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Gstaad Holiday Region

The Gstaad-Saanenland holiday region in the Bernese Oberland is popular with a charming mix of visitors: while the chalet village of Gstaad attracts countless stars and starlets the smaller neighbouring villages offer attractive options for families with children.

In winter, over 250 km of pistes at altitudes of up to 3000 metres above sea level await skiers and snowboard riders. Several snowparks and numerous toboggan runs as well as 80 km of trails for classic- and skating-style cross-country skiing are at the disposal of visitors. For walkers there are about 120 km of winter walking trails. Among the rather more unusal activities on offer there is Bavarian curling in the centre of Gstaad and glacier- and heli-skiing.

Winter in the smaller resorts in the region, such as Lauenen, means peace and pleasure on long winter walks, while cross-country skiing or taking a ride in a horse-drawn sleigh.

Gstaad Mountain Rides is one of the safest and largest areas for skiing in Switzerland. The Bernese Oberland's only glacier ski area is suitable for winter sports from mid-October to early May.


Night-time fun on the slopes
Anyone who didn’t get the chance to let their hair down during the day on the slopes has ample opportunity to do so at night-time in the holiday destination of Gstaad. The floodlights on the Wispile and Rinderberg offer ski and snowboard enthusiasts exceptional winter sports excitement.

Snow Parks
Gstaad Mountain Rides offer freestylers exciting slope-style fun at its four Snow Parks, with a Park to suit every level, from beginner to pro-rider. For full-on action in its purest form. Parks

  • Snowpark - Rinderberg, Zweisimmen
  • Snowpark Vanillaz Playground - Saanerslochgrat, Saanenmöser
  • Monsterpark Glacier 3000 - Glacier 3000
  • HighLand Park - La Braye, Château-d'Oex

Cross-country skiing
The holiday region of Gstaad is considered one of the top 3 cross-country ski areas in Switzerland. The offering in the various sub-areas covers all degrees of difficulty. Both traditional cross-country skiers and skating enthusiasts will find exactly what they are looking for here. Trails:

  • Saanenmöser/Schönried - 18 km
  • Gstaad/Feutersoey/Gsteig - 25 km
  • Lauenen - 8 km
  • Turbach - 7,5 km
  • Zweisimmen/Sparenmoos - 33 km


There's nothing quite like letting that sled run and feeling the powdery snow swirling up in your face – and in the Gstaad holiday region sledding enthusiasts have eight very different sled runs to choose from. The choice goes from family sledding in Sparenmoos to sledding by moonlight on the Wispile. Sled hire is available from the mountain railways and cableways and from sports shops. Trails:

  • Sparenmoos family toboggan run
  • Sparenmoos – Zweisimmen
  • Rellerli – Gross Vorschess – Schönried
  • Rellerli – Gspan – Schönried
  • Wispile – Gsteig
  • Eggli – Gstaad
  • Sattel Sledging Run – Lauenen

Winter Hiking
What's the best way of enjoying the wonderful views of snow-covered peaks and the clear winter air? Taking any one of the more than 30 well prepared winter hiking trails in the Gstaad holiday region. Simply follow the pink or yellow signposts with the snowman logo to reach your destination. And there are plenty of cosy restaurants to rest up along the way.

The Gstaad holiday region with its gently rolling landscape is ideally for snowshoeing. With a range of easy to demanding routes for the young and not so young, it's the perfect way to enjoy the unspoilt natural surroundings. But even as a "sports arena", nature is first and foremost the habitat of animals and plants, and as such it must be respected.

Ice skating
There's always something fascinating about the ice – whether it's with pucks, pirouettes or curling brushes. And the three ice rinks of the Gstaad holiday destination provide an attractive alternative to the fun of downhill skiing. So there's lots of fun to be had on the ice by families and friends. Ice Rinks

  • Gstaad artificial ice rink
  • Schönried natural ice rink
  • Saanenmöser natural ice rink

Other activities:

  • Curling
  • Carriage rides
  • Ski tours
  • Paragliding
  • Heli-skiing
  • Sightseeing flights
  • Husky tours
  • Snowkiting
  • Snow golf
  • Ballooning
  • Ice climbing

Disabled sport
The region of Gstaad also offers a wide selection of leisure activities to visitors with a disability. Numerous qualified helpers, specialised hotels and the topography of the area mean that any holiday here will be a very special experience.

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