicles, we’ll need a total of about 200 hours just to get the 120 kilometres of pistes at the Andermatt-Sedrun SkiArena, the sledding runs, and the ACE Snowpark in shape.
Once it’s light, our experts from the ski patrol and emergency services team also get moving. They know exactly where there might be a risk of avalanche, and they check where avalanches have to be triggered with explosions. At Andermatt+Sedrun+Disentis, we have a number of permanently installed blasting systems, which can be operated by remote control from the valley. Most safety measures, however, are carried out by manual blasting. Moreover, avalanche barriers were created in and around Andermatt in the 1950s, and open spaces were reforested.
One hour before the valley station opens, the members of the ski patrol join the employees who work at the various mountain restaurants in the staff gondolas and go up to the ski area. They’ll be inspecting whether all barriers are still in place, whether signposts are missing, whether rescue material is on hand, etc. They’re rewarded for getting up early by being the first ones to curve through the freshly groomed pistes. The employees who monitor, inspect, and operate the technical equipment start making their way to their posts.
At the same time, the kitchens in the mountain lodges are already in high gear. The kitchen brigades are already at work preparing everything for lunch, while the croissants and cakes are baking in the ovens. What an aroma! On the terraces, snow is being cleared from the tables and chairs so that the first guests will be able to sit down comfortably for their morning coffee.
Now, skis on and away! The many people who ensure that you’ll spend a safe, enjoyable day at Andermatt+Sedrun+Disentis are looking forward to welcoming you.