One of the most high-end resorts around, and frequented by the rich and famous, Gstaad is definitely somewhere to be seen on your ski trip. The resort is known for its designer shops, extensive ski areas and range of luxury hotels, including the Gstaad Palace, Grand Hotel Bellevue and the Park Gstaad.
With the town located at just over 1000 metres in altitude, it is surrounded by over 200 km of slopes extending up to 3000m. The main season in Gstaad runs from mid-December until the end of March, but the Glacier 3000 area offers the highest skiing in the region from October until May each year.
Gstaad is ideal for beginners, intermediates and families in particular, with the ski areas of Schonreid and Sannenmoser offering a variety of blue and red pistes, as well as dedicated beginner areas in Wispile and Snow-Paradise for children and first-timers.
For more advanced skiers, there are fewer black runs than other resorts but the off-piste is rarely explored by most of Gstaad’s visitors and rather than being tracked out after a fresh-snowfall, if you choose to explore off-piste (we recommend full avalanche equipment as well as a guide), advanced skiers can get some great fresh tracks through the trees.
Again, making it perfect for that family ski trip, there are a myriad of things to do in Gstaad when you’re not skiing. The town of Gstaad also offers a large sports centre, with an indoor swimming pool, curling, badminton and squash, a climbing centre and fitness centres. You can also go bowling, experience a dog-sleigh trip or hire a toboggan and explore the runs on offer in the area.