The 41st most popular snowboarding destination in Switzerland.
Wednesday 28 November 2018 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 40 lifts accessing 1635m 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. 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, the best 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.
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.
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 or a charming, authentic town centre.
Overall, Lenzerheide is the 41st most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 79 snowboarding resorts in Switzerland. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Lenzerheide including Laax-Flims, Arosa and Brambruesch.