Southwest of Bern, the Gstaad Super Ski Region is one of the worlds greatest alpine ski resorts and is absolutely massive. Gstaad has 60 pistes totalling 250km that are served by 69 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 2,005m. The only caveat is that the ski area is very wide and spread out across several semi-connected mountains. There are buses to help you get between lift base areas. It is a real intermediates paradise.
While you may need a guide to access some of the best powder stashes, if you are up for the challenge then check out the Saanen area and the Les Diablerets glacier. After a long day of shredding, for some apres ski action you’ll want to head over to Fun Fun Bar or the Richies Pub.
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.
Note: If you plan to head to Gstaad for snowboarding by train, here are two great options offered by the Swiss train system SBB. First, there is the discounted Swiss Transfer Ticket which provides a round-trip train ticket from an airport directly to the town near the ski area, plus 50% off any additional train or bus tickets. Second, there is the Snow-N-Rail ticket which provides a round-trip ticket from anywhere in Switzerland combines with a ski lift pass for as long as you need at a total 20% discount (see: http://www.sbb.ch/snownrail ).
Overall, Gstaad is the 12th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 68 snowboarding resorts in Switzerland.