Davos Klosters Ski Resort

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Davos Klosters in Graubünden Switzerland is one of the Top 10 ski resorts in the world
Davos Klosters in Graubünden Switzerland is one of the Top 10 ski resorts in the world
Davos Klosters has world-class ski & snowboard terrain
Davos Klosters has world-class ski & snowboard terrain
Valley runs (like this one at Rinerhorn) are up to12km long & are a signature Davos Klosters ski experience
Valley runs (like this one at Rinerhorn) are up to12km long & are a signature Davos Klosters ski experience
Davos is a large cosmopolitan city that combines modernity with tradition
Davos is a large cosmopolitan city that combines modernity with tradition
Klosters is a beautiful Swiss town accessible by road, rail, ski trail, toboggan & cable car!
Klosters is a beautiful Swiss town accessible by road, rail, ski trail, toboggan & cable car!
Davos Klosters highest point is Weissfluhgipfel at 2,844m altitude
Davos Klosters highest point is Weissfluhgipfel at 2,844m altitude
The cable car to Jakobshorn ski area departs from near Davos Platz train station
The cable car to Jakobshorn ski area departs from near Davos Platz train station
Davos Klosters ski lifts & terrain are many & varied, & include surface tows at Rinerhorn
Davos Klosters ski lifts & terrain are many & varied, & include surface tows at Rinerhorn
Madrisa ski area is popular with families at Davos Klosters
Madrisa ski area is popular with families at Davos Klosters
You can race the train into Klosters if you time it right when descending from Gotschna
You can race the train into Klosters if you time it right when descending from Gotschna
Davos Klosters mountain restaurants are top quality
Davos Klosters mountain restaurants are top quality
Modern chairlifts & perfect pistes are a feature of Parsenn ski area at Davos Klosters
Modern chairlifts & perfect pistes are a feature of Parsenn ski area at Davos Klosters
Intermediate & advanced skiers & snowboarders will enjoy long descents at Davos Klosters
Intermediate & advanced skiers & snowboarders will enjoy long descents at Davos Klosters
Lift accessed off-piste terrain at Davos Klosters has every feature a freerider could ask for
Lift accessed off-piste terrain at Davos Klosters has every feature a freerider could ask for
A feature of Davos Klosters is the many marked ski routes that descend to the valleys like here off the backside of Jakobshorn
A feature of Davos Klosters is the many marked ski routes that descend to the valleys like here off the backside of Jakobshorn
Parsenn funicular trundles up to Weissfluhjoch above Davos.
Parsenn funicular trundles up to Weissfluhjoch above Davos.
Cable car at Klosters Platz with sledders returning for another run.
Cable car at Klosters Platz with sledders returning for another run.
Davos Klosters has many enjoyable mountain bars including the iconic
Davos Klosters has many enjoyable mountain bars including the iconic 'Joe's' on Parsenn-Gotschna
The valley descent from Madrisa is beautiful and includes a great local restaurant, Berghaus Erika
The valley descent from Madrisa is beautiful and includes a great local restaurant, Berghaus Erika
Coma & explore Davos Kloster ski resort in Switzerland
Coma & explore Davos Kloster ski resort in Switzerland

Davos Klosters Ski Resort

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Davos Klosters

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Davos Klosters Details

    Davos Klosters (Parsenn & Madrisa) Ski Trail Map
  • Davos Klosters (Parsenn-Madrisa) Ski Trail Map
  •  Davos Klosters (Jakobshorn, Pischa, Rinerhorn) Ski Trail Map
  • Davos Klosters (Jakobshorn-Rinerhorn-Pischa) Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    Parsenn
    1,191m - 2,844m (1,653m)

    Madrisa
    1,124m - 2,602m (1,478m)

    Jakobshorn
    1,540m - 2,590m (1,050m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    8 to 10m
  • Lifts (54)
    15 Gondolas / cable cars / funiculars
    15 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Mid November to mid-April (Parsenn)
    8:00am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 300km
    Longest run - 12km+
    Advanced - 29%
    Intermediate - 45%
    Beginner - 26%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 23/24
    Davos Klosters Mountains Regional Ski Pass
    Valid for 5 ski areas (excl. Schatzalp)
    Adult - CHF86
    Child - CHF34 to 60 (age dependent)
    Child u/6yr - Free

    Combi Ticket
    (Valid at Parsenn & Jakobshorn)
    Adult - CHF84
    Child - CHF34 to 59
    Child u/6yr - Free

    Parsenn Davos/Klosters
    (Valid at Parsenn & Jakobshorn)
    Adult - CHF81
    Child - CHF32 to 57
    Child u/6yr - Free

    Individual Ski Area 1-day Pass
    (Parsenn, Jakobshorn, Madrisa, Rinerhorn, or Pischa)
    Adult - CHF50 to 77
    Child - CHF20 to 54
    Child u/6yr - Free
     Parsenn Ski Trail Map
  • Parsenn Ski Trail Map
    Madrisa Ski Trail Map
  • Madrisa Ski Trail Map
    Jakobshorn Ski Trail Map
  • Jakobshorn Ski Trail Map
    Rinerhorn Ski Trail Map
  • Rinerhorn Ski Trail Map
    Pischa Ski Trail Map
  • Pischa Ski Trail Map

Davos Klosters Ski Resort Switzerland

Davos Klosters ski resort has a high-falutin reputation that is backed-up in reality, with some of the world’s finest on & off-piste skiing. Feted as the 'cradle' of skiing in Switzerland, Davos Klosters is spread across six separate ski areas deep in Grisons (Graubünden) canton, Switzerland.

Each ski area has distinctive lifts, terrain & aspect, giving the Davos & Klosters ski region a wonderful sense that each day will be a grand voyage of discovery. A high average winter snowfall & massive freeride potential make it a must for all powder hounds.

Pros & Cons for Davos Klosters Ski Resort

Pros

  • Rated by Powderhounds in the Top 10 Best Overall ski areas in the world.
  • Sensational variety of lifts, pistes and freeride options.
  • Exceptionally reliable snowfall region (8m annual average).
  • All terrain aspects are available, allowing skiing in all weather conditions.
  • Great learn to ski area in Davos at the base of Jakobshorn.
  • Loads of long, interesting valley trails & routes (up to 12km+ & over 2,000m vert).
  • Massive and challenging freeride terrain.
  • Incredibly quiet on a powder day (blizzard day!).
  • Fabulous restaurants on mountain.
  • Excellent bus & train connections between ski areas & valley trails.
  • Good après ski & nightlife in Davos.
  • Broad range of non-ski activities throughout the region.
  • Klosters village retains some of its traditional 'charm and calm'.
  • Access by train is excellent and one can ski race it down to Klosters!

Cons

  • Ski areas are disjointed - not lift-interlinked; bus or train only.
  • Accommodation, eating out & lift passes are all expensive by Alps standards.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Confusing lift ticket pricing & options.
  • Aging lift infrastructure at Rinerhorn & Pischa, but they are great on a powder day.
  • The two-stage funicular up Parsenn is a clunky way to access the main mountain, but it does run in all weather.
  • Bus transport around to the different ski areas, and returning from most valley routes, can be a pain and can require some planning.
  • Limited ski-in, ski-out accommodation
  • Davos is a large modern city that has lost much of its traditional charm.

Skiing & Snowboarding, Lifts & Terrain

Skiing Davos Klosters is a magical mystery tour of epic proportions. Six ski areas, 5 of which are covered by the one ski pass, provide every type of ski lift, terrain & trail imaginable. The five main ski areas are Parsenn, Madrisa, Jakobshorn, Pischa & Rinerhorn. The sixth ski area is Schatzalp, the smallest of the group. Piste trails total over 300km in length with something for every ski or snowboard proclivity. It is so big that there are two sides to the trail map. For a closer look at either side of the valley, see the Parsenn-Madrisa ski trail map & the Jakobshorn-Pischa-Rinerhorn ski trail map.

The epic proportions include all ski areas having most ski terrain above a snow sure 1,900m altitude to make the most of the 10m average snowfall. As well as unlimited off-piste freeride skiing & snowboarding terrain, there are no less than 12 valley piste trails (& many more routes), some over 12km long, leading back to all points in the valley. One trail descends over 2,030 vertical metres. And to top it off, when you find yourself in an apparently remote village, you will likely find a nearby train station for the journey back to Davos or Klosters; all included in the lift pass.

The region's ski lifts are an odd mix of every type of uphill conveyance imaginable, making for some interesting journeys! Modern & vintage collide here as well. Parsenn & Jakobshorn have a generally updated selection of lifts (with some notable exceptions!), however at Rinerhorn & Pischa, the average age of the ski lifts is older than many of the visiting adults! Snowboarders not used to surface tows will be tested in some resort areas like Rinerhorn, & the upper section of Madrisa.

Lift pass options in the region are many. The simplest is to get a Regional Pass that includes free passage on the local bus & railway network

For more information on ski lifts, terrain, lift pass and trail maps, see the Davos Klosters Skiing & Snowboarding page.

Where is Davos Klosters Switzerland?

Davos Klosters ski resort is in the canton Graubünden (Grisons) of southeast Switzerland, close to the border with Austria. The nearest cities are Landquart (30km by road) & Chur (47km by road). Klosters is only 137km southeast of Zurich (1½ to 2hr drive). The gateway airport is Zurich (ZRH) & the recommended mode of travel to the resort is via the fabulous Swiss rail system.

The towns of Davos & Klosters are 9km apart but connected by road, train, ski lift & piste trail! By train, Zurich airport is less than 2½hr from Klosters, slightly more for Davos. Search & book train tickets to Davos & Klosters.

For more information on the best ways to get there, see our Travel to Davos Klosters page.

Davos Accommodation

Whilst connected by ski lifts, trails, a railway line & road, the towns of Davos & Klosters are over 11km apart if travelling by car. Unless one is doing a day trip from elsewhere, when choosing where to stay overnight has at least 2 clear (& quite different) choices. Davos has the best ski access, nightlife & shopping but has become a soulless shadow of what we imagine it must have once been. Klosters is smaller, quieter & simply more authentically Swiss (as cliched as that may sound!).

A small, bloated city of over 11,000 souls, Davos is sprawled along the valley between Parsenn & Jakobshorn ski areas. Its lodging options are as varied as the ski areas. Most are located within the 3km stretch between the two train stations - Davos Platz & Davos Dorf. In Davos Dorf, numerous 4 & 5-star hotels line the upper-level Promenade including the iconic Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvedere which has been operating since 1875. The perfectly located Hotel Seehof, offers 5-star rooms & facilities right next to the Parsenn funicular. There are also a range of smaller, traditional 3-star hotels & new, luxury apartments. Worth a look is the Hotel Parsenn (across the road from the funicular), and the ski-in Parsenn Resort Apartments. Being able to ski into your accommodation is a comparative rarity in Davos.

At the fringes of Davos Dorf are several excellent family-run BnB options (i.e. Haus im Sand) that are within easy walking distance to the train or bus stops. Just off the Pischa road looms the curious 5-star golden concrete bubble (or monstrosity) that is the AlpenGold Hotel Davos. Private chalets available for rent extend up the mountainside above the Promenade where they gather the morning sun.

In Davos Platz the hotels are more affordable (not sure why). The pick of them are near the train station & Jakobshorn cable car. they include the 4-star Grischa Hotel, and the affordable, spacious Bernina Bed & Breakfast (more a hotel than a BnB, but it is what it is!).

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Klosters Accommodation

Klosters is the opposite of Davos. Whilst still sizable, with less than half the population of Davos it retains the feel of a classic Swiss mountain village. In part that is simply due to the traditional architectural style used throughout the town, but it is also because of the Gotschnatunnel diverting all through traffic away from the centre of Klosters.

Klosters lacks the 5-star behemoth hotels of Davos (but still has a couple to choose from - the Royals have got to stay somewhere!). Like Davos, Klosters has two railway stations (Dorf & Platz) which effectively delineate the town into two accommodation clusters at either end of town providing a relatively serene atmosphere that is lacking in Davos.

Klosters main town centre is at Klosters Platz train station, opposite the cable car up to Gotschnagrat (& Parsenn). The Alpina Boutique Hotel has the prime position in Klosters Platz, close to everything.

Only 1½km away is Klosters Dorf train station. The Madrisa gondola is 250m walk from the station. Several good hotels are nearby, with the Hotel Silvapina one of the better 3-stars.

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Other Local Accommodation

In between Davos & Klosters is the small hamlet of Davos Wolfgang. Some quiet lodging options exist here (the excellent Kessler’s Kulm Hotel), but still with the benefit of a train station, bus stop, cross country ski trails & valley return trail from Parsenn.

At the fringes of the train & ski route network that is included in a Davos-Klosters ski pass is the village of Küblis. A fine hotel for last minute bookings is the Hotel Terminus, located literally on the railway station platform. The location is a world away from the larger towns of Klosters & Davos but is still wonderfully convenient to ski the region by virtue of the magnificent local train network.

Ski Rentals Lessons & Guiding

Ski rentals are available in both Davos & Klosters villages. Receive a discount when you search & book via our Davos-Klosters Ski & Snowboard Rental page.

A brain-snapping plethora of ski instructors, ski schools & guides earn their bread in the Davos Klosters ski region. To make the choice easy, search & book via our Davos Klosters Ski Lessons & Guiding page.

Review

The Powderhounds first visited Davos Klosters in 2018 and returned for a long stay in February 2024. The ski region is so big we barely scratched the surface of the massive skiing potential and love it as a result. See our review & extra photos via the links in the left column (or top of page on a mobile).

See how Davos Klosters compares to the rest of the Swiss ski resorts on the Switzerland ski resort ratings page, or compare to the rest of Europe on the European ski resort ratings page.

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Tours in or near Davos Klosters

Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Davos Mountains Experience
MULTI-DAY PRIVATE GUIDING & INSTRUCTION
6 Days Skiing or Snowboarding
Ability: Beginner to Expert
Enjoy 6-days of exclusive skiing or snowboarding with a private guide exploring the incredibly diverse Davos Klosters ski areas of Parsenn-Gotschna, Jakobshorn, Madrisa, Rinerhorn & more. Private groups of up to 5 people apply for your best dates & duration ....
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USD 500
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Four Resorts Tour
MULTI-DAY PRIVATE GUIDING & INSTRUCTION
4 Days Skiing or Snowboarding
Ability: Beginner to Expert
Experience a 4-day grand tour of the Davos Klosters mountains exploring Parsenn, Jakobshorn, Rinerhorn & Madrisa with a private ski or snowboard guide/instructor. Private groups of up to 5 people apply for your best dates & duration ...
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USD 338
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Single-Base, Single-Ski-Area Tours

Off-Piste with The Snow Experience Davos
PRIVATE OFF-PISTE INSTRUCTION & GUIDING
1 Day Skiing or Snowboarding
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Be guided by a local ski or snowboard instructor into the best off-piste terrain at Davos-Klosters, all the while improving your technique and gaining confidence to explore bigger terrain & deeper snow. Private solos & groups apply for your best dates & duration ....
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USD 129
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Ride & Learn in the Alps
GUIDED OFF-PISTE SKIING & LEARNING
4 Days | 4 Nights | 4 Days Skiing
Ability: Intermediate to Advanced
The Ride & Learn tour is an 'active learning' powder-chaser trip where the location in the Alps is dictated by the best powder conditions at the time. Options include Livigno, Santa Caterina Italy, Graubuenden Switzerland or Montafon Austria. Ride amazing off-piste snow & do it safely over a long weekend ...
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USD 562
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The Snow Experience Davos Ski & Snowboard Lessons
PRIVATE SKI & SNOWBOARD LESSONS
1 Day Skiing or Snowboarding
Ability: Beginner to Expert
Expert instructors & guides provide a fully flexible & personalized service with affordable private lessons for beginner, intermediate or advanced skiers & snowboarders at Davos. Improve your technique & have more fun on the slopes. Solos, couples & groups apply for your best location, dates & duration ....
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USD 86
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