Because of its altitudes from 500 to 600 metres above sea level, there are often good conditions for cross-country skiing in the outskirts of Ruhla. Therefore, guests can enjoy 15 kilometres of winter hiking trails and 10 kilometres of cross-country tracks.
The perfect starting point for any winter activity is the area “Alte Ruhl” (which literally can be translated to “the old Ruhla”) at the southern exit of Ruhla. To learn the basics of cross-country skiing, there is a circular, partly lighted, ski track, next to a lighted sledding hill and 5 ski jumping hills. Nearby is the cross-country ski area “Storchswiese” with a 2.3 km and a 5 km circular ski track. A slip road takes you to Rennsteig ski trail, Europe´s longest long-distance ski trail. In good conditions, the Rennsteig ski trail leads from Hubertushaus / Ascherbrück near Ruhla to Lehesten on a distance of 142 kilometres. There are many sportive events during the winter, which takes place around the area “Alte Ruhl” and are fun to watch and participate.