Your guide to Davos Ski Resort in Switzerland

(1560m - 2844m)

Davos’ slopes (which it shares with Klosters) not only provide extensive skiing but also a huge amount of variety. With an overall 300km of runs set over 5 areas you certainly will not get bored, as there is plenty to explore. Davos actually is comprised of both Davos Dorf and Davos Platz, with Davos Dorf being the place to stay for those who want the easiest access to the best runs.

Great for...

  • Snow sure Snow sure
  • Non-skiers Non-skiers
  • Intermediates Intermediates

Resort at a glance

★★★Beginner
★★★★★Intermediate
★★★★Advanced
★★★★Off-Piste
★★★★Snowboarding
★★★★Snow Reliability
★★★★Extent
★★★★Apres-Ski
★★★Mountain Restaurants
★★★★Scenery
★★Village Charm
★★★★★Non-Skiers
Ski Lifts55 (area)
Resort Altitude1560m
Pistes320kms (area)
Ski Range1560m - 2844m
Green Runs-
Blue Runs24
Red Runs40
Black Runs12
Local Lift Pass-
Area Lift PassOff peak CHF 283, peak CHF 323
Transfer TimeZurich 2hrs 30mins
Transfer DaySaturday and Sunday
Tourist BoardWebsite
Weather
Snow Report
WebcamWebcam
Piste MapPiste Map

The Slopes

davosFrom Davos Dorf the Parsennbahn funicular takes you up to Weissfluhgipfel located at the top end of the largest ski area, Parenn. At Weissfluhgipfel a blue or red run takes you down to Hochweg. Here you can take the chair back up to Weissfluhgipfel or continue down a black run back to Davos Dorf. Alternatively at Weissfluhgipefel a long blue run, that then develops into a black run goes all the way down to the village of Wolfgang which is situated between both Davos and Klosters. For those who want to do just the blue part of this run the Meierhoftali chair picks you up half way down and returns you to Weissfluhgipfel.

Finally from Weissfluhgipfel huge sweeping blue and red runs take you into the heart of the Paresenn area. There are a number of decent runs here, however continue on the red runs from Weissfluhjoch and you will be taken all the way down to Klosters and neighbouring villages of Serneus and Kublis via a wooded area. The return journey from Klosters is made using the Gotschnabahn cable car.

On the other side of the valley facing the slopes of Davos Dorf is the Jackobshorn area which is accessed either by gondola or chairlift directly from Davos Platz. The slopes on Jackobshorn are varied and generally tougher than those on the other side of the valley. From either side of the Jackobshorn area two blue runs lead back down directly to Davos Platz, therefore negating the need to take the cable car back down. Slighly out of Davos are two more skiable areas which are Rinerhorn and Pischa; neither of which can be reached directly from Davos. Again these slopes are quieter still, with Rinerhorn offering far more skiable terrain and variety than Pischa.


Apres-Ski

Davos offers a wide range of apres ski entertainment - from bars and clubs, to cafes and piano bars. Many are open well after midnight too and it can get quite lively at times but quieter spots can be found too.

Lively haunts with music include the Cabanna Club which is open late with DJs every night, Cava Davos, the Bolgenschanze Bar and the Musicbar Rotliechtli - bear in mind these can be expensive though. Other lively venues worth visiting are the Ex Bar, Cava Grischa in the Hotel Europe and the Chami Bar.

For something a little quieter then try the Piano Bar in the Hotel Europe, Bar Bistro Angelo and the Montana Bar. Coffee can be found in Cafe Schneider and Cafe Weber and the C Bar has an internet cafe if you are looking for a quick surf.


Eating Out

There is a vast choice of eating out options in Davos but do be aware it’s not cheap, there is a restaurant guide that you can pick up in resort to help you choose. There is a huge variety of different cuisine on offer from traditional local Swiss dishes, Italian, Indian, Chinese and even some fast food options too.

Local specialities can be found at the Restaurant Bunderstubli in the Central Sporthotel and the Waldhuus Restaurant at the Arabella Sheraton Hotel, Pot au Feu serves rustic french food and fondue and raclette can be found at Cafe Schneider and Gentiana.

More gourmet options are on offer at Mann und Co at the Waldhotel, Fluela Stubli at the Hotel Fluela and the Restaurant Postli in the Morosani Posthotel. Then there is Hubli’s Landhaus in the nearby village of Laret with its Michelin star.

Chinese is available at the Goldener Drachen in the Grischa and the Zauberberg in the Hotel Europe. Then for something far cheaper, pizza can be found at Al Ponte, Padrino and Cioccolino with The Carretta serving delicious pasta, there are also kebab and burger fast food places too.


Other Activities

Davos is Europe's highest city and has 2 centres - Davos Dorf and Davos Platz with Davos Platz being the busiest.

It has a host of different things to occupy you - plenty of toboggan runs, an indoor and outdoor ice rink, the outdoor one being Europe’s largest outdoor rink. You can try ice climbing, curling, paragliding, take a sleigh ride or try your hand at snow shoeing. There is even a theatre, museums, a cinema and casino too.

You can take a day trip to the swanky St Moritz or to Scuol for the spa. Speaking of spa’s you can also be pampered in resort at many hotels or the Eau La La - a wellness centre offering pools, an outdoor jacuzzi, and sauna along with other wellness therapies.


Ski School

There are a few ski and snowboarding schools in Davos offering tuition to all ages and abilities. The Swiss Snowsports School does skiing, boarding and cross country lessons along with off piste too, group lessons start from CHF 210 for 5 half days, with private lessons starting from CHF 90 per hour. Do check your meeting point on booking as it depends on your ability.

The Top Secret Swiss Snowboard and Ski School again offer tuition in skiing and boarding along with freestyle, group lessons start from CHF 270 for 5 half days, private lessons start from CHF 95 per hour. Do check your meeting point on booking.

Where to stay in Davos, Switzerland

Hotel National

Hotel National

★★★

Located in a quiet sunny position this hotel is only 5 minutes walk from the lifts and just a short walk from the resort centre, there is also a spa with Finnish and bio saunas, jacuzzi and steam room.

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Hotel Seehof

Hotel Seehof

★★★★★

This charming elegant hotel is one of the oldest in Davos and much has been recently refurbished, located on the promenade it is next to the funicular and has an extensive wellness area with saunas, jacuzzi and more.

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Hotel Central Sport

Hotel Central Sport

★★★★

A delightful hotel centrally located and only a few minutes walk from the centre of Davos Platz, it has a piano bar with live music and a wonderful pool with jacuzzi, saunas and steam room.

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Intercontinental Davos

Intercontinental Davos

★★★★★

A simply stunning, unusually shaped, hotel located close to the slopes and oozing luxury, with breathtaking views, tempting cuisine and an extensive spa with pool, jacuzzi, sauna and more.

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Hotel Grischa

Hotel Grischa

★★★★

Contemporary elegance can be found at this 4 star hotel located near the nightlife and slopes, with 4 restaurants to choose from and a cookery school to try out, this is an experience for all the senses.

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One comment on “Davos

  1. I went to Davos with my husband once when he attended a conference. I didn’t ski but chair lifted up a mountain and walked down. The walks were well signposted and I stopped to have hot chocolate and brandy halfway down. A lovely memory which your photos brought back.

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