Lenzerheide-Arosa

Ski Chalets & Apartments for sale, Switzerland

Expert's Opinion

"Served by one of the most-scenic railway routes in the Alps, Arosa offers an attractive family-friendly ski base in Switzerland’s impressive eastern ski region. Now the new cable car connects Arosa and luxurious Lenzerheide (where Roger Federer built his chalet) this combined ski area can compete with the big boys." – Simon Malster

The Village

Lenzerheide is an upmarket resort favoured by wealthy Swiss skiers living near Zurich, with some famous residents including Roger Federer. The resort has a pretty, Swiss centre, with a host of beautiful luxury chalets sitting above the lake in the Valbella area slightly further from the heart of the resort. The high-end shops and superb restaurants are popular with visitors and the resort has a number of  lively bars. There are some cute villages in the valley too and some, such as Parpan, have access to the skiing. The Guarda Val is a fabulous restaurant in the centre of a hamlet of charming chalets which have been restored to create a boutique hotel and is definitely worth a visit.

The setting is spectacular, with the mountains surrounding a lake that sits next to the resort. At an altitude of 1500m, Lenzerheide can boast high, snow sure skiing up to 2865m and is now linked to the family friendly resort of Arosa at 1775m. While Lenzerheide is known as a luxury resort, Arosa is popular amongst families with small children. The centre of the resort is appealingly rustic, and the atmosphere is a little more low key than it is in the more exclusive Lenzerheide. It is set around a lake and has its own station.

Despite being less famous than some other, larger resorts, Lenzerheide-Arosa is superbly positioned for foreign buyers, who can fly into Zurich, Switzerland's best-served airport with many long-haul flights. Zurich is only 90 minutes away and the route takes you by motorway to the amazing medieval city of Chur and then up through picturesque woodland to the resort.

The Skiing

The recent link between Lenzerheide and Arosa makes this one of the largest ski areas in Switzerland. The area boasts 225km of slopes, with a large number of blue and red runs suitable for beginner and intermediate skiers. The high skiing is reliably snow sure, while the resorts are sunny and host a range of activities off the mountain. 

As the skiing is on both sides of the valley you can ski on sunny slopes all day - start on Piz Scalottas with a warming coffee, take the Urdenbahn aerial tramway over the Urden valley to the Arosa side of the valley for lunch at the 360° panoramic restaurant Weisshorngipfel and end up at Mount Rothorn to enjoy the last hours of sunshine before skiing back down to the resort. There are several good mountain restaurants and some cute, traditional “huttes” where you can enjoy everything from a traditional rosti to a gourmet lunch.

Although most of the pisted runs are blue or red, the area does have plenty that will appeal to expert skiers, including some superb off piste powder fields around the Weisshorn and a number of tricky black runs. If you don't know the area well, it's best to hire a guide for any off-piste expeditions but ask them to take you to the top of the Weisshorn to admire some spectacular views. 

As the slopes around Lenzerheide and Arosa are generally wide, well-groomed and sunny there is some great cruising skiing, but if you want a change of scene St Moritz is not far away! 

Summer

With the pretty Alpine lakes, cute villages and sunny mountains, Lenzerheide is a popular summer destination. The area has 200km of walking trails, with another 50km of Nordic walking and running routes. Mountain biking in Lenzerheide is popular, with a range of trails for everyone from first timers to pros. There are 300km of biking trails, with the Lenzerheide Bike Park at the heart. Lenzerheide has a lovely 18-hole course (par 69) and Arosa has its own course too, an 18-hole (par 65), which is one of the highest in Europe.
The Heidsee lake in Lenzerheide becomes a focal point in summer but offers plenty of sporting activities too; windsurfing, sailing, and beach volleyball for the more active or the lido bathing area and fishing for those who prefer to relax. 

The toboggan run and rope park are always good fun during the summer months, while a lovely mountain restaurant nearby makes for a great day out.

For the more spiritual visitors, Rothorn bivouac gives you the chance to sleep under the stars and watch the sunrise. After the sunrise, there is a yoga session at the top of the mountain. The ten lakes tour is a favourite during the summer, and local rivers run rafting, kayaking and canoeing too. 
Arosa also has a lake with a bathing area, or you can hire a rowing boat and spend a day fishing. Arosa offers all the popular summer activities such as biking, scooters, tennis, hiking, and horse-riding.  

Properties

Whilst Arosa is primarily a resort of apartments, Lenzerheide has a much more even mix of chalets and apartments, including some very luxurious (and pricey) chalets on the slopes or overlooking the lake.

We currently have one new-build chalet in Lenzerheide which has been beautifully designed by a local developer but will be finished off with a wellness and a spa in accordance with the wishes of the buyer so it is perfect for a buyer looking to put their own stamp on their ski property.

We also have some high quality, new apartments next to the lift in Lenzerheide, and others in the centre of Arosa. The new apartment buildings are a mix of modern and traditional Alpine style, in keeping with the aesthetic of the village.