Far away from the raucous crowds: Seasoned pleasure skiers enjoy their favourite tipple on the après-ski express from Andermatt to Disentis. Because après-ski and skiing holidays go together just like ski boots and binding. In the Andermatt+Sedrun+Disentis ski resort, however, music is played at a different level. Instead of schlager music, the two strikingly painted panorama cars of the Glacier Express play DJ music every Saturday with hits from the 70s and 80s. Instead of beer in plastic cups, guests enjoy a Kafi Luz or stirred Martini. Victor Costa, a Portuguese by birth, has exchanged the Atlantic with the mountains between Andermatt and Disentis. And the surfboard with the bar in the après-ski express.
The après-ski express runs twice a day from Andermatt over the 2,033 metre-high Oberalp Pass to Disentis in a little more than an hour, covering some 6,000 metres elevation gain every day. Also on board: dried meat, salmon, cheese and olives. After all, the palate should not be neglected during après-ski. The two panorama cars are equipped for socializing. In the morning, passengers discuss the magnificent views of the 3,000 metre peaks from the panoramic windows, in the afternoon the skiers talk about their experiences in the Andermatt+Sedrun+Distentis ski area.
Victor Costa, the bartender, is always in the mood for a joke. He prepares the best Kafi Luz between here and Zurich. Kafi Luz is a coffee speciality from Central Switzerland that is particularly popular in winter. The name is an abbreviation in Swiss German for Lucerne coffee, also known as "Kafi fertig" or "Cheli". The steaming drink consists of a cup of thin coffee with Träsch, a schnapps distilled from apples and pears. The recipe says the coffee should be as transparent as tea so that you can still read the newspaper through it.
Excursus: Kafi Luz originated in the 18th century, when the consumption of spirits per capita and year in Central Switzerland was 13 litres. For the farmers and home workers, the day already began with a schnapps for "breakfast". It was supposed to help digest the heavy cheese dishes. When authorities imposed bans on drinking and distilling and had them controlled by liquor police, people camouflaged their liquor with coffee.
In the morning, the Glacier Express starts with the two après-ski wagons in Andermatt and meanders uphill over wide hairpin bends to the Oberalp Pass, from where it descends over the mountains to Sedrun and Disentis. With a valid ski ticket, the ride is free of charge and you can board at any stop. Exhausted skiers can rest on comfortable seats, fans of the aperitif culture go straight to the lounge area. Whether sitting or standing: Don't forget to look out of the window. With or without Kafi Luz, you've never taken a train so high up in the Alps with such impressive vistas.