No compromise on safety
Running a hotel successfully during the pandemic is a challenge. Le Grand Bellevue Gstaad manages the balance between complying with the measures and conveying a feeling of safety and luxury.
Case against Le Grand Bellevue dismissed
The case of the German businesswoman Adriana von Baillou, who was robbed during her hotel stay at Le Grand Bellevue, went to court in mid-January. The accusations against the hotel proved to be groundless and her case against Le Grand Bellevue Gstaad was dismissed.
Swiss Alpine Village
The structure plan for the Swiss Alpine Village, the holiday resort in Saanenmöser that is to include a large car park, a new hotel and an adapted train station, has been accepted by the Office for Municipalities and Regional Planning (AGR).
The Alpina Cup postponed
The Alpina Cup has usually taken place at the end of January for the past eight years. Students from Le Rosey and Gymnasium Gstaad compete for podium places on skis and snowboards on the Wasserngrat ski slope.
BDG and Marcus G Lindner go separate ways
What began on 1 September last year with a reach for the stars has come to an abrupt end: Bergbahnen Destination Gstaad AG (BDG) is ending its collaboration with head gastronomer and star-decorated chef Marcus G Lindner.
Testing facility remains open
The drive-in testing facility in Schönried has been open since 24 December 2020.
Masks from 5th grade
In order to reduce the risk of infection at schools despite the more contagious coronavirus variants, the cantonal government has extended the obligation to wear masks to pupils in the fifth and sixth year of primary school.
Testing, testing, testing
At the end of January, the Federal Council took a series of new decisions to contain and manage the Corona pandemic. Among other things, the Federal Council wants to expand the testing strategy and is adapting the quarantine regulation. The following decisions were taken:
Honoured for lifetime achievement
Skiareatest has honoured Heinz Brand, president of Bergbahnen Destination Gstaad AG (BDG), for his lifetime achievement. Klaus Hönigsberger, head of the Skiareatest awards, points out Brand’s outstanding services to the development of the cable cars in the region.
Issue 2 | 2021 Editorial
What a winter! After I praised the glorious weather in the last editorial, the rain set in. It rained for days and weeks. It felt like ages!
Long live the seas, the sailors, and authentic friendships
The sailing world – much like the Saanenland – sets high value on friendship. The same was felt when GYC member Anthony Bannwart mentioned he was expecting the visit of a friend, who also happened to be a champion.
When I was nine my parents surprised me with an evening outing to the local cinema. It was a school night, which made the trip especially thrilling, but in retrospect what I remember most was the power cut midway through the film.
Comforting words on the façade of the Gstaad Palace
“Everything is going to be alright” beams down on Gstaad from the Gstaad Palace. The phrase refers to the comforting words of a friend of the artist Martin Creed: “No one can tell you for sure that everything will be alright.
December 2020 signalled the end of an era for the Hotel Christiania. After over forty years’ service to generations of guests, Isabelle and Nagy Geadah-Nopper sold the business and retired.
The Mansard: New hotel with a roof deck
A new hotel with 30 rooms, a roof deck and a Grand Café is to be built in Gstaad. Its name: The Mansard. Local guide through the project is hotelier Michel Wichman. His guiding principle: not always more of everything, but the best of what is necessary.
A different kind of Christmas story
In the second week of January, disused Christmas trees were collected in Gsteig, Saanen and Lauenen. But what actually happens to them after they have fulfilled their intended purpose in our living rooms?
Wolf sighting in Lauenen
A wolf was seen in Lauenen shortly before Christmas. Farmers and residents received a warning via mobile phone warning systems by the canton and the Bernese Farmers’ Association.
Award for timber construction
The new building of the Stiftung Alpenruhe was awarded the label Schweizer Holz (Swiss timber). A total of 278.7 cubic metres of wood were used in the new construction and renovation of the Stiftung Alpenruhe in Saanen.