Arosa

Freeriding

The real beauty of Arosa is that you can access the Back Country runs straight off the backside of the resort via the North faces and they dont need much hiking ! The Safari Tour to Tschiertschen and on to Parpan and Lenzerheide is a quality tour that starts from Hornli and if you are feelign adventourous can be the middle section of an even longer tour that starts in Davos . The "Moilinis" run from out the back of The Bruggerhorn goes through rolling fields and down in to steep forests & descends 1600m over appx.6 km to Molinis in the Schanfigg Valley. If oyu are going off piste her for the first time it is worth taking a local guide as its easy to get lost in thick forest or stuck in a canyon !

Backcountry off the Hornli
Backcountry off the Hornli
Photo: Steve Dowle, WSG

Freeriders who also want to sample some tracks at speed, should check out the black pistes on the Weisshorn. However if you want to get some guaranteed fresh tracks take the off-piste track to the resort of Lenzerheide via the Hornli slopes, again we seriously suggest you only do so with a guide as this is serious terrain.

Freestylers

The Freestyle scene in Arosa / Lenzerheide has really taken off with four parks spread across both resorts. The Park'n'Pipe Tschuggen provides riders with 3 lines with different levels of difficulty the whole area here is completed by a mini pipe where you can get some practise in. For something a little out of the ordinary take the valley run (Slope No. 15) to the base station of the Weisshorn lift, you will see cool CO2-neutral natural park here that has been built purely out of locally sourced Arosa pinewood. A fun fact about this part of the park is that it was financed through crowd funding on the internet, with that kind of commitment you can see how seriously they take the freestyle scene in Arosa.

Arosa Snow
Arosa Park Riders
Michael Whittaker

Pistes

Carvers who like to slide around on gentle well prepared slopes and without any surprises will find Arosa ideal for their needs. The majority of pistes here are either red or blue so nothing is too challenging but if you do fancy stepping it up a little head up to either the Weisshorn Gondola which stops at 2653m, from here you can access Black Pistes 8 and 8a plus piste 9 or alternatively head up the Hornli lift at a height of 2511m where you can come down Black Pistes 3a and 4.

Arosa Snowboarding
Arosa Snowboarding
Michael Whittaker

If things are looking a little steep you can head down a multitude of red pistes or take blue Piste 5 all the way to the bottom of the Carmenna lift. It’s worth noting once up up the Hornli lift you can head across to Lenzerheide via the modern Urdenbahn gondola which is proving to be a real game changer for the two resorts. 

Arosa Snowboarder
Arosa Snowboarder
Michael Whittaker

Beginners

The slopes of Arosa provide plenty of challenges for novices and allow for some quick progression on gentle and wide slopes. Those heading out for the first time should stick around the base of the resort where there are a selection of magic carpets to go up and down that make practising those first turns a lot easier. If you are stepping out for the first time the Swiss Ski and Snowboard School at Innerarosa provide excellent tuition

Arosa Magic Carpet
Arosa Magic Carpet
Michael Whittaker

Once you get the basics of linking the turns down on the village slopes, take the Tschuggen Ost chair which terminates next to the SIT-Hutte restaurant.

Arosa Snow Boards
Arosa Snow Boards outside SIT-Hutte Restautrant
Michael Whittaker

From here you will be spoilt for choice with a variety of wide open blues in every direction. For something with a bit of variety take Piste 15 all the way down. The piste starts with nice wide open slopes but before long you will be sliding through a picturesque forest that encases the run for the final section. 

Arosa Snowboarding
Arosa Snowboarding
Michael Whittaker