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Andermatt area - where to stay?

I'm planning a ski trip to the Andermatt area with my girlfriend. We've never been before. She is an (almost) complete beginner and I'm an experienced skier. We will likely spend most of our time on the mountain skiing separately - I know I'm a bad boyfriend. As such, we're looking for accommodation somewhere that will allow my girlfriend easy and stress-free access to the beginner lifts, but from where I will be able to easily get to the rest of the mountain. Your suggestions would be much appreciated!
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Old 04.01.2021, 21:42
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I'm planning a ski trip to the Andermatt area with my girlfriend. We've never been before. She is an (almost) complete beginner and I'm an experienced skier. We will likely spend most of our time on the mountain skiing separately - I know I'm a bad boyfriend. As such, we're looking for accommodation somewhere that will allow my girlfriend easy and stress-free access to the beginner lifts, but from where I will be able to easily get to the rest of the mountain. Your suggestions would be much appreciated!
Go on you own, pay for your GF to go to a health farm if you want the relationship to last. Top lift at Andermatt has some amazing descents.
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Re: Andermatt area - where to stay?

Hahaha, thanks for the words of encouragement @fatmanfilms . So is there no easy skiing in Andermatt??? I saw on the piste map that there's a 'Druni KidsArena' by the village of Sedrun - I figured that this may keep her happy on day one and then she could attempt some of the longer blues on day two.

Alternatively, is Engelberg a better bet for my girlfriend?
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Hahaha, thanks for the words of encouragement @fatmanfilms . So is there no easy skiing in Andermatt??? I saw on the piste map that there's a 'Druni KidsArena' by the village of Sedrun - I figured that this may keep her happy on day one.

Alternatively, is Engelberg a better bet for my girlfriend?
There is easy skiing in Andermat, however Engleburg is a better couple 'experience'. Ace1 has spent many years there so may comment.
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Re: Andermatt area - where to stay?

Just a quick update. We ventured to Andermatt this week and my girlfriend really enjoyed her first experience of skiing on the big mountain. However, I must agree with @fatmanfilms that Andermatt is not the optimal ski destination for first timers and early-stage beginners.

The middle station of the GŁtsch-Express cable car offers access to the Matti Kids Arena - a good starting point for first timers. The area hosts a few very short and gentle pistes, accessible via a stress-free conveyor belt. Once mastered, the next step is to ski the long and gentle No. 1 blue run from the middle station all the way down to the valley. A note of caution: there are two short but steep(ish) sections at the very beginning and at the end of the run, which proved to be a real psychological challenge for my girlfriend on her first attempt. The next challenge is to catch the GŁtsch-Express cable car to the top station and to attempt the No. 2 blue run back to the middle station. With the assistance of a private ski instructor, my girlfriend was able to ski the above without falling within 5 hours of tuition.

My overall impression was that there simply isn't enough variety for beginners in Andermatt, meaning that the steps in difficulty between the different pistes are a little too high to ensure smooth and confident progression, especially for the cautious types. For this reason, I think that hiring a patient and level-headed instructor is the way to go there. I would certainly advise first timers against any plans for DIY learning out there. As a side, note, if you're an experienced skier, on- or off-piste, Andermatt is paradise!!!
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Just a quick update. We ventured to Andermatt this week and my girlfriend really enjoyed her first experience of skiing on the big mountain. However, I must agree with @fatmanfilms that Andermatt is not the optimal ski destination for first timers and early-stage beginners.

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I would certainly advise first timers against any plans for DIY learning out there.
That should be a general rule for anyone anywhere, TBH.

Engleberg does have a much better beginners area, Klostermatte, at the village level. Gets sun for most of the day later in the season so usually closes some time in March. A choice of moving carpets (the smallest being just about 10m long, perfect for first steps) and drag lifts with a choice of get-off points. The highest part is actually quite a decent little ski with a couple of steeper option, so progression doesn't get too boring.

I used to love it as a teaching area.
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Re: Andermatt area - where to stay?

Maybe check out Adelboden? I've only been there once, but it seemed to have a nice variety of slopes.
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I personally think Obersaxen is perfect for those who are looking for easier slopes, fewer crowds and excellent restaurants.
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