Gstaad facts

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Village Height: 1050m

No. of lifts: 12

Season dates: Early-Dec - Early-Apr

Snow range: 1050-3000m

Km of piste: 250km

Terrain parks: 4

Distance to airports: 95km from Geneva

Overview of Gstaad Ski Resort

A classic in Swiss and world skiing, Gstaad has been famous for about a century when it first began to attract tourists thanks to the arrival of a railway line, which makes it one of the easiest resorts to reach from Geneva (in two hours) or Zurich (in three). Now it boasts a wide range of accommodation including several five star hotels.

Initially guests arrived just to enjoy the healthy climate but the village was one of the first to build a ski lift in the early 1930s and soon after realised that its new railway line could be used by skiers to reach ski hills above half a dozen neighbouring villages – you take a short walk to the station, hop on the train for 5 to 20 minutes depending on your choice, hop off the train and on to the lift, and another ski area awaits. That is still the basic skier’s day plan now but the ski slopes now cover more than 250km of partially lift-linked, but fully rail linked at its base, terrain. That’s with the exception of the mighty Glacier 3000 between Gstaad and the neighbouring village of Diablerets which is on the pass, but in its case you need to take a short bus ride to it.

Gstaad’s step up in to the elite of world skiing was also helped by the early creation of an exclusive Swiss finishing school which attracted the children of the world’s great and good from the 1920s and which in turn fuelled the need for a luxury hotel to house their visiting parents and early skiers. This was The Palace, a favourite of Sophia Loren among others, which remains one of the world’s best known and most opulent hotels to this day.

A fantastic view over Gstaad on a run down into town.

Gstaad Snow Report

Sun

Weather

Great weather, no clouds in sight

2°c
Temperature
20cm
last snowfall
Last snowed:
19th Nov
Report date:
2nd Dec
Piste conditions

Piste conditions - Good

Hard packed pistes

Piste / Off-piste run status
Runs to resort:
Closed
Off-piste:
Hard
6/53
Lifts open
0/70cm
Lower/Upper snow depth

Gstaad Webcams

  • Rinderberg

    Rinderberg
    Last update: 10:30 / 05 Dec 16

  • Glacier, 3000m

    Glacier, 3000m
    Last update: 10:30 / 05 Dec 16