Zweisimmen is a rather quiet village in the beautiful Saanenland valley, but it is incredibly convenient for accessing the largest and best terrain in the Gstaad Mountain Rides. Zweisimmen station has direct trains from Bern that arrive in around 75 minutes whilst the adjacent Rinderberg gondola quickly gets you to the highest station on the mountain. It really couldn't be easier. Usefully the ski pass for Gstaad also gives you inclusive use of the trains as far as Rossinière, with stops at Saanenmöser, Schönried, Gstaad itself, Saanen, Rougemont and Château-d'Oex, and also use of the local buses as far as Glacier 3000 including a seasonal ski bus. Although the slopes are not particularly high, they are generally north-facing and seem to hold up well. There are also a good range of other winter sports activities in the immediate area, including a 7km toboggan run and an indoor swimming pool. Further afield in the Gstaad Mountain Rides including ice-skating, around 11 classic and skating cross-country circuits, 34 identified winter walks, 5 toboggan runs, one airboard piste and 14 snowshoe trails (4 of which are clearly marked).
Sky and Rail
The nearest airport to Zweisimmen is Geneva. There is a railway station in the airport, with one change for trains to the resort.
Best of the Slopes at Zweisimmen
The run off Parwengesattel towards Lengebrand is a lovely scenic run, great for carving. There's usually good off-piste if there has been recent fresh snow on the other side of the Parwengesattel. The run off the Rinderberg is fabulous first thing in the morning - the gondola opens at 8.30, half an hour before all the other lifts - and whilst busy during the day, it is floodlit some evenings for night-skiing. You can pretty much get around the whole of the pistes from St Stephan to Schönried without needing to resort to surface lifts or hitting flat spots, making this an excellent choice for snowboarders.
Getting to Zweisimmen by Train
The best destination to access the downhill slopes by public transport in this ski area is Zweisimmen. Station adjacent to Gondola (left out of station). Note that the lift pass is good for all lifts in Gstaad Mountain Rides and on all local buses and the railway as far as Rossinière. Stations at Saanenmöser, Schönried, Saanen, Rougement and Château-d'Oex are all a few minutes walk from valley stations.