Arosa Ski Resort

Arosa is one of Switzerland’s most traditional resorts, with a great local ski area and since 2013 access to the vast slopes of the Lenzerheide Valley.

The resort’s location at the head of a remote valley above Chur and on the Obersee Lake makes Arosa one of the most picturesque resorts in Switzerland. A collection of smart hotels, including two grand with five stars – the Kulm and Tschuggen – provides much of the accommodation, but there are also some more wallet-friendly apartments and B&Bs to choose from. The skiing below the towering Weisshorn is mostly east facing, making this a great area for early morning turns. We’d then recommend following the sunshine and taking the impressive Urdenbahn cable car across the Lenzerheide, which opens up a vast array of terrain.

Check out our Lenzerheide resort guide for further information about the skiing over there and the Freshtracks holidays heading to the other half of this vast linked ski area.

Our Arosa Resort Ratings

  • Beginner ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Intermediate ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Advanced ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Snow Reliability ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Fast Lifts ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Resort Activities ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Après ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Value ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
Pros

Traditional but lively resort with good hotels and restaurants

Vast linked ski area with neighbouring Lenzerheide

East-facing aspect makes this the ideal spot for morning skiing

Cons

High winds can close the upper lifts and link to Lenzerheide

Few major challenges for experts

No real trees to escape to in bad weather

Arosa Skiing and Snowboarding

Absolute beginners will really enjoy the sunny nursery slopes in Innerarosa, with great progression on offer on the gentle runs at Tschuggen. The rest of the local ski area is then one big playground for intermediates upwards – our favourite routes are the sweeping reds off the Hörnli Express. Confident intermediates should be able to make the most of the link across the Lenzerheide, via the Urdenbahn and then the convenient chairlift across the road at Parpan.

More advanced skiers and riders have a big playground at their disposal if there has been fresh snow, but note that if the skies haven’t been dropping the white stuff there is a relatively limited number of challenges. The best area for off piste is served by the ancient Brüggerhorn chairlift, but this is due an upgrade to a fast 6-pack in 2019/2020, significantly improving access to this steep sector of the resort.

  • Total Pistes: 225km
  • Blue: 49%
  • Red: 39%
  • Black: 12%
  • Lifts: 43
  • Altitude: 1229m (Arosa is at 1739m) – 2865m

Arosa Piste Map

The local area map can be downloaded here.

Arosa Resort

There are two main parts to Arosa, both of which are equally convenient. The main part of town surrounds the Obersee Lake and extends up to the higher satellite of Innerarosa. Hotels can be found throughout and whether you’re looking for 5* luxury or a cosy, family-run B&B, Arosa has both. There are some nice bars and restaurants in town and up on the hill, the Carmennahütte is a very popular spot for après ski sessions.

Away from the pistes, Arosa is home to a very good network of winter walking trails, none more so than the epic ridgeline route down from the Weisshorn and you can even walk all the way to and from après at the Carmennahütte. The outdoor ice rink is popular and you can try your hand at curling or ice hockey.

How to get to Arosa

Access via Chur is very easy from Zürich and Basel is a good alternative. The drive from the former takes around 2.5 hours (add half an hour if you’re catching the train) and the latter is around three hours away by car (or four by train).

  • Zürich airport: 2.5 hours (driving) or 3 hours (train)
  • Basel airport: 3 hours (driving) or 4 hours (train)
  • Calais: approximately 11 hours driving (569 miles)

Arosa Contact Details

Good For

Ability
  • Advanced
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
In Resort
  • Ski To Door
On Slope
  • Fast Lifts
  • No Queues
  • Snow Reliability

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