Aellen Brothers Top Wrestling Event
Gstaad local Florian Aellen earned the number-two wreath at the Bern-Jurassic Wrestling Festival in Tramelan in May. His brother Philip Aellen also did well, despite not taking a wreath.
JFK Shines at the Stade de Suisse
Last week students of JFK International School participated in the Stade de Suisse athletics competition held in Bern. A group of 3rd to 8th graders competed with students from ten other international schools. Events included the 100-meter relay and 50 m/100 m/200 m/800 m/1500 m runs, as well ...
Farewell to Legend Roger Moore
Sir Roger Moore KBE (born 14 October 1927) has passed away today in Switzerland after a brief battle with cancer. Moore, known predominantly for his sardonic portrayal of screen spy James Bond, was a prolific actor who graced stage and screen during a seven-decade-long career.
Farming Declines in Switzerland
Farming, once upon a time the primary source of employment for locals, is declining in the Saanenland, as well as Switzerland as a whole.
Gstaad Unites in Ski Super-Region
The four largest ski areas in Canton Bern have now united in a new partnership. Gstaad joins Meiringen-Hasliberg, Jungfrau, and Adelboden-Lenk to offer a new joint season pass which will allow skiers to frequent any of the locations for a wide variety of terrain.
Yodeller Meeting Ends on a High Note
The Jodlertreffen Obersimmental-Saanenland-Pays-d'Enhaut, yodeller meeting, took place last week under beautiful skies. Held in Gstaad, the meeting hosted eleven yodeller clubs and three youth groups, who performed in the ice rink pavilion.
Successful Season for SAC Mountain Huts
Despite precarious conditions last winter, the SAC mountain huts in the Oldenhorn section had a successful season.
Park Gstaad Gets New GM
The experienced hotelier Stephan Post has been appointed the new general manager of Park Gstaad. Post will move from his current job as general manager at the Intercontinental Davos Hotel in Gstaad this summer.
BDG Acquires Hamilton Lodge
The future of the hotel Hamilton Lodge Zweisimmen has been determined at the latest meeting of its governing body. BDG has used its pre-emptive right as part of the “post-mortem” procedure and will become actively involved in the positioning of the Rinderberg hiking and skiing area.
Change of Management at Ermitage
According to the Swiss tourism publication Hotel Revue, there are changes in store for the Wellness & Spa-Hotel Ermitage. After just one year, Gregorio van Kuyk and Katja Gridling are leaving the Schönried hotel in the autumn. The couple took over 1 November, 2016, carrying on in former long-time ...
Excitement Builds for Tennis Tournament
With cheap tickets and a revised waste management plan, the organisers of this summer’s J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad are looking forward to an attractive and environmentally friendly event. Entertainment will include an air show by the Swiss Air Force's PC-7.
Airfield Demolition Begins
With a CHF 30 million renovation to complete, demolition work has begun on the Saanen airport. All buildings except the tower and customs office have been demolished, and will remain until the new building is completed. The older buildings will then be razed and turned into parking lots.
Water Fights Weeds
The municipal services have been working with a new machine to remove weeds. Concerned citizens wondered if toxics might contaminate the soil or even affect the groundwater. Otto Tritten could assure the inquirers that no damages to the soil or the groundwater need to be feared.
Church Roof Renovation Continues
When you’re out and about in Saanen, be sure to glance upwards at the church. The freshly laid wood of the new roof presents a clear contrast to the old shingles on the front part of the roof that still remains. Sunshine and rain will soon alter the colour of the wood, matching it to the ...
Tour de Romandie Hits Saanenland
The Tour de Romandie rolled through the region last weekend, bringing another cycling extravaganza to the Saanenland. The fourth stage of the Tour de Romandie spanned over 160 kilometres from Domdidier to Leysin. The cyclists passed through the Saanenland shortly after 4pm, with clear weather ...
Return to Winter in Switzerland
A sudden cold snap in late April brought a return to winter for Switzerland. From 18-22 April, minus temperatures. The Saanenland also saw the mercury drop, with many metres of fresh snow falling on the region. Unfortunately, the season is already over, so the extra snowfall has done little ...