Arolla, Switzerland


With 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?
Not much going on here except for hikers.

Is there a lake and/or golf course in town?
No.

Arriving by car the only option?
Bus service from the valley floor city of Sion.

Does the place feel claustrophobic?
Yes.

Lots of choices for acccomodations (hotels/ chalets) and do I have recommendations?
Slim hotel pickings.

Could I spend a whole summer here or would I get bored?
Three days would be my limit.