Winter sports – Boundless fun in the snow

The Gstaad winter-sports region: the pinnacle

The Gstaad-Saanenland powder-snow region is famous for exquisite Alpine experiences in the healthy mountain air! Cross-country skiing (classical/skating) for various skill levels, enticing summits and powdery downhills for ski tours, abundant pristine slopes for skiing and snowboarding, an extensive network of winter hiking trails, sled runs for that extra spot of fun and the eternal ice of the “Glacier 3,000” all await.

And the ERMITAGE is the ideal base. The largest interconnected ski resort in the Saanenland stretches from Schönried via Horneggli to St. Stephan. The start of the blue “Schönried” cross-country skiing trail is a short walk from the Hotel and the Rellerli (“our” mountain) is perfect for snowshoe tours with breath-taking views.

Other snow activities:

  • More than 40 km of cross-country ski trails for the skating and classic disciplines
  • Ski tours from simple to challenging
  • Certified, local mountain guidesfor ski tours
  • Featuring: Over 200 km of slopes to the delight of skiers and snowboards
  • 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

  • Cross-country skiing

    The Gstaad-Saanenland region is home to an extensive network of cross-country trails. Whether Schönried, Sparenmoos or Lauenen - there’s a new route every day. Taking it easy or taking it to the limit, cross-country skiing is good for the cardiovascular system - and you get to enjoy nature at the same time!

  • Ski tours

    Welcome to the touring region for connoisseurs. From the simple Voralpenberg up to the challenging high ski tours, a number of routes are available. Discover unknown stretches, enticing summits with powder-filled downhills and book a guided ski tour with an experienced mountain guide.

  • Ski & Snowboard

    200 km of runs from 1,000 to 3,000 m above sea level ensure downhill fun for everyone. Fans of ski-arenas will find ample room to move at Rinderberg, Lengebrand, Saanerslochgrat, Hornberg and Horneggli. Eggli-La Videmanette is a tip for pleasure skiers. Wasserngrat is the home of the legendarily steep Tiger Run.

  • Winter and snowshoe hiking

    The gently rolling hills are perfect for snowshoe tours. Simple routes, or more challenging ones if you prefer, take you to pristine landscapes and appeal to young and old.