Arosa: Pistes where traditional style works like a charm | Activity Holidays | Travel

ALL ACTION: The resort at Arosa caters for every ability (Image: Getty Images)

AS THE sun rose behind the white peaks of Arosa, I pulled down my goggles and started to zigzag down the slope, making fresh tracks in the snow ahead of the crowds. While you might expect to ski alongside the world’s best in Klosters, or buy your next Gucci number in glam St Moritz, this Swiss resort ticks different boxes – old-fashioned and traditional. The alpine village of Arosa is hidden away from the hustle and bustle but what it lacks in flamboyance it more than makes up for in charm.

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We stayed at the Tschuggen Grand Hotel and despite it being unassuming from the outside, the style is saved for Carlo Rampazzi’s designed interiors where modern art meets Eighties funk – luxurious yet not too formal.

But the best part about the hotel is its very own private mountain railway, where guests can take their skis from the boot room and be at the lifts within two-and-a-half minutes.

To make full use of it, we rose early on our first morning and headed to the top of the mountain for breakfast.

We ate at the Weisshornhutte, a mountain hut at the top of the peak, before being first to step out on to the slope, watch the sunrise then glide down the mountain. Idyllic.

Arosa has wide pistes that encourage lengthy sweeping turns to sharp drops (Image: Getty Images)

The resort caters for all abilities. From wide pistes that encourage lengthy sweeping turns to sharp drops that make your heart race,Arosa is ideal for the whole family.

After a morning of solid skiing, we had worked up an appetite and settled down for lunch at the Alpenblick, a cosy chalet-style pit stop positioned halfway up the slope.

Various cold platters of Swiss meat, hearty local sausages and cheese fondue were placed on the table.

The only downside to the fondue is it can leave you slightly bloated but this is soon alleviated by relaxing in front of the fire with a digestif before heading back for an afternoon on the slopes.

The Tschuggen Grand Hotel (Image: Getty Images)

After a long day’s skiing, the best way to ease off the aches and pains is to head for Tschuggen Grand’s luxurious spa with it’s quirky abstract glass skylight designs. But beware. Following a detox in the Jacuzzi and outdoor pool, I tried the sauna. I soon spotted the two men either side of me and made the revelation that this was a naked sauna.

The sand appeared to run down slower and slower in the timer as I spent 15 minutes sweating.

By the evening, I was ravenous so we dined at La Vetta,Tschuggen Grand’s very own Michelin-star restaurant.

It was not your classically lengthened five-hour gourmet tuck-in but rather a quicker eat. International flavours were well selected by its fine chef who served a variety of dishes from braised lamb shoulder to sea trout. The hotel has more to offer than just fine dining though with a total of four restaurants.

The Basement offers casual and fast food such as burgers and even has a bowling alley inside for entertainment after dessert.

On our second day, we had a jam-packed itinerary.To kick things off in the morning we were taken on a squirrel walk through alpine woodland near our hotel.

The winter sun shone through a coppice of pine trees as I waited for the squirrels to snatch the nuts from my outstretched palm. I was lucky enough to experience one scurry down the slope and grab the grub from my hand before retreating into the wilderness.

This was then followed by snow-shoeing, where we worked up a sweat scrambling through metres of deep snow and were gifted with stunning views of the mountains.

Arosa is ideal for the whole family (Image: Getty Images)

We then finished our action-packed day with a family favourite, sledging. As I raced down the terrifyingly quick tracks, snow flying up towards my face, my thoughts ran back over a holiday of adrenaline, relaxation and escapism.

It might have more glamorous neighbours but charming tradition is the jewel in Arosa’s crown.

THE KNOWLEDGE

Rooms at the Tschuggen Grand Hotel in Arosa cost from around £483 a night based on two adults sharing on a B&B basis.

Includes access to the Bergoase Spa and use of the Tschuggen Express. Six-day ski/boot hire around £176 a week (tschuggen.ch; 00 41 81 378 99 99) Six-day lift pass costs around £264 (arosalenzerheide.swiss) Swiss flies from Heathrow to Zurich from £67 one way (swiss.com; 0345 601 0956).

Tourist info: myswitzerland.com

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