The 10th anniversary of the classical music festival ‘Sommets Musicaux' is to take place in Gstaad Jan. 29 to Feb. 6.
The Sommets Musicaux is one of the most popular music festivals to be staged each winter in the Alps. It comprises 20 classical concerts with soloists and chamber music in local churches and in a separate concert cycle with young up-and-coming artists.
Past performances as part of the festival have included artists such as Anne Sophie Mutter, Maxim Vengerov, Vadim Repin, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Mischa Maisky, and Sol Gabetta. The Young Musicians Cycle consists of several concerts at the Gstaad Chapel. Tickets are available at from the Gstaad Tourist Office.
Gstaad is one of the world's most famous ski resorts and the traditional rival to St Moritz, although the two are somewhat different in style. Gstaad is understated and has the most ambience, with more attractive chalet style buildings. It's been made even more pleasant by the recent 'pedestrianisation' of the main street.
The Gstaad ski pass covers half a dozen areas in the vicinity that together offer 250 kilometres of trails. The Glacier 3000 is home to the Monster Park and the longest downhill run in the entire region (3000-1400 metres).