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Resort guide to Arosa - Switzerland

Snow-sure, high and remote. Arosa is a great family skiing resort

Arosa resort guide - a general overview

Arosa is frequently described as the classic all-round winter resort. Think an isolated, snowy Swiss village, with skating on a frozen lake, horse-drawn sleighs jingling along and people strolling around in fur coats and you have Arosa!

At 1800 metres it is certainly snow-sure, high and remote.The main resort development is around Obersee where lifts go up to the Weisshorn sector of the slopes. The rest of Arosa is scattered, much of it spreading up the steep road separating Obersee from the older, prettier Inner-Arosa, where lifts go up to both sectors of the slopes. Arosa is quiet at night and as such attracts a well heeled clientele of families and older people. The majority of accommodation is in 3 and 4 star hotels some of which are a long walk from the lifts, however there is an excellent free shuttle-bus service.

In December 2013 the new Hornli-Urdenfurggli gongola/cable car opened which links the two ski resorts of Lenzerheide (155km) and Arosa (70km). This gives skiers a combined area of 225km making the combined resorts the largest ski area of the Graubunden canton of Switzerland.

We recommend ski holidays in Arosa for families and luxury ski hotel holidays for adults and romantics.

Airports

ZURICH
(2hr 30mins)

Resort stats

225km

1,800m - 2,655m

Level of skiing

Beginners
Intermediates
Experts
Snow sure
Off-piste
Ski area

Qualities

Charm factor
Non-skiers
Nightlife
Resort layout
Fine dinning
Short transfer
Resort value

Pros

  • Winter ambience
  • Few queues
  • Snow-sure
  • Excellent resort for family ski holidays

Cons

  • Spread-out village
  • Big block-like buildings

Arosa Resort Restaurants

Most are located in the hotels and many are very good, but do not have alot of charm. Hotel Arenwald is renowned for it cheesy specialities! Our favourite is the Stuva Cuolm. This shack-like building may not look appealing from the outside, but don't be put off as this has been Arosa's most popular restaurant for many years. The Italian cuisine is exceptional and the atmosphere is fun and friendly.

Arosa Mountain Restaurants

There is quite a bit of choice, many with sunbeds so you can lounge whilst dining. Carmennahutte is the best for this and has delicious food and plently of space. Alpenblick is anoter favourite as is the Hornli-Hutte where the traditional dishes are prepared daily and the desserts are to die for. The Heimeli mountain restaurant tucked away in the Sapun area is great for a fondu.

Arosa Apres Ski

Quite lively but none to recommend outright.

Arosa Nightlife

Limited.

Arosa Resort Map

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  • Funicular 3545022401d4cbcd363e07397500eb11e3c0a8b9938ecfc1bd44a5c240306315 Funicular
  • Cable car 262438c5626f68940e156df868b18890cdda3d131cdffa026f19e15448a2f3ea Cable Car
  • Gondola 08fc130c360bf663b5723567aab3384edc88bcec2e297e955865a20bc8050cb2 Gondola
  • Chair lift 207bbb7ef0c7c3f5458d8e1b5bb1a59b179909dbc96c70cbc66d08927a59c61f Chair lift
  • Drag lift 9649c8f20eb92153651608a16dced21b25b21acd3ad6ca90cea261c90ea44648 Drag lift
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