Located in the Pays d’Enhaut region next to the internationally famous resort of Gstaad, Chateau d’Oex is in many ways the quintessential Swiss alpine resort. Boasting 220km of world class skiing interconnected by an impressive high quality lift system and unique ‘snow train’ on the Gstaad Mountain rides lift pass, and with altitudes of over 3000m, Chateau d’Oex is perfect for skiers of all levels.
Chateau d’Oex’s local ski area is served by La Braye lift from the centre of the village. It is of modest dimensions consisting of peaceful and largely gentle slopes making it perfect for beginner and intermediate skiers looking to gain confidence on their first few days in resort, although there are some excellent black runs to boot. Slopes in Chateau d’Oex are quiet and there is also a superb ‘snowgarden’ beginners area. The Gstaad Moutain rides lift pass allows students easy access to a huge range of high quality slopes on the ski areas of Gstaad, Saanen, Saanenmoser, Schonried and Zweisimmen giving them the opportunity to ski Switzerland’s largest ski pass area. The snow-train take skiers on the single pass to a vast selection of different resorts, many of which are linked by lifts, making Chateau d’Oex the perfect resort for mixed-ability groups.
The largest and most popular ski area nearby is above Schonried or Saanemoser next to the glitzy Gstaad. This is a wonderful ski area consisting of many long blues and reds allowing students to perfect their technique. A second large intermediate friendly ski area is the skiing above Rougemont and Saanen which just along the valley from Sanemoser and Chateau d’Oex. Advanced skiers have opportunities in the region and there are several black descents as well as high altitude skiing and the opportunity to ski Glacier 3000. All of the slopes shown on the Gstaad Mountain Rides piste map are included in your lift pass. Slopes are famously quiet, the lift system modern and views spectacular.
The Gstaad valleys have a good snow history, with most skiing taking place between 1500m and 2000m. Most slopes have snow-making facilities and to ensure snow is assured, the nearby Glacier 3000 offers a good backup option.
Off the Slopes…
Chateau-d’Oex is a French speaking village, with other villages in the areas crossing over into the German speaking part of Switzerland. The village is world famous as the former home of Hollywood superstar David Niven and is also the start point for the famous 1999 circumnavigation of the globe by the Breitling Orbiter balloon. An annual balloon festival at the start of January each year attracts thousands of visitors and dozens of hot air balloons scatter the skyline. The village has its very own hot air balloon museum, which is well worth a visit.
With a charming local village and excellent après ski facilities available, Chateau d’Oex has quickly become one of our most popular ski resort which has resulted in a close relationship with the Resort Mayor ensuring all school groups receive unrivalled service when staying in Chateau d’Oex.
The village of Chateau d’Oex offers a good variety of restaurants, brasseries and a pizza house which are just a short walk away from the accommodation we offer. There is a large outdoor skating rink in the village where the local ice hockey team play. There is also a new bowling and leisure complex in the village and a superb cheese making demonstration to view, famous across Switzerland.
One popular après-ski option is to stop off in Gstaad en route home from the slopes and take an après ski dip at the wonderful swimming pool complex. The Gstaad Mountain Rides Pass includes discounted swimming making it a popular après ski activity with our groups.