Ski holidays in Davos

House in Davos with mountain in distance.
Overview
 

Great for

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • High Altitude

Davos is the largest ski resort in Switzerland and comprises of several large districts spread along a long, flat valley. Davos Platz, the largest district, Davos Dorf and Glaris all have their own access points to the mountains. There are five separate ski areas in Davos, including the family-friendly Madrisa slopes above the nearby village of Klosters. For the confident intermediate, the extent of terrain makes it easy to enjoy a skiing holiday in Davos. Skiers and snowboarders will relish the potential to explore the mountains off-piste. Cross-country skiers have 75 kilometres of long, scenic trails to enjoy. There are a huge choice of dining and nightlife options and some wonderful non-skiing activities that help make Davos a superb, well-rounded choice for skiing holidays.

 

Season
November - April
Piste length
325 km
Resort height
1560 m
Lifts
54

 

Runs
99
Beginners
28
Intermediate
45
Advanced
26

Beginners

Jakobshorn's Bolgen offers good nursery slopes for beginners and is accessible from Davos Platz. Davos Ski School and New Trend offer ski tuition. Top Secret is exclusively a snowboard school. Learners can progress on to a great range of easy blue pistes across all five mountains. The famous Parsenn area offers long, gentle runs in the Parsenn bowl. Enjoy great cruising on the long runs from Weissfluhjoch, too.

Intermediate

Davos is perfect for intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Beautiful, long red-runs take you from Weissflujoch all the way to Küblis. Jakobshorn offers wonderful top to bottom skiing and is the best of the mountains for snowboarders to ride. There is also a good terrain park here for freestyle snowboarders and skiers. Popular Parsenn also boasts a snowboard-cross area.

Advanced

Advanced skiers and snowboarders will find a vast amount of terrain to cover in Davos, both on and off-piste. The Gotschnawang slope is a great example of off-piste skiing in Davos. There is plenty of other serious off-piste terrain where, although a guide is necessary, you can ski in beautiful powder and make fresh tracks.

Families

Davos offers a great choice of skiing for parents and children. Families often head to the plentiful cruising of Madrisa, though Parsenn also has some gentle blue pistes - perfect for a family skiing trip. Conditions here are best for families who are comfortable on the slopes and want to ski together. There are three nurseries in the Jakobshorn, Pischa and Madrisa areas.

Après ski

Davos is unique in the European skiing world because it is a large city. Davos's tourist office and your hotel are good sources for up-to-date information. Lots of the big hotels offer excellent cuisine and places like Bündnerstübli in Davos Dorf offer traditional Swiss food. A good range of other cuisine, including French, Italian and Asian food, is also available in Davos. Nightlife is equally as abundant here, with the vibrant, friendly atmosphere of places like Scala and Chämi offering a superb welcome. Younger skiers head to Davos Platz, and in particular to Cabanna Club and Cava Grischa, for the lively crowds and loud music.

Non ski activities

  • Casino at the Europa Hotel
  • Indoor sports centre and spa
  • Tennis and squash centre in Davos-Platz
  • Europe's largest natural ice-skating rink
  • Hang-gliding
  • Tobogganing down the Schatzalp

Airports
 

Nearest airports

Zurich

150km (approximately 1 hour 50 minutes transfer). British Airways flies to Zurich from London Heathrow, London Gatwick and London City.

Basel

230km (approximately 2 hours 50 minutes transfer). British Airways flies to Basel from London Heathrow.

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