Gstaad is a popular Swiss ski resort, its vast with several villages and seven different skiing areas.
To ski Gstaad’s ski regions of Hornberg and Saanersloch, it’s a seven-minute walk through the village of Saanenmöser to the Saanersloch Gondola base, which whisks you up to the Hornberg, Horneggli and Saanersloch skiing area and 75 miles of prepared pistes. Gstaad 3000 is the glacier skiing, separate from the rest and highest in elevation, wiht no on mountain lodging. Near Gstaad village is Snow Paradise 2000, a short drive from town.
The entire ski region of Gstaad, which you can drive to or reach by train, includes 53 lifts and 220 kilometers of prepared slopes.
Park Gstaad is the most luxurious place to stay after skiing Gstaad’s Hornberg and Sannersloch. You will be happy to return to the 5 star Park Gstaad in the charming village of Gstaad, the ultimate in luxury – with four restaurants, a full-service spa, activities for the children, gorgeous suites and concierge service to tend to everything from in-town dining to ski school and private shuttles to the mountain ski slopes and village.
Park Gstaad is a grand hotel – with almost 100 rooms, and super luxury suites – including the legendary “My Gstaad Chalet” – the largest suite in the Swiss Alps, a 4,300 sq ft. penthouse suite of two floors and spectacular Swiss Alps views, plus 5-star service from morning to night. More traditional rooms of course are available, all with alpine charm, modern amenities, and posh service. All come with breakfast included, a nice amenity before a big family ski day at Gstaad.
Park Gstaad offers the five-star elegance of a grand European mountain hotel but with a relaxed ski vibe, and ski valet service. Your ski concierge is available to help with your ski gear, lessons and lift tickets, and transportation to Gstaad’s various ski areas and ski lifts – which are confusing spread throughout the valley. Après ski, or in lieu of skiing, a full-service spa offers health and wellness, plus luxury treatments, massages, and beauty care.
Park Gstaad is family-friendly – in fact kids are treated like VIPS with a welcome gift, cooking classes, s’mores, and kids club with special themed night s- giving parents a rest to enjoy the four on-premise dining experiences. Also suite lodging is designed with the ski family in mind in Gstaad, with spacious Indulgence Suites.
More casual family-friendly ski lodging is the Golfhotel, just outside of Gstaad in Saanenmöser. This 4-star property in a large chalet building offers 55 guest rooms just a short walk up the hill from Saanenmöser ski village. Golfhotel is owned by a delightful Swiss family that know how to cater to skiers and kids of all ages. A Ski Room with boot dryers is located by the parking garage entry. The Golfhotel Les Hauts lobby leads to several inviting lounges and dining venues, Belle Époque for formal dinners, Möserstube which overlooks Heidi’s garden, the rustic Swiss restaurant Bärengraben – the beautifully cozy bear den for fondue, the fireside bar and a Snowbar umbrella bar at the base of the Saanersloch. The Golfhotel fireside bar and Cigar Bar are perfect for après ski or an after-dinner aperitif. For kids, Golfhotel Les Hauts offers an indoor pool in the Spa, kids menus, and even a delightful kids’ playroom with a secret entrance suited only for small people.
Saannenmöser versus Gstaad offers better value, quieter and less high-end shopping than Gstaad village 15 minutes to the west, and here you are able to walk to the ski lifts of Snow Paradise 2000 – Gstaad’s family friendly ski terrain where ski school and children’s programs are based.
Our Golfhotel room was beautifully decorated – deer skin rug, leather headboard, lots of wood and stone create a casual but classic alpine balance. The balcony provided delightful views of the snow loaded chalet roofs in the village and the spectacular mountains beyond. Large private bath, flat screen TV, free WIFI, and a mini bar made for additional amenities. The Golfhotel harkens back to early Swiss ski days, but all the rooms have been modernized. The Wellness Spa downstairs offers steam and sauna rooms, an indoor pool where kids are welcome, fitness facilities, steam showers and an adult relaxation room. After skiing all day at Gstaad’s ski slopes, I didn’t need a relaxation couch.
Gstaad Stats: 9,843′ summit, 6,398′ vertical, 53 lifts, over 136 miles including 103 prepared ski trails plus off-piste and high elevation glacier skiing.
Traveling to Gstaad: Fly into Geneva or Zurich. The train to Gstaad is about 2.5 hours from Geneva and 3.25 hours from Zurich.