Situated in the western part of Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland, Gstaad offers visitors an atmosphere of old-world elegance within the alpine village. A popular mountain destination for many decades, Gstaad is the epicenter of the "Gstaad Super Ski Region," a conveniently laid-out, interconnected resort system comprised of six areas. Getting between the different areas can either be done via ski lift, piste trail, train or bus. The Gstaad Super Ski Region whisks skiers and snowboarders uphill via 64 different lifts or trams to access over 120 miles of skiable terrain.
Purchasing the regional lift ticket is the way to go. The lift ticket not only provides access to Gstaad and the other Super Ski Region resorts but transportation on bus or train between the resorts is also included. Despite its reputation as an elite destination, Gstaad offers ample affordable lodging options and lift ticket prices are comparable, if not cheaper, than most destination resorts in the United States. Plus, working with a Mountain Travel Expert at Ski.com makes it easy to keep your dream trip well within your budget. The area is also known for low amounts of crowds, and the resort is continuously working to update the lift system making it more efficient for skiers to get around the slopes.
A large selection of exclusive gear shops, boutiques and pastry shops make afternoon shopping a delight. The region offers eight ski schools with over 200 ski teachers, 74 miles of cross-country skiing trails, ski touring and heli-skiing. In addition, you'll find outdoor curling and ice skating, three miles of sledding trails, swimming pools, indoor tennis courts and much more. The nightlife will suit every taste, from discos and piano bars to nightclubs. If you prefer to explore historical sites, Chateau d' Oex, a beautifully married village of Swiss and French influence, is only half an hour away by train.
by flying into Geneva International Airport, about a two-hour drive from Gstaad Resort, or Euroairport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg, in Basel Switzerland, which is a closer to a three-hour drive.
the Château de Gruyères, a medieval castle less than an hour drive from Gstaad, and the history of noble families from western Switzerland in the Middle Ages.
yourself to a shopping spree along Gstaad’s promenade, visiting designer stores and elegant boutiques along the way.
at a top elevation of almost 10,000 feet and over 120 miles of skiable terrain.
cross country skiing after dusk on the floodlit trail every evening during high season at Schönried-Saanenmöser.
traditional raclette or mountain ice cream made traditionally out of Alpine milk from the Gstaad-Saanenland region. Gourmet dining is also possible at over 100 different restaurants in Gstaad.
a tour around Lake Lauenen in a horse-drawn carriage while sipping mulled wine under the starry skies of Switzerland.
Gstaad skiing is best reserved for intermediate skiers and families since most of the runs are red or blue. When it comes to terrain in Europe, blue signifies an easy run and red is for intermediates. The breakdown of the pistes is 10% advanced, 30% intermediate and 60% beginner terrain. Expert skiers will enjoy skiing the routes down from Glacier 3000, the only glacier ski area in the Bernese Oberland. The resort also offers heli-skiing on the six surrounding mountains from bases in Gstaad and Zweisimmen, for those looking for an extra thrill.
The primary two sectors of the resort are Gstaad-Saanen-Rougemont and Zweismmen-Saanenmöer-Schönried. The first has the longest ski run out of all six mountains which starts on Mt. La Videmanette and is over 4.5 miles long, stretching all the way down to the valley. However, the second sector offers the perfect variety of restaurants and terrain, including on and off-piste.
You’ll find alpine bowls, varying aspects, tree skiing and more in and Zweismmen-Saanenmöser-Schönried and can choose from multiple spots to stop for lunch if you decide to take your midday breaks on the mountain. When you aren’t skiing, there are options to trek through the winter wonderland on a hike, with snowshoes or on a fat bike. Even for non-skiers, there are ways to enjoy the Swiss culture and natural beauty of the area, whether that’s perusing boutiques in the village or taking the tram ride up Glacier 3000 for the panoramic views and lunch on a sun terrace.
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Although it is a widely known resort, Gstaad primarily offers beginner-level terrain when it comes to on-piste skiing. Another aspect of Gstaad is the volume of skiing, so as beginners become more comfortable there is more than one designated area for them to learn and improve their skills, also enabling them to explore the resort. Something unique to Europe is a ski safari—Gstaad has the Rinderberg Ronda Ski Safari where guests can explore the whole mountain without ever taking the same route twice.
For those just learning the sport, you’ll want to start out in Wispile, an area close to the Rutti and Zuckerli lifts or Eggli, which is at the valley station of the Rubeldorf chairlift.
Gstaad is special not just for the skiing, but for the ambiance, culture and history. The luxury hotels in the village help bolster its reputation as a high-end vacation destination, but while there you’ll also find that many old-age traditions have stayed alongside the glitziness of the village.
Gstaad is fully pedestrianized, meaning there are no cars allowed within the village, which helps add to its charm. The gorgeous landscape of the sloping four valleys is dotted with weathered-wood chalets, perfecting the fusion of modern aspects and timelessness that will be noticed immediately upon arrival.
Non-skiers will have no shortage of things to do if they plan a visit to Gstaad, Switzerland. The evident old-world charm can be pursued by touring stables, viewing demonstrations of mountain cheese being made, visiting Molkerei Gstaad, an underground cheese cave, and making a point to stop by the various points of interest and landmarks.
You’ll be able to enjoy the outdoors as well, even if you aren’t skiing through them. There are horse-drawn sleigh rides by the lake, hikes, snowshoe routes and tours, and more. Perhaps the most thrilling, and best-suited activity for those not afraid of heights, is the Peak Walk by Tissot. You can cross over 24 peaks on a bridge between View Point and Scex Rouge for almost a quarter of a mile. This is best done on a day when the weather is clear so you can access the best views.
The village’s slogan, “Come up, slow down,” best describes a vacation in Gstaad. Yes, there are numerous activities to be done, but simply relishing the old-age traditions of the village will break you from busy routines and provide a place for ultimate relaxation.
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