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At the peak of his two Olympic and three World Cup medals, Christoph Innerhofer has skied the most legendary runs in the world. From the Lauberhorn to the Stelvio, from Saslong to the Face, he knows every detail of these technical routes.
If you’re looking for a Run with a capital R, the most emblematic of them all in terms of both its topography and those that frequent it, the Tiger Run is the ultimate choice. Designed for top athletes, it will allow you to tackle nearly eight downhills in two hours at top speed without stopping until you meet up with your friends again for lunch at the Wasserngrat mountain restaurant for excellent oysters or a steak tartare cut with a knife, to be combined with an extremely elegant, fruity Dardagny Sauvignon Blanc or a very particular Sito Moresco de Gaja. Just a small suggestion: before you start your final Tiger Run, drop into the restaurant and ask them to open the bottle of Sito Moresco for you … it will be perfect when you get back.
At the heart of Gstaad’s 220 km ski area, equipped with his Hero Elite LT by Rossignol skis, Christof Innerhofer enjoys discovering the pistes of the prestigious resort in the Bernese Oberland and has three favourites:
The Combe d’Audon, an 8 km black run that goes from Les Diablerets Glacer to Reusch, traversing three cantons in less than 30 minutes (Vaud, Valais and Bern).
The Michael von Grunigen Run at Horneggli. Get into giant slalom champion mode. From cutbacks to slope changes and tight turns, this is the world’s greatest technical run. The Parwengesattel run on the Zweisimmen side, ideal for carving and skiing with the family. And if you want to post the best views of Saanenland on Instagram, head for the Rellerli run. This keen gourmet has become a regular at some his favourite places for grabbing a bite when skiing:
– In Saanenmoser, the Kübelialp’s döner kebab is a must, as is the hamburger at the Saanewald Lodge.
– Don’t miss the snacks at the Chalberhoni Waldmatte between Gstaad and Rougemont, on the Videmanette.
And when it comes to après-ski, his favourite place is the Lobby at the Gstaad Palace. For a break from shopping in the middle of the Promenade, the bar at the Olden Hotel (which belongs to Bernie Ecclestone), is his place of choice for their famous cocktails.