It's all a far cry from the chic little resort once frequented by Brits in the 30s, 40s and 50s, and they would barely recognise the place, except for the charming train ride from Zurich Airport (and the remaining wooded houses of the old centre). When the Brit invasion began to dwindle, the next tribe to descend on Andermatt were off-piste fiends (the resort retains a reputation for superb powder conditions and ski touring opportunities to this day). After this the resort fell into gentle obscurity, only famed for its army base and almost completely off the tourist radar. Fortunately this state of affairs attracted Egyptian gazillionaire Samih Sawiris and his extremely deep pockets, and the rest - as they sort of say - is history in the making.
Away from the town, what sets Andermatt apart are the extremely reliable snow conditions and the monumental 9,700ft Gemsstock peak, famed for its awe-inspiring panoramic views and world-renowned high altitude runs. Adventurous skiers come in search of the Bernhard-Russi-run and the famous off-piste 'Giraffe' and 'Geissberg' routes, while hikers and Nordic walkers aim to conquer Andermatt's seven mountain passes. Meanwhile those wanting to maintain a lower resting heart rate can explore the cobbled charm of the original village centre or hop on the Glacier Express through the dazzling Alpine landscape.