When I first visited Switzerland last year at the close of summer, I was amazed by the sea of colours that lay before me. The Alps seemed a world away in the distance, whilst the rolling hills in front of me were bursting with colour and summer freshness. The sky was a rich shade of blue, the air was clean, and I felt as if I was living in the Sound of Music film. Hah! No really. The last time I stayed at the Arosa Kulm Hotel in Switzerland looked like this:
Then, an entire year and a season later, I finally returned to Switzerland to experience the winter wonderland that is Arosa. It is little wonder Arosa is a favourite ski destination for families around Switzerland and visitors from abroad. It doesn’t have the snobbiness of some other (unnamed) ski resort towns, and isn’t so laid back that you can’t enjoy a friendly race down the slopes. All in all, Arosa is pretty close to skiing perfection for those that enjoy a low-key holiday with the five-star comforts of beautiful hotels like the Arosa Kulm to return home to at the end of the day.
Given that I had never skied before (in my entire life – shock horror at 23 years of age), I came to Arosa with one task in mind: learn to ski. Here’s how it went…
Checking-In to the Arosa Kulm
As previously mentioned, this wasn’t my first stay at the Arosa Kulm, located at the foothills of the ski slopes. I had stayed here once before a year prior and had such a memorable stay that I was eager to get back in winter, and so I did.
For my three nights at the hotel I enjoyed a big buffet breakfast every morning, used all the hours of daylight to hit the slopes or adventure around the many hiking trails, and spent the evenings ordering quality in-room dining, floating around the indoor pool or melting away inside one of the sauna/steam rooms.
Learning to Ski in the Swiss Alps
Then came the actual hard stuff.
The Hotel Concierge called to make a private ski lesson reservation for me, which I was lucky to secure considering the ski season was a little slow starting this year and there wasn’t much of an opportunity to ski just yet. Thankfully one of the slopes were open, and one was all I needed, though I began having second thoughts standing at 1,775 metres above sea level with my feet glued to two long prongs that had a mind of their own. They were prone to wander…. down steep hills…. on their own schedule and terms.
You could say I was pretty hopeless for at least the first thirty minutes. And it was all down-hill from there (pun intended). My ski instructor, Jürgen, was pretty instrumental in the whole day. I’ll be the first to admit that learning to do any winter sport comes with time and practice, but most importantly requires a good instructor for your first try.
There were ofcourse a few fun falls that resulted in some bruises and limping on one limb the following day, but it was all part of the fun. All in all it took me about x3 times as long to get down the slopes as it would have anyone else out there on that day, which was probably also partially due to my persistence for Jürgen to piggyback me (whilst skiing) down the really steep slopes…. haha! You can view snippets from the whole day in this video.
Getting There: Arosa is best accessed by train from Chur, a one hour journey to Arosa. If you’re flying in from elsewhere in Europe or outside of Europe, Zurich is a short 1.5 hour train journey from Chur.
World of Wanderlust would like to thank the Arosa Kulm for their hospitality and welcoming WoW for the winter ski season! My opinion is as always, my own.