Gstaad’s image as a celebrity-speckled resort doesn’t mean it just to be seen in the latest ski fashion. There is plenty of good skiing and boarding in the 10 villages that make up the group now branded like Gstaad Mountain Rides.
Together, their terrain adds up to a total of 220 km of ski paths and snow parks served by 57 lifts. The height of the ski terrain reaches 3,000 meters and the glaciers ensure skiing from late October to early May. Some of the trails are lit for night skiing and 60% of them are equipped with snowmaking.
Perhaps emphasizing the impression that this is not a destination designed for dead skiers, up to now most of the terrain – 128 km – is set for beginners and 60 for intermediaries. But the remaining 15% of its pistes will test the courage of any athlete.
The Gstaad Mountain Rides SuperPass also includes the Adelboden-Lenk ski area. Gstaad has also joined with Jungfrau, Adelboden-Lenk, and Meiringen-Hasliberg to bring out a combined TOP4 season.
The associated resorts of Adelboden and Lenk share the mountain scenery of the Bernese Oberland, and between them offers something for all skiers – beginners, risk-takers, Norse, even spectators. The Lenk Simmental ski resort has the feel of a small ski village, and its scenery in a wide, flat valley makes it popular with Northern European ski lovers.
Set on snow and walk in winter. It is very family-friendly, and beginners and intermediate skiers will find many skiers out of 44 skiable acres and five terrain parks. Experts can find a few challenges, but most go to the more advanced skid rails in nearby Adelboden, linked by the lift system.
Adelboden’s wooden house is located at an altitude of 1,350 meters, and 160 acres of ski terrain up to 1,000 meters further. Its height ensures consistent snow conditions, and the abundance of other winter activities makes it popular with families of mixed and non-skiers.
A single ski ticket also includes the Oeschinen and Sunnbüel lakes in Kandersteg, and the Adelboden-Lenk ski area is also part of the SuperPass of Gstaad Mountain Rides.
Every January, Adelboden hosts the FIS World Football Championship, the world’s leading men’s ski pitting in a downhill race of 1,290 meters. The crowds flooded the small resort village for the race, but you might have better luck in Lenk, where the affordable Hotel Kreuz hotel is a hospitable and concentrated place to stay.