Davos Klosters

Skiing in Davos-Klosters – Full review of the Swiss ski resort

ⓒ Destination Davos Klosters

Ski resort figures

Slopes

215

of slopes

ski pass

75

Day ski pass for adult

Slope difficulty

69

of blue slopes

Blue slope

105

of red slopes

Piste rouge

36

of black and yellow slopes

Black slope

Altitude

1124

village

2844

peak

Snow cover

75

of the ski resort is snow-sure

Our review of Davos-Klosters ski resorts

Rockin' Davos, Picturesque Klosters...

The Davos Klosters region is very diverse: long, wide slopes for intermediate skiers, snowparks for all levels, unspoilt mountains for freeriders and a wide range of activities for non-skiers. All this in a scenic mountain setting.

World-famous as host of the World Economic Forum, Davos (1’560m) is a true winter sports metropolis. The lack of charm is compensated by all what an Alpine city can offer: lively bars, après-ski, restaurants and grand hotels.

Its little sister Klosters (1’194m), linked to Davos by road, train and by the slopes, is quite the opposite. Protected from road traffic thanks to a bypass tunnel, this picturesque village appeals by its typically Swiss atmosphere.

Ski slopes in Davos
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Our review of the skiing area

6 mountains, 6 different worlds

The region is made up of six areas spread along the valley and connected to each other by trains and buses. The majority of the slopes are above 2’000m and enjoy good snow conditions throughout the season.

Intermediate and advanced skiers

The slopes are generally wide and long and cater for intermediate and advanced skiers. There is only one black run, the run going down to the valley in Davos. Advanced skiers should try the secured and easily accessible off-piste.

Beginners

The area is not really suitable for beginners, except for the small area of Madrisa.

Ski lifts

The lifts have recently been renovated and consist of cable cars, gondolas, funiculars and chair lifts. Some ski-lifts are present on a number of smaller slopes.

Photo: Destination Davos Klosters

Photo: Destination Davos Klosters

Parsenn

Accessible from Davos-Dorf and Klosters-Platz

With 97km of runs, Parsenn is the largest area in the region. Its central point is the Weissfluhgipfel at 2’844m. From the top of the mountain there are numerous slopes for intermediate and advanced skiers, including the longest slope down to Davos (15km, 1’200m difference in altitude). On the Klosters side, there are also a few long runs leading to the village through the forest or to the village of Küblis. The ski area can be reached from Davos-Dorf by funicular railway or from Klosters-Platz by cable car.

Please note that the slopes can be reached free of charge before everyone else at sunrise with to the special programme Davos Klosters Inside (every Thursday, only with reservation).

Jakobshorn

Accessible from Davos-Dorf and Klosters-Platz

The area is aimed at freestyle and freeride enthusiasts. In addition to the slopes starting from the Jakobshorn (2’590m), they will enjoy the combination of rails and kickers of different levels, a superpipe and an air bag. Finally, two beautiful freeride descents on the sides of the mountain take you back to the valley. The area can be reached by cable car from Davos-Platz.

Photo: Destination Davos Klosters

Photo: Destination Davos Klosters

Rinerhorn

Accessible from Davos-Glaris

The quieter area is suitable for families and offers beautiful blue runs through the pine trees. It can be reached by train from Davos-Platz (10 min), by bus from Davos-Dorf (20 min) or by car from Davos (10 min).

Other ski areas

Far from the prepared slopes and left in its natural setting, the skiing area of Pischa will delight fans of freeriding and winter hiking.

With its playgrounds and toboggan run, the Madrisa area is particularly suitable for families with small children. The area can be reached by cable car from Klosters-Dorf.

Finally, the sunny area of Schatzalp with its gentle blue slopes is ideal for slow-skiers.

Photo: Destination Davos Klosters

How to get to Davos and Klosters?

Location and access

Davos is located in the German-speaking part of the canton of Grisons (Graubünden) less than 2 hours from Zurich. The starting point for most visitors will be the town of Landquart, which is accessible by motorway and InterCity trains. From there, one drives down into the Prättigau valley to Klosters. It is then necessary to cross the Wolfgang Pass and bypass Lake Davos to reach Davos itself.

The town lies along a relatively narrow valley surrounded by lined up peaks. It consists of two parts: the quieter Davos-Dorf and the more lively Davos-Platz with its many restaurants and bars.

  • Take the motorway to Landquart and exit at Landquart/Davos.
  • Then follow the valley. Klosters is about 30 minutes away.
  • To reach Davos, take the bypass tunnel before Klosters.
  • Then follows the Wolfgang Pass, followed by Lake Davos and finally the town itself (approx. 40 minutes from Landquart).

Car parks
There is a car park at all lift departures.

  • Jakobshorn: 5 CHF / day
  • Madrisa: 5 CHF / day
  • Parsenn Davos: 5 CHF / day
  • Parsenn Klosters: 1 CHF / hour
  • Rinerhorn: free
  • Pischa: free

Driving time to Klosters

From
Travel time
Lausanne
3h45
Fribourg
3h
Berne
2h45
Geneva-Airport
4h10
Zurich-Airport
1h45
Lyon
5h45
Paris
7h45

Driving time to Davos

From
Travel time
Lausanne
4h
Fribourg
3h10
Berne
2h50
Geneva-Airport
4h15
Zurich-Airport
2h
Lyon
5h45
Paris
8h

  • In Zurich, take the InterCity in the direction of Chur (Chur) until you get to Landquart.
  • From Landquart, change to the Rhaetian Railway RegioExpress (RhB), which will take you to Klosters-Platz in 40 minutes or Davos-Platz in 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Distance by train to Klosters

From
Travel time
Changes
Lausanne
4h
2 x
Fribourg
3h25
2 x
Berne
3h
2 x
Geneva-Airport
5h
2 x
Zurich-Airport
2h
2 x
Lyon
7h
3 x
Paris
7h
3 x

SBB train timetable

Distance by train to Davos

From
Travel time
Changes
Lausanne
4h45
2 x
Fribourg
4h
2 x
Berne
3h30
2 x
Geneva-Airport
5h30
2 x
Zurich-Airport
2h45
2 x
Lyon
7h30
3 x
Paris
6h30
2 x

SBB train timetable

Luggage
If you are travelling with bulky luggage and ski equipment: SBB can transfer your luggage or skis from Switzerland’s major cities and airports for CHF 12 per piece of luggage and per journey. You can then pick them up at Klosters-Platz or Davos-Platz railway stations. Please note, however, that there is a two-day delay between baggage pick-up and arrival. Ask at an SBB station counter well in advance.

The nearest international airport is Zurich Airport.

From Zurich Airport

  • Get to the airport’s underground railway station and take one of the many trains to the main station (Zurich HB).
  • Then change to InterCity 3, which leaves every 30 minutes in the direction of Landquart and Chur.
  • In Landquart, change to the red train of the Rhaetian Railway (RhB) in the direction of Davos Platz.
  • The train first reaches Klosters and then continues in the direction of Davos.

Klosters-Platz
The adult single journey without reduction costs CHF 53.
Total travel time from Zurich airport: 2h10

Davos-Platz
The adult single journey without reduction costs CHF 61
Total travel time from Zurich airport: 2h40

Klosters and Davos, as well as all the ski lifts in the region, are very well connected by an efficient train and bus system. If you stay in a hotel in the region, you will receive a Guest Card, which gives you free access to public transport.

Hotels in Davos-Klosters

The best hotels of the ski resort

Most of the hotels are located along the valley between Davos-Dorf (access to the Parsenn ski area) and Davos-Platz (access to the Jakobshorn). Trains and buses run regularly connecting the different parts of the town to the ski lifts.

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