Number of runs: 100
Resort Height: 1050.0M
Top Lift Height: 3000.0M
Total Length of runs: 250KM
Easy runs: 50
Medium runs: 35
Difficult runs: 11
Annual Snowfall: 450CM
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Gstaad Ski Holidays - Wonderful Choice of Runs
The famous Swiss ski holiday resort of Gstaad is situated in the heart of a massive ski area and is geographically located between four valleys, all with skiing in them. One ski area that is above Saanen is reached directly from the edge of the village by gondola. The skiing in that area carries on over into French-speaking Switzerland in the neighbouring cheap ski holiday resort of Rougemont. Chateau d'Oex is also easily accessible from Gstaad and all three of the centres are available in the Ski Gstaad Pass. This gives you access to 15 different last minute ski holiday resorts including some of the best in Switzerland. Some of the famous cheap ski holiday resorts that are available on the pass are Lenk, Adelboden, Les Mosses, Les Diablerets, Villars, and Leysin.
Another valley gives you access to Zweissimen, Saanenmoser and Schönried. All these last minute ski holiday resorts are lift-linked and create the largest lift-linked area on the Ski Gstaad Pass. The third valley around Gstaad is home to the skiing in the Alpes Vaudoises area, home to Gryon, Les Mosses, Les Diablerets, Villars and Leysin.
Last Minute Ski Holidays In Gstaad - Cosmopolitan Apres Ski
The final valley is home to Gstaad's local skiing on the Wispile and also in a second shorter valley that is a quick bus ride from Launen
There are some nursery slopes available at Wispile and also a particularly easy run at the top of the mountain, making it a perfect area for beginners. There are also a couple of long black and reds that lead from the top gondola station right back down into the valley. The break down of terrain here is 60% beginner, 30% intermediate and 10% expert. The more advanced runs are dotted around the ski areas with all areas having at least a single long and challenging black.
Cheap Ski Holidays In Gstaad - Great Choice For Snowboarders
One of the highlights from the Diblerets glacier is the 14 km easy descent with a steep black mogul section that brings you down to Reusch on the road back to Gstaad. On this descent you descend a whopping 1,650 metre vertical. Chateau d'Oex also has several challenging blacks that must be tried including the long black from Monts Chevreuils right down to Les Moulins. Another exciting option is heli-skiing.
Snowboarders basing themselves in Gstaad have a big range of options to explore daily. At the local area of Eggli, most of which is floodlit, there's a snowpark with quarter pipe and two additional runs with jumps and a boardercross, plus music. There are two other terrain parks at Saanenmoser and Glacier 3000. In the Schönried - Zweisimmen sector there's more special terrain including a special slope for 'boarders above Schönbried, free-riding at Chaltebrunne and cliff-jumping at Hühnerspeil. There are permanent racing runs at Lätzgüetli. At Zweisimmen there's a halfpipe on Rinderberg as well as a boardercross.
Over in the French speaking sector there's yet another snowboard park at La Braye above Château d'Oex. Finally, the Diablerets glacier is a popular destination for summer 'boarders who tend to greatly out number skiers. Although there are a large number of T bars to contend with in the area, 17 of the lifts are gondolas or cable cars (trams) accessing the highest points, and it's all downhill from there.
Not surprisingly, the Gstaad area has been voted one of the best 'boarding zones in Switzerland.
Gstaad is able to cater for all types of après ski, but of course the top night spots don't come cheap. The top venue in town is the Greengo nightclub at the five star Palace hotel. However, the resort is usually lively as soon as the lifts close and, with a lot of non-skiing tourists, even earlier. Roaster bar at the Gstaaderhof, Rialto Bar as well as Sammys, the Dorfli Piano Bar in the Ermitage Golf Hotel, Apli Bar and Richi's Pub or Pubbles are normally all popular.
Apart from the wide ranging sports facilities you can take an evening toboggan run, sleigh ride or try bowling. Visits to the cinema or the Chesery Casino, which also has dancing, are other options. There are live bands daily at the Grand Hotel Park and the Hotel Ermitage, and discotheques at the Alpin Nova (Grotte) as well as Chlosterli in Grund. The Kristall Night Club has dancing as well as cabaret acts.
Gstaad has a great indoor pool complex to which skiers receive half price admission, with their lift pass, up to 6pm. It's great to get off the slopes and into the big pool before the evening's activities get started. This is one of many indoor sporting facilities in the resort. You will also find three indoor tennis courts, a badminton court and three squash courts, table tennis, fitness centres, and there's an indoor ice rink where you can play curling, and riding stables with an indoor arena. Bowling and billiards are also available, and bridge is played in the hotels.
Outdoor activities include hot air ballooning, paragliding, ice climbing, sleigh rides, snow shoeing and two toboggan runs.
There are several dozen restaurants in Gstaad including, not surprisingly, some superb gourmet establishments (La Chesery, La Bagatelle at Le Grand Chalet). The hotel Olden's restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine and the recently renovated Sport-Hotel Rütti and the Sporthotel Victoria both have pizzerias as well as conventional restaurants. The Alpenrose also has a bistro-pizzeria as well as a gourmet restaurant. For a bit of variety, the Blun-Chi at the Bernerhof is a Chinese. The Gstaaderhof serves fondue and raclette specialities in its Saagi-Stübli near the sports centre. Up in Lauenen the Hotel Alpenland is the place for rösti; it runs its own production factory!
The local products you must try are Hobelkäse - wafer thin slices of the mouth watering alpine cheese and the local Saanen mustard. Restaurant Alti Poschi at Posthotel Rössli has local specialities.
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