Lenzerheide Ski Resort

High above Lenzerheide, the Rothorn cable car climbs to 2865m.
Fresh tracks will always be found somewhere in Lenzerheide ski resort.
The Cumascheals chair is typical of Lenzerheide's modern lift infrastructure.
Lenzerheide ski resort's typical long, wide & fast piste trails.
Multiple valley trails lead directly into Lenzerheide & other resort villages.
Carve your signature off piste at Lenzerheide.
Lenzerheide skiing & snowboarding.
The modern cable car linking Lenzerheide to Churwalden.
Lenzerheide alpine ski terrain - June Hütte toward Stätzerhorn (2575m).
Take in the view from Piz Scalottas at Lenzerheide ski resort.
Alp Fops hut is vintage Swiss at its best.
The top of Lenzerheide is crowned with the Rothorngipfel restaurant.
Lenzerheide has multiple learn to ski areas like this one at Churwalden.
West facing alpine terrain at Lenzerheide., centred on the Urdenfürggli chair.
Chutes & steep off piste around the Parpaner Rothorn summit.
Lenzerheide is replete with tree lined piste trails.
The Avant Clavo is a classy place for lunch & apres fun.
Lenzerheide has several upper mountain 'ski in ski out' lodging options.
Mainstreet Lenzerheide.
Ski Lenzerheide & Arosa via the Urdenbahn cable cars.

Lenzerheide Ski Resort

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Lenzerheide4 out of 5 based on 1 reviews
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Interlinked Ski Resort


    Lenzerheide Ski Trail Map
  • Lenzerheide Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,229m – 2,865m (1,636m)
  • Average Snow Fall
  • Lifts (52)
    Lenzerheide only - 35 lifts
    3 Gondolas / cable cars
    13 Chairs

    Arosa Lenzerheide total
    8 Gondolas / cable cars
    18 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    December to late April
    8:20am to 4:20pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 225km*
    Longest run – 5km+
    Advanced - 12%
    Intermediate - 40%
    Beginner - 48%
    * Total for Arosa Lenzerheide combined
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 20/21
    Valid at Arosa & Lenzerheide
    Dynamic Online Lift Pass Price
    Adult - CHF49 to 84
    Child - CHF23 to 27
    Child u/6yr - Free
     Arosa Lenzerheide Ski Trail Map
  • Arosa Lenzerheide Trail Map

Lenzerheide Ski Resort Switzerland

Lenzerheide ski resort is linked with Arosa to create an amazing skiing area near Chur, the capital of canton Graubünden in southeast Switzerland.

The ski area at Lenzerheide has fabulous snow, modern lifts & some absolutely cracking terrain for all abilities. Powderhounds rate it as the one of best overall ski resorts in Switzerland (& Europe).

Pros & Cons for Lenzerheide Ski Resort


  • Rated by Powderhounds as the best overall ski resort in Switzerland.
  • High annual average snowfall.
  • Terrain on all aspects for all weather conditions.
  • Wonderful variety of piste trails for all levels.
  • Multiple sheltered learn to ski areas.
  • Lift linked with Arosa to create a huge & varied ski resort experience.
  • Numerous, long valley trails & high skiable vertical.
  • Modern lift infrastructure.
  • Quality expert terrain and tree skiing.
  • Snowboard friendly.
  • Stunning views & landscapes.
  • Loads of ski-in accommodation & village options.
  • Easy access from Chur & Tiefencastel - bus trip is FREE with ski gear & a valid lift pass!


  • Some areas can be busy, particularly squeezing into the Rothorn cable car.
  • Only one place (Parpan) connecting the two opposite sides of the resort together by lift & piste trail, otherwise it is a bus or walk to get across town.
  • At the upper end of lift pass price in Europe (but still way cheaper than North America, Oceania etc).
  • Lenzerheide is not the most charming of Swiss towns – a shame!

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • There is no train to Lenzerheide, only bus (& they call this Switzerland!).
  • Après quieter than Arosa.
  • Lenzerheide is in Switzerland which means everything is perfect, but everything costs a bit more!

Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

One of the prime reasons we think Lenzerheide is one of the best ski resorts in Switzerland (maybe Europe) is the combination of snow, lifts & varied terrain. But most of all it is the terrain at Lenzerheide which sets it apart, as it allows for all abilities to be catered for, in all weather & conditions. The over 1600m of skiable vertical may not be able to be skied in one hit, but it ranges through a perfect mix of sheltered tree lined runs all the way up to high alpine chutes.

See the Lenzerheide ski trail map here.

For beginners, at least 5 sheltered learn to ski areas provide the start one needs to then graduate to the multitude of blue pistes weaving from the alpine into the trees on the sunny east-facing slopes below Lavoz & Piz Danis.

Intermediate skiers & snowboarders can have some adventure through the galleries from the Rothorn & then a full vertical down, or enjoy the numerous, fun rolling alpine & tree lined piste runs on the opposite side. Alternatively, the Urdenbahn link to Arosa provides the gateway to true intermediate skier heaven.

Advanced & experts can sup on super-fast piste trails and an off-piste that includes high alpine bowls, light alpine trees, heavy lower altitude forest, chutes & steeps (particularly on Rothorn).

Lenzerheide's biggest limitation is the solo ski trail & lift connection between the two sides of the valley - but that's just us being picky – it is not that much of a limitation, just annoying for the lazy or impatient. Buses connect it all anyway & a bit of a walk never hurt anyone (much!).

See our Lenzerheide Skiing & Snowboarding page for more information.

Interlinked with Arosa

The ski resort is commonly referred to as 'Arosa Lenzerheide' since the two were formally lift linked in 2014 via the spectacular Urdenbahn cable cars. Whilst there are no on-piste ski runs linking the two resorts, they share a grand total of 225km of trails between them, placing Arosa-Lenzerheide high in the top echelon of world ski resorts. Lenzerheide & Arosa do share a single lift pass valid in both resorts & public transport to/from Chur. Access to Arosa gives Lenzerheide skiers a taste of the sun-soaked good life over the ridge!

See the Arosa-Lenzerheide ski trail map here.

Where is Lenzerheide Switzerland?

Lenzerheide ski resort is centred on a high-altitide Swiss Alps valley only 10km directly south of the capital of Graubuenden canton, Chur. The resort includes the villages of Churwalden, Parpan, & Valbella.

The best international airport access is Zurich (ZRH). Driving time from the Zurich airport to the centre of Lenzerheide is around 2hr (150km), however public transport is the recommended method to reach the resort.

Train is convenient from Zurich to Chur. The route 182 PostAuto bus runs every 30min from Chur to Lenzerheide. Journey time to the lifts at Churwalden is 21min, to the Rothorn gondola base, 30min. Any bus trip to Lenzerheide from either Chur or Tiefencastel is free when travelling with ski gear & a valid lift pass.

See our Travel to Lenzerheide page for more information on how to get there.

Lenzerheide Accommodation

The Lenzerheide ski resort extends for around 7km along a forest filled valley & includes several lift & piste linked villages. All provide multiple lodging options from traditional chalets to ultra-modern hotels. There are several upper mountain ski in ski out accommodation providers, but they are generally far away from any action in the village. Many chalets & hotels have ski trails leading directly past or to them.

The village at Lenzerheide (sometimes referred to as Vaz/Obervaz) is well positioned for sun throughout most of the day. You can stay in & around the town itself or further down the valley in Valbella, Parpan or Churwalden, all of which are lift linked into the Lenzerheide ski resort.

Search & book Lenzerheide ski accommodation here.

If Lenzerheide or the smaller villages are booked out, stay in Chur & take the regular bus (every 30min) up to the resort.

Search & book all Chur accommodation here.

Lenzerheide is lift linked to Arosa, which provides an alternate base to ski the area. The direct train from Chur to Arosa opens-up lodging potential in towns along the route as well. The quaint villages of Litzirueti, Langwies, St Peter - Molinis all have traditional hotels & guesthouses, whilst Arosa has a broader range of high end hotels & resorts.

Search & book all Arosa ski accommodation here.

Ski Rentals, Lessons & Guiding

Our local partners have snow equipment rentals at two locations in Lenzerheide: one in the centre of town & another at the base of the Rothornbahn gondola. Receive a discount when you search & book via this Lenzerheide ski or snowboard equipment rentals link.

A dizzying number of instructors & ski schools ply their trade in the Lenzerheide ski resort. To narrow down the field, search & book via our Lenzerheide Ski Lessons & Guiding page.


The Powderhounds last visited Lenzerheide (& Arosa) in 2018 and are due for another visit soon. We adored this place & would quite happily retire here! See our review & extra photos via the links in the left column (or top of page on a mobile).

See how Lenzerheide compares to the rest of the European ski resorts on the Europe ski resort ratings page.

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