Overall Rating

Lenzerheide

Lenzerheide4/51
Lenzerheide4 out of 5 based on 1 reviews
  • Recommend
    100%
  • Would Revisit
    100%
Best Powder in Austria

Interlinked Ski Resort

Arosa

    Lenzerheide Ski Trail Map
  • Lenzerheide Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1229m – 2865m (1636m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    8m+
  • 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 19/20
    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 - Reviews

Lenzerheide - Reviews

Lenzerheide is one of the best in Switzerland & maybe the world.

Powderhounds Europe10/07/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    January

Lenzerheide is one of the best in Switzerland & maybe the world.

Powderhounds Europe10/07/2018
It is a simple statement. Lenzerheide is one of the best ski resorts in Switzerland. Do we need to write more?

We should explain why. The reasons are many & varied, but it comes down to 2 basic factors - snow & terrain. Now one could suggest that all ski resorts' greatness can be measured solely on snow & terrain. True. But every ski resort has its strengths & weaknesses & will generally appeal to a part of the ski & snowboard fraternity, but not all. Lenzerheide will appeal to all.

Forget après ski, mountain huts, accommodation options, non-ski activities, ski lifts, price, family friendly et. Al. - at Lenzerheide all these factors are comparable to any number of upper echelon ski resorts in Switzerland, Europe & the world.

Snow wise, Lenzerheide is in a corner of Switzerland that gets one of the higher average annual snowfalls in Europe. But that's not all. With a variety of terrain aspects within the resort and a gargantuan amount of nooks & crannies to explore in the off piste, it is possible to ski powder for days & days & days after a snow fall. Let’s face it - that's what Powderhounds are looking for.

Combine the snow with the terrain and the combination pitches it above most other resorts in Switzerland & Europe. The terrain is on two opposite sides of the valley & faces vaguely northeast & northwest, providing midday sun to all slopes. It has all the elements of the perfect, well-rounded ski resort, allowing skiing & snowboarding in all weather & conditions. Loads of learn to ski zones either side of the sheltered valley. Fun, rolling beginner & intermediate piste trails in the sub alpine forest & high alpine zones. A few long, steeper advanced pistes. And then the off-piste.

Here is where everyone can progress & get their fix of powder or adventure off the groomed trails. Take your pick from gentle alpine bowls, light trees & meadows, steep trees & a series of of steep couloirs & chutes off the Parpaner Rothorn. We found the most diverse & enjoyable terrain combining all the best elements of the resort around the old Scallotas chair. The snow does get more sun baked on that side of the valley though. Best snow quality was in the steep shaded pitches anywhere off the Rothorn. The terrain around Churwalden should not be missed either. Most skiers do miss Churwalden & its resident untouched alpine powder. The Churwalden gondola is the resorts most modern addition too ,so one can connect to the rest of the resort in absolute comfort via its shapely cabins.

We journeyed to Lenzerheide via tow methods - the route 182 PostAuto bus from Chur & the Urdenbahn cable car from Arosa. The 182 bus is a quick & efficient service stopping at all the major lift bases & villages through Lenzerheide, all the way to Tiefencastel railway station in the south (some services even go to St Moritz via Bivio). The Urdenbahn connector from Arosa is a delight & provides a bird’s eye view of the backcountry route to Tschiertschen as well as access to the Arosa wide open sun-soaked terrain.

Lenzerheide's major drawback is its lack of integration between one side of the valley to the other & its widely spread accommodation. Local buses make up for both, but who really wants to catch a bus during a ski day unless it’s like the powder shuttle at Powder Mountain Utah! Only one lift links the resort at the north end of the valley.

Lenzerheide has everything & if it doesn't, the interlinked Arosa does. Powderhounds say put it on your list of 'must ski' resorts in the world.