European Ski Resorts A-Z

Gstaad, Switzerland

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With very few slopes above 2000m, snow conditions in Gstaad are not the most reliable and snow quality is variable, especially later in the season.


Much like the Portes du Soleil, however, precipitation levels are high, and when the weather is coming in from the north or north-west, the area gets more snow than more internal alpine resorts (such as Verbier).

Where to ski in bad weather:

Gstaad is low, relatively sheltered and blessed with a fair amount of tree-skiing, meaning that there are nearly always plenty of options in bad weather (assuming there is enough snow, of course).

Where to head in poor snow conditions:

The nearby Glacier des Diablerets is handy when snow conditions are less than ideal, though it may be crowded.