Do you remember Chalet Marie José?

Thu, 07. Mar. 2019

Chalet Marie José was the first private boarding school in Gstaad. It was founded in 1912  and temporary home to royals from Belgium, Italy and Spain amongst others.

GstaadLife is reaching out to its readership to find, document and preserve information and memories of and about this school. Did you go to school at Marie José or do you know someone who did? Then let us know and write to!



I went to Chalet Marie Jose for one year 1950/1951 for "the good Swiss air". I fell deeply in love with Corinne Roland then of 16th arrondissement in Paris & simultaneously with the Princess Shahnaz of Persia (as it was) now living I believe in i Paris. All lessons were in French,which was tough to start with but I became reasonably fluent & still speak with a decent accent. I learnt to Ski. It was a great time. Sir Peter Ohlson Bt.
I attended Marie Jose in the mid-1960's and went to the riding academy with Monsieur Yersin (sp) in the village. I remember that Elizabeth Taylors' children (Michael, Lisa and I can't remember the other sons name. I know that Katrina Vanderlip went there as well and "Kit" Hamilton.
I went to Marie Jose around 1960. There are a number of alumni that have like myself settled in Saanenland or have a chalet that I have come across . I hope they make themselves known to you. I may have a few photos if I search my attic. I hope you get a good response.
How about Montesano?! We actually have a group of about 150 girls who have stayed in contact over the years on FB. Lots of photos and memories. Just a thought.
Dear Ms North Many thanks for your suggestion. We were planning to focus on Marie José as the first private establishment of this kind in Gstaad. However, memories, stories and pictures from other institutes may be of interest as well and might be included. Maybe you can share more information via email on

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