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Gstaad welcomes the New Year with world-class events

Ski/snowboarders in Gstaad
The New Year will begin in style in Gstaad with a series of world-class events launching at the Swiss alpine resort. The Gstaad Winter Games, which includes the highly anticipated Slopestyle World Cup Race, will kick things off in January, followed by the Elevation 1049 open-air exhibition. These and a number of other exciting events will make Gstaad a must-visit destination this winter.

Winter games in Gstaad
Up to 8,000 skiing enthusiasts are expected to flock to Gstaad in the New Year for the start of the first Gstaad Winter Games. Taking place from 14th-18th January, the games include the Slopestyle World Cup Race, which is now an Olympic discipline and involves freeskiers and snowboarders performing acrobatic tricks on jumps, rails and boxes. 64 athletes from 11 nations have confirmed they will be taking part in these qualification rounds ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sotchi on 7th February.

Throughout the four days, guests will be entertained with a program of Freestyle Movie Contests and musical concerts, including a performance from the top German band, Fettes Brot. Visitors can also enjoy a thrilling Freestyle Show on Saturday 18th January.

Exhibition at a height
Then, from 27th January - 8th March, Gstaad will host Elevation 1049. This is the first in a series of site-specific exhibitions, founded by a non-profit institution in Gstaad (LUMA& Foundation), which promotes independent artists and combines their works with challenging artistic projects. Olympia Scarry and Neville Wakefield are curating the first exhibition, which is free to the public and will showcase works exclusively by Swiss artists, elevated against the alpine landscape of Gstaad.

Fly high above Gstaad
Those with a head for heights can appreciate the beauty of Gstaad from above at the International Balloon Festival. From 25th January to 2nd February 80 teams will take to their balloons leaving Château-d'Oex behind to colour up the skies. Family-friendly Gstaad also offers a day dedicated to children with tethered flights, creating happy kids and relaxed parents. Children can also be entertained with the Skiing By Night event on 8th January, and for the more experienced youngsters the Ludi Cup Slalom takes place for under-15’s on the same day.

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