PUTTING GRAND IDEAS INTO REALITY
Lenzerheide and Arosa – familiar for their family-friendly pistes and charm – have been working quietly over the summer to build the Hörnli-Urdenfürggli tramway. This is a 1694m connecting route up and over the top of majestic Alpine peaks of the Graubünden.
Residents and visitors alike have an unprecedented opportunity to ski between the two resorts this winter. GirlfriendGuide not only has the scoop on what to expect from the new lifts, but we also have your guide to the best accommodation, dining and après-ski …all while wearing this season's latest fashions.
THE BIG NEWS
The idea to connect these two ski destinations began over 40 years ago. After many years of planning, voting, restructuring and approvals from both communities, they broke ground on 15 April this year. The complex 20-million-franc project now boasts access to 225 km of ski pistes, making it the largest ski destination in the Graubünden region, and one of the 10 largest in all of Switzerland. The range of ski offerings to choose from is astonishing:
- Lenzerheide boasts 155km of pistes: 19 black, 62 red and 74 blue with a total of 28 lifts: 2 cablecars, 13 chairlifts and 13 ski lifts.
- While Arosa has 70km of pistes: 5 black, 10 red and 11 blue with a total of 14 lifts: 5 cablecars, 5 chairlifts and 4 ski lifts.
- Day passes are reasonably priced at CHF 69 (adults) for one-day, and CHF 332 for the 6-day pass.
In Lenzerheide, we love the Hotel Schweizerhof for their understated elegance and familiar environment that caters well to both families and couples in their stylish Alpine-chic, romantic nostalgic or simple budget rooms. The Priva Alpine Lodge is also opening this year. In Arosa, the Tschuggen Grand Hotel built by Swiss star architect Mario Botta offers an exceptional lodging and wellness experience, and is featured in the Leading Hotels of the World. For a more budget friendly option, the Hotel Altein is a lovely family friendly hotel.
When in Naples we eat pizza and when in the Graubünden, we enjoy typical Grison specialties such as Capuns, Gertensuppe, Maluns or Pizockel. In Lenzerheide, the Capuns served in Allegra (Hotel Schweizerhof) are a must. Still, after three days in a row of regional specialties, we recommend the Tapas lounge at the Hotel Kurhaus for their beautiful wine list and Spanish delights. In Arosa, enjoy the Seehof (DE) for simple, honest food in a casual atmosphere, or try the Pizzeria Grottino (DE) on Poststrasse for a family friendly meal after you've had your fill of tasty regional cuisine.
APRÈS-SKI & NIGHTLIFE
In Lenzerheide, order yourself a famous Wanner-Kafi at the Wanner Bar (DE), or check out the scene at the Goldgräberbar (DE) at the Mittelstation Scharmoin, due to be newly renovated for the 2013/14 season. Also, the Obertor (DE) in Parpan, and of course the Iglu Bar. In Arosa, the best après-ski scene is at the Tschuggen Hütte's Kuhbar (DE), where one must order the Tschuggen-Kafi, complete with caramel schnapps and cream, then make your way right next door to the Raclette Stübli (DE) for a filling meal before heading back to the hotel. For nightlife in Arosa, Kursaal (DE) has a great line-up of DJs and dancing until the wee hours of the morning.
POST SLOPE REVIVAL
The wellness centers in Switzerland are of exquisite quality, and those found in the Graubünden are no exception. In Lenzerheide, enjoy immersing yourself into the relaxation zones found at the Hallenbad H2Lai or the Hamam (Hotel Schweizerhof) – the largest Hamam in the country. In Arosa, enjoy the luxurious wellness offerings of the Tschuggen Grand Hotel, or the skin-hydrating benefits of the saltwater spa at the Hotel Altein, complete with muscle-relaxing underwater massage jets and cascading waterfalls.
SNOW BUNNY FASHION
We would be remiss if we didn't share with you this season's hottest fashion trends for the slopes. All our favorite snow-savvy designers have similar trend stories:
For the ladies, look for jewel tones. Beautiful emerald green and amethyst purple are prevalent colors that complement all skin tones. These are available from affordable brands such as North Face and Mammut as well as the designer offerings of Bogner and Moncler.
For the guys, camouflage is hot-hot-hot this season. We suggest adding a splash of camo trend with gloves or woollen cap. Even luxury designers such as Moncler are offering partial and full camo-print winter jackets.
Wishing you a fabulous winter season and many picture-perfect memories!
Photos: 1st: © swiss-image.ch/Christof Sonderegger; 2nd: © swiss-image.ch/Stephan Schacher; 3rd: © swiss-image.ch/Christof Sonderegger