Gsteig - a very nice and sympathetic little ski area Gsteig (1189 m)

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Nestled in the beautiful valley of the river Saane at 1189 m altitude is Gsteig, a pretty, quiet but sociable mountain village. This picturesque village of 1002 inhabitants is known for its impressive architecture, with large, ornate houses. In the historic center of the village, which is protected for its history, there are listed buildings, such as the Reformed church with its pinnacle and the picturesque hotel "Bären". These buildings are the main attractions of Gsteig and true postcard motifs. They are among the most photographed buildings in Switzerland.

Gsteig belongs to the tourist region "Gstaad Mountain Rides", which offers 220 km of ski pistes, a cross-country network of 170 km and countless hiking routes for winter sports fans. Gsteig has a rather small ski area, which corresponds very well to the motto of the ski area "small but nice". With a superb location near the Diableret Massif, at the foothills of the Glacier 3000, between Col du Pillon and Santesch, the ski area has good natural snow conditions. The winter season starts here in October and often lasts until May.

Ski resort Gsteig Detailed information:

  • Cross-country skiing
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Toboggan run
  • Supermarket
  • Bank
  • Cashpoint

Further information

Annual meeting place for the 24-hour race

Every year in February, the 24-hour race takes place in Gsteig. It is one of the most exciting alpine ski competitions in Switzerland. 35 teams and lone fighters compete here in different categories. The goal is to complete as many laps as possible during the 24 hours in the team. One lap takes around 3 minutes including the lift to the summit. If you want to participate in this spectacular race, you must be at least 16 years old.

Cross-country fans will find in Gsteig well groomed pistes. The cross-country piste Innersteig (classic and skating) starts in the village center of Gsteig and forms a 3km long lap. It is an easy and scenic route, which is well suited for beginners thanks to its low gradient. Another 7 km long route leads from Chlösterli via Feutersoey and Saali to Gsteig. On this red marked route, safe cross-country skiers and advanced skiers can practice both techniques, classic and skating. The very quiet and sunny route overcomes a difference in altitude of 250m. A nordic ski center with changing room is located on the track. There are also bus stops in every village through which the route passes.

A paradise for winter hikes

Gsteig is a little paradise for hikers. The ski area has several charming routes, including a remarkable path that leads to the hiking area and to the glacier ski area Galcier 3000. The region has many natural attractions that will delight hikers: the Arnensee in Feutersoey, the nature reserve of Oldenhorn, the reservoir of Sanetsch (Sanetschsee) and the famous "Burgfälle" (waterfalls). The route Sanetsch-Muveran is one of the most used routes of Gsteig. Divided into several sections, the path goes over old mule pistes, meadows and streams, from Gsteig to the Sanetsch Pass, which connects the Bernese Oberland with the canton of Valais. In this way, hikers can admire the magnificent panorama of the Valais Alps and the glaciers of the neighboring Diablerets.

From the Sanetschpass it goes over steep mountain paths back towards Gsteig. It is a relatively demanding 10 km long path over a difference in altitude of 1420 m. Another very difficult route connects Gsteig with Saanen, via Gstaad. From Gsteig the route crosses the valley of the Saane, through forest and over pastures. It opens up a magnificent view of the Schneefirne down in the valley and the Fel Pyramid of Oldenhorn. The path continues along the Saane towards Gstaad and ends near Saaner station.

Fun in the snow for the whole family

Gsteig is home to one of the few natural snow pistes in the Saanenland, a route that is particularly suitable for families with children. A total of 3 km of pistes can be reached via the Heiti ski lift. This lift leads 550m to the summit, where there are also two children's paradises. In the meantime parents can go skiing or heliskiing, or relax in the nearby restaurant Heiti.

The 7.5 km long toboggan run from Gstaad to Gsteig is divided into two sections. The start of the piste is located at the height of the Wispile Berghaus in Gstaad at 1915 m altitude. It is a difficult piste to reach by gondola. The first section of the piste goes from Berghaus Wispile to Chrinetritt. The downhill run takes about 40 minutes on the beautiful piste with panoramic views. From Chinetritt, the toboggan run is split into two sections of varying degrees of difficulty: the upper part is relatively challenging, whereas the lower part is less exciting and leads to Gsteig (1189m). So it overcomes a height difference of 600 m. Between Gstaad and Gsteig runs the Postbus, which transports the sled drivers. Sleds are available for hire both at the start and at the destination.