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Arosa

Arosa Ski Resort Guide

Arosa, Switzerland

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length70km
Highest Lift2,650m
Resort Height1,800m
 Nearest AirportsBolzano and St. Gallen-Altenrhein
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Arosa

A classic high-altitude resort of the type that only exists in Switzerland. It is famous for its views over the local peaks and its well laid out lift system. The local ski club was founded in 1903 and the ski school in 1933.

Summary

The Swiss ski resort of Arosa is in the Swiss Alps at an altitude of 1,800m, with 70km of marked runs.

Arosa is part of the Arosa Lenzerheide ski area with access to 225km of downhill skiing, with 113 marked pistes, served by a total of 56 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Arosa itself (70km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Arosa Lenzerheide ski resort of Lenzerheide - Valbella.

The ski resort itself is at 1,800m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,650m, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Arosa?

The next notable snow forecast is 1cm, expected on 2 December, with around 45cm forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Arosa Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 2 5km
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
 8 20km
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
 7 35km
Downhill
Total Length
70km
Cross Country
Total Length
25km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
16

Arosa Lenzerheide Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Pistes
Number of runs
113
Downhill
Total Length
225km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
56

Altitudes

Arosa Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,650m
Resort Altitude (Arosa)1,800m
Lowest Piste1,740m
Max Vertical910m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Arosa
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Arosa Overview

A classic high-altitude resort of the type that only exists in Switzerland, Arosa is famous for its views over the local peaks and its well laid out lift system. The local ski club was founded in 1903, making it one of the world's oldest, and the ski school began in 1933. Developing from a destination for health giving holidays in the last century in to one of the pioneering winter sports meccas before the era of modern skiing, Arosa has managed to turn itself in to a winter sports destination with the facilities modern tourists want, but at the same time continued to capitalise on the stunning natural beauty that surrounds it, an ever more valuable asset.

From a practical point of view Arosa also scores highly thanks to its altitude - one of the highest traditional villages in Europe. The village's location at the end of the steep Schanfigg Valley gives it another strength in the modern era - no through traffic. However, as with other classic Swiss resorts such as St Moritz, Crans Montana or Engelberg, Arosa cannot really be described as a picturesque alpine village, with almost fifty hotels, including two five star establishments, each with over 200 beds, one a ten storey high rectangular concrete building - this is not a village of quaint little wooden chalets. That being said, Arosa is a rather scattered affair and Inner Arosa, a little way above the main resort, is the more picturesque, with the main base by the Obersee rather less scenic.

The resort was turned from a remote village to an international destination resort by a Dr Otto Herwig-Hold, who thought it the ideal location for his tuberculosis sanatorium back in the 1880s. Since then kings and queens, along with celebrities such as Sophia Loren and Thomas Mann, have made up the guest list. Early winter sports fans had a basic bobsleigh run and hickory wood skis to enjoy the snow. Today it attracts a wide range of clients from the rich-without-glitz brigade who have money but don't want to flaunt it, to lively young 'boarders.

Skiing

Considering its long history as a winter sports centre, Arosa's skiing has a surprisingly modern and well designed lift system. The trail network, largely above the treeline, is crowned by the Weisshorn, from the top of which there are spectacular views all around. The quickest and indeed only way to reach it is via a two stage cable car up from the village. The first stage to Tshuggen is also accessed by parallel chair and drag lifts so queues are almost unheard of. This is particularly the case in Arosa as there's no early morning rush to the lifts.

The slopes here are wide and usually benefit from Arosa's 8 - 12 hours of sunshine daily, being south facing. A second route into the skiing is by chair (to Tschuggen again) or drag lift up to Carmenna beneath the Weisshorn peak, from Inner Arosa. From the edge of that village the Hornli gondola accesses one other extreme of the terrain and more northerly facing slopes. Beginners have plenty of easy blue trails served by short beginner drags up at Tschuggen. After these have been mastered there are runs back down to the resort through the trees. The chair from Tschuggen up to the Brüggerhorn accesses a long easy trail, 5km (3 miles) in length back down to the village.

Intermediates will enjoy the long fast reds from the top of the Hörnli gondola or the Weisshorn cable car back down to the resort. For experts the upper section of the Weisshorn has the most challenging skiing. Guides can take you off piste, including on a route over to Lenzerheide.

Flexible lift pass includes the option of returning a day pass at lunchtime to receive a refund for the unused hours, an afternoon only pass, or a ski pass just for the gentle Tschuggen sector - ideal for families or beginners.

Arosa has 25km (15 miles) of prepared cross-country ski trails on Maran, Prätschalp / Ochsenalp, in the Isel and on the Obersee.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding

Part of Arosa's renaissance as a cool resort has included its enthusiasm for snowboarding, which has led to it building one of Europe's more impressive halfpipes.

The fun park, dubbed the Snow Drop, is located on the Tschuggen and features jumps as well as the pipe. The fact that 10 of the 16 lifts are chairs or gondolas is also good news for 'boarders, indeed the few drags are generally too short to bother with or duplicates of chair routes.

Location and Map

Where is Arosa?

This ski resort is in the Swiss Alps in Arosa Lenzerheide, Graubünden.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Arosa is Bolzano, 17 minutes drive away.

St. Gallen-Altenrhein, Friedrichshafen, Zurich, Lugano and Basel airports are all within three hours drive.

Bolzano is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 16 ski lifts are able to uplift 22,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 15km of ski runs, with 120 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Arosa open?

 Closes : 10 April 2021.

Usual opening is late November, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Arosa, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Arosa Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Arosa

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Aprés Ski

Arosa offers a choice of two dozen bars including a good choice of cosy hotel stublis. There are six discothèques, opening up to 4am. The best known late night dancing venue is the Kitchen Club in the Hotel Eden below the specious Eden Bar, lively earlier in the evening. You should be able to find jazz, blues, reggae, rock or other styles to suit your taste. The Kursaal complex houses the newest nightclub Nuts as well as a bar and cinema.

If you do stay up all night make sure you take the early morning cable car ascent of the Weisshorn to catch the spectacular sunrise.

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