Gstaad is a glamorous upscale resort in the Bernese Oberland region of the Swiss Alps. Its soaring mountains and prestigious hotels have long made it a popular holiday destination for royalty and celebrities. Cable cars connect five surrounding ski areas: Rinderberg, Eggli, Wasserngrat, Wispile and Glacier 3000, with hundreds of kilometres of all-level pistes and cross-country trails. Glacier 3000 offers nearly year-round skiing.
From Gstaad you can access up to 250km of slopes, sledge runs, snow parks and winter walks from 61 ski lifts, making it one of the biggest and most snow-assured ski areas in Switzerland. The slopes of Gstaad have something to offer every level of skier. The biggest ski area can be found at Rinderberg with a new valley to summit gondola opening in 2018 providing easy access to slopes that intermediates and beginners will love, with several wide sweeping blue runs. We recommend the runs in the Eggli ski area for pleasant descents with good snow, including an epic 1,150 vertical metre descent from the summit at La Videmanette into Rougemont. Two smaller ski areas, Wasserngrat and Wispile, lie to the south of Gstaad, with the highest and most snow-sure skiing accessed on Glacier 3000. The glacier offers excellent snow conditions and a variety of runs. On your way back down, experienced skiers will enjoy tackling the long winding black run behind Oldenalp or the impressive new red run before joining piste 100 for the final descent into the valley.
ACTIVITIES AND GASTRONOMY
We have hand-picked some of our favourite things to do and places to eat from our extensive experience in Gstaad. Our Client Concierge team will be happy to make reservations and give additional recommendations for you. You’ll find our top picks below.
Take in the majestic views of the Swiss Alps and hop in a hot air balloon for a flight over Gstaad. For an extra special treat, visit Gstaad in the last week of January for the International Balloon Festival.
The only suspension bridge in the world which connects two mountains is open year round in Gstaad. Glacier 3000 offers up a choice of restaurants, with something for everyone and all with panoramic views.
Our unique Yeti programme for 4-9 year olds is the ultimate introduction to skiing with the best child to adult ratios available on the mountain. With our qualified ski instructors and dedicated Yeti Assistants accompanying our groups on the slopes we’re able to provide a seamless supervised programme from the moment the kids leave the boot room.
SnoZone is adrenaline-fuelled and full of non-stop action! Our unique programme for 10 to 14 year olds welcomes kids who can ski confidently on red runs who want to challenge themselves by developing new skills, learning new tricks, and taking their skiing to the next level.
Ski Programmes for Adults
ADULT SKI PROGRAMMES IN GSTAAD
Our complimentary ski guiding service and other winter programmes for skiers and non-skiers are running in Gstaad during February half term and other selected peak weeks throughout the winter season.
Our on-piste ski guiding is perfect for competent blue run and more experienced skiers and offers our clients a sociable and relaxed way to enjoy the mountain. Our Ski Managers are all great skiers who know the terrain and how to ensure you get the most out of your skiing. They’ll show you around the ski area, advise you on the best runs, avoid annoying bottlenecks, and of course, secure the best tables for lunch.
Skiing isn’t for everyone, but that’s not to say there isn’t still plenty to do in the beautiful village of Gstaad. Our Powder Byrne mountain hosts will show you another side to the mountains with sleigh rides, snowshoeing, sledging and scenic mountain walks, just to name a few activities on offer. Whether you’re a non-skier or simply just taking a day out, there’s always plenty to do with our mountain hosts.
If you require ski instruction during your stay in Gstaad, our Client Concierge team will pre-book and organise everything for you with our recommended Gstaad ski school. Our in-resort team during February half term will liaise with our ski school locally to ensure you are dropped off and picked up from your lessons by our shuttle service or meet up with your group for lunch on the mountain.
PERSONALISED SERVICE FROM OUR LOCAL TEAM
Our in-resort team will be based in Gstaad during the half term week to ensure you make the most of your time on the slopes. Our team take care of all the little details so that you can focus on what’s important; enjoying your ski holiday.
Our resort managers are experienced team leaders who know how mountain resorts work and have great relationships with our partners and suppliers. They will oversee everything from the moment you arrive in the resort to the moment you leave at the end of your holiday.
Upon arrival in the resort you will be presented with your pre-booked ski passes, and our team will oversee your equipment rental requirements as swiftly as possible. We work with carefully selected rental shops in each of our resorts, ensuring you have the widest choice of skis and boots for all abilities.
All clients have access to our resort shuttle service, ensuring that you waste no time getting to and from the slopes. By evening, our drivers are available for shuttles around the resort to allow you to enjoy the range of restaurants and bars available.
Our complimentary ski guiding service is hosted by our ski managers, and although they are not instructors, they are great skiers who know the terrain and how to get the most out of your skiing experience. They’ll personally meet you at your boot room and show you around the ski area, advising on the best runs, avoiding any bottlenecks, and of course, securing the best tables for lunch.
For those who love to get away to the beautiful mountains and relax in alpine paradise but who prefer to keep their feet on terra firma rather than zooming down the slopes, we’ve introduced our Mountain Hosts to ensure that every moment of our guests’ holiday is packed with enjoyable experiences.
Client Concierge Service
OUR DEDICATED TEAM ARE HERE TO HELP
Our Client Concierge team work closely with our local partners in Gstaad to help you unlock the full of potential of this fantastic winter destination. Contact our team via the messaging service in your My PB App and they will ensure all of your arrangements are taken care of before you travel.
With an in-depth knowledge of all the finest restaurants and gastronomic experiences in and around our resorts, our Client Concierge team ensure you find the right dining options for you and your family, no matter the destination.
Whether you’re looking for heli-skiing, an advanced off-piste guide or a day of ski touring, we’ve got you covered. Even if you’re not sure what you’re looking for we can suggest a great range of fun and exciting skiing experiences to suit your ability and appetite for adventure.
After a tiring day of skiing, you’ll need only the best spa and wellness facilities to help you relax. If you’re looking for a hotel with the best spa, a personal masseur or even just a quiet space, we’ll have all the perfect options and recommendations for you with transport at the ready to ensure you’re well rested and relaxed.
Our babysitting service is available in the evenings to ensure you’re able to have a romantic meal for two or even just enjoy the town at night without worrying about bedtimes! Our team are always on hand to book a babysitter either before you travel or during your stay.
Whether you’re taking a break from skiing or just fancy a change of pace our client concierge team will always keep you entertained. From sledge hire, to ice skating and even paragliding, we have all the right connections to ensure there’s never a dull moment on your ski holiday and to keep you well entertained from start to finish!
OUR HAND-PICKED ACCOMMODATION
Park Gstaad Hotel
SWISS CHARM WITH SOPHISTICATED MODERN COMFORT
Just a few steps from Gstaad’s promenade, the beating heart of the famous resort, the Park Gstaad Hotel looks directly to the south, towards the Diablerets Glacier.
Nestled in the mountains of Gstaad, the HUUS exudes style and sophistication, by famed designer Stylt Trampoli. With four gourmet restaurants and a state-of-the-art spa, you can expect a luxurious and comfortable stay at this traditional alpine retreat.
“We have had a phenomenal ski holiday thanks to the PB team and incredible service and attention provided. Nothing was too much trouble – we’ve been spoilt beyond belief. Every person has been an absolute joy to coordinate with. We’ve simply had the best time! You can’t improve – you’re simply the best.”
Gstaad – Winter 2018
“What a fabulous holiday. PB’s attention to detail and removing all the aggravation of a ski holiday was superb. Their client concierge team was a pleasure to deal with and we really appreciated all of their help pre-booking our ski equipment, restaurants and activities.“
Gstaad – Winter 2018
“Nothing was too much trouble and every request was met with a ‘can-do’ attitude. This was our first Powder Byrne holiday and we are already making plans for our next!“
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