Gemsstock

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Gemsstock
Gemsstock.jpg
View from the summit towards Ticino
Elevation 2,961 m (9,715 ft)
Prominence 86 m (282 ft)[1]
Parent peak Chastelhorn
Location
Gemsstock is located in Switzerland
Gemsstock
Gemsstock
Location in Switzerland
Location Uri, Switzerland
Range Lepontine Alps
Coordinates 46°36′8.2″N 8°36′42.1″E / 46.602278°N 8.611694°E / 46.602278; 8.611694Coordinates: 46°36′8.2″N 8°36′42.1″E / 46.602278°N 8.611694°E / 46.602278; 8.611694
Climbing
Easiest route Aerial tramway

Gemsstock is a mountain of the Swiss Lepontine Alps, overlooking Andermatt in the canton of Uri. A glacier named Gurschenfirn lies over its northern flanks. The Gemsstock is a subpeak of the higher Chastelhorn, lying approximately one kilometre south-west.

Ski Area[edit]

Gemsstock is part of the Gotthard Oberalp Arena, as is Naetschen, which sits on the other side of Andermatt.

There are two 'skiing sections' on Gemsstock. There is a cable car in Andermatt which goes directly up to the middle of the mountain. On the middle level, known as Gurschenalp, there is:

  • 3x ski lifts
  • 1x 'fun park' (no half pipes)
  • 3x ski runs
    • 2x blue (beginner) runs
    • 1x red (intermediate) run
The Andermatt - Gurschen cable car line leaving Andermatt.

Up on the top of Gemsstock there is:

  • A completely off-piste and untracked run that runs around the back of Gemsstock, called The Guspis.
  • A black run called The B.Russi Run (named after Andermatt's Bernhard Russi).
  • A red run called Sun Track.

Gemsstock is a north peak, so you can ski on it until May. Before February it's very cold on Gemsstock because the sun can't shine on the peak.

Future[edit]

In the future, Orascom Hotels and Development plan to build 5 new ski lifts, along with several new runs, as part of their Andermatt expansion project.

These plans did include a cable car from Hospental. However, the Swiss Alpine Club stated that they did not "see the need" for a cable car running from Hospental,[2] as there is already one running from Andermatt. It was later shown that this lift was not going to be constructed.

The Gurschen - Gemsstock cable car, leaving the bottom terminal.
The Gemsstock Glacier is seen on the left, and the middle cable car station on the right.

Another idea was a cable car or gondola from Nätschen or Gütsch to Gurschenalp (similar to the Peak 2 Peak Gondola in Canada). This cable car would travel over the valley, and over Andermatt. This, however, was not included in the project's official ski area master plan.[3] This idea would have been very costly to construct, maintain, and run, and may have been unpopular with the residents of Andermatt, due to the fact that it would block the view of the sky above.

Ski Lifts[edit]

Gemsstock has 5 ski lifts, all made by Garaventa.

Name Type Height of
ground
station(m)
Height of
mountain
station(m)
Construction
year
Andermatt - Gurschen Cable car 1444 2212 1991
Gurschen - Gemsstock Cable car 2212 2955 1990
Gurschen 2-man chairlift 2015 2205 1982
Gurschenalp T-bar 2050 2285 1962
Lutersee T-bar 2025 2398 1975

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Retrieved from the Swisstopo topographic maps. The key col is the St. Annalücke (2,875 m).
  2. ^ "Andermatt Revamp - Swiss Info". 
  3. ^ "Andermatt Future - Andermatt Gallery". 

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