Davos Ski Resort

At 1,560m Davos Klosters is one of the highest Alpine resorts in Europe; a vast network of ski slopes stretching from the Rinerhorn south west of Davos to Pischa in the north east with more than 320km of well-groomed slopes including Klosters’ ski areas of Gotschna and Madrisa and some of the best off-piste skiing in the Alps.

In 2003, the Davos and Klosters mountain railways and ski lifts merged and were rebranded. Davos Klosters are now marketed jointly and the whole is greater than the sum of its individual parts: the Davos Klosters region incorporates six winter-sport areas, with Schatzalp (the slow mountain) as a sixth ski area with separat lift ticket, more than 320 km of well-groomed pistes, 200km of cross-country ski trails and 150 km of prepared winter-walking trails. At first glance the piste map may imply this is largely an intermediate's resort but don't be fooled, the Davos Klosters area has huge off-piste potential.

The town of Davos extends for several miles along the broad Landwasser River Valley. The two main centres of Davos Dorf and Davos Platz are about one mile apart with a jumble of office blocks, residential apartments, hotels, expensive shops, tearooms and casinos in between, as well as theatres, museums and exhibitions. Just a 5-minute drive from the centre of town, visitors enter a world of mountains and snow. The Davos side-valleys of Flüela, Dischma and Sertig also provide popular haunts.

Although Davos may is not pretty at street level, the roof top views of the town and surrounding mountains are quite spectacular, the small villages of Davos Monstein and Davos Clavadel that are also part of Davos, and the neighbouring village of Klosters provide that more quintessential 'picture-postcard' element which helps soften the towny feel of Davos. Although Klosters is the smaller partner, it's Graubünden's sixth-largest holiday resort, and can boast more Gault Millau points per resident than anywhere else in Switzerland: six restaurants have been recommended by the gourmet guide. And yet Klosters has also been awarded the "Families Welcome" quality label.

Davos's mountain setting is spectacular and there is a lot going on besides ski tourism. The World economic forum is held here annually, as well as a Nordic World Cup Race, the pro ice hockey Spengler Cup and the UK parliamentary ski races. It's also home to the world famous Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research.

On the wider picture, Davos keeps good company. Alongside resorts such as Zermatt, St Moritz, St Anton and Kitzbuhel, Davos is a member of "The Best of the Alps" association of 12 classic Alpine resorts. It also claims Aspen in Colorado and Chamonix in France as 'partner' towns. Klosters has long been a favourite haunt of the Prince of Wales, and sometimes his sons too. The main cable car which takes skiers to the top of Gotschnagrat is called the 'Prince of Wales'.

Davos Pros & Cons

+ Big ski area (linked by bus and rail)
+ Long, wide, undulating ski slopes
+ Extensive off-piste, easily accessible
+ Good cross-country trails
+ Easily reached by road or rail from Zurich
+ Charming Swiss mountain restaurants
+ Lively apres ski if you know where to go
+ Lots to do and plenty for non-skiers

- A large town, lacking resort atmosphere
- Ski areas are spread out and not lift-connected
- Lift system mostly efficient but needs upgrading
- T-bars might pose problems for some
- Just one black run down to town from Parsenn 
- Street taxis are scarce, so best to phone for one
- Expensive for some due to exchange rate

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Davos Statistics

  • CountrySwitzerland
  • RegionGraubunden
  • Base810 metres
  • Summit2,844 metres
  • Vertical2,034 meters
  • Ski area extent260 km
  • Beginner62 km
  • Intermediate134 km
  • Advanced64 km
  • Longest trail12 km
  • Number of ski lifts50 
  • Cable cars
  • Funicular
  • Gondolas
  • Chairs10 
  • Surface lifts26 
  • Riders per hour64,421 
  • Day lift passSfr 67
  • 6 day passSfr 297

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