The Swiss Ski Company

Skiing in Davos - Graubünden ski region Switzerland's premier resort with around 300km of prepared pistes

The magnificent high Alps that surround Davos and Klosters offer skiers of all levels a wealth of opportunities in a ski area that covers over 300km of prepared pistes and ample ‘off piste’ skiing. Just look at the choice available on the ski maps. Another advantage of this area is that the journey from Zurich airport is only about 2½ hours - ideal for a short break as you can leave the resort for your homeward journey in the late afternoon, giving you extra skiing on the final day of your holiday.

Davos itself is a urban ski haven, with every facility you could wish for and a lively social scene. The highest town in Europe, you will also find pure mountain air close at hand. 

Davos, Klosters and Wiesen hotels

Altitude: 1560m-2844m
Pistes: 300km
Runs: 22 blue, 42 red, 31 black

Ski runs

Five large areas spread out on either side of Davos with around 300km of prepared pistes headed by the Parsenn. The Parsenn is also the main ski area for Klosters, which is also well placed for the south facing slopes of Madrisa at 2,602m. Whichever area you choose to ski, one lift pass will cover you for all of the areas in both Davos and Klosters.

The Parsenn (Davos & Klosters) This is the largest ski area and is reached by a two stage funicular from Davos, where you can start your day’s skiing or take the further funicular to the Parsenn itself. There is a speedy six seater chair lift from the middle station up to the Weissfluhjoch at 2,680m. From Klosters the Parsenn ski area is reached by the Gotschna cable car from the centre of the village. From the top of the Weissfluhjoch funicular there’s a wide choice of superb runs down five different valleys for the intermediate skier. The black runs over the moguls from up at the Gipfel at 2,840m above the Weissfluhjoch offer more of a challenge. The 12km piste down to Kublis starts at the Weissfluhjoch or Gipfel and descends over a variety of terrain until you reach the Schwendi in the woods where there are two beautiful, rustic mountain restaurants where we can recommend the rösti. This is a superb long run, although not particularly difficult. From the Schwendi it’s about 1km to ski down to Schifer for the gondolas that bring you back up to the Weissflujoch. At the end of the day you can ski the 4km back to Davos. There’s also a lovely ski run back to Klosters at the end of the day. A superb ski area that you will return to again and again during your holiday, with several mountain restaurants and lively snow bars.

The new heated 6 seater Furka Zipper now links the Klosters and Davos ski areas with even greater ease

Jakobshorn A cable car from Davos Platz takes you to the summit at 2,590m where there is a wide choice of runs above the tree line for all grades of skier together with four fast chair lifts. A fast two seater chair lift from the valley also offers an alternative access to this ski area. Bramabuel at 2,492m is reached by a  new chair lift and its runs connect with all other pistes on the mountain. Plenty of excellent mountain restaurants and ‘watering holes’ are spread all over the mountain. The Jakobshorn is one of the most popular haunts for the snowboarders, with a half-pipe available. The Jakobshorn can also be reached from Klosters by taking the train up to Davos Platz station which is right next to the Jakobshorn cable car.

The Pischa The Pischa funicular from Flüela Valley (Dörfji) to Pischa operates daily during the season. Pischa is the winter activities mountain - the perfect place for freeriders on the unprepared pistes, as well as for those wishing to join a ski tour or try snowshoe trekking. The prepared winter hiking trails make it ideal for winter walkers and sun seekers looking for tranquillity in the mountains. The area is reached by a frequent ski bus in ten minutes from Davos.  

Rinerhorn The free ski bus running through Davos brings you to the Rinerhorn in about ten minutes and a six seater gondola takes you up to Jatzmeder where there's a restaurant with large sun terrace. Ski lifts take you up to 2,435m and on top of one chair lift is a lively snow bar for some refreshments before you start your descent. A beautiful long, but comparatively easy run to the bottom. From Nullisch Grat at 2,490 metres there is a black run to the bottom for the more experienced skier. The Blockhütte après ski bar at bottom of the Rinerhorn is the perfect place to stop for a drink on your way home. The Rinerhorn is also the closest mountain for those staying in Wiesen.

Madrisa (Klosters) Beautiful south facing slopes situated above Klosters and reached by gondola. This ski area is ideal for beginners and intermediate skiers with wide and open runs, several restaurants and lively snow bar. From the summit at 2,602m there is a beautiful long 4km run down to the Zugenhüttli chair lift. The Klosters ski school nursery slopes are situated close to the top of the gondola. There’s a ski run back to Klosters but if you are a beginner then we suggest you come down by gondola. A new 6 person chairlift replaces the Schaffürgli T bar lift. 


Resort facilities

A bustling main street lined with attractive shops, cafés and lively bars links Davos Dorf and Davos Platz (there is no distinct division between the two).

Cross country skiing One of the best resorts in the whole of the Alps for ‘langlauf’ with 75km of prepared ski trails leading from the resort out into the pine woods. No charge for this activity. 

Walking There are 110km of prepared paths in the valley and also on the higher slopes. Many opportunities for non-skiers to meet up with skiers at lunchtime. Please click here for winter trail maps for Pischa/Jakobshorn/Rinerhorn and Schatzalp/Parsenn/Madrisa.

Toboggan Several exciting runs starting from 3km. The longest run is from Madrisa to Saas of 8.5km with a difference of 850m in altitude.

Floodlit winter sports A totally different experience! Ski or toboggan on the Rinerhorn on Wednesdays and Fridays until 23.00, try the 2.5km evening cross country trail or atmospheric ice skating on Thursdays.  

Sports facilities A wealth of facilities include indoor tennis courts, squash, riding hall, indoor climbing wall, indoor golf, bowling & swimming pool. You could even try hang gliding (tandem rides available).

Skating FREE entry to the largest natural ice rink in Europe as well as a covered artificial rink. There are also several rinks for curling.

Nursery ski school and children's ski garden at Bolgen (bottom of Jakobshorn) and Bünda (Davos Dorf).

FREE transport on all local buses and trains (except the side valleys).

Please click here to discover details of the resort of Klosters.

Après ski

The very lively après ski scene makes Davos particularly attractive for party people. With a wide choice of pubs and clubs, piano bars and discos you can try somewhere new every night of your stay. There’s usually a great atmosphere at the Pöstli Club with live music and dancing and a variety of other night spots in the resort have live music. Cosy stüblis and piano bars offer a more relaxed atmosphere. For the best fondue visit the Gentiana, or if you fancy a flutter there is a gaming room at the Hotel Europe. Klosters village has a quieter and relaxed atmosphere. 

On your way home from the slopes try hot chocolate and pastries at Café Schneiders and Kaffee Klatsch. One evening you could cheer on the Davos ice hockey team or take a horse drawn sleigh ride out into the side valleys.

Half-pipe on the Jakobshorn Horse and carriage rides in the Sertig Valley There are 6 exciting sledge runs in the Davos ski area Skiing at Madrisa near Klosters The Rhaetian railway above Klosters Scenic Gotschna