Luxury Ski Chalet Holidays
High up in the Swiss Alps, Chalet Runca is your snow sure, family friendly, catered chalet in eastern Switzerland, only two hours fifty six minutes door to door from Zurich Airport.
Christmas week is available so if you don't fancy cooking Christmas lunch this year, get everyone out to enjoy an unforgettable family festive week.
As Snowypockets, we offer a personalised chalet service and local knowledge, enabling you to enjoy the perfect catered chalet holiday with family or friends. There is something for everyone, be it three generations of family, non-skiers and skiers alike, no-one needs be left out!
Our Catered Chalet Holidays ensure our Guests eat good food with a sense of occasion and luxury.
Our Guests can then have more to celebrate on their Catered Chalet Holidays!
Five Night Special Offer: Monday 19th Jan - Saturday 24th Jan, 2005.
Self Catering in Chalet: 900 CHF/750 Euros/600 GBP per night
Catered Chalet Service Supplement: Add 70CHF/60 Euros/50 GBP per person per night
27 meters squared deluxe kingsize double bedroom with double sink, en suite bathroom, south-facing balcony, satellite TV / radio.
15 meters squared kingsize double bedroom. Shares shower room with adjacent double bedroom.
15 meters squared kingsize double bedroom. Shares shower room with adjacent double bedroom.
Toilet & Shower room in the hall.
12 meters squared kingsize double room with shower room en suite.
12 meters squared twin bedroom with en suite shower room. Sunny and south-facing.
Situated in the beautiful Graubunden region of Eastern Switzerland, charming and historic Arosa is 150km by road from Zurich International Airport. The road is mainly autoroute, joining the 30 kilometre (20 miles) mountain road from Chur City, up to the end of the stunning Schanfig Valley.
Unitl 1914 Arosa was only accessible by stagecoach. The arduous trip from Chur to Arosa lasted six hours.
Celebrating 100 years of rail link this winter, with refurbished station and special events.
Arosa today benefits from hourly train arrivals from Zurich Airport. The most popular mode of travel to Arosa is via the exclusive Swiss Rail travel. It is an easy two hours fifty six minutes ride (Intercity followed by the modern Arosa Express) and we meet and greet our guests at the newly renovated Arosa Train Station.
Located a few steps from the free resort bus only a few minutes from ski lifts & town, there is also a choice of attractive walking paths to town, and trails through forests and mountains, all well kept and groomed in winter, making for stunning Marathon Run training.
Long sunshine hours, an excellent snow record and pure alpine air make the location of Chalet runca quite idyllic.
Rates from 2014
No dates available
Winter 2014/15(catering included - more info )
|Dec 13 - Dec 20||Full|
|Dec 20 - Dec 27||SFr12900 €10700 £8500||Book Now|
|Dec 27 - Jan 03||SFr16800 €13785 £11490||Book Now|
|Jan 03 - Jan 10||Full|
|Jan 10 - Jan 17||Full|
|Jan 17 - Jan 24||Full|
|Jan 24 - Jan 31||Full|
|Jan 31 - Feb 07||SFr11900 €9900 £7770||Book Now|
|Feb 07 - Feb 14||SFr11900 €9900 £7770||Book Now|
|Feb 14 - Feb 21||Full|
|Feb 21 - Feb 28||Full|
|Feb 28 - Mar 07||SFr11900 €9900 £7770||Book Now|
|Mar 07 - Mar 14||SFr11900 €9900 £7770||Book Now|
|Mar 14 - Mar 21||SFr10900 €9050 £7120||Book Now|
|Mar 21 - Mar 28||Full|
|Apr 01 - Apr 08||SFr10900 €9050 £7120||Book Now|
|Apr 08 - Apr 13||SFr9900 €8210 £6460||Book Now|
Groups can take Sole Occupancy of Chalet Runca for the above catered chalet half board prices.
Within five bedrooms over three floors, ten guests can sleep in either kingsize or single made up bedding. Two single sofa beds can be made up for additional children..
Groups of up to fourteen guests, with four using the annexe to sleep in - subjest to availability of apartment 01 - can relax in the comfort of their oxn home. Contact Helen with your requirements.
Catered Chalet Service
Catered Chalet Service includes Breakfast, Housekeeping, Afternoon Homemade Cake and Biscuits and Evening
Two Course Homemade meal for under 12 year olds
Pre-Dinner Nibbles & Three Course Dinner Party Six Evenings
The food is a focal point of the week. The menu is made from quality ingredients and is designed for your enjoyment.
This is where we give you something special in the comfort of your own home. We cater for Vegetarians and Special Diets, and have a personal chat before the holiday begins.
Guest have a great choice of restaurants to dine at for lunch and midweek, usually wednesday evening. Very tempting it is to nest in chalet Runca after a day on the slopes, Arosa does have an inspiring amount of things to do and see, so this is a prime opportunity to explore, and enjoy, the vibrant resort ambiance.
We are happy to book the time and place that appeals to you most.
Eating in Chalet Runca Six Days of Seven:-
Breakfast: Fresh fruit bowl, Birchermuesli, Arosa Yogurts, Arosa Butter, Cheese, Salami, Rolls, Toast, Jam, Honey, Nutella, Milk, Orange Juice, Herbal Tea, English Tea, Percolated Coffee, Buttergipfel, TschoggiButtergipfel, Cereal, Dried Fruit. Pancakes, Scrambmled Eggs, Poached Eggs with homemade Hollandaise Sauce, Boiled Eggs, French Toast, Bacon, Mushrooms, Tomatoes.
Afternoon Tea: Homemade Brownies, Carrot Cake with Orange Icing, Lemon Drizzle Cake, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Flapjacks, Raspberry Muffins, Swiss Roll.
Pre-Dinner Nibbles: Asparagus & Parmesan Filo Bites, Crostini with Olive Tapanade, Baked Camembert with Apple, Honey & Mustard Chippolatas, Devils on Horseback, Homemade Pizza bites.
Beer, Prosecco, Vodka & Orange, Dry Martini/Green Olive, Gordon's Gin & Tonic, Gluewein, Kir Royale.
Starter: Greek Salad, Fresh Tomato & Basil Soup, Spinach & Celeriac Roulade, Carrot & Ginger Soup, Leek & Onion Tart, Warm Blue Cheese, Pear & Pecan Salad.
Main: Slow Roast Pork, Lasagne, Chicken Schnitzels, Beef Wellington, Roast Duck, Seafood Pie
Carbohydrates: Homemade chips, crush, polenta chips, new potatoes, dauphinoise, risotto.
Vegetables: Carrot Mtchsticks, Roasted Root Veg Mash, Roasted Med Veg, Fresh Runner Beans, Baked Fennel with Ginger & Lime, Braised Red Cabbage and Walnut, Steamed Broccoli, Ratatouille, Baked Carrots with Parsley Butter.
Dessert: Cheesecake, Apple Crumble and homemade Custard, Banoffi Pie, Poached Pears in Port & Orange Syrup, Chocolate Mousse, Sticky Toffee Pudding & Caramel Sauce & Ice Cream.
Mid week, one day of seven, we take a day off from cooking and cleaning duties. You will have self service breakfast laid up and ready to go. Guests make alternative dining arrangements outside of Chalet Runca for the rest of the day. This is a great opportunity to sample Arosa at its best, and we shall be happy to advise and provide the relevant information.
Self Catering is possible:
For winter prices, contact Helen for your holiday price.
For seven nights, your party has sole occupancy of the main chalet, self catering.
Meet and Greet at Arosa Train Station.
Chalet facilities, well equipped kitchen.
Linen, beds made up, towels, final clean, wifi access.
Mid week change of towels on request, for supplement 10 CHF per set.
In house Services
Ski & Boot Hire
Same Day Personal Laundry Service
Winter Garaged parking: To be reserved before arrival and subject to availability.
Babysitting/Childcare, subject to availability.
Your holiday dates in Chalet Runca are secured by 10% deposit in currency Swiss Francs. If it is less than ten weeks before your holiday starts, the full invoiced amount is payable.
The holiday we had with you in 2011 is still the best ski holiday we've ever had!
- Jane Duncan, Scotland, May 2014
“Fantastic stay - once again!”
5 of 5 starsReviewed January 13, 2014 for a stay in December 2013
This is the third winter holiday we have had at Snowy Pockets, as well as one summer one. It is a large, comfortable home and we are always very well looked after by Helen and Mike and their team. It is a treat to have delicious meals prepared for you as well! The chalet is close to the bus stop where you can take a free bus to the slopes or ski school. A really great holiday, particularly for a large group of family or friends.
4 of 5 starsValue 4 of 5 starsComfort
4 of 5 starsLocation 4 of 5 starsCleanliness
5 of 5 starsCheck-in 4 of 5 starsService
Would I recommend this vacation rental to my best friend? Absolutely!
- “Fantastic stay - once again!”, January 2014
Recent reviews of our catered chalet product from Tripadvisor.
- Tripadvisor, April 2013
A lovely chalet in a beautiful place. Great hospitality and a thoroughly enjoyable week. Many thanks.
- Henry & Lesley Fairweather, March 2012
On behalf of helmut and I and the entire family, many thanks for such a wonderful holiday! Your chalet is lovely and homely and your hospitality and cooking even more wonderful! It was without a doubt the best ski holiday experience we have all had!
Arosa is great as a ski resort also and we were lucky to have such good snow conditions, but the chalet experience definitely made the holiday. And all that delicious food!
So a huge thank you from us all and we will definitely be returning one day! Wishing you all the best for the rest of the season and your new chalet in france.
Best wishes from alsace
Hazel and Helmut
- Helmut & Hazel Kraus, February 2012
We had a wonderful ski holiday with the family. Arosa is great. Lots of snow and sun and the perfect hosts. We loved the dinner parties, all joined at the big table chatting about the days adventures. Thanks to Helen & Mike for their caring attitude - it was a perfect holiday for three generations.
- Rolf & Hanne, February 2012
Thank you for a wonderful time in your amazing chalet & thanks for looking after us so well.
- Rupert & Pippa, February 2012
Great hosts, great chalet, amazing food, amazing snow - a once in a lifetime holiday. Thank you so much Helen & Mike.
- Angus Duncan, February 2012
“Wonderful holiday - again”
Reviewed January 8, 2012NEW
We spent a week in Chalet Runca in mid-December 2011. This was our second winter stay in the chalet and we have also spent a week in the chalet in the summer. Each holiday has been a huge success.
The chalet is very big - with 5 comfortable bedrooms and plenty of bathrooms. The owners, Mike and Helen, help to look after you perfectly. A huge bonus is the option of renting skis and boots directly from them as they have a wonderful extensive choice and Mike will ensure that they are fitted correctly. They cooked breakfast, made a cake for tea, and a three-course dinner at night. Bliss.
The chalet is a 2 minute walk from a bus stop, with a free bus running directly to the ski slopes, so it couldn't be easier. Plus, because Arosa is so high up, you are virtually guaranteed to have snow (as we did certainly this holiday!).
In the summer, it's a very easy self-catering option with plenty to do, in a typical Swiss summer kind-of-way - lots of walking, swimming in the lake etc.
All in all, Chalet Runca is highly recommended. It is big, very comfortable, and clean, and perfect for large gatherings of family or friends. We will certainly return again.
Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
- Anna Van Zyl, January 2012
We have just returned from spending a week at Chalet Runca with all our children and partners from far flung corners of the globe. We had a marvellous time at Chalet Runca, looked after by Mike and Helen Onions and enjoying their wonderful meals (not forgetting cakes and tray bakes that were waiting for us on our return from the ski slopes when we were starving!) They were very willing to answer all our questions and help us in any way they could. The chalet was very warm and comfortable and felt like a real home-from-home. We would not hesitate to recommend the chalet to anyone who is thinking of visiting Arosa. The resort is snowsure (having been there twice, I can confirm that) and the slopes are quiet. There is plenty to do for those who don`t want to ski, with walking paths up to all the mountain restaurants, an ice rink, shops, cinema and sleigh rides which go through the woods, or can take you up to some of the mountain restaurants. Arosa is a resort for all ages.
- Jane Duncan, January 2012
From the food to the ski rentals and everything in between, Helen and Mike did an incredible job during our stay! They were very hospitable and answered all our (many) questions about the area and gave some excellent recommendations. I would love to visit arosa again in the winter as the snow was fantastic! I just wished I could of stayed longer...
· By Carley from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on 2/16/2012 for a stay in 2/1/2012
My Detailed Ratings
Value: 5 of 5
Check-in: 5 of 5
Location: 4 of 5
Cleanliness: 5 of 5
Comfort: 5 of 5
Service: 5 of 5
I selected this accommodation for Skiing/Winter sports
- Carley, January 2012
Fantastic week in Arosa
We had an absolutely wonderful week staying at Chalet Runca in Arosa. The apartment is very comfortable and well-appointed and has access to a lovely garden. Helen from Snowy pockets is delightful, and incredibly helpful. Arosa is a perfect resort for families, and the nearby Badi bathing lake was a highlight for all of us. Thanks Snowy Pockets for a fabulous holiday.
- Brian, August 2011
"Completely wonderful family holiday!"
This is an amazing family run chalet with the best child care which meant my husband and I could happily leave our twin 20 month old boys to have a fabulous time while we enjoyed all the great skiing and gorgeous restaurants. We also watched horse racing on the beautiful frozen lake at the centre of lovely arosa, sledged, sunbathed and generally had a marvellous time. The chalet is so comfortable and well equiped - the sauna and steam room are fab at the end of a long day skiing! The food was sensational with a different cake every afternoon and a special fuss made for my husband's birthday too which he loved.
Our party spanned the ages of toddler to OaP and we all loved it. Arosa has much to offer for the non skier and great pistes for those who do. Chalet Runca is conveniently located so one doesn't need to carry heavy skis far and we managed to ski all the way back. I completely recommend Helen, Mike and their gorgeous children to those who fancy a fantastically comfortable and convenient chalet in a lovely resort, wonderful food, brilliant ski instruction and as much or as little freedom from your children as you'd like! Can't wait to return.
- Vix, January 2011
So here's my own personal top 10 list (in no particular order):
Having a tame English ski instructor, who can point out the best runs and bars is fantastic
In house ski hire
My boots and skis were the best I've ever used - it helped me tackle a black run with something approaching a finesse that I couldn't have dreamt of 17 years ago.
A lovely chalet manager who knows Arosa from a parent's point of view and could give us great ideas on how to entertain our little monsters
The cooking was delicious and the chalet was spotlessly clean at all times.
I loved the fact that it was not solely focussed on skiing - it was somewhere I could come back to time and time again.
Wine and the beer
Great choices and really helped to relax those tired muscles.
Sauna and Steam room
A real treat, very professional and luxurious.
The views from our windows
Sophie and Austin
Two charming children with a sense of mischief and real character...
Toboggans in the garage
I love tobogganing
Pratschli Stall bar
I hate the fact that I only had one beer in this wonderful bar I'm definitely coming back to have another beer or three here, and I haven't even mentioned the boot warmer - what a great idea...We'll see you soon
- The Keene Family, January 2011
Great resort for a family ski (or summer) holiday. Lots to do apart from skiing. Fantastic sledging!
Free bus service all around town so you hop on a bus 20m from your doorstep and get off at the lift stations.
Chalet run by lovely English family. Meals were very good.
Steam room and sauna.
- mumsnet, January 2011
Great holiday in comfortable surroundings
Our group of 10 have much enjoyed 3 successive holidays at Chalet Runca. The chalet is large, well furnished and managed by Helen and Mike who cook and clean for us, so are on hand for any assistance. The chalet location is only a few paces from the ski bus stop and buses run at 20 min intervals throughout the day, getting you to a lift in 4/5 mins.
We have known arosa since first taking our kids there almost 30 years ago. It isn`t a large area but is ideal for families and intermediates and has extensive pretty walking areas for those who don`t ski.
Last year our children, now both married, returned the week after us and had a great time off piste skiing to Davos and Lenzerheide.
We particularly enjoy the mountain restaurants which are very good and are well located to attract walkers and skiers.
· By Barry from Brasted near Westerham, Kent on 11/3/2010 for a stay in 2/1/2010 at
My Detailed Ratings
Value: 5 of 5
Check-in: 5 of 5
Location: 5 of 5
Cleanliness: 5 of 5
Comfort: 5 of 5Service: 5 of 5
Additional details about me
My age: 65+
My traveling group: friends
- Barry Butler, January 2011
One of our valued guests review:
Our large party of 3 families (kids ranging in age from 4-14) were exceedingly well taken care of in all aspects. The chalet food was super delicious and plentiful, the hosts including owners and chalet girls were brilliant, the chalet itself was homely, inviting and very spacious and the location is easy (bus stop more or less outside the door). Helen and Mike can't do enough for you; they are really excellent hosts.
· By Tina from London, England on 10/31/2010 for a stay in 12/1/2008
My age: 45-54
- Tina Underwood, October 2010
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