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Driving to Arosa from Zurich

Will be heading to Arosa ski resort at the end of the month and would like to know whether i will require snow chains or not once i'm near the resort.

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Re: Driving to Arosa from Zurich

Take the train from Chur I'd say (what we did).
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Will be heading to Arosa ski resort at the end of the month and would like to know whether i will require snow chains or not once i'm near the resort.

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Arosa is at 1,775 m asl, and the freezing level is around 1,500m at the moment (lower, toward the end of the month) -- hence ice and snow are likely in the resort. If you have a 2WD vehicle, you should carry chains, at least, although given the appalling season so far, wet weather tyres might be more useful.

Check the forecast before you set off. You'd be advised to take chains if snow is forecast (if you have a 2WD vehicle).

Famigros Ski Day, by any chance?
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Re: Driving to Arosa from Zurich

Yes.

The drive "to" Arosa is ok, but when there - some of the hotels are up a steep hill, and that gets really tricky, even with chains.

Also, practice putting them on the tires while at home in the relative warmth.

And only put them on the "driving" tires - front wheel drive = only on the front tires...

Just saying
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Re: Driving to Arosa from Zurich

Thanks for the replies.

Looks as if I will have to invest in snow chains or catch the train from Chur. Probably should have bought them a few years ago but somehow managed to crawl up to previous resorts with FWD and wet weather (snow) tyres as the roads were just clear enough.

Yes, we are attending the Famigros day while we are up there.....
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Re: Driving to Arosa from Zurich

You'll get stuck behind a German at some point - not be able to overtake and you'll crawl the rest of the way up.
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Re: Driving to Arosa from Zurich

If you don't drive like a twat, you should be OK. Town roads will be packed snow with gravel spread to aid traction.

But you should have chains if you don't have 4wd
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Re: Driving to Arosa from Zurich

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Thanks for the replies.

Looks as if I will have to invest in snow chains or catch the train from Chur. Probably should have bought them a few years ago but somehow managed to crawl up to previous resorts with FWD and wet weather (snow) tyres as the roads were just clear enough.

Yes, we are attending the Famigros day while we are up there.....
Problem is, you might manage to crawl up there- but conditions might change during the day- and coming down is a lot more hairy in snow and ice!
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Re: Driving to Arosa from Zurich

It's a couple of years since we drove up, but we never needed snow chains on our 4WD with winter tyres. It's a busy road up and seemed to stay pretty clear even in heavy snow (unlike this year, so far...), but it can be a nightmare for anyone who suffers from travel sickness, supposedly a bend for every day of the year. One of our offspring was grey when he got to Arosa one time, and took ages to recover, I thought we'd killed him.

We have also parked in Chur railway station and all travelled up on the train. Easy, but not many spaces in the station itself.

Some friends of ours drove to Lenzerheide last year and took the new cable car over to Arosa - cheating a bit, methinks, Arosa is truly beautiful in the winter and is worth the travel hassles.

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Problem is, you might manage to crawl up there- but conditions might change during the day- and coming down is a lot more hairy in snow and ice!
Nothing to worry about - most corners have barriers
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Will be heading to Arosa ski resort at the end of the month and would like to know whether i will require snow chains or not once i'm near the resort.

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If I could answer that I would be a millionaire.
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Re: Driving to Arosa from Zurich

Have you reserved the parking space at your hotel? There won't be any spare parking in the town!
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Problem is, you might manage to crawl up there- but conditions might change during the day- and coming down is a lot more hairy in snow and ice!
Chains won't help going down unless your actually stuck, if the snow is thin you will have less grip as only metal rather than rubber contact with the road.
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Have you reserved the parking space at your hotel? There won't be any spare parking in the town!
Yes.

There is also a carpark you can use 2min away from the hotel, not sure about the daily rate costs.
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Re: Driving to Arosa from Zurich

We would definitely recommend getting the train (for any one seeking advise for the future). It's a beautiful journey, doesn't cause motion sickness and you can enjoy a beer on the way. Any little ones can wriggle around rather than strapped into a seat for seemingly ages. The road trip is spectacular but slow going since its narrow with a few hundred or so switch backs, we were warned. BTW, Arosa is simply breathtaking, relaxed and down to earth. One of our favourite places to visit.
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Re: Driving to Arosa from Zurich

I really enjoyed the drive personally, no sickness for the family and it proved to be not that bad given the warnings we had prior to going. Did not even have to use the snow-chains as the roads were clear. Once on top and at the resort the winter tyres were just sufficient enough to crawl into the hotel car park which was situated on quite a steep road covered with snow. On the whole a great resort and a fantastic week.
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Will be heading to Arosa ski resort at the end of the month and would like to know whether i will require snow chains or not once i'm near the resort.

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Talk to the Resort you are staying. they may can pick you up from train Station. have fun skiing.
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Re: Driving to Arosa from Zurich

Haven't been to Arosa for a while now - please be good enough to greet Gigi for me. Thanks.
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