The 50th most popular snowboarding destination in Switzerland.
Thursday 17 January 2019 06:45 GMT
Southeast of Zurich and Chur, the Arosa ski area has 55 pistes totaling 70km that are served by 18 lifts accessing 914m of vertical descent. Located in the romantic Schanfigg Valley, the village of Arosa is one of those idealic traditional Swiss villages. This family-friendly ski area is popular with beginner and intermediate snowboarders. The slopes are located to the west of the village and are split with 56% intermediate and 6% difficult. To make things even more enticing, there is now a traverse gondola interconnecting Arosa with the slopes at Lenzerheide to the southwest. This newer connection from Arosa Hornli to Parpaner Rothorn opens up the expansive snowboarding lines above Lenzerheide.
If you are looking for some challenge, Arosa also has an amazing 40km of ungroomed pistes open to freeriding. There are freeride ski routes off the summit of Weisshorn (2653m) and off the so-called Freeride Mountain, Bruggerhorn.
When it comes to off-pistes lines, there are some hardcore, guide-recommended backcountry routes right off the backside via the North Faces. The Safari Tour over to Tschiertschen, then Parpan and then Lenzerheide from the Arosa Hornli summit is truly epic. Another major undertaking is the Moilinis route starting from behind Bruggerhorn and dropping through rolling bowls and steep forests for a 1600m descent over 6km into Moilinis down in the Schanfigg Valley.
For the freestylers in your crew, there are two terrain parks in Arosa and also two over in Lenzerheide. The Arosa parks include the Park n Pipe Tschuggen and the Wood Ranch. The Park n Pipe Tschuggen has three lines of varied difficulty and also a mini-pipe. The Wood Ranch is ocated on the descent into the Weisshornbahn valley and makes use of natural features through a fir pine forest.
There are a couple good on-mountain restaurants to feed the machine from a long morning of snowboarding - try either Wiesshorngipfel or Sattelhutte.
After a long day of snowboarding at Arosa, don’t get too riled up for a wild apres ski scene - this isn’t the place. But, try starting off on the mountain at Kuhbar, and then your best bet is at the Innerarosa base area where you'll find Bruggli Bar. For an authentic local dinner, try heading over to the Restaurant Burestübli (Hotel Arlenwald) or Kachelofa-Stübli (Waldhotel). For some nightlife in Arosa, check out either the Nuts Club or Kitchen Club.
Arosa can be divided into two zones called Innerarosa and Ausserarosa. The older Innerarosa is considered the typical main base area, while slightly down valley is Ausserarosa where the train station is located. There is a free regular shuttle bus between the villages. Both are provide direct access to the lifts.
To reach the snowboarding in Arosa from Zurich by car, head south on A3 to A13 toward Chur (130km). In Chur, head east on the winding road up to Arosa (30km). To reach Arosa from Zurich by train, start from the main Zurich train station and take the hourly train to Chur. In Chur, transfer trains to the Rhaetian Railway, which is a one hour ride to Arosa on a single track line.
Overall, Arosa is the 50th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 79 snowboarding resorts in Switzerland. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Arosa including Laax-Flims, Lenzerheide and Brambruesch.