The 13th most popular snowboarding destination in Switzerland.
Wednesday 27 July 2016 05:53 GMT
East of Geneva in the heart of the Bernese Oberland, the Gstaad Super Ski Region is a massive region of semi-interconnected ski areas. Overall, this ski region has over 100 pistes totaling 250km that are served by 47 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 1000m. The Gstaad Super Ski Region consists of twelve separate ski areas with some having one lift and some having 100km of pistes. None of the individual ski areas are particularly large and most have a maximum vertical of 500m. At this intermediates paradise, the ski areas area connected via free ski buses and train. The layout and ski area names can be quite confusing when looking at the piste map, especially because most maps have north-south reversed!
The largest ski area is north of Gstaad above the 5 villages of Schonried-Saanenmoser-Zweisimmen-St Stephan-Rinderberg and offers 105km of pistes. Directly above Gstaad are the two separate ski areas of Eggli and La Videmanette, which directly interconnects with the village of Rougemont. La Videmanette has the more difficult steep terrain close to Gstaad, and the best pistes are near the limestone pillar called Le Rubli. If you make it over to Rougemont, consider taking the free ski bus further southwest to the Chateaux d’Oex ski area.
The most interesting ski area for advanced snowboarders coming to Gstaad is the Glacier 3000 ski area up on the Diablerets glacier, which is a 15km free ski bus ride away. The Glacier 3000 bus stop is at the base of the Reusch lift, which is the terminus of the newer 8km expert piste descending 1700m!
The village of Gstaad is a quaint Swiss village and the core has a quiet pedestrian zone. It is known for a very lively apres-ski scene, so make sure to check out Fun Fun Bar or the Richies Pub. Just make sure to bring plenty of cash since Gstaad attracts plenty of the ultra-rich.
The freestylers in your crew will probably want to check out the Vanillaz Park, which is located above Saanenmoser on Saanerslochgrat. It has plenty of boxes, kickers and a wall ride. Depending upon the seasonal snow conditions, they may build out a quarter pipe.
To reach the snowboarding in Gstaad from Bern, head south on Route A6 to Faulensee. Follow Route 11 east to Gstaad. But before you hop in a car, this ski area is very accessible by train, which runs through the main valley.
TIP - If you happen to be staying up near Glacier 3000, then consider snowboarding at Les Diablerets-Villars, too!
Overall, Gstaad is the 13th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 81 snowboarding resorts in Switzerland.