Arosa in Winter

Winter in Arosa

Arosa is a traditional Swiss Ski Resort Town with a history of above average snow quality and long sunshine hours.

It is at 1,800 metres in a mountainous bowl at the end of the stunning Schanfigg Valley, amidst wildlife, forests, rivers, lakes and mountains.


Surrounding Arosa at 1,800 metres is an expansive snow sure sunny bowl which has no through traffic.

With fast lifts serving the vast Arosa bowl, mainly blue and red runs spread wide out among three peaks: Hörnli, Weisshorn and Bruggerhorn.

These modern lifts lead to as much off -piste as on piste skiing. Experts can enjoy skiing off the Weisshorn and Bruggerhorn or take a choice of tours in the high altitude remoteness. Avalanche dangers must be thoroughly understood and equipped for at all times.

The ski slopes are wide and sunny, and the Hörnli Gondola in Arosa now links to Urdenfürggli in Lenzerheide at 2,600 metres, with minimum environmental impact on the Valley, providing 225km quality linked skiing.

Experience the wintry nature of Arosa with your cross-country skis on one of our six trails. Whether challenging or comfortable, on the many kilometers of trails through forests, along lakes and over plateaus with stunning views of the valley - here everyone gets a taste. Here is the cross-country skiing map.

Arosa has recently become quite a big attraction for snowboarders with it's world class Snow Parks. Our own Olympian, Emilia Ambuhl, promotes and holds regular events here in Winter.

In Arosa, Families and Sports lovers have everything on their doorstep.

Hiking trails, lake walks, a path where squirrels delight up and down trees to eat nuts from your hand, toboggan routes, open air ice skating, horse and sleigh outings, all add to the mountain scene, where tourists arrive on an hourly basis by mountain train, with excellent links to the whole Swiss Rail Network.

Ski pistes, off-piste, snow parks, cross county skiing, ski touring, Telemark skiing – why not take a lesson or guided excursion snow-shoeing? Wonderful beginner & intermediate slopes interlace with an extensive network of winter hiking trails and many cosy mountain restaurants, all reachable on foot.

Shopping, Boutiques, sport shops, speciality shops, post office, banks, cash-machines, mainly all easy to find on Poststrasse, the main street starting at Obersee Lake and Arosa Train Station, leading up to the Hörnli Gondola.


The Chalet Folder offers a comprehensive booklet for you to peruse all the eateries both on the mountain and in Town, to suit all tastes and requirements.

We can make reservations on your behalf for both lunchtime mountain restaurants and evening occasions.

Drinking and Dancing

Bars, lounge bars, clubs are all nearby. Again, you will find a Directory on Arrival, together with Events and Promotions.

Always lively, are G-bar, Lindermanns, Strumpf Bar, Los Bar, Provisorium 13, Bruggli Bar, and Hotel Hold. For the edge on sophistication, head for the Tschuggen Hotel Bar and Spa, or the Wald Hotel.

For a cosy Stübli, head for the Prätschli Stall on the home ski run, any time after 15.30.

Skiing home from Lenzerheide, pop into Bruggli Bar, or the Hold Hotel Cave Bar before jumping on the free resort bus at the bottom of the Kulmpiste at .02, .22, or .42 minutes past each hour until 18.22, taking you directly to Chalet Runca. If you ski down Poststrasse after fresh snowfall and before the paths and roads are gritted, you will stumble across Los, Guiness Bar, Casino, etc., going past all the bus stops to the chalet.

Dancing into the night can depend on any particular theme night or live band, but Provisorium 13, Casino, and the Halli Galli, are generally good places to go.

Can we go Heli-Skiing?

Unforgettable experiences guaranteed: Fly away your everyday life and get a bird's eye view on Switzerland's treasures. Fly through the fascinating mountain landscape over Arosa and Davos, or through the impressive Rhine gorge up to the famous Martinsloch, or over the idyllic Heidiland with its romantic vineyards. Swiss Helicopter AG's fleet of helicopters will get you to the most breathtaking spots in all of Graubünden.

In the winter season you can also book heliskiing trips. The chopper will take you up over gorgeous, untouched slopes and breathtaking glaciers to the landing site at the top. Here is where you get on your skis and start an unforgettable descent downhill, accompanied by an experience mountain guide. Experience the pleasure of completely untouched powder snow.

Further Information

+41 (0)81 322 57 57


Marriage-proposal and wedding flights

Passenger flight

Sky-diving on a day trip to St. Moritz

The Glacier express can lead to an unforgettable day-trip.

Sommer in Arosa


We have a secure garage for parking your treasured bikes and cars - so you can enjoy the alpine drive, and arrive at your destination. Electric cars can recharge whilst parked in the garage.


Arosa is very popular for walking, hiking, jogging, running. The clean air and excellent signposting on an endless list of trails, make for an all-round year round attraction for all ages.

Summer Mountain Biking

One hour climb from chalet Runca to Carmenna Hut (forest, track, mountain), descent to Alpenblick, ascent and descent around Schwellisee (single track and bridges), back to Runca in 2 hours twenty.

Switzerland´s Source of Vitality

  • By Lindsey Galloway, BBC Travel

Switzerland attracts frequent relaxing escapes
9 August 2017

Explorers throughout history have searched for the legendary fountain of youth. And while the elusive fountain has yet to be found, certain places across the world have emerged as centres where people live substantially longer than the worldwide average (around 71 years), and each has its own secret source of vitality.

We talked to residents in some of the countries where people live the longest, as ranked by the 2017 World Happiness Report, to uncover the reasons why these places seem to nurture longevity.

Inside Switzerland

Men fare better in Switzerland than anywhere else in the world, living to be 81 on average. As one of Europe’s wealthiest countries, access to high-quality healthcare, strong personal safety and sense of wellbeing contributes to the high rank. some studies even point to the country’s high intake of cheese and dairy as a leading factor. Men fare better in Switzerland than anywhere else in the world

Though the country can be very career focused with many expats moving for work at one of the country’s many international headquarters, its central location makes it easy to balance frequent relaxing escapes. “It’s a career pinnacle, location-wise,” said Gatti, who has also lived in Switzerland. “Living here allows for wonderful weekend trips all over the continent and to spend time outdoors in the enchanting Alps.” The schools are also some of the “best on the planet,” he added, which makes it appealing to young families.

Arosa Wanderama


Just one of the many hiking opportunities from Arosa

Saturday, August 26, 2017 to
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Sunnenrüti – Medergen – Sapün Dörfli – Strassberg – Duranapass – Conterser Schwendi – Gotschnagrat – Weissfluhjoch – Schwifurgga – Furggaalp
Strassberg – Langwies – Rongg – Medergen – Tieja – Grüenseeli – Furggatobel – Arosa

This hike is challenging and puts physical fitness ahead – to be awake for 24 hours, go the day – to experience the night – and wake up to see the morning.

Starting on Saturday in the late afternoon in Arosa. About Medergen into Sapüntal awaits us in the Walser village Strassberg in Sapün midnight hot soup to strengthen. After crossing the Durannapasses we come in Prättigau migrate to Conterser Schwendi and Gotschnagrat to Weissfluhjoch where we enjoy a delicious breakfast. Past the Strelapass we start the descent over the Schwifurga to the valley to Arosa. After arriving at the destination, we end our experience in the Wandorama-Village.

Line / accompaniment

Kurt Süess
Riedwies 190G
7243 Pany

Further information

  • DifficultyT2
  • Marching time17 h
  • Ascent2800 m
  • Descent2800 m
  • Distance53.0 km
  • Meeting pointArosa, Wandorama-Village, 16:00 h
  • ArrivalArosa, Wandorama-Village, approx. 16:00 h
  • Equipment (mountain climbingequipment), good, comfortable footwear, hiking sticks, headlamp, sun and rain protection, warm clothing (gloves, cap), change clothes, intermediate catering (salty advantage, water bottles can always be replenished).


Chalet Runca & Apartments

Are deckchairs available in the garden on the ground floor?

Sun-loungers are available on request, subject to availability.

Is there a private dining area outside?

Each unit has its own table and chairs for dining outside.

Is the grill area for all house residents?

We provide one large gas barbeque in Chalet Runca.

With 14 barbeque sites in Arosa, and a few at the Badi only 100m away from the chalet, it is easy to co-ordinate who is planning to use the Runca garden barbeque.

Nature in Chalet Runca's Summer Garden
Great tit

It is important to ensure the sustainability of its habitat and natural resources. Insects having a preponderant place in the feeding of great tits, it is in their interest to ban the use of pesticides in your gardens and to sow a mixture of wild flowers which are much richer in biodiversity than the lawns and are source food for many insects. The tits also depend on the presence of cavity trees, which serve as nesting sites. It is important not to cut the few trees that still remain in private gardens and to replant native hedges, which will serve as shelter and whose berries will be a welcome source of food in the cold season.

A stable population
The numbers of great tits have been stable in Switzerland for many years and have been around 400,000 to 600,000 breeding pairs. During the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions of the "Garden birds" action, this species has always been the second most frequent in parks and gardens, with a presence in 70 to 80% of cases, depending on the year (see bottom of the page for more details).


Plumage all in contrast
Omnipresent and not very shy, the great tit is often one of the first birds that we learn to recognize. It is the largest of the native tits and is easily recognized by its yellow belly split with a black median strip and its black head with white cheeks. Its back is greenish, its tail and its wings gray-blue.

© Michael Gerber: The best criterion for distinguishing males from great tits is the width of the black ventral band. It is wider in the male (right) than in the female (left).

Well hidden nests
From the end of March, the female begins the construction of a nest made of moss and rootlets decorated with hairs and feathers. Great tits are very prolific and lay an average of 8 to 12 white eggs spotted with rust. Second egg laying is frequent. While the female is incubating, the male is busy defending the family territory.
Cavernous, great tits seek cavities in the trees or in the walls to settle. They gladly re-use old nests of other species (woodpeckers, jays, squirrels). It is not uncommon to see them taking up residence in unusual places such as mailboxes or pipes.

From forests to settlements
Originally a forest species, the great tit has adapted very well to the inhabited environment. She knows how to take advantage of each tree and hedge available and willingly colonizes parks and gardens in towns and villages.

Great tits gladly colonize deciduous forests (on the left), but also natural parks and gardens (on the right).

A varied diet
In fine weather, great tits feed mainly on insects. This protein-rich diet is very important during the breeding season, which is why great tits model their reproduction on the peak of abundance of lepidopteran caterpillars. As of fall, insects become rarer, they adopt a more vegetable diet, based on various seeds and occasionally berries. When spring returns, they also revel in the sap flowing from injured trees and buds.

The great tit emits about twenty different vocal emissions. Despite this diversity, the metallic timbre of the voice makes it easy to recognize it, even in the presence of many other songbirds. The great tit is one of the first birds to start singing again, when winter is just beginning. We can hear it from December to June.

To hear the song cry of the chickadee, listen to François Turrian's column of March 18, 2018.