I finally found a ski run that works for both my skiing 6yr old and my sledding 3yr old: Arvenbüel! My 6yr old was a beginning skier and I needed a small hill where he could ski “by himself” while I sled with my 3 yr old and could still see my 6yr and rescue if needed. I’ve tried a few other places but usually the hill was too big so I couldn’t see him as he came down and there was no place near the ski hill for me to sled with my little one. This slope was just what I needed at the time. This is a small operation and a small hill, but a good option for families with a both beginning skiers and non-skiers to entertain.
|Address:||Föhrenstrasse 4, 8873 Amden
GPS: 47°08’52.2″N 9°10’31.5″E
|Car:||~45mins from ZH|
|Train:||~1hr30 from ZH|
|Suitable for:||beginners and families|
|Lift type:||chairs and T-bars,
no snow garden or magic carpet
|Sample Prices 2016:||low, cash only|
|Half-day discount:||family ticket|
|More info:||www.amden-weesen.ch – webcams – piste map|
Arvenbüel is a small local ski resort, about a 45 min drive southeast from Zurich, near the Walensee. There are two ski areas as shown on the map below, Amden Mattstock and Arvenbüel, but they are not connected and are not covered by the same ticket. In this post, I’m referring to Arvenbüel on the right, specifically the Arven chair lift.
This is very small operation. The lift passes are relatively inexpensive and they offer single rides, a half-day pass (morning or afternoon), day pass, and a family pass (in 2011, 2 adults, 3 kids for 88CHF). I couldn’t find current prices on the website.
On this particular slope under Sesselbahn Arven, you can ski and sled on the same hill. While my husband skied with my 6yr old, I sledded down the same hill with my 3yr old on the 500m sled run. We could kinda stay together as a family and see each other as we passed each other on the hill. Plus, I didn’t have to drag my sled up and down the hill; I could just take the lift up (requires a paid lift pass). Sledders take a slightly different path down the hill as noted by the signs, but you are never far apart and you can ride the lift together.
It’s a chair lift, but the operator will help your little ones get on and will hook your sled to the side of the chair, as shown in the below picture. I found everyone to be very helpful. You can also see in the photo that even though they had very little snow, they kept the ski run covered and we had a very fun day just on this one little run.
There’s a small cafe at the top of this slope. The services are very minimal. Bring cash for parking and your ski pass. I didn’t see an ATM but maybe you can find one in Amden. You can rent skis and sleds at Gmür Sport near the parking lot and bus stop, as well as a couple places in Amden, listed on their website.