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Arolla Ski Resort Guide

Arolla, Switzerland

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners and Snowfall!
Total Piste Length47km29 miles
Highest Lift3,000m9,843ft
Resort Height2,003m6,572ft
 Nearest AirportsSion and Geneva
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Located at the head of the Herens Valley, Arolla is a quiet centre with several large high-calibre hotels offering doorstep skiing on wide, sunny, uncrowded and well prepared trails. The high altitude of the village ensures a long snowsure season.


The Swiss ski resort of Arolla is in the Swiss Alps at an altitude of 2,003m6,572ft, with 47km29 miles of marked runs.

Arolla has direct access to 47km29 miles of downhill skiing, with 13 marked pistes, served by a total of 5 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 2,003m6,572ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 3,000m9,843ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.


There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


Arolla offers some good boarding.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Arolla?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Arolla.

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Ski Area Stats

Arolla Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 3 9km6 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
 6 19km12 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
 3 19km12 miles
Total Length
47km29 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
25km16 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Arolla Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift3,000m9,843ft
Resort Altitude (Arolla)2,003m6,572ft
Lowest Piste2,000m6,562ft
Max Vertical1,000m3,281ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Arolla
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Arolla Overview

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Arolla is 6km4 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'Noire du Mont Dolin', which is 5km3 miles in length.

Location and Map

Where is Arolla?

This ski resort is in the Swiss Alps in Hérens, Valais.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Arolla is Sion, 45 minutes drive away.

Geneva, Annecy and Berne airports are all within three hours drive.

Sion is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.


Ski Lift Capacity

The five ski lifts are able to uplift 3,550 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 2km1 miles of ski runs, with 3 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Arolla open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is mid December, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Arolla, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Arolla Tourist Office for the latest.

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