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A day or two (or a week) in the backcountry is the ultimate antidote to routine. Add to that the Swiss Alps as our base—and we’ve struck gold. So get ready for a skier’s treasure trove of powder and exciting terrain with an IFMGA guide! With Andermatt as our starting point, we have the freedom and flexibility in search of the best snow—we can carve through the woods on stormy days, zoom past farm houses, or make our way down super long descents. We’ll maximize our time in the backcountry by using lifts and let our guide take us to hidden gems. Don’t miss out on the Swiss winter wonderland, book today and make this adventure yours!

  • How long? You’re the one who decides

    Warning: The Alps are addictive. You can just book one day of freeriding, but you’ll want more

  • Incredibly experienced IFMGA guide

    Who also happens to know the Swiss Alps like the back of his pocket and calls them his home

  • Deep powder, exciting terrain, long descents

    Off-piste skiing doesn’t get much better than this—endless terrain options and surroundings

Itinerary

Off-piste skiing doesn’t get much better than this. We’ll be in the heart of the Swiss Alps, chase the best snow, and have an IFMGA guide by our side who calls these mountains his home. Andermatt is a terrific starting point for our freeriding tour: we’ll chase the perfect powder throughout the heart of the Swiss Alps, but there’s also a backup for stormy days: exciting tree skiing. Instead of spending hours skinning up the mountains, we’ll maximize our time by using lifts—giving us plenty of time to sharpen our abilities and explore the Alps.

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Meet your guide

Olov Isaksson
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Olov Isaksson
Olov grew up in Sweden, but his passion for the mountains brought him to the Alps at an early age. Having lived in Switzerland, France, and Germany for 15 years, he now splits his time between Scandinavia and the Alps. Olov is an IFMGA guide, but also works as an Associate Professor of Business Administration at Stockholm University. Olov enjoys all sports in the mountains, but has a special love for ski touring, rock climbing, and winter climbing. He has personal and guiding experience in the Alps, Scandinavia, Himalayas, Karakorum, Patagonia, Yosemite, and the Rockies. Olov can guide you in Swedish, English, French, Swiss German, German, and, if you’re patient, Italian.

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, IFMGA certified ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • Freeride skiing in Andermatt — you choose how many days

    What’s not included:

      • Technical backcountry ski touring equipment
      • Transportation to the meeting point
      • Accommodation
      • Food and snacks
      • Lift tickets
      • Personal insurance
      • Guide gratuities — optional
  • If you’d like to join an IFMGA guide for a day (or more) of freeride skiing in Andermatt, you should be an experienced skier. Though you don’t have to be an expert skier, some experience in the backcountry is necessary. You should be able to manage controlled descents in variable condition, as well as feel comfortable on challenging blue or black-level resort runs. Keep in mind that you’ll be carrying a loaded daypack while skinning up variable degrees of terrain.

  • To participate in this freeriding tour in Andermatt, you need to have previous backcountry skiing experience. You will be skiing, touring, and summiting on glaciated terrain for 5-7 hours every day. Your guide will take care of the planning, oversee your technique, and teach you how to better manage the terrain. They also have the experience and avalanche training necessary to keep you safe.

    If you’re a beginner, but would like to give skiing in the Alps a chance, consider joining this one-day off-piste skiing in the Mont Blanc massif.

  • For technical backcountry ski touring gear, you will need to bring:

      • Alpine touring skis, telemark skis or splitboard with skins and ski crampons
      • Touring boots (ideally worn before so they fit well) and poles (telescoping poles can be useful)
      • Avalanche safety equipment (can be rented):
        • Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
        • Lightweight snow shovel
        • Avalanche probe

    For personal items, we recommend bringing:

      • Backpack — 30L, it should be easy to attach skis to
      • Helmet
      • Sunglasses or ski goggles
      • Headband or hat (cap or sun hat for hot days)
      • Thin and thicker gloves
      • Clothing for all weathers (layers!)
        • Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore-Tex recommended)
        • Ski pants (Gore-Tex recommended)
        • Down jacket or vest
        • Synthetic or wool base layers, underwear and socks
      • Water bottle and 1L of water
      • Food you can eat on-the-go
      • First aid kit
      • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
      • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, earplugs)
      • Power bank/charging cable for phone
      • Repair kit and Leatherman for your equipment (can be shared between several people)
      • Thermos with a warm beverage — optional
      • Camera — optional
  • All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own for the Andermatt freeriding tour. You can rent:

      • Avalanche safety pack, including backpack, beacon, shovel and probe
      • Alpine touring or telemark skis (or splitboards), touring boots and poles

    Your guide can help you with the rentals at their partner’s shop. If you need to rent gear, let us know and we can help make arrangements.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For this Andermatt freeriding tour, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 6:1.
      • The price decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect chance to gather your friends and family!

    Andermatt freeriding tours can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis.

    If your group has skiers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Andermatt in Switzerland, the starting point of your tour, the closest airport to fly into is Zürich Airport (ZRH). From there, you’ve got 1.5-2 hours by car or by train to reach Andermatt.

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

    Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to.

    If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • Day Trips Cancellations
    Fully refundable within the initial 48 hours from booking, unless the trip date is less than 7 days from the time of the booking.
    Cancellations up to 7 days prior to the trip date are refundable 100%.
    Cancellations within 7 days prior to the trip date are non-refundable.

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