Set in a long, sunny valley 17km east of Chur and on the road towards the Julier Pass and St. Moritz nestle the joint resorts of Lenzerheide and Valbella. Together they provide over 155km of downhill piste with nearly 40 ski lifts and can best be described as a skiers paradise.
Lenzerheide - Valbella has been constantly upgrading its uplift facilities. Two new six seater chairs were followed by an underpass in Parpan and a new quad chair fort the FIS Ski Worldcup Finals held in the resort. The area, with nearly 100 miles of lift-linked trails can also claim to have some of the most modern lift infrastructure in Switzerland, as the chairs include four quads and three triples. The skiing is fast and interesting with the area split up on both east and west sides of the valley. The east-facing Danis has a top elevation of 2323m and has the majority of the slopes and a lot more variety. It is possible to ski in a circle around the valley. Lenzerheide-Valbella has a total of 155km alpine pistes as well as more than 50km of prepared cross-country tracks. The snow cover in the area is usually good but during warm and sunny days it might be a little less and so Lenzerheide and Valbella are developing their artificial snow systems to cover more slopes. On higher altitudes natural snow is assured.
The breathtaking mountains offer challenging red and black pistes on both sides of the valley above the tree line but for the less experienced skier there are delightful red and blue runs back down from the middle stations through the trees. You can take the cablecar to Scharmoin (1904m) and then ski blue and red to Valbella and then, after connecting with the ski bus, you can take the gondola to 2423m just below the Statzerhorn and ski red or black. Alp Lavoz (1913m) and Alp Nova (1980m) provide runs back down to the valley.
Lenzerheide has a wide range of activities for families both on and off the slopes. All youngsters up to 6 years of age ski for free with access to all ski lifts, chairlifts and cable cars. Childcare is available on the slopes at Lenzi`s Kids Club where the staff speak both English and German. Off the slopes children are well catered for; at Lake Lenzerheide theres the ""Mini Lenzerhorn"", a climbing wall especially for children with climbing gear available for rental. The Pirates` Shipwreck is ideal for adventurous play complete with hanging bridge, ferry float, play stream, pirates` island and a 40cm deep pool for safe swimming.
Lenzerheide`s apres ski revolves mainly around it numerous hotels, though there are several busy bars. For dancing try Gabar or the Tic Tac nightclub. Lenzerheide has several restaurants serving a variety of cuisine from local to Italian, Chinese and American.
The car journey from Calais will take 10/11 hours but an advantage once you are at the resort is to you can your car to access Davos and St. Moritz for a days skiing. A number of airports offer access within a 2/3-hour coach transfer of the resort.