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Arosa
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  Resort Information
Season Early December to late April
Nearest Airport Zurich 160km away
Ski Area 225km
Ski Lifts 43
Ski Runs 126
Longest Run 6km
Resort Height 1740m
Snowball Ratings
Beginners 3.5 / 5
Intermediates 4 / 5
Experts 3 / 5
Families 5 / 5
Nightlife 4 / 5
Affordability 4 / 5
Non Ski Activities 4 / 5

Arosa

Arosa is an older well established, more traditional ski resort which has a lovely setting in a wooded basin surrounded by rugged mountains and the journey to the resort whether by road or rail is spectacular, the rail journey being amongst the most dramatic in the Alps.

It used to be overlooked for the better-known Graubunden resorts of Davos and Kloster, but that changed with the installation of a lift to link to nearby Lenzerheide, adding over 150km of pistes and increasing the potential ski terrain impressively.

Ski area

Arosa is pretty respectable size-wise – whilst it’s certainly nowhere near the size of the bigger resorts of the Alps it has a very acceptable 16 lifts (7 chair lifts, 6 surface lifts) serving 900 metres of vertical descent on 70 pistes with a total length of 70km, along with 40km of excellent and easily accessed off piste terrain,  but now you have an impressive interconnected additional 155km with Lenzerheide, ensuring there is more than enough for a week or even 2 weeks.

Snow reliability and quality is generally excellent due to a combination if altitude, being at over 1700m and several north-facing slopes, meaning it is a good consideration for early and late season ski holiday seekers, with the resort closing normally the 3rd week in April and opening at the beginning of December.Arosa is well suited to intermediate skiers and boarders as the ‘in bounds’ terrain is not especially challenging and consists mainly of fun cruisers above the treeline. There is also some decent beginner terrain on Tschuggen and several ski schools to choose from, although it can get busy at times.


The expert terrain is not to be sniffed at either - 40km of trails and routes are left ungroomed for off-piste freeriding and all of the routes accessed from the top of the Weisshorn (2653m) are either pisted reds or blacks or off-piste black routes, whilst the neighbouring Bruggerhorn is known as ‘Freeride Mountain’ on account of the numerous freeride options here.For off-piste skiers and boarders a great option is the ‘tour’ to Lenzerheide from the lift-accessed top of 2511-metre Hörnli, which takes you there via the tiny resort of Tschiertschen, which has just 25 km of pistes.

Boarders will find the slopes are easy to get around and the terrain park on Tschuggen includes a 150m-long World Cup standard half-pipe.For families the ‘Arosa Junior Club’ offers lots of kids activities in addition to skiing and several discounts, whilst kid’s lift passes here are very good value.

Apres-ski and more

There are 32km of cross-country trails around Arosa to suit all ability levels, as well as some lovely footpaths wending up beside the pistes which give non-skiers a chance to meet up with skiers on the slopes or at one of the mountain restaurants, and 4.5km of toboggan runs which kids will love.

Many visitors will want to wander around Arosa and its lakeside setting (where you can ice skate) or take sleigh rides between the village and Inner-Arosa (separated from Arosa by a large hill and the centre of most of the on-slope action).The spa at the five-star Tschuggen Grand Hotel too is one of the best in the Swiss Alps and ideal for a little pampering!

On the slopes there is a good selection of mountain restaurants, the best of which include the Weisshorngipfel and the Sattelhütte, notable for the hundreds of sun loungers outside. In the town, good options include The Eden and the gourmet Kachelofa-Stübl.

The après-ski scene is relatively lively, with a good range of bars and clubs including the Kuhbar on the mountain and in town the Kitchen Club and the Nuts Club.Arosa is still unashamedly an attractive and traditional old school style and traffic free Swiss ski resort, with a mix of fondue huts on the hillside and horse drawn sleighs jangling around everywhere.

In summary the relatively snow sure ski area offers another great option for you in Switzerland, with more than enough km of pistes for a week and now links via a Peak to Peak cable car with neighbouring Lenzerheide, which means there is just over 225km of family friendly terrain to ski over, from a base at 1740m.

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