Located at the top of the Schanfigg Valley, Switzerland, Arosa is a brilliant all round winter resort with a good mix of ski runs and non-ski activities to take part in. Full of Alpine ambience, this small Swiss village attracts just as many non-skiers as it does skiers thanks to its easy access, charming town, good range of accommodation and varied terrain; making it the ideal spot for a ski weekend.
Known as St Moritz’s quaint and unassuming counterpart; Arosa promises its visitors understated luxury, local traditions and unbeatable skiing. Sitting at an altitude of 1,800m, the snowfall each year is guaranteed to be fantastic, and with a great lift system to match you are sure to get the most out of your holiday here. Arosa is a very popular resort for family holidays with its simpler runs making it easy for beginners to master the basics without compromising the classic Alpine experience.
Resort Altitude: 1,229m
Resort Skiing: 2,865m
Total Ski Area: 225km
Blue Runs: 111km
Red Runs: 87km
Black Runs: 27km
Cross Country: 86km
The large ski area of Arosa – Lenzerheide is home to around 43 modern lifts which play a fantastic part in minimising queuing time. These connect over 225km of excellently maintained pistes, as well as a range of cross-country skiing and hiking trails. A shuttle service is available to take skiers and boarders from their accommodation to all of the main ski stations. Situated between 1,229m and 2,865m; the resort is a sun-kissed haven with guaranteed snow and diverse skiing possibilities.
Arosa’s ski area offers a range of blue, red and black runs which are perfect for families or mixed ability groups. In the evenings, night skiing is available on Alp Stätz, for those who do not want the day’s skiing to end. Spacious slopes allow for wide turns and blissful cruising, which will suit both beginners and more advanced skiers; whilst those looking for a more daring descent will enjoy tackling one of steepest World Cup downhill slopes, the summiteer tour and high-speed tracks.
Arosa’s gentle, wide slopes will be appealing to beginner boarders who are looking to practice their technique with the help of a selection of magic carpets. Those who are more advanced will love the freestyle scene in resort, which offers a mini pipe, a CO2 neutral snow park built out of local pinewood, a network of backcountry off-piste runs and the fantastic black pistes accessed via the Weisshorn Gondola.
Arosa offers a choice of two ski schools, from which you can select either private lessons or group tuition. Both schools are conveniently located just a few minutes from Arosa’s main cable car, making it the ideal choice for a family who are looking to reconvene at the end of the day. Between both ski schools you can enjoy a fantastic variety of tuition options, ranging from downhill skiing and snowboarding to telemark, freeride, ski touring, off-piste guiding and avalanche instruction.
There is a designated Kinderland nursery complete with a Pinocchio lift, magic carpet and catering facilities to ensure children can get the most fun out of their week on the slopes. This is located in close proximity to the main ski lifts to ensure convenience for families.
Arosa is a family-friendly resort which offers a good selection of restaurants serving easy and affordable cuisine. Choose between a popular pizzeria, steak, tapas and more; all complemented by excellent and extensive wine lists and a fun, easy going atmosphere. On the slopes, guests can enjoy choosing between around 40 cosy mountain huts offering self-service food and local specialities from the Grisons region.
A great selection of après ski bars such as the famous KuhBar are available on the slopes, where you can be sure to enjoy some late afternoon sunshine accompanied by a beer. When you reach the town there are a variety of hotel nightclubs, bars and cocktail lounges to try out, however in general Arosa is regarded as a quieter resort which is perfect for families and older groups who are looking for a more restful week away.
A wide range of off-slope activities are available in the charming town of Arosa, such as swimming, yoga, bowling, cinema and art exhibitions. Those looking for an exciting activity on the mountain other than skiing or boarding will be delighted by the selection of dog and husky sledding, heli tours, winter walks and even the opportunity to enjoy the sunrise from the top of the mountain.