Lenzerheide is a hidden gem in the Graubunden canton of Switzerland. This resort has a 155km ski area, extensive off-piste, and a picturesque village. Only a 1.5 hour drive from Zurich, it is a prime destination for a weekend break, but leaves plenty more to explore for longer stays.
The ski area is split into the East and West sides, each offering a good range of runs to suit all levels of skier and boarder. The mountains are linked either by a ski trail which runs under the main road, linking up the Papan and Heimberg ski lifts or the courtesy bus loop. The Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup takes place every 2 years on the East side of the mountain, with the next one due in March 2013.
The village is situated on the edge of the Heidsee Lake, and offers spectacular lake views and alpine scenery. The main street is lined with shops, restaurants and hotels. The Dieschen lift, located right in the village, links skiers to the Rothorn Gondola for easy access in the mornings, and there are ski runs right back into the village for the end of the day. There is also a superb courtesy bus service which loops around the lake and picks up and drops off guests between the bottom of the ski runs, lifts and town.
There is no train station in Lenzerheide, however you can catch the train to Chur, and the bus for the last 30 minutes of the journey straight into the village. Alternatively you could take a private transfer or pick up a hire car at Zurich Airport – many of the hotels offer free parking.