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It is part of the municipality of Saanen and is known as a major ski resort and a popular destination amongst high society and the international jet set.
The winter campus of the Institute Le Rosey is located in Gstaad. Gstaad has a population of about 9, and is located 1, metres 3, feet above sea level. The village core developed at the fork in the trails into the Valais and Vaud. It had an inn, a warehouse for storing trade goods and oxen to help pull wagons over the alpine passes by the 13thth centuries.
Nicholas chapel was built in the village inwhile the murals are from the second half of the 15th century. The village was dominated by cattle farming and agriculture until the great fire of It was then rebuilt to support the growing tourism industry. The construction of the Montreux-Oberland Bernois rail road in and the construction of ski runs the Ski Club of Saanen open in followed in by the Ski Club of Gstaad.
The first ski school in Gstaad opened in In a short time there were more than 1, hotel beds in the region. The residents, hoteliers, shopkeepers and tourist offices helped to promote Gstaad to international attention. They supported the construction of ice rinks, tennis courts, swimming pools, ski jumps and ski and hiking areas.
The first ski lifts at Funi opened inand was followed by a number of gondolas, ski and chair lifts. The Gstaad Palace opened in as Gstaad's first luxury hotel. In the Saanen-Gstaad airfield was opened for military and civil aviation. Helicopter rides were added later and in balloon flights became available as well. During the World Wars and the Great Depressionthe tourism industry suffered and many hotels closed.
After World War II, many of the large hotels remained closed, but they were replaced with a number of smaller non-hotel accommodation chalets, apartment houses, residences. Most of the modern resorts and small hotels are built out of wood and retain traditional design elements.
The Gstaad Polo Club was founded in The middle of the village features a picturesque promenade bounded by numerous shops, restaurants, art galleries, and hotels.
Long known for its walking and hiking trails of varying degrees of difficulty, the mountain air and ambiance attracts guests year round from around the world. Gstaad is also known for its ski and cross-country slopes and winter hiking trails. Gstaad, named "The Place" by Time magazine in the s,  is widely known for its famous part-time residents and vacationers.
Many British bands and musicians would play at L'Atelier, a club in Gstaad, in the s and s; one such band was Merlin 'Q' later Edison Lighthousewho stayed a whole winter. Several boarding schools are located in or have a campus in Gstaad: Gstaad International Schoolformerly in Gstaad, closed in June, It is scheduled to be redeveloped into an all-boys' school, Surval Gstaad.
Current and former residents of Gstaad include: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Climate diagrams and normals from Swiss measuring stations. Archived from the original on 14 May Retrieved 31 January The weather station elevation is 1, meters above sea level. Retrieved on April 17, Archived from the original on October 30, Archived from the original on Retrieved from " https: Ski areas and resorts in Switzerland Villages in the canton of Bern.