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Andermatt Swiss Alps

The Lara Gut Run opens in Andermatt

Swiss skier Lara Gut was just 17 when she won her first World Cup Super G race, making her the youngest ever champion to top the podium in this prestigious test of speed and skill.

Now, at age 21, and with plenty more age-defying victories under her belt, the Sorengo-born Gut has secured another accolade – a run at Andermatt has been renamed in her honour. The run holds special memories for Gut, as she trained on it regularly as a junior.

Lara Gut at the Inauguration of the Lara Gut Run - image courtesy of Image courtesy of Andermatt-Sedrun Sport AG

Lara Gut’s name now appears on the Andermatt piste map alongside that of fellow Andermatt ambassador, the Swiss ski legend Bernhard Russi – a native of the valley, and himself a World Cup, Olympic and World champion.

Bernhard Russi and Lara Gut runs

Both the Bernhard Russi Run and the Lara Gut Run allow skiers and snowboarders to explore the slopes of the famous Gemsstock mountain. While Bernhard Russi Run is a 4km-long black route that traces the route of the Gerschen glacier, Lara Gut Run is a shorter – but no less spectacular – red run that takes skiers down the mountain’s eastern slopes, in the central Gurschenalp section of the mountain.

Lara Gut has been an Andermatt ambassador since 2012. She began her stellar career in the alps, and the Alpine environment remains her favourite place to ski. “Whether for training or in my spare time,” she explained when her ambassadorship was first announced, “I love going back to the Gotthard region and am so excited about the partnership.”

She’s an inspiration to junior skiers everywhere, as the legions of fans who turned out to catch a glimpse of their idol at the run’s inauguration showed.

Image courtesy of Andermatt-Sedrun Sport AG Image courtesy of Andermatt-Sedrun Sport AG

We can’t promise that you’ll be able to mirror Gut’s achievements on the slopes, but with some of the best snows of the season (this week, Snow Forecast reported it as the first major resort in Europe to report a 4m base) there’s no better place than Andermatt to hone your skiing technique.

Watch Bernhard Russi and Lara Gut talk about their partnership with Andermatt here, and read our interview with Russi about skiing in his native Alps here.

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