Arosa Lenzerheide

Arosa Lenzerheide is a big Swiss ski resort, in eastern Switzerland, between Laax to the west, and Davos to the east. Lenzerheide’s ski region is vast, with three unique areas surrounding the Heidsee Lake, connected by 43 modern lifts around the two ski regions of Lenzerheide and Arosa. Families will love the sun soaked trails on Arosa and Lenzerheide’s west aspect, and expert skiers will find steep north facing terrain on the highest Rothorn peak at 2,865 meters, 9,400’. Arosa connected with Lenzerheide in 2014 with the amazing Urdenbahn tram – a super fast (3-minute) marvelous peak to peak ride, a top ski lift in the world, so it’s easy to access all the terrain.

With a week in Lenzerheide, you can ski 225 kilometers of prepared slopes, and a big 4,000’ vertical top to bottom. On the Heimberg, ski your World Cup run from the official start gate, the timer ticks down, you get the sensation of cowbells and crazy Swiss ski racing fans cheering. This steep run, #24 and 25, is also called the Silvano Beltrametti for the top Swiss racer who lives in Lenzerheide, more on him later.

Lenzerheide’s east facing Scalottas, Lavoz and Statzerhorn slopes get morning sun on dozens of great groomed trails with amazing view across the valley to the Rothorn – all part of your ticket. We loved the Early Bird Sunday special – first tracks starting at 6:30am, and a first glimpse of the sunrise over the Rothorn and the Alps, followed by a sinfully sumptuous buffet at the Alp Statz lodge starting at 8, long before the public is out on the slopes.

Arosa is also great for the morning sunshine and offers a plethora of intermediate trails. Arosa has more lodging, while the Lenzerheide side has more ski trails – but it’s easy to ski back and forth on the 150-passenger 3-minute tram.

The Prada area to the far west of Lenzerheide is very family friendly with moderately pitched less busy slopes, ski school and learning area, and the modern Panoramic gondola that returns you to Statzerhorn (the main east side of Lenzerheide).

A highlight of Lenzerheide is the on mountain chalets and huts, over 40, and the views of a thousand peaks (not sure about a thousand but with stunning vistas like that, who’s counting). Lenzerheide’s Nordic trails are impressive, and the sledding looks super-fast and fun riding traditional wooden sleds on groomed trails within the ski area. In the village of Lenzerheide, there are several chic ski shops like Pesko and Jet Set, nice restaurants and hotels like Kurhaus and Schwiezerhof Hotel.

Arosa Lenzerheide does get busy on weekends and during family vacations. Party goers and music lovers will be sure to want to check out Lenzerheide’s “Live is Life” event in early April for spring skiing and live bands performing all over the mountain.

Where to stay at Lenzerheide
Berggasthaus Crest’ota is an authentic alpine bed and breakfast chalet, family-operated, right on the slopes, truly ski in ski out. The simple guest rooms above the restaurant have mountain views, and the Crest’ota staff is super friendly, especially the brother sister team Jean Carlo & Andrea. This is THE place for aprés ski at Lenzerheide daily, with music on weekends on the outdoor terrace, and in evenings their popular restaurant serves fondue and local specialties.

Revier is ideal for millennials and minimalists, with its no-fuss, mod vibe. No room keys, no reception desk, just a code to your door, the ski room, your bill at the self-check kiosk in the efficient “cool” lobby. Revier “gang members” (staff – I guess their super hip) are available if you need help at the bar and restaurant – which is the social hub of the hotel. Our “cabin” was Xtra large but still minimal with just a king bed set against a grand picture window overlooking the lake, The Heidsee, a great view, just no place to sit, except bed, a few shelves & hooks. If you’ve stayed at a Yotel or CitizenM you get the drift. Revier is steps to the gondola, moderate in price, and the location and lake view can’t be beat.

Lenzerheide on mountain dining
Berghotel Tgantieni is a beautiful chalet at Lenzerheide’s Scalottas area, you can dine outside on the sun soaked wood deck, or in the posh dining room. Tgantieni is owned by Swiss ski racer Silvano Beltrametti, considered the greatest Swiss racer til his World Cup downhill crash at Val D’Isère in 2001. Silvano is now the host at this magnificent spot, made us the most delicious cappuccino with a smiley face from the confines of his wheelchair, a paraplegic since his ski injury.

Motta Hutte is a spectacular mountain lodge atop Lenzerheide’s Motta six-pack chair.  This lodge cost $9 million, so reserve ahead, and marvel at the unique log design inside by the fire, don’t miss the wine & cigar room with the most expensive collection in ski country. Outside Motta’s bar stools are draped with sheep skin, tables offer waiter service, and couches can be reserved to sip cocktails in the sun.

Panorama Restaurant atop The Rothorn is well named for its spectacular 360 views at 2,985 meters. Costumed waiters serve a classic menu of Rösti, schnitzel, local meats and cheeses, gnocchi, soups and salads.

Crest’ota is an authentic lunch or après ski spot, lovely food, a wonderful outdoor deck and bar. Its the chalet right on the slopes, by the Dieschen T Bar and slope #21c. Crest’Ota is THE place for aprés ski, with Day Parties most Saturdays at 2pm with a DJ or live music, Glühwein and dancing. Kids can play in the snow or continue skiing laps on the T Bar while parents party.

Spoina Hut we hear has excellent traditional Swiss food, but the owner is very “selective”, doesn’t like kids or dogs, and maybe not Anglophones either as they hung up when we asked for reservations.

Arosa Lenzerheide Ski stats
Arosa Lenzerheide web site
225 km of prepared slopes
43 lifts
Elevations of 1,229 – 2,865 m, 9,400’ summit, 4,000’ vertical
40 on mountain chalets
Near Laax, Obersaxen, Brigels, Savognin in Surselva, and Davos ski resorts, 140 km to Zurich