Guises of the white gold
The extreme weather in late January led to a precarious situation, an occasion to look inside the snowpack. Apart from a lot of snow, the space below the top layer and the solid ground contains a world of complexity that takes science, continuous study, and years of experience to disclose.
La Gare complex in Saanen complete
The new building project on the former site of the La Gare restaurant in Saanen is complete. Apartments, lodging for John F. Kennedy School and Le Rosey, as well as office space make up the new complex.
Château-d’Oex wins 017 “FLUX – Golden transport hub” award
The village of Château-d’Oex has taken home a prize recognising the strides it has made in establishing itself as a tourist hub.
Gstaad habitué at heart transplant conference
On 3 December 2017, the world of cardiac surgery and transplantation came together to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first heart transplant, which was performed at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, by Dr Christiaan Barnard.
Bringing the Tour to Gstaad
Five times did the Tour de Suisse stop in the Saanenland, in 1950, 1951, 1969, 1972 and 1994. This year the tour will make a halt again in our valley.
The real fake
Artist Didier Massard is no typical long-time Gstaad guest. While you may find him high up in the Alps during his regular breaks to the region, he’s not there for the fresh air and walking alone – his mind is turning and his imagination is in full gear.
Early Spring at Éphémères by DH
The concept store in Saanen, owned and run by Danielle Hakim, exhibits paintings by Claire Chevolleau throughout February.
Wakeboarding on the Hornberg
While everybody is still indulging in perfectly groomed pistes, some are busy with preparations for the summer. Instead of a snow park, people should soon be visiting a wakeboard park up on the Hornberg. This is the plan of six young residents.
20 years Pure Snowboarding
The local snowboard retailer Pure Snowboarding celebrates its 20th anniversary. It’s not always been a smooth ride in the sunshine but they keep rocking.
Issue 2|2018 Editorial: Crazy Ideas
Crazy ideas are always crazy but only occasionally sensible or feasible or in any other way like people usually want ideas to be.
More turnouts for Turbach
In late January, the municipal administration of Saanen held an informative meeting on plans to expand the turnout areas along the street to Turbach.
There are a number of significant dates in the calendar: Christmas, Easter, the first day of spring, the summer solstice… you get the picture. For many, Halloween is a day for dressing up, trick or treating and watching horror films with friends.
Superfood from the Swiss Alps
Healthy, good and local: this is the ultimate challenge on our shopping list. Quinoa, avocado, chia seeds, goji berries, etc – the new trends in health enhancing foods often come from faraway countries, but what about the superfoods that can be found right here in our region?
Innocence In Danger fundraiser places charity at forefront of trauma research
Innocence In Danger (IID) will be organising a fundraiser later this season to raise funds for its art therapy and resilience summer camps. The 10-day camps host child survivors of sexual abuse from across Switzerland, France and Belgium, introducing them to a range of therapeutic activities.
In praise of off-season
Alex Bertea explains why the Zwischensaison may be the best time to be in the Saanenland.
No longer a teen
20 years ago, ten founding members met in the Hotel Olden to realise the idea of a Yacht Club in the mountains, which many people considered a strange idea. Two decades later the patron, His Majesty King Constantine’s mission is still underway.
Colourful extravaganza at Samhart Gallery
Samhart Gallery opened its doors just before the New Year in Untergstaad. The gallery displays large-sized portraits, sculptures and everyday objects turned into colourful pop art.
The curious story of the Saanen cannon
The cannon on display at the entrance to the Saanen car park was long thought to be a relic from the Bernese arsenal’s efforts to fend off the French in the 18th century. But the cannon actually came to the Saanenland for quite a different reason.
Maddox Gallery in Gstaad
Maddox Gallery has found a new home on the Gstaad Promenade. With six galleries in England, three of which in London, Maddox gallery has been a very fast growing business.
New Highlander III
This is the third of a series of four articles where GstaadLife interviews “New Highlanders” – individuals from various professions who have come to live in the Saanenland and Pays-d’Enhaut.