General Terms and Conditions

General Terms and Conditions of the Tarifverbund Gstaad, represented by the Tarifverbund Gstaad GmbH

These General Terms and Conditions (GTC) apply to all services and products throughout the Gstaad ski region, as well as in particular those provided by companies that are part of the Tarifverbund Gstaad; see Applicable Law and Jurisdiction. By purchasing a ticket, the customer is aware of and acknowledges the following conditions. The German version of these terms and conditions is the legally binding edition. Translations are just for informational purposes. If tickets are issued as keycards, a deposit fee of CHF 5.‒ will be charged. Exceptions are possible ‒ especially in connection with offers linked to other tariff associations and companies. The deposit will be refunded upon return of the keycard. These data carriers can be used multiple times. In the case of a damaged keycard no deposit will be refunded. No deposit fees will be reimbursed for data carriers from other service providers/ski regions. For certain tickets a photo of the ticket holder is obligatory. This is taken directly at the ticket counter, digitised and loaded into the access system, and checked when used at mountain railways checkpoints.

The participating companies undertake to observe the applicable data protection legislation when handling and processing all customer data as well as customer usage data.

Customer data are only used to maintain and improve customer relations, quality and service standards, to maximise operational security, for ticket inspections to facilitate product design, crime prevention, commercial key data, statistics and invoicing. The customer hereby acknowledges and agrees that, in cases of joint provision of services in cooperation with third parties, the companies affiliated with the Tarifverbund Gstaad are entitled to make customer data available to such third parties to the extent necessary for the provision of the services. Furthermore, the transfer of customer data to third parties is only permitted with the explicit consent of the customer. An exception applies only if the affiliated companies are legally obliged to pass personal data on to third parties.

Issued tickets cannot be retrospectively exchanged for other types of tickets or similar, this also applies to unused tickets. The tariffs for day and multi-day passes will be set dynamically every day. For details see:

Customers who claim services at discounted rates are obliged to prove that they are entitled to such discounts. Fare reductions for GA & Half-Fare travelcard only on single and return tickets, not valid for winter sports activities such as skiing/snowboarding/tobogganing, etc. The agreement/purchase transaction includes the obligation to be able to produce identification and to carry the corresponding documents in paper form while using such services. Customers using group tariffs cannot claim an individual purchase or payment. Groups are defined according to separate criteria. Ticket inspections are carried out by authorized persons in the ski area. The ticket holder is prompted to present his ticket upon request. Certain tickets are personal and non-transferable (especially season and annual tickets). Each ticket holder has to present the ticket and must carry official personal identification (ID, driving license, passport). Discounts are non-cumulative. A breach of the applicable ticket regulations and misuse of tickets may result in their immediate withdrawal without compensation and a processing fee of up to CHF 500.‒.

The deposit of key cards from Gstaad will only be returned at our cash desks. Key-Cards that are returned to us by post are regarded as a donation that is donated to a charitable cause. Exceptions to this rule are returns from the depot, provided that the customer encloses a self-addressed and stamped return envelope or provides correct and complete bank details. (Minimum amount CHF 20.-)

There are parking lots at various locations, and the correct parking fee is payable for the duration of your stay. Infringements will result in additional parking charges or fines, and detailed information is provided on the signs at the parking lots. If applicable, the parking rules of the respective company apply. These can be accessed at the valley stations operated by these companies.

Users of transport facilities and ski slopes who disobey the instructions given by security personnel and who disregard signals may have their tickets withdrawn without reimbursement/compensation. This applies also to users ignoring the official and company’s regulations regarding Covid-19 (pandemic) in the ski resort. This also applies to guests who disregard the official or operational requirements regarding Covid-19 (pandemic requirements) in the ski area. By entering the ski area and passing the turnstile of this facility, you confirm that you are healthy and have no Covid-19 symptoms. Guests with Covid symptoms are not allowed to enter the ski area. Users who seriously endanger one or more other persons by reckless and uncontrolled use of the facilities as well as by their behaviour in the ski resort may be reported to the police or to an examining magistrate due to disruption of public transport in terms of Article 237 of the Swiss Penal Code. Reckless behaviour includes instances where off-piste riders or freeriders disregard avalanche warning boards no. 8 (avalanche risks in uncontrolled areas), avalanche warning lights no. 8a, barriers at avalanche-prone slopes, and use slopes that are at risk from an avalanche, and thus significantly endanger the life or health of persons who are using slopes, downhill runs, special facilities or trails. The instructions given by piste and rescue service personnel must be obeyed. In addition, actions endangering mountain rides and lift installations are defined in Articles 238 and 239 of the Swiss Penal code (SKUS 2019: Guidelines for the establishment, operation and maintenance of snow sport runs. Article XIII). Children below 1.25 m in height may only use the chairlifts if accompanied by an adult.

Any complaints made by ticket purchasers regarding the services provided by the companies shall be sent to the transport company concerned without delay and in writing. If immediate notification is not given, the ticket purchaser will forgo the right to make any claims. The transport companies involved are liable for personal injury and property damage caused by them, or their employees, pursuant to the following provisions. Secondarily, the relevant provisions of the Swiss Code of Obligations shall apply. Liability is, to the extent permitted by law, limited to gross negligence and intentional conduct. Cableway systems are technical facilities and lubricants are used to facilitate their proper operation. Liability for soiled clothing and equipment or the like is excluded. Liability of the relevant transport companies for damage to property and personal injury is, in particular, excluded in the case of accidents as a result of:

  • non-observance of instructions, i.e. disregarding markings and information boards, not remaining on secured and monitored slopes
  • non-observance of instructions and warnings by the mountain rides personnel or by piste and rescue service personnel
  • non-observance of avalanche warnings
  • negligence or willful misconduct on lifts and ski slopes
  • pursuance of high-risk sports such as freeriding, downhill biking, paragliding, etc.
  • insufficient slope preparation

Furthermore, the liability of the transport companies concerned is essentially based on the Guidelines on the Obligation to Maintain Safety on Snow Sport Runs. There is no liability for accidents that occur outside the secured and marked ski slopes, unless the transport companies concerned are at fault for serious negligence or willful violation of their safety obligations. In addition, any liability for accidents on hiking and biking trails and on tobogganing and downhill runs is excluded. In the case of personal injury or damage to property resulting from the failure to fulfill a contract, the participating mountain railways shall be liable under these terms and conditions as well as under the relevant Swiss laws. Any liability for theft in the ski resort or for damage to property by third parties is excluded.

Children up to 6 years travel free of charge (date of birth at the time of the purchase of the ticket applies, the child must be accompanied by an adult, and evidence of age/identification is required, annual abonnement is not available).

Until the end of mountain rides operations in terms of the 2023/24 Winter Brochure, no later than 6.00 pm. The winter season is generally considered to run from 1 November to 30 April of the following year. The summer season runs from 1 May to 31 October.  An adjustment of the operating times or a redefinition regarding the opening/closure of a transport system – in particular those deviating from those known at the time of the purchase of the ticket – is expressly reserved to the companies affiliated with the Tarifverbund. There is no right to claim for partial or total refund of the ticket price.

Passenger transport for events after closing time is subject to a fee. They are not included in purchased services such as day and multi-day passes, season and annual subscriptions. The validity of these services refers to the regular operating hours.

Public Transport: Ski passes are exclusive of public transport.

Groups of 10 or more are entitled to a group discount (only valid if booked one day in advance until noon, only one booking and invoice per group, no single payments possible).

Those who are accompanying disabled persons who need assistance when undertaking winter sports will receive cost-free companion cards provided that the person requiring assistance presents his/her disability card at the ticket counter and pays his service at a regular tariff. The companion card is valid only on shared tours (no multi-day tickets, only 1-day tickets are available).

Bad weather, interruption of operations, Authority-ordered cessation of operations due to energy supply security, premature closure and blocking of ski runs do not constitute reasons for any claims on the part of ticket holders, and in particular, any claims for reimbursement or free extension of the tickets are expressly excluded. The same applies in the case of the early departure of the customer. If, as a result of circumstances which cannot be averted, the companies temporarily or permanently fail to fulfill their obligations arising from the transport contract, the purchaser of a mountain railways ticket shall not be entitled to make any claims against the latter (the beneficiary). This is especially true in the following cases:

  • adjustments in terms of GTC, section 8
  • shutdowns and piste closures due to force majeure such as wind and/or (bad) weather effects, avalanche danger, strikes or official orders, safety-relevant closures
  • congestion of transport facilities
  • operational malfunctions, e.g. due to technical defects or electric power outages
  • non-provision of third-party services (such as insurance, indoor swimmingpool, Glacier 3000 AG etc.)

It is expressly pointed out that in the case of an accident or illness no whole or partial reimbursements will be made by the Tarifverbund or its affiliated companies.  The customer has the option of additionally insuring him/herself against this risk through a third-party provider. Please refer to the General Terms and Conditions of the third-party provider. Neither the affiliated companies nor the Tarifverbund Gstaad GmbH can be held liable for any non-provision of insurance services. If the customer has an accident in the area of ​​the Gstaad region and the rescue services of the mountain railways companies are required, the customer will be charged a maximum amount of CHF 260.‒ plus material costs for due rescue on the ski slope. Costs of third parties (e.g. helicopter transport, Rega, doctor, Alpine Rescue etc.) are to be paid directly by the customer. Any claims for reimbursement must be made by the customer against their insurance.

There is no right to claim for transport or replacement. Lost or forgotten season tickets can be replaced against the presentation of justification for the lost ticket being blocked for use and payment of a processing fee of up to CHF 20.‒. In addition, a new deposit card is to be purchased.

An information sheet is available at the ticket counter for bearers of pacemakers.

Every user of our transport system needs a valid ticket such as a ticket/billet/subscription.

In the ski area, photos are taken at the access control/scanners and are stored internally for checking purposes. These photos are not published and only serve to verify the legal use of the ski passes. If a ticket is misused, such as using the transport system without a (valid) ticket or a ticket being used by/for third parties, for falsification/transference of identity, using the wrong ticket categories etc. (list not conclusive) is determined, this will result in the immediate withdrawal of the ticket and an administrative charge of up to CHF 500.‒ or to the value of the ski pass. Further civil or criminal measures are reserved.

We advise that when you access you are declaring your agreement with the following conditions. The entire content of the website is protected by copyright. All rights are owned by Gstaad Saanenland Tourismus or the participating mountain railways in the Gstaad region or by third parties. The elements on the website are freely accessible for browsing purposes only. Duplication of the material or sharing the material in any written or electronic form is only permitted with express permission. The reproduction, transmission, modification, linking or use of the website for public or commercial purposes is prohibited without prior written consent. The various names and logos on the website are registered and protected trademarks. No part of the website has been designed in such a way that a licence or a right to the use of a picture, a registered trademark or a logo can be inferred. No rights of any kind with regard to the software or elements on the website are transferred by the downloading or copying of the website or of parts of it. Gstaad Saanenland Tourismus reserves all rights with regard to all elements on the website, with the exception of third party rights. No guarantee is provided for the correctness of the information provided (in particular, prices, reservations, online calculations). We cannot guarantee that the details are always up-to-date at all times. Gstaad Saanenland Tourismus does not accept any liability for internet errors, damage caused by third parties, imported data of any kind (viruses, worms, trojans), as well as for links to and from other websites. We have no control over the content and form of external websites. We cannot guarantee the faultless functioning of hardware and software. In the event of booking processes not being fully completed, there is no obligation with regard to the service that the customer thought to have paid for or ordered via the web shop. There is no obligation on the part of the transport companies to provide the service. When making a purchase via a web shop, the customer is always obliged to print out the booking document and to carry this with him/her each time transport services or other services are redeemed/demanded. We should like to draw your attention to the possibility that this website may contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. We reserve the right to change or update the information on this website at any time without giving prior notice. This also applies to improvements and/or changes to the products and/or programmes described on this website. 

In no instance shall the Gstaad region be liable to you or third parties for any direct, indirect, special or other consequential damages that result from the use of this website, or any websites linked to it. Also excluded is any liability with regard to a loss of profits, operational interruptions, loss of programmes or other data in your information system. This also applies to any instances when our attention is expressly drawn to the possibility of such damages. 

Data Protection

In most cases, you do not leave any personal data when you visit our website. Cookies (own and from third parties) are used on our website to facilitate the use of our website. By using the website, the guest accepts the use of cookies. In individual cases, however, we need your name and address. If such personal information is necessary, we point this out to you. If you have questions or comments regarding our legal information or privacy policy, please contact us at When communicating by e-mail, we cannot guarantee complete data security, and so we recommend that confidential information be sent to us by post.

Group tariffs, special tariffs as well as subscriptions for locals according to the annual information letter with a list of the authorized municipalities reasons for self-declaration, incorrect demand of a preferential tariff will result in the cancellation of the purchased service without compensation.

In addition, in the case of a local subscription, the customer entitles the tariff association and its participating companies to check the declared primary tax residence with the specified municipality.

Several service providers have formed a tariff alliance under the Gstaad brand, which is wholly or partly represented by the Tarifverbund Gstaad GmbH. These include Bergbahnen Destination Gstaad AG, Wasserngrat 2000 AG, Gstaad 3000 AG, Skilift Rohrbrücke-Brüchli AG in Lauenen and the Skilift Heiti cooperative. These General Terms and Conditions have been drawn up by the Tarifverbund Gstaad GmbH and apply to all member companies and their transport contracts with their customers. Further provisions may become legally applicable in certain transactions. All companies are independently responsible for the operation of lifts, cable cars and slopes. The transportation contract is concluded directly between the customer and the respective operator of the lift/cable car. The latter is responsible for the proper provision of the respective services. The operator is also responsible for undertaking the necessary technical maintenance on lifts and ensuring public safety on the slopes (piste and avalanche service). Any issues of liability, especially also in connection with skiing accidents, will be dealt with by the respective company on whose territory or on whose lift the incident occurred. Swiss law exclusively is applicable to the contractual relationships between the Gstaad region and its customers, including disputes relating to the conclusion and the validity of the contract. For determining the place of jurisdiction, the location of the Tarifverbund Gstaad office is authoritative). For sports pass purchases over the internet, the head office of the Tarifverbund Gstaad GmbH, Egglistrasse 43, Postfach 82, 3780 Gstaad, is the sales outlet.

In case of an officially ordered closure of eight or more consecutive operating days of all top 4 ski areas between December 1st, 2023 and April 1st, 2024, a pro rata cash refund will be made (pro rata temporis). The cash refund will be made from April 2sd, 2024 to April 30th, 2024 at the latest at every main cash desk. The closure must affect the entire validity of the Top4 season ticket. Products such as the Glacier 3000 upgrade and Gstaad indoor pool are exempt from these regulations and must therefore be arranged by the buyer directly with the respective service provider.

The application of the “Vienna Convention” (CISG) is expressly excluded for all transactions.

Severability clause

The total or partial invalidity or invalidity of individual provisions of these terms and conditions shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions or parts of such provisions. Invalid or ineffective provisions shall be replaced by provisions that correspond as far as possible to their legal or economic significance. In the same way is to be done if these terms and conditions have a gap.

Important Notice

Outside operating hours of cable cars and lifts, all slopes are closed and no safety precautions are in place against risks associated with avalanche triggering or piste machines with cable winches. Danger to life!

Subject to errors, modifications, and omissions. Version October 2023

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