One of the largest, and glitziest, resorts in all the Alps, Gstaad has been for decades a bucket-list destination for alpine enthusiasts and the jet-set alike.
While much of the romanticism surrounding Gstaad has grown from its popularity with a diverse selection of the rich and famous - from A-list celebrities to international royalty - what really sets the resort apart is the quality and variety of mountain activity available to visitors combined with a surprisingly laid-back attitude and a dedication to local Swiss traditions going back hundreds of years.
The mountain itself boasts an incredible 2000m of vertical drop, with the roughly 250km of piste contained within the ski area boundary accessed by more than 50 lifts. Gstaad is also strongly committed to the advancement of both freestyle skiing and snowboarding, with three separate terrain parks spread around the mountain.
In January 2014 Gstaad will welcome the FIS Freestyle World Cup tour back to its slopes for the first time since 1993.