National Pleasure Week on the Wasserngrat
The "Best of the Region" association is committed to the importance of regional products and craftsmanship for their production line. Last week, the group organised the annual "Genusswoche", National Pleasure Week, with the Wasserngrat added to the exposition list.
Wealthy Residents No Longer Protected from Scrutiny
The municipality of Saanen is being forced to disclose the tax data of several wealthy residents requested by Bernese SP (Social Democrat)-National Councillor Margret Kiener Nellen, the Federal Court in Lausanne has decided.
Retirement Reform Fails in Recent Vote
After last Sunday’s vote, the unsurprising results are in: The federal decision on food security was adopted, but retirement reform was clearly rejected. Retirement reform has clearly failed for the third time in a row after rejections in 2004 and 2010
Carla Jaggi Graduates as a Mountain Guide
Carla Jaggi, a native of Saanen, has accomplished a rare feat for a Swiss woman—the 26-year old has just completed mountain guide training.
Summary of Municipal Assembly Decisions
At the municipal assembly last week, 99 voters—just 2.33% of the voting population—decided on three agenda items.
Saanenland Scores in Cheese Awards
This year’s Bernese Alpkäsemeisterschaft—the 19th annual Bernese Alpine Cheese Championship —in Grindelwald brought top honours for local dairy farmers. A number of cheese producers from the Saanenland were present with their products last weekend, all vying for a cheese award.
A Day in the Life of an Ibex
This photo series was taken by reader Helmut Gehlken, who observed the herd in August in Martis-Täli on a sunny day. He notes that the rocky wilderness near the SAC Diablerets hut is an ideal terrain for the animals.
Horneggli Restaurant Gets a Makeover
After the renovation of the mountain restaurants on Rinderberg Spitz, Saanerslochgrat, Wispile, and La Videmanette, the next establishment to get a facelift by BDG is Horneggli.
New Drama in Local Healthcare
After the various openings and closings of health facilities here in Saanen, there is now more unfortunate news for ensuring basic health care in the Saanenland. The Health and Welfare Directorate (GEF) announced last Friday that the financial contribution to Spital STS AG has been rejected.
The New Airport is on the Way
In the spring, construction was begun on the airfield in Saanen. The work is on schedule, according to Walter Egger, president of the airfield co-operative. Despite intense building activity, flight operations have been ensured and various events such as the polo have been carried out.
New Electric Car Charging Stations
In Saanen and Gstaad, there are now two new charging stations for electric vehicles. Since a few weeks ago, you can recharge your electric car at the parking centre in Saanen and the parking garage Untergstaad.
In Memory of Liselotte Nopper-Lappert
(19 November 1923 – 17 April 2017)
Liselotte Nopper-Lappert and her husband bought the Hotel Christiania in 1953. At the time it was a modest establishment with just ten beds.
Ojjeh Scores the Podium at Spa
After years of challenging performances at Spa, local racer Karim Ojjeh has finally scored a coveted place on the podium. Coming in third, the gentleman driver showed he has made significant progress this year.
Wall Paintings in Gsteig Depict William Tell
Wall paintings discovered in the semi basement of a farmhouse in Gsteig depict William Tell shooting an apple off his son’s head. The paintings date to 1642, 100 years before Friedrich von Schiller popularised the folk story in his eponymous play.
Sweet and Cool with a Twist
The four profile interviews this summer explore different perspectives of innovation and sustainability in the Gstaad region. In this issue, Linda and Sathya Narayanan tell us about their dreams and visions with a down-to-earth ice cream business.
Interview by Guy Girardet