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Why Book your Holiday Accommodation with Us?
Direct booking with the owners is a great start for a successful holiday – tailored prices, transparent product, individual treatment, a cared for experience. Trust us, and relax.  We have twenty years experience of looking after our chalets and our guests.  If you love the idea of adventure and action in the mountains, with home comforts to look forward to each day, look no further.
Family fun,  fresh, cold, fluffy snow, off-piste snowy pockets to ski, and summer snowdrops blanketing the alpine meadows in Summer, it is all here.
Happy, active, kids make even happier grown ups!

Family Friendly
Most of these years have been with our two children growing up, so we can truly testify that our chalet holidays are 100% family friendly.

Alpine Activities and Events
During these winter or summer stays, your party can pick and choose between the wide choice of alpine activities, events and eateries.


Arosa has many highlights beyond skiing.  This snow sure ski resort offers 225 km high altitude pistes for all abilities.  The running trails through the forests and mountains are incredible – and well maintained for year round running at high altitude. Equally these trails combine with hiking trails, nordic walking, and mountain biking trails, so everyone can enjoy nature and breathe really fresh air.  Why not try cross-country skiing -classic or skating– or snow-shoeing? Again, you disappear into the depths of nature, with the mountain town of Arosa never too far away.
Summer Annual Events include Hornlijagd,  GrishaTrail Ride,  Wanderama
Food and Drink
You need not have the surprise of exorbitant prices on your holiday, as we have learnt all the benefits of living in Arosa and Hauteluce as locals – the restaurants will feel a delight and not a disappointment – an important criteria for us. Equally, our chalets offer well-equipped kitchens, so there are no limits to your holiday choices and enjoyment.
Little Extras (Arosa)
Would you like your shopping done on arrival? Cleaning up when you set out for the slopes? Babysitting at home? We are available subject to teaching and changeover commitments, so each week is truly tailored to your needs.
Subsidised In-house Ski Hire
These are the ski carriage costs set by airlines this winter.  If you haven`t yet bought any skis, give it some thought.  Our in-house rental skis in Arosa are well-maintained, serviced and up to date – we fit you out on arrival in the comfort of your own home.  As an added incentive, when you hire from us – four sets or more – you have helmet included in the price anyway, we shall join you for your first day skiing the 225km of high altitude skiing, only if desired of course!  If this is not possible due to ski teaching commitments, we will certainly take you for night time tobogganing or après-ski speed skating, or whatever takes your fancy for group fun.

Hauteluce is our real gem in the Alps. It is remote yet central to two popular established FrenchAlpine snow sure ski regions, totalling 285km linked pistes.  Contact us for more, because we can describe everything ’til the cows come home!

Be in touch soon!

Helen and Mike Onions


Swiss exchange rate

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Off the beaten track

UK Chalet Company Closures in CH

A 2008 Article on Catered Chalet Culture

Arosa Youth Climbing Club



Reviews from our guests

Arosa: “The apartment is in a great location, well furnished and very very comfortable. Helen was a great host and even met us at the train station to take us to the apartment. It was very clean, organized, a beautiful setting, and less than a 10 minute walk to the train station. We strongly recommend staying at Chalet Runca!”

Arosa: “Gorgeous characterful chalet. Beautiful views. Quiet location very close to bus stop and a walk through the woods to the local Coop. Handy to be picked up at the station”

Arosa: “The host was extremely kind and very caring. Bed and bath super clean and comfortable. The garden was lovely – even end of October it was nicely warm on the bench in the garden in the afternoon.”

Arosa: “Das Chalet ist sehr gemütlich und für Gruppenreisen optimal. Es ist gut gelegen, zu Fuss ist man in wenigen Minuten beim Obersee.”

Arosa: “Für ein Wochenendausflug fürs Wandern einfach super, sehr zentral”

Hauteluce: “Accueil très chaleureux, appartement très spacieux”

Hauteluce, Aug 2017:  Vous aimez le confort, le calme et la nature en famille ou entre amis alors n’hésitez pas, ce chalet est fait pour vous. Construit avec l’amour du détail et à la perfection par son propriétaire vous vous y sentirez bien. Les 3 générations réunies ont vite apprécié les 2 terrasses abritées, le séjour cathédrale, les grands canapés et le côté cosy des chambres. Quelques kms à pieds ou en voiture permettent de rejoindre de nombreux sentiers de randonnées de tous niveaux.

Hauteluce: “Le confort et la propreté des lieux, la vue y est magnifique tout était parfait au delà de ce que j’aurais imaginé. Je reviendrais y passer mes vacances àu Chalet Runca”

Arosa: “De hartelijkheid van de eigenaresse. De oppervlakte van de ruimte. Alles maar echt alles is aanwezig. Comfortabele bedden Kortom niets mis mee”

Arosa: “Gemütliches Chalet direkt bei der Bushaltestelle ! Sehr praktisch mit Skischuhen etc.”

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