Gstaad's luxurious Hostellerie Alpenrose in Schönried has a special package offer valid between Dec. 12 and 20.
The hotel is offering a three-night stay on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis in a junior-suite with open fireplace and balcony to the south for 890 Swiss Francs per person for the whole stay. Altternatively you could stay in a south facing double room with balcony for 760 Swiss Francs per person. A third option is to stay in a north facing room for 490 per person.
As part of the offer the Alpenrose will provide free use of their superb sauna area, and a bus transfer to the ski slopes in Schönried, as well as a two-day ski pass for the whole region for only 50 Swiss Francs.
Gstaad is one of the world's most famous resorts and the traditional rival to St Moritz, although the two are somewhat different in style. Gstaad is understated and has the most ambience, with more attractive chalet style buildings. It's been made even more pleasant by the recent pedestrianisation of the main street.
The skiing is different too, somewhat limited locally, but the area pass covers half a dozen areas in the vicinity that together add up to offer 250km (156 miles) of trails. What's unusual is that you can hop on and off the mountain trains to get to the base stations of each of these ski areas with gondolas or cable cars, almost invariably departing a few yards away from the rail station in each case. The only exception is the high altitude Diablerets glacier to which you need to catch the ski bus, also included on the pass. The Saanenland area is a wide valley with gentle, wooded slopes that receives more than average sunshine and less than average fog.