Davos Ski Resort

At 1,560m Davos is one of the highest towns in Europe. Together with the more village-like Klosters, it shares a large ski area ("Davos Klosters") with big verticals and 320km of mostly intermediate-friendly runs, plus some epic off-piste itineraries for better skiers.

In 2003, the Davos and Klosters mountain railways and ski lifts merged and were rebranded: "Davos Klosters". The shared slopes are split across 6 separate sectors located on both sides of a steep valley, and stretch from Rinerhorn to the South West of Davos; via Jacobshorn, Pischa and Schatzalp-Strela above Davos Platz; to Parsenn the largest sector that reaches all the way from Davos Dorf to Klosters; and finally onto Madrisa to the North-East of Klosters Dorf. The Rinerhorn and Madrisa base stations are over 20km apart and there is a lot of skiing in between: 320 km of Alpine runs and over 200km of cross-country ski trails.

Most of the pistes are steepish blues and reds, and perfect for most intermediates. Advanced skiers will want to venture off-piste, on either marked but unpatrolled official itineraries, or unofficial routes that take you far from the piste network, and for which a guide is recommended. But even the official pistes and itineraries can be well over 10km long as they wind their way from the top of Weissfluhgipfel (2845m) across the high open bowls and down through the trees all the way, if snow condition permit, to Klosters (1190m), Serneus (990m) or Kublis (810m). If you think your technique might let you down on such a long journey, there are plenty of ski schools in Davos and Klosters to help you improve.

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. The World Economic forum is held in Davos each January, and it's also home to the world famous Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research. And Davos is very much a town, with a lot going on beside tourism, rather than a picture-postcard Swiss mountain village. The views across its rooftops to the surrounding mountains can still be beautiful, however. 

Those wanting something less urban should stay in the small satellite villages of Davos Monstein and Davos Clavadel or in Klosters. This favourite Alpine haunt of the Prince of Wales still has a rural, family-friendly atmosphere, despite it being the Graubünden's sixth-largest holiday resort, and boasting more Gault Millau gourmet points (the Swiss equivalent of Michelin stars) per resident than anywhere else in Switzerland.

Whatever option you choose, there is no shortage of accommodation, with plenty of hotels and apartments and some chalets. Davos-Klosters is also easy to get to: both can be reached by car or train from Zurich Airport in 2 to 3 hours, making them very 'weekendable', although you will need a lot more than a long weekend to make the most of the skiing.

Davos Klosters Ski Hire

Both resorts have a wide choice of Ski & Board Rental shops. But prices are much higher if you just turn up at the shopl  rather than book online in advance.

ALPINRESORTS.com work with several shops in Davos Platz, Davos Dorf, Klosters and Klosters Dorf and can secure you savings of up to 50% if you book online via this link.

SKISET also has outlets in both resorts and offers online booking discounts for Davos here and for Klosters here.

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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