Arosa-Lenzerheide

Arosa-Lenzerheide ski – A complete guide to the Swiss ski resort

Ski resort figures

Slopes

225

of slopes

ski pass

75

Day ski pass for adult

Slope difficulty

110

of blue slopes

Blue slope

87

of red slopes

Piste rouge

28

of black and yellow slopes

Black slope

Altitude

1473

village

2865

peak

Snow cover

65

of the ski resort is snow-sure

Our review of the ski resort

A well-rounded twin resort

Less showy than their sisters Davos and St. Moritz Arosa and Lenzerheide are two beautiful, sunny and versatile ski resorts in Graubünden. The many blue slopes and the friendly atmosphere will appeal to families and beginners, while the extensive ski area and the beautiful descents of the Weisshorn and the World Cup run will delight more experienced skiers. At just 15 and 30 km from Chur, they rank among the fastest accessible ski resorts in Graubünden.

Photos: Ferienregion Arosa-Lenzerheide and Roman Schurte, Unsplash

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Our review of the skiing area

A heaven for both novices and experts

The ski area stretches over two distinct valleys, linked by a cable car. It is possible to cover the entire 220 km via pistes and ski lifts. The slopes are prepared daily and the facilities, mostly chair lifts and cable cars, are modern.

Arosa

Arosa is a lovely sunny ski resort located in a south-west facing basin surrounded by peaks. The lower part is packed with blue slopes perfectly suited to beginners, the upper part has beautiful and wide red and black slopes offering splendid views of the Graubünden Alps.

Photo: Ferienregion Arosa

Photo: Ferienregion Lenzerheide

Lenzerheide

Lenzerheide is made up of two beautiful wooded mountain sides, connected by a chairlift. The eastern side, sunny in the morning, includes many blue slopes as well as the Piz Scalottas peak with its pretty traditional restaurant. From there start beautiful descents for intermediate and advanced skiers through the forests. The west side, sunny in the afternoon, has great red runs and above all the black run “Silvano Beltrametti”, one of the World Cup ski races; a very steep run with a difference in altitude of up to 65% that will challenge your skiing skills.

Arosa-Lenzerheide connection

The western side of Lenzerheide is connected directly to Arosa via a cable car. If you venture out of your home station, be careful not to miss the last cabin, otherwise you may get stuck in the wrong resort. A note for beginners who wish to travel from Lenzerheide to Arosa or vice versa: it is necessary to take a short but steep red trail in “Urdenfürggli”.

Photo: Tim Vanderhoydonck, Unsplash

Getting to Arosa-Lenzerheide

Location and access

Arosa-Lenzerheide is located in eastern Switzerland, in the region of Graubünden, about 30 kilometres from Chur.

Arosa lies at the far end of the Schanfigg valley at an altitude of 1’740m. An ideal location, with lots of sunshine and little wind, away from road traffic, which has made the ski resort a popular destination for people suffering from respiratory illnesses since the 19th century.

Halfway between Chur and Tiefencastel, Lenzerheide lies in a high valley at an altitude of 1’500m. The village is embedded between two densely wooded slopes which surround a central lake, the “Heidsee”.

Arosa
The 45-minute journey from Chur is spectacular: 360 turns and a 1,320-metre ascent through the romantic Schanfigg valley landscape. Some of the bends are so tight that large coaches are not allowed to pass.

There are two main car parks in the village: an outdoor car park “Obersee Parkplatz” at the foot of the cable car (10 CHF/day) and a covered car park “Parkhaus Ochsenbühl” (18 CHF/day), also located near the cable car station.

Distance by car to Arosa

From
Journey time
Lausanne
4h30
Fribourg
3h30
Berne
3h15
Geneva-Airport
4h30
Zurich-Airport
2h15
Lyon
6h15
Paris
8h30

Lenzerheide
The journey from Chur to Lenzerheide is shorter and more direct than the one to Arosa: only 25 minutes. You can park your car at the outdoor car park “Parkplatz Rothorn” at the foot of the cable car of the same name for CHF 5 per day. The village of Churwalden, which is closer from Chur, also has a large outdoor car park at the foot of the lifts. A gondola lift connects the small resort to the Lenzerheide ski region.

Driving distance to Lenzerheide

From
Journey time
Lausanne
3h45
Fribourg
3h
Berne
2h50
Geneva-Airport
4h10
Zurich-Airport
1h50
Lyon
5h45
Paris
8h00

Arosa
Arosa is linked to Chur by the Rhaetian Railway. The scenic route, which winds its way through the picturesque landscape of the Schanfigg Valley, is well worth leaving your car at home or at the “Park & Ride” car park in Chur (12 CHF/day). The train takes you to the village centre at the foot of the Weisshorn cable car.

Distance by train to Arosa

From
Journey time
Changes
Berne
3h30
2 x
Fribourg
4h
2 x
Lausanne
4h50
2 x
Zurich
2h30
1 x
Geneva-Airport
5h30
2 x
Lyon
7h
3 x
Paris
6h45
2 x

SBB train timetable

Lenzerheide
The journey from Chur to Lenzerheide is faster than the one to Arosa. It is not by train, but by post bus 182. The ski resort can be reached from 2 different bus stops:

  • “Churwalden, 20 minutes from Chur. The stop is at the foot of the “Heidbüel” gondola lift and leads to the eastern side of the ski region, which is sunnier in the morning.
  • “Lenzerheide/Lai”, 5 minutes further on. The stop is at the bottom of the Rothornbahn and leads to the west side of the ski area, which is directly connected to Arosa.

Distance by train to Lenzerheide

From
Journey time
Changes
Berne
3h
2 x
Fribourg
3h30
2 x
Lausanne
4h15
2 x
Zurich
1h55
1 x
Geneva-Airport
5h
2 x
Lyon
6h30
3 x
Paris
6h15
2 x

SBB train timetable

Expert tip: free transport
If you hold a ski pass or season ticket, the journey between Chur and Arosa by train or Lenzerheide by bus is free of charge. As long as you have your ski or snowboard equipment with you.

Luggage
If you are travelling with bulky luggage and ski equipment: SBB can transfer your luggage or skis from major Swiss cities and airports for CHF 12 per piece of luggage per journey. You can then pick them up at Chur or Arosa railway stations. Please note, however, that there is a two-day delay between the time the luggage is handed over and its arrival at its destination. Ask at an SBB station ticket office ahead of time.

The nearest international airport is Zurich Airport.

From Zurich Airport
Get off at the airport’s underground station and take one of the many trains to the main station (Zurich HB). Then change to the InterCity 3, which leaves every 30 minutes in the direction of Chur.

To Arosa
In Chur, change to the red train of the Rhaetian Railway (RhB) in the direction of Arosa.

The adult single journey without reduction costs CHF 56.
Total journey time from Zurich airport: 2h50

To Lenzerheide
In Chur, go to the bus station above the tracks and take the yellow post bus number 182 to “Lenzerheide/Lai”.

The adult single journey without reduction costs CHF 55.
Total travel time from Zurich Airport: 2h20.

Arosa and Lenzerheide have a free bus service running throughout the high season. The buses connect the different parts of the village with the cable car stations.

Map and timetable of the free buses in Arosa and Lenzerheide

Hotels in Arosa-Lenzerheide

The best hotels of the ski resort

Hotels in Arosa or Lenzerheide are more affordable than in the Graubünden resorts of Davos or St. Moritz . Both ski resorts have beautiful and charming accommodation to suit all budgets.

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