Gstaad – Come Up Slow Down

Skiing in Gstaad

Gstaad is easily accessible from Geneva Airport with a 2 hour drive or even better, by Swiss train. From Chalet Spa Verbier or Geneva, you can travel to Montreux and take the famous panoramic Golden pass train which transports you over mountains through tunnels and along valleys of snowy landscapes into the centre of Gstaad where you can easily transit to your accommodation.

Gstaad town is at an altitude of 1050m and has a large pedestrianised centre of upmarket shops, cafes and bars.

We took the new Eggli ski lift to 1557m, and skied along wide groomed pistes to La Videmanette at 2151m. Despite being a few days before Christmas and after fresh snowfall, the slopes were very quiet and a mix of blues, reds and one black.

The following day we took a short train transfer to Schonried in Gstaad at 1231m and skied the Saanen area which is larger and seemed busier although with plenty of space to enjoy the red, blue and black runs. We skied to Lengebrand and despite the highest peak in this area being the Rinderberg at 2011m, the snow quality was very good. We never had to queue to take a lift and there were plenty of terraces to enjoy lunch or a snack on the mountain.

Other ski areas in the Gstaad area include the Wesserngrat and Wispile which are smaller with 3 or 4 runs.

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