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Gstaad Ski Resort Guide

Gstaad, Switzerland

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length250km
Highest Lift3,000m
Resort Height1,000m
 Nearest AirportsBerne and Sion
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The Swiss ski resort of Gstaad is in the Swiss Alps at an altitude of 1,000m, with 250km of marked runs.


Gstaad is part of the Gstaad Mountain Rides ski area with access to 250km of downhill skiing, with 144 marked pistes, served by a total of 57 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Gstaad itself (250km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Gstaad Mountain Rides ski resorts of Château d'Oex, Saanen, Saanenmöser, Schönried and Zweisimmen. Gstaad is directly linked by Ski Lift to the ski areas of Anzère.

With ski lifts as high as 3,000m, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.


There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


Gstaad is highly rated by Snowboarders and there are a variety of Snow and Terrain Parks in Gstaad.

Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Gstaad is 10km long and the most difficult run is the 'Tiger Run'.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Gstaad?

The next notable snow forecast is 4cm, expected on 2 February.

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Snow this week

Snow Forecast by day for Gstaad

Ski Area Stats

Gstaad Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Total Length
Cross Country
Total Length
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Gstaad Mountain Rides Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
Cross Country
Total Length
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Gstaad Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift3,000m
Resort Altitude (Gstaad)1,000m
Lowest Piste950m
Max Vertical2,050m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Gstaad
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Ski Hire in Gstaad

Ski Hire Shops in Gstaad.

For more information, see our page about Gstaad Ski Hire.

Ski Lessons in Gstaad

Find a Ski Instructor

To choose a Ski School, and book Group Ski Lessons or a Private Instructor, see Gstaad Ski Schools and Gstaad Ski Instructors.

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Location and Map

Where is Gstaad?

This ski resort is in the Swiss Alps in Gstaad Mountain Rides, Bern.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Gstaad is Berne, 78 minutes drive away.

Sion, Geneva, Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, Basel, Annecy, Zurich and Chambery airports are all within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 61 ski lifts are able to uplift 53,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, with 600 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Gstaad open?

 Closes : April 3, 2022.


NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

Piste Map

Gstaad Piste Map

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Gstaad, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Gstaad Tourist Office for the latest.

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