Altitude: 1560 Meters

Davos in short

  • Ski resort with many facilities
  • Six ski areas to choose from
  • Great off-piste skiing

Davos was originally known as a thermal spa health resort that treated patients suffering from tuberculosis. With the opening of the Bolgens lift in 1934 - said to be the first T-bar in the world - this Swiss town quickly made a name for itself as a major ski resort. At 1560m above sea level, Davos is the highest city in Europe, the perfect base for your winter sport holidays!

Along with the neighbouring ski resort of Klosters, Davos offers access to half a dozen ski areas. Together, Madrisa, Parsenn-Gotschna, Jakobshorn, Pischa, Rinerhorn and Schatzalp represent around 300km of pistes in the Davos Klosters linked ski area. Thanks to the many snow parks and halfpipes, Davos is particularly popular with snowboarders. Unlike most smaller ski resorts, Davos feels like a real city, with all the same amenities on offer. This bustling city in Switzerland is mainly German-speaking, but despite the language barrier, it's easy to make yourself understood thanks to the very friendly welcome in the ski resort and up on the slopes!

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Six ski areas in Davos-Klosters

Davos may be known for its international conferences, but in winter this ski resort is just as famous in its own right for its fantastic skiing and snowboarding terrain. Parsenn is the most popular and the biggest of the six ski areas that make up Davos-Klosters, and you'll find a 12km-long valley run here that takes you from the Weissfluhgipfel to Kublis. Freeriders can head to Pischa, an off-piste paradise and one of the largest freeride areas in Switzerland. Davos has come a long way since the birth of snowboarding in the 1980s, when snowboarders were only allowed to use the lifts on the Jakobshorn! Today, the JatzPark is one of the top snow parks in Switzerland. Freestylers can practise their skills with the Bolgen superpipe and big air bag while enjoying spectacular views of the city. Davos also offers night skiing several times a week on floodlit slopes.

Après-ski in Davos

Après-ski in Davos is a classy cosmopolitan affair, with a high-end, international ambience. There are a large number of good après-ski bars and restaurants including the Postli Club, the Tonic Piano bar and the Cabanna club so those looking for good après-ski and nightlife will not be disappointed on their ski holidays in Davos.

Lots to do off the slopes

The bustling city of Davos offers plenty to do when the ski day is over. High-end shops and cafés line the streets of the city centre - you're best off bringing a full wallet if you want to fully enjoy your time in Davos! Just around the corner you'll find Madrisa-Land, the largest amusement park in Switzerland. Madrisa-Land is open in summer and winter and is specially adapted for physically and visually impaired children. Davos also offers ice-skating, tobogganing, ice climbing, paragliding, fatbiking and horse-drawn carriage rides. Cross-country skiers can explore 100km of trails in the surrounding forests, while winter hikers and snowshoers can find some tranquility on 160km of trails.

 Apres-ski & entertainment Davos

Restaurants 100 Theatre
Bars & cafes 40 Casino
Nightclubs & discos 14 Concert hall
Cinema -  

 Ski school and ski lessons Davos

No. of ski schools 4Private ski lessons CHF 75
No. of ski instructors - Ski lessons5 Days, 20 Hours, CHF 335
Area for beginnersSnowboarding lessons5 Days, 20 Hours, CHF 335
Ski lessons in Cross-country skiing5 Days, 20 Hours, CHF 220

 Book ski schools in Davos online

Kids-Ski-Lessons 11 Offers available
Adult-Ski-Lessons 9 Offers available
Snowboard-Lessons 6 Offers available
Cross-Country-Skiing 2 Offers available

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 Facilities Davos

No. of hotels 57 Supermarkets 13
Total no. of hotel beds 6200 Banks
Total no. of beds 27000

 Tourist information for Davos

Destination Davos Klosters
0041 - 081 - 4152121

 Distances from Davos

Railway station
Davos Platz, Davos Dorf - by bus
Zürich approx. 170 km by bus
From the motorway:approx. 40 km 45 minuten by car

 Davos for families and children

Childcare - Magic carpet
Playground Ski lift for children
Merry-go-round -

  Leisure & sports activities Davos

Public saunaFootpaths 111 km
Fitness centreTorchlight descentfakkeltochten tijdens een speciaal programma
Public solarium Indoor ice rink
Massage Outdoor ice rink
Spa & wellness Curling
Indoor swimming pool Snow rafting
Hot air ballooning - Dog sledding -
Paragliding Snowmobile tours -
Indoor tennis court Toboggan run
Squash court

Ski blog about Davos

12 October 2019 by Danielle in 'Destinations''

There's nothing more heartbreaking than arriving at your long-awaited ski holiday only to find brown hills and a couple of cows grazing! When you've scheduled holiday time, invested money and spent hours researching your ski area and accommodation, the last thing you want is a ski area with unreliable snow cover. The good news is that you don't have to be completely at the mercy of the elements this year. Switzerland is known for its especially high-altitude ski areas and the following ski areas hav... More ›
(Photo: © Jungfraubahnen 2019)

27 July 2019 by 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 l... More ›

9 February 2017 by Danielle in 'Ski areas''

This weekend marks the finale of the annual Art on Ice show, which played at Zurich and Lausanne earlier this week and is staging two more performances at Davos on February 10 and 11. The “most successful ice skating gala in the world,” Art on Ice attracts 80 000 spectators every year who gather from far and wide to watch an amazing show of musicians, figure skaters and more. From the beloved singer-songwriter James Morrison to Sarah Meier, 2011 European Ice-Skating Champion, this year’s lineu... More ›

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Davos Klosters

Davos Klosters
Total slopes 281 (km)
Green slopes 11 km
Blue slopes 60 km
Red slopes 118 km
Black slopes 62 km
Off-piste 30 km
Lifts (44 )
Drag lifts 19
Chair lifts 13
Gondola lifts 12
Train 2
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