Hidden up a dead-end valley between Lenzerheide and Davos, Arosa is a throw-back to another era; a family-friendly resort with great off-piste powder skiing access, a perfect mix of hotel styles, and a hospitable vibe that is emblematic of the canton of Graubunden. First put on the map in the 1880’s as a wellness resort and sanitarium, it then gained notoriety in 1894 from a ski story written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, about a descent from Davos to Arosa finishing with lunch at the Hotel Seehof, still one of our favorite hotels in the village.
From kilometers of trails for nordic skiing to the long runs off the Weisshorn, to the backcountry skiing that links the resort to Lenzerheide, new skilifts completed in 2012, there is terrain for everyone. One of the best events in Arosa takes place each full moon, when they open the cablecars to the top of the Weisshorn for “Mondschein” skiing, lit only by the moonlight. The pistes are prepared after the normal closing hours, then re-opened at 7pm, and all mountain restaurants and bars open up again for dinner. The final run down around midnight can be quite an adventure.
From the historic Seehof to the 5* Arosa Kulm hotel, there is every sort of accommodation possible, but our favorite is the Tschuggen Grand 5*, with the award-winning spa designed by architect Mario Botta, recognized as one of the best in the Alps.