If you prefer your skiing Alpen style, Gstaad puts you at the heart of the Alps, with picturesque chalets, luxury hotels and plenty of world-class shopping too. This is an exclusive and popular resort, and whatever time of year you visit you’re more than likely to spot a celebrity or two.
A chic gateway to superb skiing – and a firm favourite with the A-listers.
Things to do
With 220km of piste, there’s a run to suit every taste and every level of experience. You’ll also find toboggan runs as well as routes for cross-country skiing. And for the truly adventurous, why not try heli-skiing.
With nature trails stretching for over 300km, this is the perfect destination for country retreats in the summer. You can try your hand at canoeing on the River Saane, and golf, mountain biking and paragliding are popular too.
With organised activities or just freeform exploring, the Lake Lauenen nature reserve is a great place to take children. And if you’re visiting in January, don’t miss the International Balloon Festival in Chateaux-d’Oex.
For your best chance of seeing a celebrity, visit the Ferrari & Maserati auction that is held in December.
Top tip from SLH