Guide to Skiing in Davos Klosters
With 300 km of high-altitude slopes to explore, Davos Klosters is a paradise for adventurous skiers.
With six separate ski areas across the Grisons (Graubünden) canton in Switzerland, skiing in Davos Klosters is a paradise for adventurous skiers. Slopes range from 1,560 to 2,844m in altitude, resulting in reliable snow conditions and there’s some epic off-piste terrain for freeriders too.
The highest town in Europe (1,560m), Davos is linked with the smaller, more village-like resort of Klosters, giving a total of 300 km of pistes to explore. Together, the two resorts offer six separate sectors, the largest of these being Parsenn. Accessible from both Davos Dorf and Klosters, Parsenn offers long, wide slopes and some fantastic off-piste terrain. It is also home to one of the longest runs in Europe (12 km from Weissfluhgipfel to Küblis.)
To the south-west of Davos and far away from the hustle and bustle is Rinerhorn, a family-friendly ski area with a 3.5 km toboggan run. Jakobshorn is a freestyle paradise, home to the famous ‘JatzPark’ featuring four lines, an airbag and superpipe. For non-skiers, Pischa is an unspoilt alternative offering winter hiking routes, groomed snowshoeing trails and four fat bike tracks. It is also one of the largest freeriding areas with the Davos Klosters mountain guides offering a ski touring trial course every Thursday.
On Davos’s sunniest side are the slopes of Schatzalp-Strela, an area for more traditional skiing with T-Bar lifts and gently sloping runs. The final area, Madrisa, situated on the Klosters side of the mountain, is ideal for beginners.
Beginner Skiing in Davos Klosters
Whilst it should be pointed out that there are other resorts much better set up for beginners than Davos-Klosters, the resorts do offer several beginner areas with nursery slopes at Bolgen (at the bottom of the Jakobshorn) and at Bünda near the base of Parsenn. There is also a beginner’s area at Selfranga and of course, Madrisa is perfect for novice skiers with four magic carpets to choose from.
When you are ready to progress, Parsenn has some delightful wide runs to improve your technique on.
Intermediate Skiing in Davos Klosters
Klosters is paradise for intermediates with extensive wide confidence-boosting blue and red runs. Parsenn is the main hub with the 12 km run from Weissfluhgipfel through the woods to Küblis a particular favourite.
The first section is fairly steep but can be avoided by starting at Weissfluhjoch. Once in Küblis, you can catch the train back to Klosters and take the Gotschnabahn cable car back onto the slopes. For less crowded intermediate skiing, Madrisa and Rinerhorn are both good alternatives.
Expert Skiing in Davos Klosters
Davos-Klosters has plenty of challenging piste skiing for more advanced skiers. Experts will appreciate the black runs through the Meierhofer Tälli to the hamlet of Wolfgang, as well as the demanding itinerary routes to Klosters. For moguls, there’s the run underneath the Schwarzeealp chair on Gotschnagrat or piste No. 1 off the top of Weissfluhgipfel. Ambitious skiers will also enjoy descending over 1,000m from Nüllisch Grat back to the bottom station of the Rinerhorn gondola.
Davos-Klosters has some fantastic off-piste terrain too. Pischa in particular is popular with freeriders and is the starting point for many freeride tours. On Jakobshorn, there's a relatively easy off-piste itinerary that drops into the hamlet of Mühle or all the way to the scenic village of Sertig. Parsenn also has some entertaining off-piste trails with 18 km routes from the Kreuzweg to Fideris and Jenaz. It is also possible to follow in the footsteps of Conan-Doyle by crossing the Maienfelder Furgga Pass to Arose with a guide.
Night Skiing in Davos Klosters
For something a little different, why not have a go at night skiing? Every Wednesday and Friday evening from 7pm until 11pm, piste No. 4 on Rinerhorn is lit up with the Jatzmeder restaurant providing refreshments. On the Kloster’s side, Selfranga is open on a Tuesday from 7 pm to 9 pm and on Friday from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm.
There’s also night-time tobogganing at Rinhehorn and Schatzalp, cross country skiing by night on the Davos and Klosters trails and night-time ice skating at Davos World of Ice and Klosters ice rink.
Explore the slopes of Davos Klosters from a luxury chalet.