At 1800m, the ski resort of Arosa in Switzerland is spread out across a pretty wooded valley, with accommodation and ... Read more
At 1800m, the ski resort of Arosa in Switzerland is spread out across a pretty wooded valley, with accommodation and amenities dotted between Inner-Arosa and Obersee, where the frozen lake is situated.
Arosa is laid-back and quiet, and offers 60km of skiing on a large open bowl, facing north-east to south-east. The ski area isn’t hugely extensive, but it does offer beautiful views down into the valley and runs that almost always end up at the village.
Skiing in Arosa can be as high as 2655m at the top of the Weisshorn peak and can be accessed by a selection of cable cars, gondolas and chair lifts. Mountain restaurants such as Carmennahütte and Alpenblick provide good places to stop for a bite to eat, and the food is always delicious.
Ski Line has a selection of hotels chalets and apartments in Arosa.
Après Arosa is fairly lively, with a few bars offering atmospheric places to have something to eat and enjoy a drink. The Piano Bar in the Carmenna Hotel is a popular venue, as is the Sitting Bull.
Ice rinks, a swimming pool and sleigh rides are all in Arosa for non-skiers to enjoy. If you like walking or fancy hiking up the mountain then a pedestrian lift pass can be purchased and you can venture off across the pistes taking in the stunning landscape.
At the Tschuggen area above Obersee there’s lots of easy blue runs to practise on, but they can become a little busy at times. Longer blues run down from the Hörnli piste straight back to the Inner-Arosa village, where some quieter runs suitable for nervous beginners and children are located.
Intermediate skiers in Arosa will have lots of choice between blue and red runs around the whole open bowl. Runs down from Weisshorn are more difficult, while runs from Hörnli are more for cruising. There’s not a huge amount of mileage to be had, but the mixture of long and short runs and varity of terrain is great.
If you’re coming to Arosa as an advanced skier you could find yourself without a lot to challenge you. There are a couple of difficult blacks on Hörnli and down from Weisshorn, but apart from these there isn’t a lot to explore.
The Brüggerhorn piste offers runs most suitable to free riders, and there are good snowboarding schools here for beginners. Gentle off piste slopes provide good places to practice some jumps and discover different terrain.
Based on weekly average snowfall data November 2000 - April 2018