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DAVOS

Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

Davos is the largest mountain resort in Switzerland and the highest town in Europe.

Davos Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

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Davos has some of the longest and most varied skiing and snowboarding terrain in Switzerland; wide open cruising trails, steep narrow chutes and gullies, open powder fields, forests and well maintained half pipes and terrain parks.

The Davos terrain is spread across five mountain areas and is accessible all on the one 'hands free' ski pass that also covers neighbouring Klosters. The mountain areas are supported by an excellent lift system and linked by efficient buses that operate five minutes apart throughout the day.

The five mountain areas are; Jakobshorn, Pischa, Rinerhorn, Parsenn and Madrisa. Between the five areas they each offer there own special characteristics that make Davos one of the top skiing and snowboarding resorts in the world.

Jakobshorn Skiing and Snowboarding

Jakobshorn towers above the town of Davos and is renowned as an awesome challenging mountain. Here you will find very long wide rolling terrain of varying steepness, moguls and groomed interlinked long trails.

Fantastic tree skiing and snowboarding can be had in the lower areas of the mountain around the Fuxagufer Chairlift.

Davos Ski Resort Area

photo Raphael Koch / Davos Tourism

Advanced skiers and snowboarders can experience awesome off piste runs at Jakobshorn. From the top of the Jakobshornbahn cable car walk along the trail heading towards the Stadlersee area then cut across and take a short hike to the top of the Jatzhorn, from there reap the rewards of a really long powder run down to Teufi where a bus can be caught back to the base of Jakobshorn.

Alternatively if you do not want a hike you can cut in from the backside of the cable car. Be aware that only advanced skiers and snowboarders should attempt the hiking as the area is off piste and very steep.

There is a half pipe on the mountain next to the Jatz Junior drag lift below the restaurants.

The restaurants at Jakobshorn are an experience to remember! You can book a double sun bed for the day on the sundeck where you are waited on, enjoy great music and food while you watch the paragliders take off and if you want you can even have a soak in a hot tub!

One of the best ski and snowboard schools in Europe and the children's kindergarten is located at the base of Jakobshorn, at Bolgen, where there is another half pipe which is illuminated every evening.

Pischa Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

Pischa is a short bus ride from Davos and is the smallest mountain in the area, for this reason it tends to be less crowded than Jakobshorn or Parsenn. The skiing and snowboarding is not really that advanced, it is more suited for intermediates looking for some quiet groomed wide trails to enjoy on a sunny day.

Rinerhorn Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

Rinerhorn like Pischa is not a large mountain but it offers some fantastic skiing and snowboarding after a big snowfall. It is a short bus ride from the town of Davos and once you arrive the Rinerhornbahn Gondola whisks you up above the tree lined to some excellent intermediate groomed trails, some as long as 5km.

Advanced skiers and boarders head to the Nullisch Chairlift and enjoy the long off piste through the powder fields into the trees ending up back at the base of the Gondola.

Parsenn Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain at Davos

Parsenn has the highest lift point in the area and offers some of the most challenging skiing and snowboarding over amazing varied terrain in Davos!

It has some extreme off piste areas to be explored as well as the longest trails in the region.

From Davos Dorf catch the mountain railway, The Parsennbahn, to Weissfluhjoch where you have the option to either catch the Gipfelbahn Cable Car to the top of Weissfluhgipfel, then tackle the challenging north side of the peak or stick to the groomed pistes and start making your way towards Klosters.

The terrain below the Parsennhuttenbahn Cable Car is loved by all levels; intermediates can cruise while the advanced can get some fast GS racing turns going.

The 14km trip from Parsenn to Klosters must be done. Advanced skiers and snowboarders could do the entire loop in a couple of hours while intermediates can make a day out of it. Follow the Schiferbahn Gondola to the Casanna-Alp area then look for the signs to Klosters. The terrain is mainly wide groomers with some short steeps and corners and as you near Klosters the trail narrows through the forest.

There are a couple of restaurants on the way so you can stop half way for lunch if you like and absorb the scenery.

Once in Klosters you have the option to either catch the train back to Davos or stay skiing and snowboarding and catch the cable car back. The Gotschnabahn Cable Car goes to the Gotschnagrat area where you can cut across to the Parsennbutte area then ski or snowboard back down to Davos along side the Parsennbahn railway.

Madrisa Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain


Madrisa faces south above Klosters Dorf and is accessed via the Madrisabahn Gondola which travels over the lake. Like Pischa it is a small area but does offer some great off piste skiing and snowboarding as well as great intermediate trails. The Madrisa chair lift ends at the top of the Ratschenjoch area where after a short hike long open powder bowls and natural gullies can be readily accessed.

Other Activities at Davos

Off the slopes activities include ice curling, ice skating, hang gliding, paragliding, tobogganing, snow shoeing, swimming, walking tracks, cinemas and health spas offering massage and beauty therapy. Read more about Davos activities

Davos Shopping

The town caters for all needs, it initially seems small but the more you explore the more you find. On hand are grocery markets, patisseries, wine shops and chocolate shops, over fifteen ski and snowboard clothing and equipment shops, high fashion clothing boutiques and shoe shops, souvenirs, day spas, museums, art galleries, and even a couple of libraries!

Davos Restaurants

The Davos nightlife is lively and vibrant with visitors mingling from all across the globe. Restaurants vary in cuisine from Asian, Italian, Fondue, seafood, Swiss, and meat grills.

The Restaurant Bündnerstübli in the Central Sporthotel has delicious international cuisine with regional influences.

The Waldhuus Restaurant at the ArabellaSheraton Hotel serves Swiss cuisine with top service and a very wide variety of wines while the fine dining at the Mann & Co restaurant in the lovely WaldHoltel is exquisite it is Swiss with an exotic twist.

Cafe Schneider's is the place to go for cheese lovers with fondue and raclette served at reasonable prices.

Davos Nightlife

After dinner the snowboard hostel, Hotel Bolgenschanze, has a funky bar and nightclub that has a happy hour every evening from 8pm to 9.30pm and really gets firing after midnight.

The Cabanna Club is the 'hot spot' where DJs play all night every night.

On the quieter side the C Bar, a bar and internet cafe is good for a quick drink while you tell the folks at home what a great time you are having and to send more money!

The Central Sporthotel has a Piano Bar that serves cocktails late into the evening in a relaxed environment.

For those feeling lucky Casino Davos is worth popping into for a spin on the Roulette or Black Jack tables!

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Michael Polyak, Bonn, The slopes are divided into 5 non-connected areas; one has to take a bus or a train to get from one to another. Three of these areas are small and can be easily done in a half-day each; only two main areas are worth staying longer time: Jakobshorn and Parsenn. Runs are mostly blue and red, suitable for a beginner/average level. There are very few black runs - an advanced/expert skier will be most probably bored after 2-3 days. Lifts are mostly old-fashioned and slow, one needs to spend quite some time to get from one place to another. Connection between various runs is mostly via long and boring blue/green traverses. Prices - both in town and on the slopes - are by far the highest we ever encountered in Europe. The town of Davos is quite ugly; Klosters has a nicer character.

Pippa Keddie, UK. Well what an impression Davos has left on my friends and myself. I wasn't too sure what to expect having booked the vacation at the last minute and not really conducted much research. It turned out to be one of the most fun filled action vacations we've ever had! Think sunny snowfilled packed days, lots of eating, drinking, dancing shopping and general partying in the evenings!

Ryan Jones, USA. We stayed at the Bahnhof Terminus Hotel which was directly over the road from the Jakobshorn Cable Car, the hotel package provided breakfast and dinner during which we ate like kings, so much so that often we wouldn't stop for lunch at all! There are 5 different mountains to ski on at Davos, I would have happily never left Jakobshorn, I found the pistes outstanding, however my dare devil teenage children soon devoured everything it had to offer! So off we went to the other side of the valley to the Parsenn area, which from the summit you can see across the world! We skied to Klosters, which is made famous by the english royals spending their ski vacations there every year. We are not a family of expert skiers by any means but we found that most of the pistes we encountered we could get down in some way or the other which made for good days. After a day on the mountain we would go for a wander down the main street and do some shopping and people spotting before heading back into our hotel for another feast.

Dave Mathews, UK. PROS - endless rewards if you want to hike as well as fresh tracks to be found for days after a powder dump, top pipe and park at Jakobshorn, good lift system, so big that during holidays not too crowded, nightlife with lots of clubs and bars, easy to get to - Great resort. CONS - very few, a bit too expensive for my liking.

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
10,322
3,146
Base
4,134
1,260
Average Snowfall
195 inches
Lifts
56
Trails - view map
113
307 km
Terrain %
advanced
20
intermediate
50
beginner
30
Halfpipe
2
Terrain Park
3
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