Because this will necessitate an evening departure from Berlin after work on Friday and a morning return on Monday to get me back in the office, I can't venture too far from Zürich. The train time tables being what they are (I don't want to rent a car), the choices appear to be Engelberg or Andermatt. I suppose if I did a little more research I might find it possible to include Lenzerheide, Klosters and even Wengen/Murren on that list, but somehow I don't feel like expanding it out that far.
So, I know Engelberg pretty well and know how to do it reasonably cheaply. I have not been to Andermatt, but everything I've heard about the place tells me I'd like it. Can Andermatt be done cheaply, and if so what are the tips (where to eat/sleep/drink)?
I like off-piste, but nothing that will require me to spend any time off the ground (while skiing I mean; riding lifts is fine). I will be taking my first avalanche course over Christmas, so I will have some basic safety knowledge and hopefully know how to use the equipment.
So which should it be?
EDIT: Having just consulted the Swiss railways website, Klosters and Lenzerheide are every bit as possible as Andermatt and Engelberg. Seeing as my cross-country skiing girlfriend will be with me, I should probably consider those options more fully. Also bear in mind that these will likely also be the choices in the running for our Easter trip, although the train connections to Andermatt make it easier to do in February for reasons I don't need to get in to right now.
Edited by ami in berlin - 9/25/09 at 8:14am