The 41st most popular snowboarding destination in Switzerland.
Wednesday 13 February 2019 06:38 GMT
Southeast of Zurich and south of Chur in the Graubunden region, the Lenzerheide ski area has become a true freeriders paradise. It has 155km of pistes served by 25 lifts accessing 1365m of descent, along with plenty of off-piste lines to explore. Lenzerheide is spread across both the east and west sides of the valley, and its groomed pistes are rated about 40% intermediate and 15% advanced. While it has a maximum descent of 1365m, it will be more typical to do descents of 950m or less.
To make it even more enticing for snowboarders, there is now a traverse gondola interconnecting Lenzerheide with the slopes at Arosa to the northeast. This newer connection from Parpaner Rothorn to Arosa Hornli opens up the expansive snowboarding lines above Arosa. Of course, there is still the lift connection to Churwalden, the next town north of Lenzerhiede.
In terms of freeriding, keep in mind that there aren't many marked ungroomed ski routes at Lenzerheide. The best freeride options are from Parpan Schwarzhorn and off Parpan Rothorn. The couloirs off Rothorn are known to be narrow, steep and rocky. If you are experienced and looking to go further off-piste, there are two popular guided backcountry trous including the Safari Tour from Parpaner Schwarzhorn to Tschiertschen and Sonnaspans Tour from Rothhorn summit leading all the way back down to Lenzerhiede.
For a typical lunch up on the mountain, you're best bets are at ACLA Grischuna or the June Hutte. After a long day of snowboarding at Lenzerheide, don't get too excited about the apres ski action or nightlife. With no central base area or village, there are limited places for apres ski and late night partying. But, with that said, the best apres ski options are up on the mountain at the Wannerbar and then the Freeride Bar.
To reach Lenzerheide from Zurich by train, take the hourly train south from the main Zurich train station to Chur. In Chur, there is also an hourly bus heading south to Lenzerheide. Keep in mind that there really isn't a central base area nor a charming, authentic town centre.
Note: It really doesn't take much wind to close the upper lifts for the day. Watch the weather if you're planning to head across to Arosa and want to make it back in the same day.
Overall, Lenzerheide is the 41st most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 80 snowboarding resorts in Switzerland. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Lenzerheide including Laax-Flims, Arosa and Brambruesch.