Winter sports – Boundless fun in the snow

The Gstaad winter-sports region: the pinnacle

ERMITAGE is the ideal starting point for access to the largest interconnected ski resort in Saanenland, from Schönried via Horneggli all the way to St. Stephan. The Gstaad-Saanenland powder-snow region is famous for exquisite Alpine experiences in the healthy mountain air! Countless magical slopes, Glacier 3,000 with the world’s only suspension bridge between two mountain peaks and many additional snow experiences await you here.

  • Featuring: Over 200 km of slopes to the delight of skiers and snowboards
  • More than 40 km of cross-country ski trails for the skating and classic disciplines
  • Winter sports from October to May at 3000 m above sea level at the «Glacier 3000» ski resort
  • 3 snow parks for boundless freestyle fun
  • 28 optimally groomed winter-hiking trails
  • 12 marked snowshoe routes
  • 7 sledging trails of up to 8.2 km in length


Alpine skiing, snowshoe hiking in this idyllic region and the neighbouring valleys or even an excursion to visit the eternal ice at the Glacier 3,000: Experience all this and much more along with Christian, Ruth or Elisabeth during workdays.

ERMITAGE-included services & benefits

Guided ski excursions, winter hiking and snowshoe tours (Monday-Friday)
- Ski pass sales
- Ski room with lockable ski lockers
- Boot dryer
- Table reservations at mountain huts

Your benefits as an ERMITAGE guest at Frautschi Sports AG

Frautschi Sports is only around 300 m from the ERMITAGE and a few steps from the Horneggli chairlift and cross-country trails.

-10 % discount on the entire rental range at Frautschi Sports AG
- Dry and store skis and boots right next to the chairlift at Frautschi Sports AG (10 % discount on rental of storage spaces)
- Huge selection of current sport and leisure-wear including in less common sizes, accessories, shoes and sports equipment, leading brands
- Expert assistance and efficient digital customer process

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Ski & Snowboard

Experience the Gstaad-Saanenland ski region with more than 200 km of skiing bliss situated between 1000 and 3000 m above sea level. Fans of ski arenas will relish the many kilometres of ski runs. Meanwhile, those who prefer a little more peace and quiet can take advantage of family-friendly village lifts. The joy of skiing starts from the doorstep: The cable car to the Horneggli is just steps away from the ERMITAGE and transports skiers and snowboarders to the largest ski arena in Destination Gstaad in just minutes. The Schönried, Saanenmöser and Zweisimmen cable cars connect countless blue and red slopes.

Whether pro or amateur, the region’s three snowparks will set the pulses of freestylers racing. That unique glacier feeling awaits at the Glacier 3000, the only glacier-ski resort in the Berne Oberland, where you can enjoy winter sports from the end of October to the beginning of May. For connoisseurs, the Eggli-La Videmanette area is highly recommended. Those seeking the adrenaline of World Cup stars have the ideal alternative with BMX xDrive on the Saanersloch.


Cross-country skiing

With over 40 km of optimally prepared slopes, Destination Gstaad is one of Switzerland’s top cross-country ski areas. The cross-country ski area features beautiful panoramic views and plenty of sun for both skaters and fans of classic cross-country skiing at all levels of ability. The destination features cross-country-ski trails, training trails, and even flood-lit night trails. The entrance to the the blue Schönried trail can be found near the Bahnhofmatte in Schönried, within easy walking distance from ERMITAGE. This runs along the stream towards Saanenmöser.

The glacier area boasts perfectly groomed trails and makes cross-country skiing possible during summer months as well. From up high, enjoy the view of various snow-capped peaks extending all the way to the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc.


Winter and snowshoe hiking

Thanks to countless groomed winter hiking trails, you can discover the mountain landscape blanketed in white and feel the crunch of snow beneath your feet as you proceed. The starting points are all easily reached with public transportation.

Discover the different cultural and thematic paths, among other things, that make Gstaad a special destination and learn interesting facts about its tradition, architecture and history.