Snow prob­lem for non-skiers

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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

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