Château-d'Oex is not what one
would expect a Swiss ski resort to be. It has more a small town
feeling about it than that of a ski resort.
But make no mistake, for many
skiers, especially those for whom a ski vacation still has an accent
on vacation, this is a good choice. The town boasts a dynamite
location, what with being part of both the Alpes Vaudoise and the
White Highland ski pass, and the
train ride between it and its much more famous neighbour,
Gstaad, is a treat in itself.
In the past five seasons or so, Chateaux
d'Oex has become popular almost as much for its hot air ballooning
as it has for skiing. Seems that the winds and air currents in this
neck of the woods make the place ideal for ballooning type folks.
Ordinary mortals can charter rides on balloons for a fairly
reasonable price, I'm told.
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On the skiing side, this is not a "ski till
you collapse" resort. Perhaps the best description we could lend to the
resort is pleasant and forgiving, ideal for the average recreational
skier. The slopes are reached by two separate lift systems. The cable
car from the village will take you to La Braye, skiable to 1,800m, where
you can bask in the sun or enjoy the gentle skiing nearby.