SnowSkool @ Gstaad - Best Bits

Knowing your season will run from mid-November to mid-May. Les Gouilles on a powder day. Celeb-spotting in GreenGo nightclub at the Gstaad Palace. The traffic-free village. Hitting the Big-Airbag at Saanewald. Guessing the (obscene) prices in the Chopard store. Night-skiing at Rinderberg. Filming and timing your GS run on the BMW xDrive course. Dinner in Berghaus Wispile on the mountain at 2000m. The ski-cross course in Zweisimmen. Hot-air ballooning over the Obersimmental. A burger and a beer with some live music at the Jam Pub. Watching the pros in Snowpark Glacier 3000. Looking into the eyes of your customers on day one “in the office”!

Gstaad Course Dates

Ski

Ski Instructor Internship: Internship
    • Duration
      15 weeks
    • Start Date
      10/12/2016
    • End Date
      25/03/2017
    • Flights included
      No
  • Price
    £7995
  • Deposit
    £450
Course Details

Gstaad: Stats

Primary

  • Average annual snowfall
    22ft
  • Skiable terrain (Acres)
    5000
  • Total Runs
    220km
  • Vertical drop
    6400ft
  • Number of parks
    3

Live weather

  • Today's weather
    nightclear
  • Max temp
    -14C 7F
    Min temp
    -5C 23F
  • Snow conditions
    Snow is perfect
  • 24hr
    0cm
    5 day
    0cm
5 day forecast
  • Mon
    nightclear
  • Tue
    nightclear
  • Wed
    nightclear
  • Thu
    nightclear
  • Fri
    nightcloud
  • Sat
    nightpartcloud

Secondary

  • Skier Summit
    3000m
  • Longest run
    10km

Terrain breakdown

Easy
25%
Medium
52%
Hard
23%

Location

Berne
Switzerland
Min Average winter temp
-2C 28F
Max Average winter temp
2C 35F

Slopes

Part of the Gstaad Mountain Rides ski area, Gstaad is a perfect blend of 220 kilometres of piste, 2000 metres of vertical drop and a glacier all the way up at 3000m. And this unique topography and the perfect climate means one thing: GUARANTEED SNOW! Because of the super-long season, you can be skiing the slopes of Gstaad from October thru May! 

The terrain is largely geared towards early intermediate skiers with 58% of the runs being blue (or easier). This means that Gstaad is made for learning & earning - the punters learn on the forgiving slopes whilst the instructors earn by delivering those lessons! 

For those looking for a bigger challenge and to push their skiing to new levels, Gstaad has ample terrain on which to test your mettle. 58% of the slopes may be blue runs but 25% is red and 17% is black. There are also some pretty intense areas; the Freeride Days event takes place up on the Glacier and there are eight freestyle parks, a ski-cross run and a timed race course all within the area.

And if daylight hours are not enough for you to perfect those short radius turns, Wispile and Rinderberg offer floodlit skiing late into the evening. Ideal for some last-minute cramming before an exam the next day!

Activities

There is a wealth of off-slope activities available, both indoors and outdoors, for sports fans in the town of Gstaad: 

  • Four ice rinks
  • Ice skating/ hockey/ curling
  • Tobogganing
  • Air-boarding
  • Snowshoeing
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Indoor tennis/ badminton/ squash
  • Climbing centre
  • Indoor pool/ fitness centre
  • Husky-sled ride
  • Snowmobile tour
  • Hot-air ballooning
  • Heli-skiing
  • Paragliding

Nightlife

Apres-ski starts early in Gstaad, largely because many of the town’s visitors aren't even skiing and there are only so many Hermes handbags you can buy! The best spots to hit straight off the slopes are the Roaster Bar at the Gstaaderhof, Sammys and the Dorfli Piano Bar in the Ermitage Gold Hotel. For those on a more moderate budget, the Jam Pub in the middle of Saanen is good and has regular live music and DJs. Later on, the GreenGo nightclub in the Gstaad Palace Hotel is the place to go if you have been teaching a Russian oligarch how to ski and he insists on taking you out for the night and paying for everything. If you’re not on someone else’s expenses, don’t get carried away!

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