HAS WINTER been a little too warm for you this year? Why not consider traveling to Switzerland for some snowy adventure? Graubunden, a Swiss canton, or state, as Americans may refer to it, is located high in the Swiss Alps and home to several upscale resorts, the latest being Hotel Krone, which opened in early December 2022.
Graubunden played host to the Olympics in 1928 and again 20 years later, and continues to offer world-class skiiing and other snowy adventures. And Hotel Krone is smack dab in the center of everything, just a five-minute walk from the ski lifts and a two-minute walk from the Pradaschier Ski Area, considered one of the best for families. The ski lifts allow access to two sports areas, the Arosa Lenzerheide with roughly 130 miles of pistes for all skill levels, and the Arosa Lenzerheide Snowpark for the braver skiers out there. For the less-daring there is a natural ice rink in the middle of Churwalden. The district is known for its lakes and rivers as well as its mountains, making it a prime spot for exploring all year round.
And for the even-less adventurous — a category in which I can easily find myself — the resort has a world-class spa and spacious fitness room where you can get a massage to calm those tired muscles after a day on the slopes. Visitors can also enjoy the stunning natural environment straight from the hotel’s 86 charming double rooms; each one boasts its own balcony with majestic Alpine views. Or, take in the sights from the bar terrace, sunset drink in hand, before proceeding to the on-site restaurant, Crùna. Helmed by chef Frank Widmer, it offers a diverse menu tempting all palates with authentic Alpine cuisine alongside plenty of tried-and-true classics including pasta and pizza.
For those who seek to unwind, the spa area includes a jacuzzi (Whirlpool), a steam bath, a Finnish sauna, a bio sauna and an infrared cabin. The hotel also features a spacious fitness room where guests can round off their day with a sports massage.
Zurich is an easy flight from major cities in the United States, with most major airlines offering nonstop service. From Zurich, Graubunden is a scenic train ride away.
For more information on this new resort surrounded by the stunning beauty of the Swiss Alps, go to kronchurwalden.ch/en/.