The winter season at Arosa will start mid-December and will continue through until late April, 2009 when skiers of all abilities will be able to enjoy the choice of skiing terrain covering 70km of marked pistes, served by a total of 16 lifts.
You can reach Arosa by using Zurich (or other airports) and then transfer. If you travel by car to Arosa from the UK you can forget your car upon arrival. Resort authorities do not welcome traffic (except taxis and the shuttle buses) from moving around so ensure you park and leave the vehicle for the duration of your stay.
Reaching the slopes is easy. The cablecar starts from the centre of Arosa close to the railway station and the ice-covered lake. From Inner Arosa (reached by shuttle bus) there are numerous chair, gondola and drag lifts with little or no waiting to access the high slopes. There are spectacular events taking place throughout the winter on the frozen lake such as golf (dogs are used to retrieve lost balls!), horse-racing in the snow in January, an event which has been "rescued". Beneath the village streets is a golf course open throughout the year. A visit is a "must".
In January Arosa will stage a "Swiss Snow Walking Event" based on the art of Nordic walking - certainly designed to get you fit!
If you fly into Switzerland it is likely your coach will drop you in the town of Chur which provides a mountain railway connection to Arosa. This breath-taking journey of about one hour affaords the visitor fantastic views of the mountains and valleys.
Arosa sits high in the mountains above the eastern Swiss town of Chur and its closest skiing neighbours are Davos and St. Moritz (as the crow flies). The road journey from the valley to the villages takes around 45 minutes and is heart-stopping. Do not take your eyes off the road! - and you must carry snow chains as these may well be required before you finally reach the resort. There are no buses or large delivery vehicles to Arosa as most of the goods are transported on a delightful mountain narrow gauge railway which winds it's way up the mountain in an hour-long journey.
Arosa sits in a mountain bowl and is surrounded by the high peaks of the Hornli (2512m) and the Weisshorn (2653m). It provides for skiers 2 cablecars, l gondola, 7 chairlifts and 6 drag lifts covering 20 blue, 9 red and 3 black pistes. Throughout the winter you can ski right back to the village since the installation of snow-making equipment which ensures nearly 8km of slopes are covered even in the poorest of winters.
So with a season kicking off in early December and going right through to end-April, you will usually find superb snow conditions as well as plenty of apres ski activity including curling competiitions, ice hockey, and an alpine ballooning week in February.