Snowboard Guide rating 7 out of 10
“Arosa is a picture perfect Swiss town with varied pistes and excellent freeriding opportunities, the resort retains a homely feel and with the addition of a gondola link to nearby Lenzerheide this area should really take off!
Lift count :
3 x Cable-cars
2 x Gondolas
7 x Chairlifts
6 x Drag-lifts
64km of pistes
Resting at a height of 1800 metresArosa sits at the end of the romantic Schanfigg Valley and is located in the eastern sector of the country not far from the town of Chur and the well known resort of Davos. Arosa unlike Davos is not a massive sprawling mountain town, quite the opposite in fact Arosa is a quiet traditional Swiss village loaded with all the alpine charm you could wish for. The resort benefits from long sunny days, snow sure conditions and given the altitude is well protected from high winds.
Arosa Picture Perfect Michael Whittaker
Getting to Arosa is a spectacle in itself especially if you head to Chur and hop on the Rhaetian Railways network. The journey takes roughly an hour on a single track railway that winds slowly from the tree drenched valley floor revealing the spectacular Swiss Alps of Graubünden region as you climb. Arriving at the main station of Arosa the scenery continues to impressive with a quaint town centre that is capped of with a frozen lake and chocolate box houses.
Arosa Train Arosa
In terms of the slopes linking Arosa up with the nearby resort of Lenzerheide is a real masterstroke that has increased the ride area considerably without effecting the relaxing charm of Arosa. As a combined package the Arosa / Lenzerheide region now offers an impressive 225km of pistes thanks to the addition of a Gondola link which will enable the resort to compete with some of the bigger resorts of the European Alps.
Arosa Village Michael Whittaker
Despit the new gondola link both areas still retain their individual charms and it is in Arosa where the terrain is the more gentle. Consisting mainly of open wide trails that are all serviced by a modern and well appointed lift system the ski area can shift an impresssive 63,000 people an hour with over 40 lifts. The runs are spread out over three areas, that of the Hornli, The Weisshorn and The Bruggerhorn. The most challenging terrain is located on the Weisshorn: "The Rettich "run under the Gondola and the "Telephone hang" to the North East but both can be prone to Avalanches so be careful and take a guide if you are exploring these areas ofr the first time.