Davos Klosters Ski Area

Davos Klosters offers 320km of pistes and good skiing for all abilities including abundant off-piste Davos alone offers a choice of five separate ski areas including the extensive Parsenn ski area which links by gondola to the Gotschna ski area at Klosters.

The skiing in Davos Klosters is divided into six areas: the extensive Parsenn, Jakobshorn, which is much favoured by boarders, the quieter Rinerhorn and Pischa and Schatzalp (the slow mountain), which reopened in 2010-11 with "nice and easy" slopes and two of the seven toboggan runs in the region. The Davos ski area is also lift-connected to the Klosters areas of Gotschna and Madrisa.


The Parsenn is the largest ski area in the Davos region. The Parsennbahn funicular connects to a train and chairlift to the major lift junction of Weissfluhjoch - gondolas from Klosters also reach here - from where you can carry on upwards via a cable car to Weissfluhgipfel at 2,844m. From here it's a vertical descent of over 1,300m back to Davos or, if you aim for Küblis, you'll get 2,000m vertical of continuous turns.


Two consecutive cable cars whisk you to the 2,590m summit of the Jakobshorn, a Mecca for snowboarders with its half-pipes and boarders' hotel, the Bolgenschanze. Its central location, just behind the Davos Platz railway station, also makes it a popular choice with skiers.


The Rinerhorn ski area is at the most southerly extent of the Davos region and is reached by car (free parking), bus or train to Glaris. On first inspection it seems to be a limited one-cable-car-and-four-T-bar area, but in reality it has some great descents and because of the trees it can be a good option in bad weather. Often mid-week both Rinerhorn and Pischa are deserted.


Davos' fourth ski area, Pischa, is a ten minute drive up the Flüelatal valley and is reached special ski bus leaving the Pischa Terminal at Davos Dorf or by car (free parking). It faces due south and is often a good bet in the morning. 


After being closed for a few seasons, Schatzalp has been re-opened and the Strelapass Restaurant has been renovated to serve skiers who prefer their winter sport to be "nice and easy". It takes just four minutes to reach Schatzalp via the funicular which runs from the centre of Davos Platz providing access to fairly easy pistes.


The Gotschnagrat, with links to the Parsenn, is the key to Klosters' skiing. It is also the area where the Prince of Wales was involved in a fatal avalanche in 1988, when his friend and equerry Major Hugh Lindsay was killed near the Gotschnawang run. Another member of the royal party, Mrs Patti Palmer-Tomkinson sustained serious leg injuries. This avalanche-prone off-piste area is now technically off-limits but can still be skied. One equally challenging but perhaps safer alternative is the tough Drostobel run.


The Madrisa area across the valley from the Gotschna area is more of a family mountain. You reach it by taking a picturesque gondola ride from Klosters Dorf above the forest to a snowy and often sunny plateau at Albeina-Saaseralp. The Madrisahorn (2,826 metres), close to the Austrian border (which you can cross) commands spectacular views across the Prättigau Valley.  The Kidsland near the summit station is well-equipped including a special adjustable chairlift allowing children and skiers with disability to reach the summit more easily: young children have access easy slopes on the Rubing Run or play in a bouncy castle.

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