Visitor reviews for Arosa Ski Resort
April 02, 2014
Jacek from Poland
I am coming to Arosa with my family on my winter holiday for 4 years. Everything is not good but perfect.
Overall: 4.3. Based on 8 votes and 12 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Arosa.
Public Transport: 5.0
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Arosa, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Arosa, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.8
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.6
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Arosa.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.3
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Arosa, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Arosa is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Arosa relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.6
(1) There are no snow groomers at Arosa, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Arosa are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Arosa is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 2.8
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Arosa, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.7
(1) Arosa usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.6
(1) The staff at Arosa are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Arosa are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.7
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 5.0
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 3.9
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Arosa has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Arosa, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 4.7
(1) Not even a kicker at Arosa, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Arosa, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Arosa has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.5
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 4.3
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 5.0
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 3.9
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 3.9
(1) Overall, Arosa is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 3.6
(1) Overall, Arosa is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
May 09, 2010
myko from United Kingdom
Arosa is a lovely place to ski. Great for families with varied slopes including a snow park and tracks through trees that little ones love. The shops are limited for gifts and it feels retro rather than traditional Alpine, yet Arosa has beautiful views which make up for this. Eating out is limited and quite expensive. Few places meant we found it hard to get a table in the village at lunch times, yet up the mountain was fine.
March 10, 2010
hans Kamhoot from South Africa
I'm a boarder from Cape Town and been to the Weishorn (Arosa) for close on thirty years in a row. It's close to the sky and surely the most beautiful spot on earth. Oh and it gets cold, ie good powder to be found....
March 03, 2010
Joel Nick from Namibia
I was in Arosa in January. Brilliant lifts, weather, snow and views. What a spot-highly recommend it. Everything works well, the ski runs are superbly marked and one is away from it all.
Getting there was no issue-the ride was truly beautiful.
However , there was a "gay ski weeknd " on and I was truly apalled at the conduct of some of these folk. They were dressed in some outrageously effeminate attire-truly scandalous kissing in public(and more)!
November 19, 2009
Dan R from United Kingdom
Have been to Arosa twice; in March 2008 and January 2009, staying in a self catered apartment, about 10 mins walk to the chairlift and main gondola. Both times we had absolutely fantastic snow conditions, really couldn't have had better.
Booked the accommodation ourselves and got there (flew into Zurich airport), on the train - takes a while but is picturesque. Note that if you're not driving, the train, from Chur is the only way to the resort - beautiful train ride, and an amazing feat of engineering, but takes a while.
I'm a boarder (for the last 6 seasons) and the runs are quite good, and well groomed, though I only attempt blues anyway. I'm not a terrain park rider, but the one there looked top notch. Not so crowded either, though we were there outside of the school holidays.
One criticism about Arosa is that the runs (that I went on) are quite narrow, that might put off some people. I had a big crash near the bottom one time, due to lots of ice, but that happens anywhere.
Also did some tobogganing. This was great fun, with some good routes to try - except at one time, some skiers coming down past us.
Arosa resort, when we went, was nice and quiet (if you're into that) with no thumping music or drunk people in the early hours. However, it could do with a few nice bars, just for a few drinks afterwards. Arosa has enough restaurants and coffee shops - if you want more, go down to Chur.
The ski bus is free, but gets way too crowded for its own good, as in, full to absolute "sardine" capacity.
Lift prices are not cheap, but where is these days?
'Reasonable' prices for food at the top - but stick to things like soup & chips, and it's not so pricey.
We didn't spend all of our days in Arosa, so did a bit of sightseeing - you can easily get to Davos, Klosters, St Moritz on the train. If you need a day off the slopes, and like Swiss railways, you'll be happy here.
Will consider going to Arosa again, but next time, to try skiing rather than boarding.
December 17, 2008
rb from Switzerland
Arosa is the best family winter and summer vacation place in Switzerland.
December 01, 2008
John West from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Arosa - what a relatively undiscovered delight. Fabulous skiing, well maintained pistes, great apres-ski, but not too noisy, excellent transport system. Highly recommend Hotel Cristallo - great rooms, views and restaurant. Ski bus stops just outside, to/from either end of resort. Off-piste is great when conditions permit. Skied there twice in 2008. Try the helicopter over to Davos for a change of scene if time permits.
November 25, 2007
Helen Onions from France
We run a catered chalet in Arosa which we feel is quite a unique resort with it's Swiss mountain train from the oldest city in Switzerland (connected by intercity train from Zurich), the quality and friendliness of service, beauty, activities, apres-ski...a refreshingly relaxed and easy-going all round resort.
The adventurous skier should buy the Ski Safari pass (an extension of 20CHF per day to the Arosa pass), which allows you to ski off the back of the Hornli ridge (at the top of the Hornli gondola) to meet Tchiertschen lifts, which take you to the Lenzerheide ski area, and then you return back to the bottom of the Hornli cable car at the end of an exhilerating day.
Also, an early morning train from Arosa to Davos would enable you to catch the first lifts of Davos ski area to return over the ridge to Arosa, via Langwies, which offers a free mountain train service (10 minutes) to Arosa with the Arosa lift pass.
Arosa is a very lovely place to have as a base to enjoy the unspoilt, high altitude mountains, and why not choose Chalet Runca (saturday to saturday) to stay, with all its home comforts and resident chef?!
April 02, 2006
Gerben Bos from Netherlands
Last week we were in Arosa for 4 nights in the Tschuggen Grand Hotel. The views were splendid and this area is beautiful. The skiing is great, good chairlifts and preferable above the gondolas. It is a ski area with a lot of sun and although there was much slush puppy snow, the ski runs were well maintained without brown or black spots on the runs. Tschuggen bar had a wonderful Tschuggen café. Really a recommendation.
All ski runs in this area can be skied in one full day. But three days are still good. When there is much powder, it is tempting to ski for 5 days for the cracks. For the beginners there are the top runs, quite steep and I would wonder if the low runs are always in that good snow condition to have a nice beginners week. When the connection is made with Lenzerheide it will be a great place for one week, but till then it is nice for a few days and enjoy the fresh air and the views!
February 09, 2006
Rick Lang from United States
Nice sunny spot to take the family....but if you like long or steep, you will be sorely disappointed in Arosa. Try the next valley over either to the east or west for better advanced skiing....