Lenzerheide-Valbella is one of the most popular ski resorts in Switzerland. Situated in central Graubünden in the east of the country and to the south east of Zürich, it is made up of two different resorts which are separated by a lake.
Valbella is a small, peaceful village whilst Lenzerheide is a larger town, but both are very attractive resorts which are situated in the same beautiful valley. They are linked by their shared ski area.
How to Get There
The best option is to fly to Zürich Airport and then take a train to Chur, from where you can catch a bus to the resorts. Zürich is well-served by EasyJet (Luton), British Airways (Gatwick, Heathrow), and Swiss Air (Heathrow, Manchester).
From Zürich Airport you should drive through the city centre until you reach the A-3/13 autobahn. Follow this road to Chur and then travel around the town. You should then take the Waffenplatz Strasse (route 3) to the resort.
From Calais, the journey is about 975 kilometres in length and could take up to nine hours to complete. Head for Zürich and then follow the route described above.
From Zürich, take a train to Chur before taking a bus to the resort.
From London, take the Eurostar from St. Pancras to Brussels and then transfer to a train headed for Chur. From Chur, you will need to take a bus to the resort. Depending on the connections, the total journey should take about fourteen hours to complete.
Who the Resort Caters For
Both resorts are very family-orientated but there is skiing available for visitors of all abilities, especially intermediate and advanced skiers. There are a few ski schools available for beginners and children, and there are enough easy runs available for them to enjoy their time.
Off-piste skiing is also very good, with over 50 kilometres of cross-country tracks on offer but it may be worth taking a guide as avalanches can be a real risk.
Snowboarders will not be disappointed either, as there are many facilities available for them, including a good snow park. They can also take lessons at the ski school.
As they are geared towards families, the après-ski scene is not particularly great at either resort, although Lenzerheide, being the bigger town, has more to offer. Most of the après-ski centres around the hotel bars, and some of these also put on discos. Elsewhere, there are only a few bars available and the resorts are both fairly peaceful.
However, there are numerous activities to keep everyone busy away from the slopes, including volleyball, golf, and tennis. Hiking is also a popular activity, and there are a number of well-maintained trails throughout the mountains suitable for long excursions.
There is also a museum, a library, and plenty of shops, as well as a number of kindergartens for skiers with young children.
What Accommodation the Resort Offers
There are 2,500 beds available in Valbella, and 5,200 in the larger town of Lenzerheide. There is a wide range of different accommodation options available, including ski chalets, apartments, and cabins, but the main type of accommodation comes in the form of hotels and these cater for a variety of budgets and styles.
Hotel Kurhaus is the oldest hotel in the resort, established in 1882. This is one of the most popular hotels and is always booked up early.
Another popular hotel is Hotel Lenzerhorn, which offers a wide range of rooms as well as a spa and wellness clinic.
For details of the numerous ski chalets available, check out this web page.
Between them, the two resorts have 155 kilometres of ski trails, consisting of 58 pistes. It also has 40 ski lifts. There are many pistes situated above 2,500 metres, and skiing is pretty much guaranteed throughout the season. Every day, 52 kilometres of marked trails are groomed and up to a quarter of the pistes can use artificial snow.
Beginners and intermediate skiers will be happiest on the Scolotas side of the valley. More advanced skiers should head to the Rothorn side since there are lots of red and black runs located there.
A free bus service takes skiers from the resorts up to the lifts. These lifts are very efficient and queuing times are negligible. Up to 40,000 people can be taken to the slopes every hour.
- Pistes: 155 km
- Longest run: 11 km
- Advanced: 20 km
- Lifts: 40
- Cross country: 52 km
The ski season lasts from December to April.