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Skiing in Gstaad - Bernese Oberland ski region 'Come up - slow down' in one of Switzerland's most glamorous ski resorts

Gstaad has been attracting the rich and famous for many years. This is a picturesque village at the intersection of two valleys and is surrounded on three sides by the alpine mountains of the Bernese Oberland.

The centre of Gstaad is traffic free and has an interesting array of smart shops, galleries and restaurants, where you can treat yourself to a gourmet meal or traditional raclette. Visitors can ski a very extensive area, ‘holiday destination Gstaad’, which is divided into three areas and covers over 220km of pistes up to an altitude of 3,000m. Glacier skiing is possible from October to May. Please click here to see a video of Gstaad in winter.

Gstaad hotels

Altitude: 1050m-3015m
Pistes: 220km
Runs: 55 blue, 25 red, 15 black

Ski runs

Holiday Destination Gstaad comprises independent ski regions up to 3,000m. There are 53 different lifts and a total of 220km of pistes, various sled rides, snowparks and hiking routes. Included is the Glacier 3000 - the only glacial area in the Bernese Oberland - with guaranteed skiing from October until the beginning of May.

Wispile & Eggli Both areas are a paradise for beginners with wide ski pistes, cosy mountain restaurants and unrivalled sunny terraces.  Also from Eggli there are further descents near the Röstigraben leading to the La Videmanette at Rougemont. Modern snow machines permit spectacular ski conditions.

La Videmanette This is Gstaad's most exhilarating mountain, with a 10km piste - the longest skiing descent in the region. Whilst all the other ski areas in the Gstaad region are renowned for their gentle, pleasurable pistes, La Videmanette offers more challenging pistes with a real alpine kick around ‘le Rubli’. There are various bars and restaurants. The connection over the 'Röstigraben' to the Eggli promises an additional spell of fun. 

The Wasserngrat is the smallest area of skiing in Gstaad. In return, however, it offers you two very unique experiences: the Tiger run, which is the most spectacularly steep piste, and its mountain restaurant which offers stunning views over the valley. Efficient snow machines provide for excellent amounts of snow. 

Rinderberg-Horneggli-Saanersloch-Hornberg is a huge ski area, connecting Zweisimmen with Schönried, Saanenmöser and St. Stephan. There is an attractive circuit over three mountain tops, through three valleys ensuring you don’t ski the same slope twice - which takes approximately two hours (longer if you're tempted by any of the numerous snow-bars or restaurants on the way). The new slope connection between the Rinderberg and Lengebrand is the core part of the Rinderberg Ronda. The Horneggli is renowned for its exciting pistes of easy to medium difficulty and its spectacular views, and lively ski bars. Snowboarders and freestyle skiers are well catered for at the snow park located at the Lochstaffel in the Hornberg area, which also has a variety of restaurants and mountain huts.

St. Stephan-Lengebrand The terrace high above St. Stephan entices you to stay. There are wide open pistes that surround it and it has a perfect position, facing the sun. A real find for people who love ski huts is the Chemistube, a rustic hut at the Lengebrand middle station.

Rellerli is pure pleasure for those who wish to bask in the sun whilst enjoying the stunning view of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau all the way to the Diablerets, without the tumult of the masses. This mountain offers a variety of wide pistes (easy to medium difficulty) as well as numerous winter hiking routes.

Glacier 3000 is the only glacier in the region and is ski-able from the end of October until the beginning of May. No fewer than twenty four 4000m high alps can be seen from the Glacier. The 9km Oldenegg piste is spectacular.

Resort facilities

Snowpark Gstaad The park is located on the Hornberg and has three areas with varying levels of difficulty for everyone, from those new to the sport of freestyling, to expert skiers and snowboarders. 

Toboggan In the area of Holiday Destination Gstaad you will find seven varied sled rides. The choice ranges from full-moon sledding at the Wispile to family sledding on the Rellerli.

Cross country skiing There are 175km of cross country pistes available for both classic cross country skiers and skaters.  You may prefer to go cross country skiing at night time in Schönried.

Snowshoeing The gently rolling landscape is ideal for snowshoe tours. There are routes suitable for everyone, from gentle 2 hour tours to whole day excursions. 

Walking Over 200km of excellently prepared winter hiking routes offer you this unique experience. A number of pleasant restaurants tempt you to have a break along the way. Please click here for a winter walking map. 

Ice skating Visitors can enjoy natural ice rinks in Gstaad and the nearby villages of Schönried and Sannenmöser. 

Après ski

Many lively bars, restaurants and discos create a vibrant, international atmosphere around the village. There is a venue for everyone here, whether it's a relaxing in a chilled-out lounge with an open fire, enjoying live music at the Jam Pub, or partying long into the night at the Disco Greengo. Many visitors like to stop for a drink on the final descent of the day at favourite haunts such as the Euter Bar or the Horny Bar on the Horneggli mountain. 

The Gstaad glacier piste Glorious skiing on the Horneggli Gstaad Mountain Rides has 220km of ski runs Snowshoeing above Gstaad Snowboarding at the Gstaad Snowpark Relaxing on the mountain