The holiday region of Gstaad is one of the top cross-country ski areas in Switzerland. The facilities in the various areas cover all levels of difficulty. Both traditional cross-country skiers and skating enthusiasts will find exactly what they are looking for here.
Schönried – Saanenmöser
No matter whether you prefer blue, red or black, this region with its magnificent panoramic views and abundance of sunshine offers a host of cross-country skiing opportunities for skiers of all levels. With its central location, Schönried-Saanenmöser makes for an excellent training area. The highlight is the night trail, which is floodlit from 6 pm to 10 pm daily during the high season. And the trail for skiers with dogs provides owners and their pets with a special dose of cross-country skiing fun.
Permanent cross-country ski trail an innovation for Switzerland
Our guests will be able to enjoy cross-country skiing in a whole new form from mid-December onwards in the area around Schönried. This is where Switzerland’s first permanent cross country ski cross trail will be opened if there is enough snow. This will be a training trail similar to a pumptrack for mountain bikers or a simple ski cross and will require a high degree of skill on the part of skiers. This new discipline is intended to complement the current comprehensive cross-country skiing offer in Schönried/Saanenmöser. With various elements such as waves/troughs, slalom, and small kickers in different degrees of difficulty, this is also very suitable for a fun family adventure.
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Gstaad – Feutersoey – Gsteig
The cross-country skiing trail that opens up the area around Gstaad is of special interest to skiing connoisseurs thanks to its sunny location and mostly moderate slopes. Skaters as well as classic cross-country skiers have a total of 15 km on which to indulge their sport. There are bus connections back to Gstaad at various places along the route and at the end point in Gsteig.
If it’s cross-country skiing through pristine nature that you’re looking for, you’ll feel right at home in Lauenen. The 8 km-long, blue cross-country skiing trail takes you from the Hotel Alpenland and through the snow-covered moorland and floodplain pipe. There is both a longer and a shorter circular route.
Nathalie von Siebenthal practice trail
The training route used by Nathalie von Siebenthal (U23-World Champion 2015), the up and coming young talent from Lauenen, runs from the small village of Turbach and as far as the Wintermatte and then back to the village. Ambitious sportspeople can use the Strava app or a stopwatch to compare themselves with Nathalie’s performance. The idyllic valley is also an inviting place for a relaxed round through the beautiful winter landscape.
Running through the magnificent moorland scenery on the high plateau above Zweisimmen there is a total of 5 km of black, 9.8 km of red, and 2.5 km of blue trails, all of which make for very memorable cross-country experiences indeed. Round off your skiing adventure at the Buvette MUMA restaurant with its small but select menu.
Zweisimmen – St. Stephan – Lenk
The valley trail from Zweisimmen to Lenk runs for 13 km through the beautiful Simmental. You can reach the starting point of your choice by train. The slight slope will assist you as you return to Zweisimmen. Of course, in the reverse direction it is a more challenging run. The trail is suitable for both classic skiers and skaters.
With its ideal terrain, Glacier 3000 is suitable for cross-country skiing during the summer months and in the pre- and post-seasons. As one of the few cross-country areas in Europe, Glacier 3000 has a well-prepared trail from April through December depending on snow conditions. Many of the professionals in the cross-country skiing and biathlon scenes make use of the excellent training opportunities here with their views of Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, etc.