27 July 2019 from Danielle in Ski areas

You might know Davos as the location of the annual World Economic Forum conference, but did you know it's also one of the most popular ski resorts in Switzerland? At 1560 metres above sea level, Davos claims the title of the highest city in Europe and skiers and snowboarders enjoy an international, cosmopolitan vibe on their holiday here. Together with neighbouring Klosters, Davos is part of a linked ski area with 6 parts and a total of more than 250 kilometres of slopes. Here are 7 reasons we love Davos-Klosters!

#1. Member of ‘Best of the Alps’

Best of the Alps is a group of twelve classic alpine resorts that value a balance of tradition, local culture and modern influence. Davos-Klosters was one of the founding members of the organisation, a strong indication of their attention to quality. Take advantage of it with "Davos-Klosters Inside", a free program which pairs guests and locals in free activities, such as torchlit hikes or city tours, to get to know the region.

#2. Challenging slopes with a view

Davos-Klosters offers three particularly challenging runs, all of which wind their way through a stunning mountain backdrop with incredible views. These slopes on the Parsenn, the Jakobshorn and the Gotschna are a must-do during your ski holiday in Davos-Klosters. The Weissfluhjoch run is almost 11 kilometres long and is even suitable for less experienced skiers.

#3. Nightlife in Davos

The après-ski scene hasn't been forgotten in Davos-Klosters. A wide selection of bars, clubs, restaurants and even a casino will keep you busy from the late afternoon well into the wee hours if you're so inclined. Check out Bolgen Plaza and the Ex-Bar, or drift toward the Casa Antica for a classic feel with a loyal client base.

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Davos offers a lively nightlife (Photo: © Davos-Klosters)

#4. Freestyling on the Jakobshorn

Freestyle skiers and snowboarders will be drooling at the varied and exciting snow park offer in Davos. The Jatz Park has four lines with 20 obstacles, including kickers and rails. If that's not enough for you, head to the Bolgenlift at the foot of the Jakobshorn and try out the superpipe. Not a freestyler? That's ok, you won't get bored - there is a plethora of mountain restaurants with lovely terraces, plus frequent parties with international DJs.

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The Jatz Park on the Jakobshorn is every freestyler's dream come true (Photo: © Davos-Klosters)

#5. Mix and mingle with the VIPs

Are the panoramic views boring you? Not to worry, you've another built-in hobby in Davos-Klosters: star-watching! The list of famous people who love to ski here is neverending: Gene Kelly, Angela Merkel, Bill Clinton, Xi Jinping (president of China), Shakira, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Forest Whitaker and of course the British royal family itself! If you're one of those people who loves chatting up the person next to you on the lift, here's your chance to make it big.

The Hotel Chesa Grischuna is popular with VIPs (Photo: © Davos-Klosters)

#6. Watch the Parsenn Derby

Ever since its inauguration in 1924, the Parsenn Derby downhill ski race has drawn hordes of spectators to Davos-Klosters every year. In fact, you might consider the Parsenn Derby the precursor to the FIS World Cup! The offer has now expanded to include a team race. Skiers start training on Thursday, the team race takes place on Friday and the individual race takes place on Saturday. The run is 3km long, with a vertical drop of 700m and 40 gates.

#7. Stay in one of the Davos Mountain Hotels

Many hotels in Davos have attractive offers that combine accommodation + ski pass. Davos Mountain Hotels are one example - a 3-night stay with a 3-day ski pass starts from just CHF 162. You can choose from a wide selection of hotels ranging from budget to luxury. 

 The Hotel Ochsen in Davos (Photo: © Davos-Klosters)

Practical info: Davos-Klosters

The Davos-Klosters linked ski area consists of six smaller ski areas for a combined total of 250km of slopes. The majority of slopes are red, making this a popular ski area with advanced skiers and snowboarders. Whether you choose from lively Davos or authentic Klosters, you are guaranteed top-notch skiing and amazing views of the surrounding Swiss Alps.

Born and raised in the ski paradise of Vancouver, Canada, I learned to ski before I can remember, balancing precariously on my parents’ skis as they sailed down the hill. I started snowboarding in my teens and am now delighted to be exploring everything Europe’s ski scene has to offer!

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