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Affordable Swiss Alps

Whitney Lawson/staff Gstaad on $250 a day

Photo: Whitney Lawson/staff

In the glamorous Swiss Alps, a novice skier can brush up on his moves and live the high life—all without breaking the bank (well, almost). Peak time is Christmas through January 6. After that, rates fall and you'll find deals. Gstaad is a three-hour train ride southwest from Zürich. The trip is a breeze, and the connections easy. Read the article

Destinations: Gstaad

Inspired by: Gstaad on $250 a Day — by Clark Mitchell, Published Dec. 2007

Hotels (3)

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    Grand Hotel Bellevue

    The hotel offers a day pass for access to its spa. The five steam rooms vary according to the herbs and oils used, but the real draw is the Finnish

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    Hotel Olden

    Stop at this historic hotel in the center of town. While sipping your drink, try to channel Brigitte Bardot, Richard Burton, and all the other chic

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    Hotel Alphorn

    The hotel, on the edge of Gstaad has spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

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Activities (3)

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    Molkerei Gstaad

    Head to this tiny cheese and tchotchke shop for souvenirs, such as a Swiss-flag coffee mug and schnapps.

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    Alpinzentrum Snowsport School

    Take a two-hour group lesson with instructor, Walter Perren.

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