A big, sprawling ski resort, Davos is spread along a mountain face in a beautiful valley in the Grissons region of Switzerland, near the borders of Austria and Italy. Two main centres, Davos Dorf and Platz sit at either end of a 2km strip of hotels, restaurants, shops and homes. The five mountains that loom above the villages have each been transformed into a different ski area - Parsenn is the largest and most popular area, Madrissa has good terrain for beginners, Pischa is perfect for freerideing, Jakobshorn is the boarders favourite, and Rinerhorn has wicked off-piste.
There are beginner runs on each mountain, and particularly good spots are Rinerhorn, Madrissa and Pischa. That said, the majority of the mountain is better suited to intermediates and experts who will love the variety of off-piste terrain. Most of the mountains have fun parks for boarders, and Jakobshorn has good half pipes and a boardercross piste. Catch the Parsenn funicular railway up to Weissfluhjochat at 2, 750 m and drop down into one of the two long, steep expert runs. The rest of Parsenn has fantastic long open intermediate pistes.
With 325 km of piste, you can cruise off on far away adventures and return to the resort by train, or drop into neighbouring Klosters to check out the small, authentic alpine hamlets. A big, working city, Davos is buzzing and cosmopolitan, with many shops, restaurants, bars and night clubs, but it doesn't have the alpine charm of Klosters. There's much to do off piste, including one of Europe's biggest natural ice rinks and an animal park / zoo. For cross-country skiers there's 75 km of trails.
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Davos for Different Ski Abilities
While there are beginner runs on each mountain, learners will enjoy starting on Rinerhorn, Madrissa and Pischa. Jakobshorn's Bolgen also offers good nursery slopes for beginners and is accessible from Davos Platz. Learners can progress on to a great range of easy blue pistes across all five mountains.
Davos is perfect for intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Beautiful, long red-runs take you from Weissflujoch all the way to Küblis. Try the long, open cruising runs on Parsenn to warm up on, but forty percent of the mountain is rated intermediate, so every area will have good terrain for you. Jakobshorn is perfect for intermediate snowboarders to ride. There is also a good terrain park here for freestyle snowboarders and skiers.
There are some good long black runs here that will challenge you, but most expert skiers and boarders will hightail it to the seriously good off-piste areas, many of them with marked trails. The Gotschnawang slope is a great example of off-piste skiing in Davos.
Davos Ski Schools
Schweizer Schneesportschule Davos
Satisfying your winter sport dreams. From their ski kindergarden through the pipe, over the rails to safe freeriding, from cross-country skiing to snowshoeing and finally ending the day at the Après-Ski. Schweizer Schneesportschule Davos want you to have fun as their guest in Davos!
Absolute Powder guarantees you are choosing a real professional. All their instructors have gone through formal Swiss snowsport education, have at least 10 years` experience and are continuously taking courses to keep up to date. You choose your snowsport-instructor yourself. At each member you can see the attached diary and their availability. Should your first pick be booked already, please check out their other members.
Après Ski and Off the Mountain Activities
The nightlife in Davos is buzzing, cosmopolitan and fun. Large numbers of good bars and restaurants including The Postli Club, the Tonic Piano bar or the Cabanna club. There are many pumping bars and clubs throughout the villages. Scala and Chämi offer a vibrant friendly scene, and a younger crowd heads to Cabanna Club and Cava Grischa in Davos Platz. The excellent restaurants offer a large variety of cuisine, from the Nouvelle Cuisine at Davoserhof to the traditional dishes of Bünder Stübli and yummy cakes at Café Weber. Bündnerstübli in Davos Dorf also offers great traditional Swiss food. You can also find great French, Italian and Asian food in Davos. Explore the mountain restaurants dotted all over the mountains.
off the mountain
If you take a little time off the skis or the board, try a trip on the fantastic Rhaetian Railway Glacier Express. This is a seven-hour train journey through the Alps from St. Moritz to Zermatt and the Matterhorn. The train runs over 291 bridges and viaducts and through 91 tunnels. There is an interesting snow sports museum, great shopping, a huge natural ice rink and a heated outdoor pool to relax in. Another good day trip is to the 16th century town of Chur, the oldest city in Switzerland and capital of the Graubunden region. Other options are: a cinema, gym / fitness room, indoor pool, snowshoeing and walking trails.
How to get to Davos
Davos is located in the southern part of Switzerland, southeast of Zürich. The quickest way to get here is to fly to Zürich and hire a car from the airport; or you can take two trains from Zürich to Davos. Alternatively, take a train journey from London across Europe or drive.