GstaadLife No 1 | Editorial

  19.01.2024 Editorial, Editorial, Arts & Culture, Magazine, Lifestyle, Profile, Traditions

A Family Reflection

As I sit down to share some thoughts for the first edition of 2024, I can’t help but feel a deep sense of connection to the stories we have in store for you.
Our exclusive (and very personal) interview with Jean-Michel Barbey is like a journey through time and family ties in Gstaad. His 65 years in the village unfold with ski mishaps, a love for ice hockey, and an unbreakable bond with this Alpine haven.

Jean-Michel’s story resonates with me on a personal level. The echoes of family legacy, the small chalet at the entrance of Gstaad, and the enduring friendships forged over the years – all paint a vivid picture of what makes Gstaad more than just a place; it’s a cherished home.

In a parallel narrative, we step into the artistic world with Anna Högl at Studio Naegeli. The “On the Move” exhibition, weaving the journeys of Hannes Schmid and Mikhail Romadin, brings forth the power of art to transcend political boundaries. Anna’s insights into navigating challenges and preserving the legacies of these artists strike a chord with the broader theme of connection and understanding.

The interviews with Jean-Michel and Anna reveal a shared sentiment – the importance of legacy, whether in family contributions to a community or in the strokes of an artist’s brush.

Looking forward, Jean-Michel’s hopes for Gstaad echo a desire for well-being, a hospital, and a new ski jumping hill. These are not just wishes for the village; they are the aspirations of someone deeply connected to its heartbeat.

As we embark on 2024 together, I want to extend my warmest wishes to you, the GstaadLife community. May this year bring us closer, strengthen our connections, and fill our lives with the warmth that comes from shared stories and shared spaces.


Here’s to a year of embracing the unique tapestry of Gstaad, woven with threads of family, friendship, and the timeless beauty of the Alps.

With Gratitude,

Jeanette Wichmann
Editor in Chief

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