A climatic health resort, the highest city in Europe, “Magic Mountain” – Davos is many things, but above all it is an ideal place for a skiing holiday. The “Davos Klosters Mountains” comprise five ski areas and are one of the most popular winter sports destinations in Switzerland.
1) General information about the Davos Klosters ski area
- The Davos Klosters Mountains combine 235 kilometers of slopes in five ski areas
- Davos is the highest town in the Alps
- Slopes from 810 m to 2,844 m altitude
- One of the most snow reliable ski regions in Switzerland
The Davos Klosters region is one of the oldest winter sports destinations in the Alps, where the first skiers started as early as the early 20th century. The ski area around the famous climatic health resort of Davos is one of the most beautiful in Switzerland and, with its 235 kilometers of slopes, also one of the largest in the country.
The slopes extend from 810 m to 2,844 m, with Davos at a lofty height of 1,560 m in the middle of the fabulous mountain landscape. Snow is guaranteed in the Davos Klosters ski area until spring. A total of 56 lifts transport you to the 62 km of blue, 128 km of red and 45 km of black slopes, which together offer an extensive selection of slopes of all levels of difficulty.
The ski region is divided into the five areas Parsenn, Jakobshorn, Madrisa, Pischa and Rinerhorn. Parsenn is the largest and best known among them and is accessible from both Davos and Klosters.
On the other side of the valley and therefore also accessible from Davos Platz is the Jakobshorn. With its slopes above the tree line and the large “Jatz Park” fun area, it is particularly popular with sporty skiers. Madrisa, Klosters’ local mountain, is particularly suitable for families with children.
There are great practice areas and games for children, but also difficult descents on the Rätschenjoch. The insider tip in the Davos Klosters ski area is the Rinerhorn. Here you will find less frequented, mostly demanding runs.
The Pischa, accessible by just one gondola, is an untouched winter sports paradise. No slopes are groomed here, but there are high-altitude trails, sign-posted snowshoe trails, toboggan runs and winter hiking trails. The open terrain is also ideal for ski tours and freeriding.
In addition, there is another special ski area on the famous “Zauberberg”: the Schatzalp. It is the first decelerated ski area in Europe, where only slow driving is allowed and even the lifts open very slowly.
Due to the altitude, the Davos Klosters ski area is extremely snow reliable. The snow cover on the mountain measures an average of 100 cm in the season, in March the snow depth on the mountain reaches an average of 172 cm.
The Davos Klosters ski area is therefore one of the most snow-sure in the Canton of Graubünden. The sun also means well with the region, which shines an average of 66 days a season. December is the sunniest month with 21 sunny days.
2) Davos Klosters piste map
3) Skiing in the Davos Klosters ski area
In the Davos Klosters ski area there are countless opportunities to let off steam on one or two boards. Most of the connected kilometers of pistes in the region can be found in the Parsenn ski area at Weissfluhgipfel (2,844 m) and at Gotschnagrat (2,285 m). The Parsennhütte is located roughly in the middle of the ski area, from which both mountains can be explored.
The wide slopes are mostly of medium difficulty, some more difficult runs lead down from the highest point of the area to the Weissfluhjoch. The longest slope is 12 km long and leads from the summit to the neighboring village of Küblis, from where you can take the bus back to Davos. From the Alpine Lounge on Gotschnagrat, guests can enjoy a fabulous view of the Grisons mountains.
Novice drivers and children are in good hands in the Madrisa ski area near Klosters. In Madrisa-Land and the Madrisa-Park at the mountain station, children are entertained in a variety of ways.
In addition to ski schools and practice areas, there is a tubing park, a carousel, a bouncy castle and trampolines. You can even rent skidoos for a little jaunt through the park. At the Madrisa-Alp there is also an indoor playroom for the lunch break.
Advanced riders enjoy the wide red runs on the Madrisa. Those who prefer to have fun on challenging slopes will find a 6 km long ski route on the Rätschenjoch as well as the black Schlappin valley run that leads down to Klosters Dorf.
The Rinerhorn is also suitable for families. In the dwarf park, the little ones practice their first turns and the connoisseurs swing on the wide blue and red runs. A night ski slope and the illuminated toboggan run are further pluses of the ski mountain.
Freestylers are drawn to the “Jatzpark” on the Jakobshorn. The snow park is located at an altitude of 2,500 m at the Jatz-Junior-Lift and has a beginner, medium and pro line. In the lower area of the slopes on Bolgen there is a superpipe, several kickers and a 15 × 15 m airbag for really high jumps. There is also a rookie park for beginners in Klosters.
The fun area at the Haid-Lift is built in flat terrain and enables even inexperienced users to get started with the shredding experience.
Freeriders and winter hikers are drawn to the Flüelatal on the winter sports mountain Pischa. There is plenty of free terrain here for enjoyable deep snow descents. A gondola also brings pedestrians up the mountain, who explore the hiking trails with snowshoes or winter boots. For cross-country skiers, there are two trails, 1.5 km and 2 km in length, respectively.
In addition to the slopes, there are numerous refreshment stops and mountain restaurants to choose from, some of which have large sun terraces. Thanks to the total of 20 WLAN hotspots, wireless Internet surfing in the ski area is possible without any problems.
4) Expert evaluation
The Davos Klosters ski area with its five ski mountains offers a varied winter sports program for beginners and advanced skiers
5) Off-piste activities
The two main towns, Davos and Klosters, have a well-developed tourist infrastructure, so that the guests don’t lack anything. Various leisure activities on the mountain ensure fun after a day of skiing. For example, there are several winter hiking trails and snowshoe trails at Pischa. There are 11 km of cleared hiking trails around Davos and 45 km around Klosters.
There are eight toboggan runs in the region for toboggan fans. The 3.5 km long toboggan run on the Rinerhorn leads through 33 curves and is illuminated twice a week for night tobogganing. The sledge run from Gotschna to Klosters is also 3.5 km long.
The cable car on the Madrisa is even 8.5 km long and leads from the mountain station on the Saaseralp to Saas. Innovative sled designs such as airboards and snow brakers are also very popular in Davos Klosters. The former can be borrowed in Klosters, the latter at Pischa.
Ice skating is also possible in many places. There are three artificial and one natural ice rink in Davos alone, and there are two more ice rings to choose from in Klosters. In addition, there is a wide range of leisure activities around the towns, including ice climbing, carriage rides, paragliding, horse riding, fat biking or swimming in the adventure pool.
With all the closeness to nature and tranquility, Davos also offers a little après-ski. During the day, the umbrella bars and sun terraces in the ski area invite you to an afternoon get-together. Party-loving people meet later, for example in the “Bolgenschanze” near the valley station of the Jakobshornbahn. In Davos Klosters there are over 40 bars and clubs where nightlife is celebrated.
For a hearty dinner, there is a large selection of traditional inns, fine gourmet restaurants and cozy pubs to choose from, which, among other things, serve delicious traditional Swiss cuisine.
6) Locations in the Davos Klosters ski area
Davos is the highest spa town in Europe at 1,560 m above sea level. The ski resort achieved particular fame as the setting in Thomas Mann’s novel “The Magic Mountain”. Several sanatoriums in the village offer spa stays. The panorama couldn’t be more beautiful either, as the Davoser See glistens and the peaks of the Graubünden mountains rise all around.
The place offers all the amenities for a full leisure program, there are cinemas, various museums, shops for extensive shopping and the adventure swimming pool Eau-Là-Là with wellness area. The calendar of events is peppered with top-class sports and cultural events, including the traditional ski race “Parsenn Derby”.
Klosters is located at an altitude of 1,180 m in the Prättigau and is the quiet neighbor of lively Davos. The village with around 3,800 inhabitants is characterized by a rural, romantic character. Royals and other celebrities also like to vacation here, so the place is also known as “Hollywood on the rocks”.
7) Arrival in the Davos Klosters ski area
Davos is equally easy to reach by car and train. By car, take the motorway towards Chur, then take the Landquart exit towards Davos. The locations are very well connected with each other, but also from outside, by public transport. A comfortable journey by train to Davos Dorf or Klosters Platz is possible.
With the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) it goes to Landquart, then on with the Rhaetian Railway (RhB) to Klosters or Davos.
The nearest airports are Zurich
and Friedrichshafen (both approx. 155 km away). Airport shuttles are offered to the ski resorts.