Snow problem for non-skiers
Andermatt, in the Uri canton, which offers beginner slopes, thanks to its recent link to the nearby resort of Sedrun in the SkiArena area. Yet the traditional village’s two-decade transformation into a modern resort also includes a 700-seater world-class concert hall with state of the art acoustics.
It’s likely to become a destination in its own right for classical music buffs, explains Christina Seilern, the architect of the sleekly contemporary hall. “There was already a concert facility in the village but Samih Sawiris [the head of the resort’s developer, Orascom] has a real passion for music, so after a visit to Berlin to see Frank Gehry and Daniel Barenboim’s new concert hall, we decided to raise the roof of ours to a similar level.
“It will be wonderful to sit in a concert hall in the heart of the resort and see the snow swirling outside,” she says. “It was also essential to provide something that would set Andermatt apart from other ski resorts.”
In another departure from most Swiss resorts, new apartments at the Gotthard Residences in Andermatt are freely available to UK buyers. Prices start from £420,000 for a one-bedroom apartment with a terrace, 24-hour security and spa facilities, and climb to £1.6million for a three-bedroom property (andermattswissalps.ch).
One among a number of upmarket Swiss resorts where a hefty proportion of the visitors don’t ski is the superrich’s playground of Gstaad. There are an estimated 40 per cent who don’t frequent the piste, and who are kept busy with plenty of designer boutiques and elegant hotel spas. The finest chalets in town cost around €2,185 (£1,924) per sq ft, according to Savills. Knight Frank has a charming seven-bedroom home