Switzerland

Pre-NYE Snowboarding in Lenzerheide

What is better than snowboarding or skiing for the first time of the season? Right, nothing!!

 


 

We decided to go on a skiing trip, two days before New Year’s Eve. We were not even sure if there is enough snow, until the very last day. Due to the miserable snow conditions, we had to change our plan and instead going to Flumserberg (watch the video here) we went to the skiing area Lenzerheide. The car drive was a little bit longer but at least we were able to ski / snowboard.

 


 

It was a little bit weird, going up a mountain without seeing any snow. The skiing area Arosa – Lenzerhiede is huge, and located not far away from Chur.

Lenzerheide is one of the biggest skiing areas we have been so far. They have 43 ski-lifts and 225 runway kilometers.

The drive is pretty easy. You have either the possibility to go from Chur to Arosa or directly to Lenzerheide. Parking areas are well identified. It’s very important to understand that the skiing area is separated into two parts: the shady side is left (only mornings), in direction Rothorngipfel. The right side is the sunny side in the morning (in direction Piz Scalottas).

 


 

We went directly to Lenzerheide and decided to ski on the sunny right side.

 

Ski-lifts

Unfortunately, only 30/43 lifts were open, therefore we were not able to use the connecting ways to other mountain peaks. Fortunately, the lifts were not over-crowded, although it was vacation time, and we never faced any waiting time.

 

Slopes

With a few centimeters of fresh snow our experience would have been so much better. The slopes were really good in shape until 12:00, and skiing / snowboarding was a blast. Unfortunately, the condition of the slopes deteriorated after 12:00 due to the artificial snow. The slopes became very icy and in the afternoon, the slopes were full of icy hills, which is a very bad mix for snowboarders.

 The skiing area has some very nice fun-parks. One insider tip is the park’n’pipe Tschuggen in Arosa, it’s one of Switzerland’s best freestyle parks. Unfortunately, we were not able to test it, because the connecting way to Arosa was closed. We did test the new fun-slope in Stätzertäli, the jumps and slides were pretty amazing, and there are some small ones for beginners as well.

 


 

Ski-huts

The skiing-area Lenzerheide has a lot of good huts. Well, you need to be aware of the fact, that Switzerland is a very expensive country. A beer costs between 5.80 CHF – 8 CHF, depending on the hut you go. The soup of the day is about 8.50 CHF.

 


 

The skiing pass was a little bit too high. Adults had to pay 80 CHF and students 45 CHF for a one day ticket. The price difference between adults and students is very high, and not really in a relation. We had an amazing time, and a lot of fun, but we only bought a 4 hour ticket the second day, because of the poor condition of the slopes after 12:00. It would have been great if they could offer a price reduction during the season without proper snow.