Yesterday around dinner time here at Lodge Sax, after a great ski day in Andermatt, it began to snow lightly. We woke up to a white valley. It’s still not enough to get the lifts at Disentis open, but it will continue to improve the skiing on the Gemsstock and in Sedrun.

My sweetheart Cindy had her first-ever skiing day in the Alps and was excited from the moment we boarded the train at “our” train stop by the Lodge. The Sedrun pistes were rock-hard but we had an hour of good carving before the holiday crowds really got going. Then we hopped back on the train at the Oberalp Pass stop and rode to Andermatt.

The skiing up on the Gemsstock was excellent. The main piste was very hard but the off-piste flanking the Gurschenstock Ski Route (unprepared slope) was excellent. The days of steady but not heavy skier traffic have packed the previously chunky slab but without turning the terrain into moguls. (The ski route itself is bumped up.)

The result was smooth carving on chalky/grippy snow, with some nice sugary deposits on the lower portions of steeper slopes. Cindy, in fact, managed to bag her first couloir in the Alps on her very first day, saying it was easier skiing than the actual piste. That’s my girl!

This is all just a foretaste of what’s to come. There is a large storm forecast for most of the Alps, including Disentis and Andermatt. With the skiing this good already on the Gemstock, we should be shredding some real powder by Thursday!

Please note: For all of the Surselva ski areas our website now has links not only to each ski area’s piste maps but to the daily run/lift report, the local webcams and the lift ticket pricing.

We have had a number of guests taking advantage of the huge variety of ski areas in the valley, including Flims/Laax, Brigels and Obersachsen. All of these areas are only 30-45 minutes’ drive away, and the skiing reports from our guests have been positive.