Things to do - general


The film star Julie Andrews once phrased “Gstaad is the last paradise in a crazy world”.
Indeed this famous words are dedicated to the stunning alpine panorama, to the earthiness charme of the gorgeous village and the glamorous scenery between the snowy mountains and peaceful lakes of Gstaad. Surrounded by more than 200 km of diversified ski trails, Gstaad is one of the favored winter sport destination for families and couples worldwide.


December 14, 2019 – March 29, 2020 (Glacier 3000: November 09, 2019 – May 03, 2020)

Ski area

Discover the diversity the fun way – by cable car and lift. The holiday region of Gstaad symbolises all-round winter fun set in a magnificent Alpine world at a height of between 1,000 and 3,000 metres. Visitors just love this ski area with its 200 km of beautifully groomed slopes, its many superb pistes and Glacier 3000, the only glacier ski area in the Bernese Oberland.


The holiday region of Gstaad is considered one of the most luxurious destinations in Switzerland. Visitors to this region experience top quality and diverse services in all areas. Alpine authenticity, proudly maintained traditions
and a touch of glamour give the destination a special flair which makes Gstaad so refreshingly different from the rest of the world. In spite of the brand’s enormous prestigious value, Gstaad has remained down-to-earth.


The holiday destination of Gstaad offers bons vivants a wide range of delicacies. More than 100 restaurants, pubs and bars with very different types of cuisine ensure the well-being of their guests.

  • Traditional Swiss cuisine: 107 establishments
  • Raclette and fondue: 68 establishments
  • Italian cuisine and pizza: 25 establishments
  • Asian cuisine: 7 establishments
  • Mountain inns and restaurants: 28 establishments
  • Gourmet restaurants with Gault&Millau points: 17 (a total of 256 points)
  • Gourmet restaurants with Guide Michelin stars: 4

Top Events

  • Christmas markets in Saanen (6th Dec 2018)
  • 13th New Year Music Festival – A classic music festival with concerts in different locations in the Saanenland and Pays-d’Enhaut. (28 Dec to 06 Jan 2019).
  • Snow Bike Festival (January) – The Snow Bike Festival will take place from January 24th to 27th 2019 in Gstaad, Switzerland. The world’s first and only UCI race on snow guarantees thrilling racing, a great atmosphere and breathless scenery.
  • International Balloon Festival in Châteux-d’Oex – most important Alpine balloon event with about 90 hot-air balloons in a variety of shapes and colours (January).
  • Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad – intimate festival of classical music in spring (January/February).
  • Ride on Music on the ski slopes of Schönried and Saanenmnöser – a 4-day music festival (March).
Languages spokenGerman, French, Italian
Currency usedCHF (Swiss Franc)
Transfer time

Geneva airport: 2 hrs
Bern airport: 1 hr 25 min
Interlaken (by rail with 1 connection): 1 hr 30 min

Resort altitude1,050 m
Skiable area

200 km of slopes in 3 sectors
140 km of cross-country trails in 4 different valleys
Ski area between 1,000 and 3,000 m above sea level
Snow guarantee due to over 700 snow making devices
60 % of the main slopes are supplemented with artificial snow
Glacier and heli skiing (6 mountain landing sites)
Longest downhill run: 10 km
Igloo Village, Saanerslochgrat
7 learning parks
2 snow parks
1 ski movie race track with online video recording
6 toboggan runs covering almost 30 km, of which 3.5 km are floodlit

Number of lifts47


Gstaad video

Trail maps

Gstaad region trail map


Where to stay in Gstaad

ERMITAGE Wellness- & Spa-Hotel

ERMITAGE Wellness- & Spa-Hotel

Nightly ski package incl lift pass – ERMITAGE Wellness- & Spa-Hotel.Read ReviewsO More info
Golfhotel Les Hauts de Gstaad & Spa

Golfhotel Les Hauts de Gstaad & Spa

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Hotel Arc-en-ciel

Hotel Arc-en-ciel

Nightly ski package incl lift pass – Hotel Arc-en-ciel.Read ReviewsOpening dates: 01 More info
Hotel Gstaaderhof

Hotel Gstaaderhof

Price per person from $255
Nightly ski package incl lift pass – Hotel Gstaaderhof.Read ReviewsOpening dates: 13 More info
Le Grand Bellevue

Le Grand Bellevue

Nightly ski package incl lift pass – Le Grand BellevueRead ReviewsOpen: 14 Dec More info
Park Gstaad

Park Gstaad

Nightly ski package incl lift pass – Park Gstaad.Read ReviewsOpen: 14 Dec 2018 – More info
The Alpina Gstaad

The Alpina Gstaad

Nightly ski package incl lift pass – The Alpina Gstaad.Read ReviewsOpen: 1 Dec 2018 & More info

Unfortunately there are no tour offers at this location at the moment.


  • 47 mountain railways facilities
  • Glacier 3000, the only glacier ski area in the Bernese Oberland
  • 200 km of slopes in 3 sectors
  • 140 km of cross-country trails in four different valleys and on the Sparenmoos, high-altitude trails on Glacier 3000
  • 185 km of winter hiking trails
  • 80 km of snowshoeing trails
  • 6 toboggan runs on almost 30 km, of which 3.5 are floodlit
  • 10 different winter biking trails
  • Snowshoeing trails
  • Ice rinks: in the middle of the village of Gstaad, Park Gstaad Hotel, natural
    ice rinks in Schönried and Saanenmöser
  • Curling hall
  • Sport for the disabled

The joys of silence

Glide through the silence of nature and discover four of the five different valleys in the Gstaad holiday region. You can do this on over 140 km of trails, some of which are very quiet and idyllic. Far away from the hustle and bustle. The trails are groomed as soon as the snow conditions permit.

Trending now: Winter biking

The destination of Gstaad has a very broad range of biking-related offers for this
growing niche market. Winter biking, practiced mostly with fatbikes, is a trend sport that is attracting an increasing number of adherents.
Event highlight: Snow Bike Festival in January.