Some are afraid of the dark. Others have a fear of spiders. But one man’s greatest fear – losing the Saanenland’s historic barns – has pushed him to great lengths to ensure his worst nightmares don’t become reality.
Changes at Lake Arnen
In last month’s issue, we carried an article about Lake Arnen and its history. Since, there have been some notable developments about the lake’s future. A pump will have to be installed to direct residual water into the Tschärzis. A 800,000 CHF project will install underground ...
Flea Market Is Back in Town
It will be the 14th edition of the flea market in Saanen on 5 August, where all can be found from second hand to antiques, food, and entertainment. The market opens at 9am and if you are looking to get the best deals make sure you get there early. Local restaurants and shops will be open ...
Book: Vagaries of the Weather in Past Centuries
The book Wetterkapriolen in früheren Jahrhunderten is now available in English as Vagaries of the Weather in Past Centuries. Author Romang says he is “no scientist” and considers this collection of weather incidents in the Saanenland in the course of the last centuries from his ...
Air Quality in the Saanenland
There are two air quality measuring stations in the Saanenland. Standing on the promenade in Gstaad, a station has been in operation since 1990 to measure nitrogen dioxide (NO2). The NO2 load has been halved in the past few years, due mainly to two things.
No Ban on Fireworks
After considering a petition to ban fireworks by a group called Celebrations Without Fireworks back in February, the municipal council has released a list of requirements for their use, excluding the possibility of a total ban.
Challenges and Chances- Profile Interview
The four profile interviews this summer explore different perspectives of innovation and sustainability in the Gstaad region. Christian Hoefliger, president of the Hotelierverein Gstaad Saanenland, discusses challenges and chances in tourism.
Les Arts Gstaad Publishes Updated Plans
The second version of the plans for Les Arts Gstaad have been published by the municipality of Saanen and the Canton of Bern.
New GST Director
The choice has been made: Sébastien Epiney will take on the role of director of Gstaad Saanenland Tourismus. Epiney will succeed Martin Bachofner, who successfully served for six years as tourism director in Gstaad. He will take up his position 1 October with an office in the Haus des ...
Les Arts Gstaad took yet another important step. After revisions to the plans and the bundling of the three parts of the project it has been approved by the municipality of Saanen and the Canton of Bern in a preliminary viewing.
July Issue Now Available
The July issue of Gstaad Life is available now both in print and digital format. Download our app or visit our homepage, www.gstaad.life, to subscribe and read the full edition. This issue boasts an interview with Christian Hoefliger, president of the Hotelierverein Gstaad Saanenland, ...
Sting sang about an Englishman in New York. I’m an expat in Gstaad. Isn’t that the same thing? Sort of? OK, so I’m not a multi-platinum singer-songwriter, but after 13 years as a "legal alien" I do know about expat life.
Ojjeh Still on Track
Local racer and Schönried resident Karim Ojjeh has had a wild ride this year. A late starter at age 36, Ojjeh managed to move from Am Am to Pro Am status in early 2016 – yet after a difficult season, Ojjeh was forced to rethink his car, and his career. But the tides have turned and his ...
Gstaad Yacht Club Teams with William Winran
What have the Swiss Alps to do with the worldwide oceans? This and other questions were answered by William Winram, IUCN Oceans Ambassador, Ocean Explorer and Deepblu Brand Ambassador in a first-time presentation to a total of 60 students from 7th to 9th grade of the Volksschule, Zweisimmen, ...
New Ski Pass Collaboration
The off-season has been busy for Bergbahnen Destination Gstaad (BDG), the Saanenland’s beleaguered mountain railways company. From the purchase of Hamilton Lodge to a new collaboration with adjacent ski areas, a variety of news shows the company tries everything to reach a secure financial ...
Turpach or Turbach?
Have you ever asked yourself whether the word Turbach is spelt with a “b” or with a “p”? Interestingly, even though the word is most commonly spelt with a “b”, the land registry actually lists the “Turpach” region “Turpach”. So why the confusion?
Lake Arnen Past and Present
Lake Arnen is a natural lake supplied by water from the Tschärzisbach and Ayerne. The lake is tucked behind the village of Feutersoey and holds a captivating history. From being a potential source of drinking water for Lausanne to playing a central role in the production of hydroelectricity, this little ...