Ski resort sheet
The Gstaad ski resort, is known to be a great winter destination like Saint Moritz, Zermatt and Klosters. It is one of the most privileged places in Switzerland, worldwide renowned where celebrities gather every year.
- Gstaad ski resort
- Sustainable development of the Gstaad ski resort
- Unforgettable experiences in Gstaad
- Gstaad mountain resort in summer
- Hotels in Gstaad
- Skiing in Gstaad : the resort’s main strengths
Gstaad ski resort
Gstaad-Saanenland’s region is a luxury ski resort but also offers many economical options and is accessible to all : it is a place where many after skiing activities are available. In Gstaad, you can find nearly 220km of pistes reaching 3000m of altitude at the level of Glacier 3000. Enjoy snowparks and sledging! Nordic skiing lovers will enjoy 150km of demarcated and prepared pistes adapted to classic cross-country skiing and skating.
The ski resort is located at 1000m of altitude and offers no less than 56 ski lifts serving blue runs (128km), red runs (59km) and black runs (33km). If you like other sports apart from ski and snowboard, you can practice snowshoeing and enjoy 200km of demarcated routes, but you can also try curling or ski on a glacier. You won’t be the first nor the last to fall in love with these landscapes and this Swiss mountain atmosphere offered by Gstaad’s ski resort.
Sustainable development of the Gstaad ski resort
Its unspoilt nature is one of the characteristics of th Gstaad ski resort.
This fundamental value underpins the quality of life of the local residents and the experiences of visitors.
Gstaad respects the responsibility of resource management in order to preserve the environment.
In collaboration with Swiss partner Climeworks, the mountain railways in the Swiss ski resort are reducing the hard-to-avoid emissions resulting from skiing activities. Winter sports aficionados can deposit their KeyCard in one of the valley station’s boxes at the end of the day. For every CHF 5 deposited, Climeworks removes 5 kg of CO2 from the air. This is achieved through a special technology called “Direct Air Capture”.
In addition, local hydroelectric power is used to produce environmentally friendly electricity. The Sanetsch hydroelectric power plant produces approximately 40 Gwh of clean renewable energy each year. This is enough electricity for more than 8,000 households. On top of this, the small hydroelectric power station in Lauenen supplies a further 1,000 households.
Unforgettable experiences in Gstaad
Toboggan across the slopes and feel the snow on your face!
If you love tobogganing, Gstaad and its six toboggan runs is the place to be. And there are several mountain restaurants and snow bars along the way where you can relax and take a break. As an added bonus, toboggan rental is already included in the tobogganing day pass!
Whether you are an adventurous and an experienced tobogganer or just a curious beginner, the Gstaad ski resort features toboggan runs for families on the one hand, such as the Egli run, the Hornberg run and the Wispile run, which are all runs with lots of straightaways.
On the other hand the Horneggli Run, the Saanersloch Run and the Sparenmoos Run are ideal for those who seek more challenging runs as they are steep and full of curves.
Accessible and inclusive sports in Gstaad.
The Gstaad skiing domain boasts a wide range of leisure activities for visitors with disabilities. A number of skilled helpers, specialised hotels and the topography of the area guarantee that any holiday here will be a fantastic experience for anybody.
Whether skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, ski touring or even heliskiing, anyone affected by a disability can live life changing and challenging experiences in Gstaad.
For instance, if you are a wheelchair user or have limited mobility, how about enjoying many of the fabulous ski slopes being guided on a sit-ski.
Moreover, blind and visually impaired skiing is the number one adapted snow sport in the ski domain, as blind skiers have been coming and enjoying the majestic scenery that the alps have to offer for more than 50 years.
Gstaad mountain resort in summer
Lake hopping around Gdstaad’s lakes
After much of the snow melts in summer, this area of the Swiss Alps, is home to a wide range of lakes that vary in shape, size and dimensions.
There are many lakes to visit, luckily however, they are all quite close to each other, so we suggest that you go from one to the other to find out which mass of water is your favourite one.
The main lakes located nearby the Gstaad station are the Lake Lauenen, Lake Arnen, Lake Seeber, Lake Sanetsch and Lake Retaud. Information about all these lakes can be found here.
Family fun out in the fresh!
Whether it’s sliding, balancing, trying things out, playing with water… the playgrounds at the Gstaad summer resort have a lot to offer holiday-makers, and especially families in the warmer seasons.
Playgrounds are especially popular among children, such as the one at the Sportzentrum Gstaad. Grown-up children can enjoy the mini-golf course which is located right beside it.
A playground in the village centre of Zweisimmen is also an ideal place for the little ones. The wooden dragon and the zip lines will light up their eyes.
Hotels in Gstaad
Ultima Gstaad *****
The Ultima Gstaad is a 5-star superior hotel, taht is aimed at those who seek to disconnect in a resort out in the Swiss Alps.
This spa and clinic located in Switzerland, at the footslopes of the Gstaad ski resort, known for its exceptional services, cutting-edge facilities and gastronomic and wellness experiences.
As a year-round resort for trekking, skiing, winter sports, shopping and wellness, Gstaad ensures an elegant and authentic Swiss experience.
If you do decide to spend your winter on this alpine retreat, you will be in for the ultimate chance to hit the slopes this ski season.
Hotel Olden ****
Within a 4-minute walk of Gstaad Train Station and the chic bars and shops of the town centre, this upscale boutique hotel, set in a charming Alpine-style chalet, is also a 13-minute walk from the chairlift to the snow station.
The luxurious, elegant 1 and 2 bedroom suites with living rooms and antique or contemporary furniture include flat-screen television, minibar and complimentary connection to Internet. Many feature oak-beamed ceilings, exposed-stone accents and/or wood-burning fireplaces. Free-standing bathtubs are available in some rooms Upon rquest, room service is available.
The hotel is home to a wood-panelled restaurant featuring a terrace, a fine-dining restaurant and a welcoming bar with an intimate fireplace. Breakfast and parking are available on the premises.
Bernerhof Gstaad ****
Across from Gstaad Train Station, this laid-back hotel is 2 km from the access to the Wispile (Gstaad) ski slopes and 3 km away from the Wasserngrat (Gstaad) ski area.
The cosy rooms and suites feature complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen televisions and balconies. Certain rooms have Nespresso machines fro those coffee lovers, seating zones and a minibar.
The buffet breakfast and parking are complimentary too. Additional amenities include 4 restaurants, a cigar salon and conference/event space, as well as a terrace and ski storage. The wellness centre features an indoor pool, a steam bath and a sauna.
Skiing in Gstaad : the resort’s main strengths
✅ 150km of demarcated and prepared pistes adapted to classic cross-country skiing and skating.
✅ Located just 1 hour and 30 minutes from Bern and 2 hours and 30 minutes from Geneva.
✅ Celebrities are known to spend winters in the ski domains.
✅ Pioneer winter station adapted for blind people and individuals that have reduced mobility.