one ski lift and a population
of maybe 100, Arolla isn't a very big ski resort. It's more popular
with hikers for being a starting point for mountain expeditions
into the Alps. In the village center there are a few small hotels,
post office, general store and sporting goods shop. The post
office seems to be the meeting point for hikers to gather
before heading off and judging by their huge bulging backpacks
they are not setting off for a two hour Sunday stroll. I've visited
over 30 ski resorts and Arolla does have something special: It's
a 24 mile downhill bike ride to the valley floor--the longest
bike ride down a mountain from any place visited so far.
Is this place
hopping or is it dead in the summer?
going on here except for hikers.
Is there a lake and/or golf course in town?
car the only option?
from the valley floor city of Sion.
Does the place feel claustrophobic?
Lots of choices for acccomodations (hotels/ chalets) and do I
Slim hotel pickings.
Could I spend a whole summer here or would I get bored?
Three days would be my limit.