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A Touch Of Class

Philippe & Christophe Gudin

Baby Ba aby Got Got Back Baack

Hotel oteel Spitzhorn Spitzhoorn Gstaad’s Privates To Be Or Not To Be? Ho

Al Copley Returns to Gstaad

Les Arts Gstaad

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Letter from the?Rubrik Editor

California Dreamin’ On Such A Winter’s Day For the shortest month of the year, February can last a long, long time. Winter has dug in, and spring seems a lifetime away. At least that’s how this California girl feels right about now. But the good news is, in Gstaad there’s so much to do inside and out that even if you’re longing for a sandy beach and a margarita, you can sing the cold weather blues right here and have a good time doing it. In this edition of GSTAADLIFE, we’ll go behind the scenes at some of the new, old, and potential institutions that make the Saanenland the place to be – no matter what the time of year. Like a Rolling Stone When you’re in the mood for blues, there’s only one place to go: Le Grand Bellevue, where legendary blues pianist Al Copley is hard at work tickling the ivories for your listening pleasure. Copley is like a fine wine – he just keeps getting better with age. Playing the season here in Gstaad was a welcome home for the celebrated musician, who spent the better part of the 1980s and 90s at the Chesery bar. You can relax in style with his classical and standards repertoire at High Tea in the hotel lounge, or boogie after midnight to 50s and 60s rock hits in the club downstairs. Either way, you’re in the presence of a master – this man can play. Schoolhouse Rock By February most kids are sick of school and counting the days until their weeklong ski holiday. But the students lucky enough to attend one of our region’s many private schools don’t

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have to leave town to enjoy the best in winter fun. That said, riding herd on teenagers is never easy, regardless of the season. In this issue, we talk to the people who run these educational institutions – starting with Director Philippe Gudin and his son Christophe of the world-renowned Le Rosey. Januaria Piromallo had the pleasure of interviewing this father/son “odd couple,” during this exciting time of transition, when Gudin senior will hand the elite boarding school over to Gudin junior. Beautiful bovines are nothing new here, so it’s no surprise Gstaad’s “cash cows” are beloved by all. Newest contributor to GSTAADLIFE, Sophie Green, takes a thorough look at the four international private schools that grace the Saanenland. These institutions boost the local economy by drawing in families from around the world, and happily impart a lifelong love of Gstaad on students. Daydream Believer Dream big, they say – but how big is too big? The people behind Les Arts Gstaad certainly believe that bigger is better, but critics of the proposed cultural centre insist that both the design and scope of the project will blot out the historic charm of Gstaad. Now that municipal and cantonal authorities have given the project a preliminary stamp of approval, we take a serious look at the ambitious project that could

secure our region’s future and save us from a Saanenland slump – or fail miserably and have us singing the Saanenland blues for the foreseeable future. But not everyone believes that Gstaad is in decline. In fact, recent events like the Casiraghi wedding and Madonna’s purchase of a chalet have put the region firmly back on the celebrity magazine maps. Columnist Mandolyna Theodoracopulos explores the popularity of Gstaad, and comes to this conclusion: “If this is what decline looks like, I can’t wait for it to go completely bust.” Amen, Mandolyna. Hotel California Believe it or not, this is already our last issue of the season. Never fear, as the season doesn’t officially end until late March, GSTAADLIFE will continue to post articles online at www. gstaadlife.com. While we wait patiently for our new platform and app to be finished, I thank you for bearing with us. I’m hoping to relax and enjoy the snow through March, at which point I’ll hop a flight with my sights set on that sandy beach and a margarita. But when I’m done trading lakes for the ocean, fondues for tacos, and furs for bikinis, I’ll pack my bags and return to the Saanenland. Mark my words – I’ll be back!

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Letter from the Editor

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Local News Spitzhorn: 3-Star Hotel, 4-Star Quality, 5-Star Environment

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Bergbahnen Destination Gstaad Takes a New Turn

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Heimatwerk Hosts Artist Ueli Hofer’s Works

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Profile In the Name of the Father (& Son) – Le Rosey Directors Philippe & Christophe Gudin

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Business Studio Parmigiani Opens in Gstaad

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Education The Saanenland – A Mecca for Private Education

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Arts & Culture Al Copley Tickles Le Grand Bellevue’s Ivories

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GstaadLiving Les Arts Gstaad – The People’s Choice?

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Lifestyle IID Gala Raises Funds to Fight Child Sexual Exploitation

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Entertainment Events Calendar

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Last Word M. Theodoracopulos – The Popularity of Gstaad

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Local News

Spitzhorn – 3-Star Hotel, 4-Star Quality, 5-Star Environment if the warm welcome and attention to detail are missing?”

“but on closer inspection there was an armoured foundation.” Prior to 2009 the hotel was used as a holiday and rest home for Baloise employees. At this time, the decision to build a new structure consisting of a traditional hotel and residential chalets with condominiums was made.

The 3-star superior Spitzhorn features warm colours and earthy materials – white wood and a generous dose of stone bask in the glow of natural light.

Hotel Spitzhorn is owned by the insurance company Baloise, which professes a special love for the Saanenland. The original hotel was built on this same site in 1938 during World World II. It was a secret design, for the specific use of storing valuables. On May 13, 1940 valuables were transported from Fribourg to Saanen, According to the official paperwork, valuables worth upwards of 75 million francs was stored on site.

“The infrastructure is important, but equally important is the hotel’s spirit,” says Michel Wichman. “What good are the best amenities

“At first glance the hotel appeared to be just several standard chalets,” informs Martin Wenk, Baloise Executive Board Member,

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After a construction period of 18 months, Hotel Spitzhorn has emerged as one of the region’s understated gems. In addition to brand-new, modern features, hotel operators Michel and Ilse Wichman’s passion for hospitality keeps guests coming back for more.

Bergbahnen Destination Gstaad AG Takes a New Turn BY: GSTAADLIFE

Bergbahnen Destination Gstaad (BDG), the local mountain railways operator in financial hot water, met with their main municipality shareholders on Wednesday, January 29. BDG presented a strategy paper outlining its future path to solvency. In sharp contrast to earlier proposals under the theme ‘Concentration’, which focused heavily on investments to infrastructure, this holistic plan puts the needs of the market, locals and guests at its core. “Market development and customer needs were not taken into serious enough consider-

ation,” states BDG Director Armin Cantieni. “The current strategy makes a turnaround – we are pursuing a fundamentally new approach.” Saving the troubled mountain railways company has proved a challenging, sometimes confusing task. Just several months ago, BDG presented three options for future investment, which required a significant amount of preparation. It is unclear how the BDG will move forward, yet residents can rest assured the new integrated strategy presented last Wednesday will make the choice of a well-balanced future path their priority.

Today’s Hotel Spitzhorn caters to all, including Baloise employees, for whom the generous company continues to subsidise holidays. Fifty rooms totalling 120 beds are available, with amenities such as a fitness center and swimming pool for guests. “We’re proud to be a 3-star hotel with 4-star quality in a 5-star environment,” says Michel Wichman.

Hofer at the Heimatwerk BY: GSTAADLIFE

With each of his six exhibitions in the Saanenland, Swiss artist Ueli Hofer, shows his beautiful creations continuously evolve. Inspired by nature, Hofer’s technique features delicate cuttings made with scissors on exquisite handmade paper. The artists’s current exhibition takes the form of lively, unconventional collages. Hofer is world-renowned for his artwork-his career thrives both in and abroad. The exhibition is on display at Heimatwerk Saanen until February 24, 2014.

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Exceptional Event at Chalet Farb from Guo Pei

CHINESE HAUTE COUTURE Friday 21 to Sunday 23 February 2014, 10 am to 7 pm Sunday 23 February, 3 to 7 pm: farewell afternoon tea A presentation of exclusive Chinese women’s wear at Chalet Farb hosted by Caroline Freymond & Romy Demaurex two enthusiastic fans! Looking like a college student, Guo Pei was born at the start of the Cultural Revolution when the drab functional “Mao” uniforms were obligatory wear. In 1982, at the age of 19, she enrolled at the Beijing Second Light Industry School to study fashion design influenced by the extravagant costumes she saw in fashion design books. By 1997, when she opened Rose Studio, there was no Haute Couture in China.

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In the Name of the Father (& Son) Le Rosey Director Philippe Gudin Places School Firmly in Son Christophe’s Hands INTERVIEW BY: JANUARIA PIROMALLO PHOTOS BY: ADRIÀ LUCAS GARCÍA GONZÁLEZ

For a hundred years, Le Rosey has called Gstaad its winter home. Every January, the school moves its 400 students from the main campus in Rolle, built on a 14th-century castle, to homely wooden chalets in the Saanenland. A close partner and source of both pride and income for the region, the school has made plans to expand and is awaiting final federal approval for its new campus in Schönried. The views from Le Roseyʼs Alpine campus may be breathtaking, but inside the real inspiration comes from top-notch professors and courses. Students from around the world

vie for a spot in this, one of the most exclusive, and expensive, private schools in the world. For the past 35 years, this educational empire founded in 1880 has been ruled by fourth generation owners and directors Anne and Philippe Gudin. With his charming and surprisingly down-to-earth manner, Gudin gives off the impression of a timeless French actor of the Nouvelle Vague (New Wave) instead of strict director. But son Christophe, beau garcon, has recently taken on the role of adjoint director, waiting his turn to be crowned “King of the Castle”. Is not easy to have father and son for a double interview: If one is at the winter campus,

then the other is in Rolle. If one is testing new students with entrance examinations, the other is meeting with the professors. They both may be multitasking, dedicated globetrotters, but the Gudins are certainly not interchangeable – each brings a unique quality to the role of school director. Despite their busy schedules, the Gudins were kind enough to sit for an interview with GSTAADLIFE. In the conference room, flanked by a large collage of students in all manner of activity – graduating, racing, winning, performing, like a unique piece of pop art – we caught a glimpse the real Rosey. Top education in a beautiful setting, certainly, but not without a lot of hard work derriere les coulisses, behind the scenes.


Profile GSTAADLIFE: Mr Philippe Gudin, you seem too young to retire. Despite his young age, how is Christophe well poised to take over your role? Philippe Gudin: It is a job that needs fresh energy, good emotional balance and a lot of imagination. Christophe has all of these qualities. Christophe Gudin: Actually my father started as director when he was 26 years old. As tradition all the directors from the past started at the same age. So I am 28 years old and a little bit behind …

GL: How will the transition to director take place? CG: During this academic year and next, we will work together on a day-to-day basis. We share the same office and discuss every major decision together. I am also getting to know everyone involved in the Rosey community at large. Responsibilities will be gradually transitioned during those two years and my parents will also always remain available for advice and they will continue lead the board in the following years.

GL: Mr (Philippe) Gudin, do you have other children working at Le Rosey? PG: Our daughter Marie, 25 years old, is Le Roseyʼs event manager. The other two want nothing to do with the school. Olivier works in Asia for Chopard and Laurence owns a publishing house. She is the real intellectual of the family.

GL: Le Rosey claims to be a “School for Life” and many Roseans say it’s a family for life. What allows the students to remain so close even years after they have graduated? CG: A touch of magic! The Rosey spirit has been growing for generations to become the force it is today. Itʼs the fruit of a harmonious balance of different cultures in this international community. We have children from over sixty different countries. Ours was a “global village” long before the invention of Internet.

GL: How does the extensive Le Rosey network function? PG: The AIAR (International Association of Roseans) is unique because Roseans keep a very strong link with their friends and their

alma mater. The quality and level of trust of the relationships between teachers and Roseans and amongst pupils during their school time is a key ingredient of that success. The move to a very different and bonding experience in Gstaad also creates unique shared memories. This willingness to stay in touch then drives a very useful network with helpful friends all over the world.

We teach our students to be curious in all areas of life, and if not to be leaders, then to be good followers! CHRISTOPHE GUDIN

GL: How many students do you have on your waiting list? PG: Every year approximately 350 students apply for 90 places at Le Rosey. Let’s say that for every three and half who take the entrance exams, one is admitted.

GL: In your opinion, what is the most important value to instil in your students? PG: At Le Rosey we have four core values: Respect, responsibility, commitment and discipline. There is a clear and simple code explained in detail to our pupils from age 8 to 18. Le Rosey is a demanding school with an “open door” policy. The ability to discuss freely guarantees a permanent dialogue.

GL: How can this generation compete with fellow youngsters in emerging markets, namely Asia, who are raised with a strong sense of sacrifice and dedication to their studies? CG: All pupils must dare to succeed, by taking on challenges and pursuing excellence. We teach our students to be curious in all areas of life, and if not to be leaders, then to be good followers!

GL: Le Rosey is one of the priciest worldwide. Why is the school so expensive? PG: Le Rosey is not a luxury school; children are not treated like guests in a hotel. The son of a king is treated with the same respect as the son of anyone else, like all other “normal” students. Our personnel costs are high: We have 250 teachers and staff for 400 students – the teacher to pupil ratio is 1:5. We have a campus of 30 hectares that provides sport and modern facilities. Not to mention Gstaad! We are the only school in the world to have two campuses, which is costly. And yet, we re- invest 95% of our profits in the school to maintain our very high standards.

GL: Do you offer scholarships for those who cannot afford tuition? PG: Yes we do, they are made available through the Rosey Foundation. Every year three to five students are awarded a scholarship; the amount of financial aid is based on the demonstration that parents are not able to meet standard financial obligations.

GL: What is your last achievement as director, Mr (Philippe) Gudin? PG: Le Carnal Hall, the new Learning Centre, will provide first-class amenities for our music, design, art, drama and cooking courses. This includes a 900-seat theatre. It came at a cost of 50 million francs, yet we did not ask a penny from the parents. Alongside using our own resources, we secured bank loans to help bring the project to life. For the inaugural concert next October, we’ve invited the Royal London Philharmonic Orchestra. The season will include world-class performances by the Philharmonic St. Petersburg and the Berliner Philharmoniker.

GL: And what is your first achievement as director, Mr (Christophe) Gudin? CG: Iʼm trying to avoid the mistakes typically associated with my former position as a management consultant and listening before launching any major reform. I already have a few initiatives close to my heart: Iʼve launched cultural days where the entire school lives at the rhythm of a given culture for a few hours; Iʼm also building bridges with more applied sciences by bringing young IT students on campus as well as start-ups. Continued on page 12 >

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Profile GL: Do you maintain nationality quotas, and if so, why? PG: We aim to keep a vibrant mix of nationalities and cultures, and therefore limit any one nationality or group of nationalities to 10% of the total student body. Swiss, French and Americans make up this percentage, due to the schoolʼs location, and an old Rosey tradition in America.

GL: When will the new campus in Schönried be ready? PG: We have all the necessary permissions, but a few stubborn neighbours have made official complaints to the Canton of Bern. We are waiting for the appeal. Although it is likely to proceed as planned, but we will refuse to accept any blackmail or pay under the table settlements. But we have already other opportunities, for instance a project in Crans-Montana! It would be a pity, after 100 years in Gstaad

GL: With many pupils coming from the world`s wealthiest families, how can Le Rosey teach the value of money? CG: Sometimes parents compensate for their absence by giving too much, and we fight against this tendency, which is against our principles. So we give every student a reasonable sum of pocket money – the same for everybody. We also involve the children in our charity work. In Mali, Le Rosey built a school and support 1200 underprivileged children there. Pupils leave Le Rosey having seen first-hand how the less fortunate live, with great respect for people from all walks of life. GL: And our last question, from an admiring student, “Why, Mr Gudin, are you retiring if all the children love you?” PG: That really touches my heart deeply. When I started I was a big brother for my

students. Afterwards, I become a father to them. I want leave before they see me as an old and gaga, as a grandfather. But, attention, achtung! I will always keep an eye on you! Notable Alumni Notable past alumni include important families like Rothschild, Hohenlohe and monarchs like the Aga Khan, Kings Albert II and Baudoin I of Belgium, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Persia and Prince Rainier III of Monaco. Although the children of the richest and most powerful men in the world come to learn here, fame or fortune is not always enough; when Charlie Chaplin called the administration requesting to enrol his children, he was turned down due to the two-year waiting list. But today Le Rosey and its pupils value discretion – if you ask for the names of “celebrity” students, all lips are sealed.

Business

It’s About Time: First Studio Parmigiani Opens in Switzerland BY: GSTAADLIFE

Discriminating shoppers in the Saanenland now have a new option for luxury watches, with the opening of Studio Parmigiani. Despite Ateliers in London, Shanghai, Beijing and Moscow, as well as six shops worldwide, the Gstaad Studio Parmigiani is the first of its kind to open in Switzerland. With a bevy of beautiful watches by famous names on Gstaad’s Promenade, Parmigiani stands out for many reasons – among them its distinctive oval-faced line and frequent use of rose gold. But perhaps the most significant difference lies in its fastidious approach to watchmaking.

House of Parmigiani Fleurier in 1996 – and from there his watch empire soon spread across the world. Yet Parmigiani prides himself on retaining the true ‘Swissness’ of the company. “All our watches are produced entirely in Switzerland,” says Parmigiani. “Unlike other watchmakers, we create not only the mechanics but the accessories in Fleurier. The watches are then fully assembled on site.” In addition to its exclusive lines of watches, Studio Parmigiani offers a complimentary line

of jewellery by Pomellato, an Italian brand known for its colourful, understated elegance. Hot Air Balloons & Loftier Goals Parmigiani Fleurier is no stranger to the Saanenland – it is the main sponsor of nearby Château-d’Oex’s International Hot Air Balloon Festival, which brings significant tourism income to the region and garners worldwide press each year. This year for the first time, the company also proved it has the mettle to take on charity work of great emotion; Parmigiani Fleurier became a donor for the organisation Innocence in Danger, which works in the area of child sexual abuse and exploitation.

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“Our attention to detail and exceptional product quality make our watches some of the best in the world,” says founder Michel Parmigiani (CEO Jean-Marc Jacot)??. “Our leather straps, for example, are only Hermès – a world-exclusive.” (Really) Made in Switzerland It’s only fitting that Michel Parmigiani, a local boy made good, would choose Gstaad for his brand’s flagship Studio. Born in Fleurier, Neuchâtel, Parmigiani began his career restoring watches in the so-called ‘Watchmakers Valley’ of Val-de-Travers. He went on to establish the

Boutique Manager Sylvinha Hamilton with CEO Jean-Marc Jacot at Studio Parmigiani Gstaad’s opening event.


Education

The Saanenland – A Mecca for Private Education BY: SOPHIE GREEN

Nestled in the heart of this magical valley, elite private schools have been attracting students from around world for half a century. In addition to increasing the local economy in the short-term by creating jobs and the purchase of local goods, the schools have a lasting financial impact on Gstaad. For many students, their time here is more than just a several-year sojourn – they fall in love with the Saanenland and even years later, a yearning for this “home away from home” beckons them to return. Though the majority of the students are boarding, the rise in popularity of day-school programs has prompted many families to settle in the region. Even boarding students at schools like Le Rosey and the John F Kennedy International School often have a chalet or apartment in the Saanenland, in which family members stay to remain close-by. To Each (School) His Own Of the four international schools in the region, each offers a unique educational programme, marrying first-rate academics with cultural and sporting activities. “We have many students enrolled in our dayschool, and whose families have relocated to the Saanenland specifically for enrolment,” says Headmaster Andrew Croft of the John F Kennedy International School. “Saanen provides the ideal backdrop for a well-rounded education. The students participate in a myriad of outdoor activities, as well as being exposed to the region’s traditions and handicrafts; visits to the farmers, cheese-makers and wood-carvers are all part of the cultural programme. In honour of the current Winter Olympics in Sochi, the school has created its own Olympics-inspired event, which has been sponsored by a number of Saanenland businesses, highlighting a strong bond between the local and international. Smaller, boarding-only schools like the Gstaad International School provide another option for discerning parents. “We offer personalized education within a strong family atmosphere, where each child is given enough individual attention enabling

them to succeed,” says Christopher Sanderson, Headmaster. The school recently invested in the Alpine Lodge, where they have built their new campus – a positive aspect for the local economy. “We are firmly rooted in the Saanenland and residents have responded very positively to our development plan,” insists Sanderson. “They see the benefit it will bring for employment and business in the area.” Old timers and Newcomers The prestigious Le Rosey has decamped to Gstaad each winter for a century. There is even an annual alumni reunion in Gstaad each year for these Roseans, giving old school friends the chance to get together and enjoy themselves. Le Rosey claims it provides its pupils with friends for life and, indeed, once grown, the children’s love for the valley often inspires them to continue to holiday here or build a home in the Saanenland. The newest addition to the aforementioned trio of private schools in the Saanenland is the Oxford International College Switzerland. Though technically in the nearby Pays d’en Haut, the school’s campus in Château d’Oex is the latest extension of its parent school started in Oxford, UK in 2003. OICS’s innovative programme blends the highly effective academic tutorial system with mentorships between professor and student, with a boutique boarding school atmosphere. “It was an easy decision to place such a small and tailored programme here in the region,” states Aaron Schmidtberger, Head of School. “This amazing location, the Swiss reputation for quality education and the existence of other world-renowned schools make it the perfect setting for OICS. We hope to serve both international families and locals here for generations to come.” Indoors, Outdoors Not just schools bring students to the area: Summer camps bring short-term students and visitors to the region as well. Lovell Camps, with both their winter and summer programs for children from 2-16 years old welcomes over 400 children from over 30 nationalities to the Saanenland each year. Almost all of the camp’s supplies and activities are provided by local firms, giving an economic boost to the region. Run by

the Lovell family, founders of the John F. Kennedy International School, the camps are now hosting the third generation of participants. The outdoor activities provided by all the schools and camps are second-to-none. From rock-climbing on the commanding Videmanette to canoeing adventures on Lake Lauenen, the Saanenland’s beauty is on display all year-round. In winter, Eggli is the perfect piste for winter races, while in summer the steep hike to Rellerli is awash with wildflowers. Each and every child lucky enough to experience schooling in the Saanenland is spoilt for choice of an outdoor adventure. Back to the Future Fast-forward twenty years and you’ll find the former students of these private schools are back to stay. Whether for just a few weeks in winter, or for months on end, these adoring alumni return to the Saanenland. Taking advantage of regional fine food and hospitality, as well as the outdoors, they bring their business to the region year after year. As the next generation of students here graduate and go off to university abroad, the bonds they’ve formed endure. Years may go by, and children blossom into full-grown adults, yet the Saanenland has secured a special place in their hearts and minds. No matter where in the world they may live, this deep-rooted yearning for their “home away from home” beckons them to return – and they do, with open arms.

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Ardmore Ceramic Art Born in Zululand February 14 – March 1, 2014 First the first time ever, stunning works of art from the Ardmore Ceramics Art Studio are now on display in the Saanenland. Handmade by women and men living in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, the highly original and colourful style of Ardmore Ceramics has become internationally renowned. Their outstanding character has already been acknowledged by the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the Museum der Kulturen in Basel, Switzerland, the auction houses Christie’s and Bonhams and by some important private and institutional ceramics collectors. The ceramics were exhibited in the mythical Le Negresco Hotel in Nice in July 2011; others exhibitions took place in Paris, Beaune and Brussels, as well as at the Journées de la Céramique in Paris on June 2013. Beginnings of the Ardmore Studio The Ardmore Studio was established in 1985, thanks to Fèe Halsted-Berning’s determination and vast talent. Ms Halsted-Berning settled in the Champagne Valley in Kwa- Zulu-Natal after obtaining a Masters of Fine Arts degree at the University of Natal, where she specialised in Ceramics. She began working with a young trainee, Bonnie Ntshalintshali, who showed great talent with ceramics and was soon joined by other members of her native community.

Today, the Ardmore Studio is the largest ceramic art studio in South Africa with around forty artists. Ms Halsted-Berning, a true patron of the arts, continues to encourage her workers’ creativity today. Their sensitivity to nature, their sense of colour and their rich traditions have given rise to works of art in which their forever fertile imagination is magnified, enabling us to travel through an animal and plant world with classical, dream-like and joyful scenes. Exceptionally Detailed, Exceptionally Vibrant These unique pieces are very sculptural and highly decorative and will grace any type of interior. Shaped as platters, tureens, displays, candlesticks, jugs, the ceramic sculptures show very refined scenes integrating lions, zebras, monkeys and other animals and plants. Each ceramic sculpture is the result of work carried out by two or three artists. Some of them are sculptors, while others are painters. Ardmore’s creations, signed by their creators, have won many prizes and are part of numerous private and institutional collections in South Africa, the USA, the UK, France, Switzerland and Scandinavia. In 1988, several Ardmore artists became victims of AIDS. Thanks to the Ardmore Excellence Fund created by Fèe Halsted-Berning, the artists are educated to avoid

contracting the syndrome. In 2003, the Bonnie Ntshalintshali Museum was opened and dedicated to Bonnie Ntshalintshali and other Ardmore artists. On June 9, 2011 The Hallwyl Museum arranged a charitable auction of ceramics from award-winning Ardmore Studio in collaboration with Bukowskis. All proceeds went to The Ardmore Excellence Fund.

Promenade Shopping The Urs von Unger Gallery warmly welcomes you to visit the Ardmore Ceramics exhibition from February 14 to March 1, 2014. These unique pieces feature exquisitely hand-painted African animals, and are on view in a specially lit showroom on the historic building’s first floor. Opening hours: Monday to Friday 11 am – 1 pm & 3 pm – 6 pm Saturday 11 am – 1 pm & 2 pm – 5 pm Or by appointment. Kleines Landhaus Dorfstrasse 71 | CH-3792 Saanen Phone +41 (0)33 744 44 11 gallery@ursvonunger.com | www.ursvonunger.com


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Boogie-Woogie, The Beatles & Brahms à la Al Copley TEXT & PHOTO BY: GSTAADLIFE

Al Copley is a legend both in Switzerland and abroad. This Buffalo, New York bred blues pianist co-founded the American jump blues band “Roomful of Blues” and has played with the world’s greatest blues musicians. In fact, it may be more appropriate to say Lou Rawls, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Stevie Ray Vaughan were lucky enough to have played with Copley. Home, Sweet Home With an international career spanning several decades, Copley is no stranger to Switzerland. He played the main stage at the Montreux Jazz Festival including opening for Bob Dylan in 1998, Eric Clapton’s Legends in 1997, and the Blues Summit with Etta James and B. B. King in 1993. Copley’s Saaanenland sojourns date back to his Chesery days in the 1980s and 90s, where he drew an immense following. While he reminisces fondly on those crazy times, the

crowds no longer line up on the rooftops to catch a few notes of his nightly gig. Now, the “King of Blues” has set up shop in the comfortably swanky hotel Le Grand Bellevue, where two shows daily mean twice the fun. Tea for Two and Two for Tea From 3:30 to 6 pm, Copley brings out his repertoire of Chopin sonatas and Broadway standards, creating a winning musical atmosphere perfect for boosting that afternoon slump. You can relax in style on the lounge’s brocade couches, silky velour loveseats or even a hanging birdcage-style chair. Copley doesn’t break for long – just a few hours later, from 10 pm onward, he plays at The Club Room downstairs. Here bluesy rock and roll from the 1950s and 60s gets the crowd of all ages moving. From Elvis to Elton John, Copley’s animated playing and singing style will have you rockin’ around the clock – or at least into the wee hours of the night.

Copley’s latest album, Stardust, as well as several other, are available for purchase on-site. www.alcopley.com

Al Copley at Le Grand Bellevue High Tea at Le Grand Bellevue includes both sweet and savoury nibbles. Freshly prepared smoked salmon and cucumber tea sandwiches are paired with creamy mini éclairs and soft French macarons. Not to mention warm scones with clotted cream and thick, homemade preserves. Wash it all down with a selection of fine teas, or even a glass of bubbly if desired. 55 francs, served 3:30 to 6 pm daily in the Lounge Reservations recommended: info@bellevue-gstaad.ch +41 (0)33 748 0000

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Les Arts Gstaad : The People’s Choice? BY: ALEXIS MUNIER PHOTOS: LES ARTS GSTAAD

The controversial Les Arts Gstaad project has received a preliminary stamp of approval by the cantonal and municipal authorities, but its greatest challenge may still lie ahead – with the people of the Saanenland. The project’s building ordinance is now available for public assessment – and the debate is expected to be a heated one. “The Foundation Board of Les Arts Gstaad is looking forward to the debate on a project that represents a unique opportunity for the region,” says Foundation Board Chairman J. Markus Kappeler. Located in the village centre near the railway station, the proposed cultural centre would host a wide selection of events, including but not limited to concerts, art exhibitions and conferences. Les Arts Gstaad’s goals may be lofty – to enrich the future of the Saanen region culturally, and economically – but fulfilling those goals may be difficult, given the uproar over the design, scope, and expense of the project. What’s Not to Like? Led by acclaimed architect Rudy Ricciotti, the Foundation Board and the team have envisioned a grotto-like, ultra-modern complex that many locals consider at odds with the Old World charm of Gstaad. Moreover, opponents insist that the approximately 150 million-franc price tag is painfully steep for a theatre and conference centre they believe too ambitious to succeed here.

The 1,200-seat comprehensive concert hall is a whopping 25 meters high, encompassing the space from the ground floor to the second upper floor. It is designed to look like a grotto in a rock face resembling a crystal cave, an effect achieved by lightfilled, open, jagged planes with relief recesses up to 40 centimetres deep. “It’s an eyesore, not to mention it will wipe out an entire residential neighbourhood,” says Anita Heutschi, one of the more outspoken opponents who lives near the site of the proposed project. “Les Arts Gstaad cultural centre does not belong here.” But Kappeler insists that it’s a design that ensures outstanding acoustics. “This is a completely new approach,” Kappeler says. “The acoustic quality has highest priority.” Not surprisingly, the architect disagrees with this assessment as well. “Nothing could be further from the truth,” defends Ricciotti, lead architect of Les Arts Gstaad. “It is a project that integrates with respect and humility… but does not strain its rural and alpine surroundings.” Ricciotti is perhaps best known for his Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations in Marseilles, the cultural and tourist magnet whose success Les Arts Gstaad supporters hope to replicate here. That said, the public has not been shy about voicing its misgivings, albeit anonymously.

“I am just the tip of the iceberg,” says Heutschi. “When I speak out against the project, I speak for many residents who remain silent for fear stating their disapproval will make them pariahs.” Changes in Infrastructure With the Les Arts Gstaad project come a number of other changes. Access (tunnel Schützen roundabout - Les Arts Gstaad site), the bus station, car parking spaces and improvements to the Montreux–Oberland Bernois (MOB) railway track route, the extension of the platforms and a second passageway are all part of the building ordinance as well. Project managers say Les Arts Gstaad will simultaneously provide infrastructure and public transport improvements for both Saanen and Gstaad, but that is not an opinion shared by all. “The traffic is already horrendous during the December holidays – now imagine adding an active concert schedule that week,” says Heutschi. “The tourbuses and hired vehicles which require large amounts of space will all be parked on the Bahnhofplatz, making the situation worse for the pubic.” The land on which Les Arts Gstaad would sit is currently partly owned by the municipality and partly by the MOB, and was secured by two purchase rights agreements registered in the land registry in favour of Les Arts Gstaad Foundation. The car park and the bus station would be taken over by the municipality and the authorities would also ensure public transport connections.


GstaadLiving The contractual cornerstones for these obligations are likewise stipulated in the overall project. In addition, the project managers of Les Arts Gstaad would also take precautions to exclude unnecessary risks in construction costs: The estimated construction costs for the centre as well as the tunnel will hit 100 million francs. Currently, sufficient resources for the further development of the project are available to take it through the approval stage.

von Siebenthal, “If we do not seize the opportunity, others will.” Kappeler cites project studies that show a potentially positive effect on the Saanenland, and for local tourism. “If we are good,” Kappeler says, “we could organize many concerts per year. With top-class exhibits, we could attract hundreds of visitors per day.”

Who’s for Les Arts Gstaad Les Arts Gstaad took root in 2005 and has relied on generous financial donors for support.

Exhibitions are planned in a large showroom. The Foundation Board also envisions events such as readings, literary award ceremonies and festivals, as well as general assemblies, small congresses, or the Gstaadermesse.

“We are convinced that the inhabitants of the Saanen region believe in the future of this region as we do,” states Kappeler. “It is a project of the century, which had to be carefully developed step by step.”

“We are paving the way for a year-round attractive offering for guests and for locals,” he says.

“It’s key that Les Arts Gstaad also wishes to be a centre for dance performance, since Switzerland has developed into a veritable ‘dance country’,” says Saanen-native and Artistic Director of the Holland Dance Festival Samuel Würsten.

As required by law, the municipality will then consult with any objectors, and is prepared to schedule sufficient time for this process. On completion of these negotiations, the municipality will issue an invitation to the public for a public meeting 30 days prior to taking any decision on the project. Following this vote by the population, the matter goes to the Office for Local and Regional Planning (AGR) for approval.

Photo: GettyImages

The “Gstaad 2020+” association is also on record as in favour of the project, as are some Swiss politicians like Erich von Siebenthal, National Councillor. “The region needs forward-looking and visionary projects like this to attract tourists,” explains

Verdict: Next Steps in the Approval Process The building ordinance for development plan no. 79 “Les Arts/Ried,” along with building permit applications and any associated plans and documents, together with the preliminary report by the authorities, will be available from January 29 to February 28, 2014 at the Saanen municipal office. Any objections to the project must be submitted in writing with appropriate reasoning within the same period.

Rudy Ricciotti

But some residents believe the large structure will detract from Gstaad’s quaint village atmosphere. “The Saanenland would benefit greatly from a new arts centre, but the current proposal would be an aesthetic and economic disaster,“ says a long time Gstaad resident who did not wish to be named. “Economically, 1200 seats is not commercially viable. A maximum 500-seat auditorium for chamber music would be more suitable. Aesthetically, the current proposal is an unattractive structure – too big, out of character for its location next to the train station, and squeezed into a site that is just not large enough.” Yet despite the naysayers, the Foundation Board of Les Arts Gstaad prefers to dream big, and promises big rewards in return. Les Arts Gstaad has the potential to usher in a new era for the Saanenland, bringing Gstaad securely into the limelight for the first time since its glory days in the 1960’s. Yet fears that success would turn the region into just another ritzy resort devoid of charm abound. Will the oversized cultural centre fill these Alpine hills with the sound of music, or will these attempts fall flat, leaving an unfinished, bankrupt eyesore blemishing the landscape? The people of Saanenland will soon decide. Photo: Raphael Faux

Les Arts Gstaad is certainly not lacking supporters. A wide selection of artists, museum professionals and politicians have pledged their support and for the project, describing it a unique opportunity for the region. Supporters emphasise the building’s importance in the fields of music, art, dance and ballet, as well as for the entire Saanenland.

If You Build It, They Will Come You can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs, goes the old saying. While Les Arts Gstaad may be considered unappealing by some, other famous structures suffered the same scrutiny upon their construction – the Eiffel Tower to name just one. Gustave Eiffel didn’t let public scrutiny stop him; while leaders at the time cried the structure would make a laughingstock of Paris, the Eiffel Tower is now a beloved symbol of the French nation.

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A Feast for the Taste Buds The Restaurants at Grand Hotel Park

Restaurant “Marco Polo”

Decorated in loden green, with a panoramic terrace facing south to the Wispile and the Diablerets Glacier, our Grand Restaurant brings refined cuisine to discriminating guests. The menu draws heavily from the coast of the Mediterranean Sea but also offers unforgettable local products such as Simmental beef or cheeses cured high in the surrounding Alps. Here Chef Colella transforms classic dishes into modern masterpieces: The prawn lasagne with broccoli purée is hearty yet delicate, while the venison with chanterelle mushrooms focuses on earthy regional flavours. Freshly caught, salt-encrusted sea bass and turbot with aromatic fennel are just a few of the choices for seafood lovers.

Restaurant “Greenhouse”

Not surprisingly, the Grand Restaurant (16/20) has recently been awarded “Restaurant of the Month” by Gault Millau.

bronze cowbells, lanterns, and the region’s famous ‘découpage’, cut-outs of traditional local scenes.

As a souvenir of the explorer’s journey, we make room for a little exoticism at Marco Polo. Here our talented chef freely mixes Venetian and Asian specialties in an intimate atmosphere; warm wood panelling and a roaring fireplace are perfectly paired with the glow of candlelight and Chinese-inspired lamps. Start with a delicate Thai soup flavoured with lemongrass or a freshly prepared salmon tartare. Then, awaken your taste buds with a lobster medallion, encircled by a mildly spicy mango and coriander-infused sauce. Here desserts are a highlight – a sweet-tart mango mousse with fresh mint is light and refreshing, yet will satisfy any sweet tooth. At Marco Polo, you’re sure to set sail on an original gastronomic voyage.

We can’t forget the Greenhouse, the informal restaurant, where guests can savour lighter dishes from breakfast to dinner, without interruption. Not to mention the Caveau, with its modern atmosphere –it’s the place to celebrate rare wines, sausages and local cheeses accompanied by commentary from our expert sommelier.

Hidden in the gardens, a small chalet reflects the authentic mountain atmosphere, the Waldhuus. Memorable fondue and raclette specialties are served here. The decor is typically Swiss, with chequered tablecloths and napkins,

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At the Grand Park Hotel, we look forward to welcoming you. Upcoming Events Tel.: 033 748 98 00 / info@grandhotelpark.ch at the Grand Hotel Park Feb 16th & 17th Greece is celebrated with Chef Ettore Bottrini (Etrusco restaurant, Corfu) at Grand Hotel Park Feb 19th & 20th Morocco is celebrated with Chef Rachid Agouray (La Mamounia, Marrakech) at Grand Hotel Park Feb 21st

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Left to right: Julia Combastet (IID France), Carina Jones (VP IID Switzerland), Homayra Sellier (Founder and President IID) and Caroline Lo Faro (IID Switzerland).

IID Gala Raises Funds to Fight Child Sexual Exploitation BY: ALEXIS MUNIER PHOTOS: RAPHAEL FAUX

It’s a topic that’s still taboo for many people. It shocks; it sickens. It invokes sympathy; it invokes outrage. But for Innocence in Danger, fighting child sexual exploitation one case at a time is all in a day’s work. At their annual gala held at the Gstaad Palace on February 1, Innocence in Danger married advocacy with fundraising for an evening that touched not just wallets, but hearts. “I’m so proud to be standing here amongst you all tonight,” said Founder and President Homayra Sellier in her introductory speech. “I’d like to thank the incredible Swiss team for their hard work and dedication, and you, our guests, for your financial and personal support.” Before the dinner and activities began, a short film by Raven Kaliana, a survivor of child sexual exploitation, was shown. “Hooray for Hollywood” used handcrafted puppets to illustrate the painful experiences of Kaliana’s youth. Visibly touched, the audience responded with a series of questions for the filmmaker, who had bravely chosen to share her story with Innocence in Danger supporters. The event also featured a silent auction and tombola, handing out a multitude of exceptional prizes to eager bidders. From a diamond watch donated by Adler Jewellers to a

signed guitar belonging to ledgendary music producer, performer and 2014 Grammy winner, Nile Rogers of CHIC fame, over 80,000 francs were raised. “It’s all for a good cause,” says Jean-Marc Jacot, CEO of Parmigiani Fleurier, just one event’s sponsors. “We are honoured to donate both our time and funds to fuel such important efforts in improving the health and happiness of sexual abuse survivors.” All proceeds will go toward funding IID’s Swiss activities, namely their summer camps in the Saanenland and aftercare programme. The main goal of the camps is to alleviate the shame that typically accompanies sexual abuse. Because all participants are survivors, they are encouraged to speak openly if they so choose. The camp provides a safe place for the children to relax and have fun, which can activate self-healing.

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Innocence in Danger is one of the largest privately funded non-governmental organisations in the world. The organisation is active in six countries – Switzerland, France, Germany, the USA, the UK and Colombia, where they provide legal, medical and social services to victims and their parents. Additionally, IID is equally dedicated to fostering real political change and awareness through high-level advocacy and lobbying activities. For further information or to get involved in the cause, please visit IID at www.innocenceindanger.org.

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Entertainment Events Calendar Friday, February 14, 2014 through Friday, March 7, 2014

Church Services

For further details please visit: www.gstaad.ch St Peter’s Anglican Church Fri., Feb. 14 - Sat., Mar. 8 Gstaad Elevation 1049 Exhibition by Olympia Scarry & Neville Wakefield

Fri., Feb. 21 Winter Market 11 am to 6 pm

Fri., Feb. 14 - Fri., Mar. 14 Yodel Evening Every Friday at 8:15 pm

Fri., Feb. 21 Baroque Concert Ensemble Viva, 7:30 pm

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Service every Sunday, 17.30 pm

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Sat., Mar. 1

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Sat., Feb. 22 Lauenen Guest Aperitif Aperitif for locals, 1 pm to 3:30 pm

Fri., Feb. 14 Gstaad Valentine‘s Night @ Eggli DJ, fondue and descent by torchlight

Sat., Feb. 1 Swiss Folk Music Evening Swiss folk musik

Sat., Feb. 15 Exhibition Alpenflug Discover the Alps from above

Sat., Feb. 22 Zweisimmen Jodlerclub Concert and Theater In Swiss-German only, 8:15 pm

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Sat., Mar. 1 - Sun., Mar. 2

Zweisimmen

Audi Skicross Tour

Saanen

Swiss Folk Music Evening

Sun., Feb. 23 Horn Sledge Race 1 pm

Saanenmöser

Sat., Feb. 15 Gstaad Ultima Art & Design Exhibition 5 pm to 7:30 pm on the Promenade

Sun., Feb. 23 Swiss Folk Music Heiti, 1 pm

Gsteig

Sat., Feb. 15 Abländschen General Assembly Village organisation of Abländschen, 8 pm

Thu., Feb. 27 Swiss Folk Music Church of Gsteig, 8:15 pm

Gsteig

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All-day racing action Sat., Mar. 1

Sat., Feb. 15 - Sun., Feb. 16 Saanen Test for Avalanche Rescue Dogs 8 am to 3 pm

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Charity ski race Fri., Feb. 14 – Sun., Feb. 16 Gstaad Exhibition Paintings by Moshe Rosenthalis at Adler Joailliers

English-Speaking, Château-d’Oex

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8 pm

Sun., Mar. 2

Feutersoey

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Björnstadlauf 8 am

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Mon., Mar. 3 - Tues., Mar. 4

Gstaad

Curling Tournament

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Campaigner Curling Tournament

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Tues., Mar. 4

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Zweisimmen

Lecture Series SRK

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In Swiss-German, 7:30 pm Wed., Mar. 5

Gstaad

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Dailey & Vincent Concert The Alpina Gstaad, 8 pm

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Thu., Mar. 6

Zweisimmen

Rinderberg @ Night

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Contests, games, skiing, 5 pm

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Fri., Mar. 7

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Saanenmöser

Ride on Music Concerts on the slopes

Clubs Rotary Club Gstaad-Saanenland Meetings every Monday 12h00 Palace Hotel Gstaad (033 / 748 50 00), President: Rot. Christian Sieber (026 / 924 45 25) Program: Rot. Pascal Rey (026 / 925 10 00) Lions Club Gstaad-Saanenland Meetings each first and third week of the month on Thursdays, either at 12 pm for lunch or at 7 pm for dinner. Meetings in Ermitage, Wellness & Spa-Hotel, Schönried, Tel. 033 748 60 60. For details and program contact Philippe Werren, president, 033 748 84 00, philippe.werren@werrenag.ch, https://gstaad-saanenland.lionsclub.ch Soroptimist International President: Franziska Brändli, Tel. 079 636 13 33 Program: Gabi Thoenen, Tel. 033 748 11 11

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The Popularity of Gstaad BY: MANDOLYNA THEODORACOPULOS

If this is what decline looks like, I can’t wait for Gstaad to go completely bust. The slopes are empty, the ski lift operators are bankrupt, Gstaad is supposedly losing out to bigger resorts and the place is losing its allure, or so they say. But since this apparent dip in the popularity of Gstaad, it seems more trendy than ever, especially with young people. A big royal wedding, the Small World annual gathering, a grand museum tour, an art fair, multiple celebrity appearances, and numerous mentions in the European (FT) and American (New York Post) press prove it. References to the “Gstaad set” have appeared no less than 10 times in Hello! magazine, on websites, in gossip columns, newspapers and television shows in recent months. And that is just what I have seen. Surely I missed some. So how could Gstaad be on its way out? Most people don’t have a clue how to pronounce Kshhtaad. And if you can’t pronounce it, I say don’t bother coming. Anyone who is attracted to this place because it is some sort of Shangri-La for the rich, well-to-do, and chic are exactly the type of people businesses here want to attract and I want to repel. Popular destinations are cringeworthy. Like St.Tropez in August, a beautiful resort that becomes a monument to everything sick, vulgar and offensive about the rich. It attracts vultures, sleazy businessmen, cradle snatchers, hookers, so-

cial climbers, and unbelievably rude badly dressed people. The envy and greed is palpable, and so like a junkie to heroin, there is never enough. Not in St.Tropez, and not in Gstaad. Refurbished hotels, new hotels, numerous new shops, a new art center, more tourists, richer tourists, more fame, more popularity … will it ever stop? From a financial point of view, it seems that without constant growth and ever more ostentatious and wealthy visitors people will fear the edge of a fiscal cliff. Don’t the Swiss value more than just big money? How sad and misguided if this is the case, especially for those who are not driven solely by money. Perhaps if Gstaad sought a different sort of tourist, it wouldn’t have empty slopes. Ladies who have to carry a Birkin bag the size of a suitcase to feel important can’t really put them down in order to hold a ski pole. And of course skinned croc doesn’t react well to moisture so they hang out on the promenade where their heels have a better chance of getting noticed. Nowadays, most people who come to Gstaad prefer a party and a mark to a ski slope and wiener schnitzel. But that’s what the greedy of Gstaad asked for, and so that’s what they are getting instead of nice upper middle class families on ski holidays, who actually ski. Madonna and her brood being the exceptions. Maybe there is something positive about her arrival after all. At the very least she, or some billionaire arriviste looking to spread some good will can afford to bail out the lifts before they are forced to file for Chapter 11 and turn our idyllic alpine

station into a sorry tale of greed, mismanagement and destruction. Gstaad-goers are definitely not the only ones out of touch with reality. If anything, they have simply been drinking the same California cool-aid that makes one more interested in fame and money than the preservation of anything beautiful, olden, or modest. The so-called affluent here and around the world are suffering from gross disregard for what is rather more important than being on the cover of a magazine with the biggest and best toys and boasting about $100 million houses. Clearly, all good sense is gone when people throw bad parties they spend fortunes producing and wear outrageously expensive furs and heels on a wet day when they’re just picking up a pencil at Cadenau. God is my witness! As leaders and examples of success, which many of Gstaad’s residents are, I find it heart-breaking that their tastes are not more discerning. The big shots around here will continue to see the value in more money and more development to the exclusion of almost everything else. They will succeed in their quest to spoil Gstaad soon enough, unless I am wrong which I hope I am. Until then I can only wish fashionable people move onto the next place by the end of the year, and that Gstaad can hang onto its bucolic charm just a little bit longer.

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