Situated in the western part of Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland, Gstaad offers visitors peaceful, rustic alpine village. A popular mountain destination for many decades, Gstaad is the epicenter of the "Gstaad Super Ski Region," which a conveniently laid-out interconnected resort system comprised of six areas. The Gstaad Super Ski Region whisks skiers and snowboarders uphill via 53 lifts—10 gondolas, four trams, 17 chairlifts and 22 surface lifts—which accessed 136 miles spread over 103 pistes.
Ski.com recommends purchasing the regional lift ticket, which not only includes access to Gstaad and the other Super Ski Region resorts, but also local connecting railroads, busses and entrance to the municipal indoor swimming pool. Despite its renown as a well-heeled destination, Gstaad offers ample affordable lodging options and lift tickets are no more expensive than the rest. The area accommodates about 3,000 hotel beds, and when combined with the resort’s uphill capacity of 51,000 skiers an hour, you can bet you’ll often have trails completely to yourself.
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 hot discos to piano bars and night clubs. And if you prefer to adventure, Chateau d' Oex, a beautifully married village of Swiss and French influence, is only half an hour away by train.
Gstaad skiing is best reserved for intermediate skiers and families, since the majority of the runs are red or blue. That being said, well-seasoned skiers and riders might be a touch disappointed with the resorts lift-accessed expert skiing. But it’s not completely hopeless for thrill-seeker, quite the contrary; Gstaad offers three heli-skiing tour operators, and six landing zones.
Call—or chat with—one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists and book your entire Gstaad ski vacation from lodging to flights to activities. Then, all you have to do is picture yourself high in the Swiss Alps, sipping hot chocolate—or wine—after a perfect day on the slopes.