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Davos

Davos Ski Resort Guide

Davos, Switzerland

Rated: 5/5 (from 6 ratings)

Davos Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length320km
Highest Lift2,840m
Resort Height1,560m
 Nearest AirportsSt. Gallen-Altenrhein and Friedrichshafen
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Davos

The centre of one of Switzerland's largest, oldest and best known ski areas. A large town, split in to two (Davos Dorf and Davos Platz), year round tourism/conference centre, world class facilities. Davos has for centuries been a major health centre and today has a hospital and three clinics, four of them specifically for children.

Davos Summary

The Swiss ski resort of Davos is in the Swiss Alps at an altitude of 1,560m, with 320km of marked runs.

Davos is one of the larger Ski Resorts in Switzerland and has direct access to 320km of downhill skiing, with 110 marked pistes, served by a total of 38 ski lifts. Davos is directly linked by Ski Lift to the ski areas of Klosters.

The ski resort itself is at 1,560m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,840m, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Davos Snow Forecast

When will it snow in Davos?

The next notable snow forecast for Davos is 68cm, expected on 25 September, with around 105cm forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Davos Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Davos
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
12
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
39
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
31
Downhill
Total Length
320km
Cross Country
Total Length
75km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
38

Davos Altitudes

Davos Ski Area Height

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Davos
Highest Lift2,840m
Resort Altitude (Davos)1,560m
Lowest Piste1,110m
Max Vertical1,730m

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Davos Overview

Davos today is the largest and most successful of the first breed of classic ski resorts. Europe's highest town has successfully consolidated its significance in the early years of winter sports by constantly improving its ski area so that it has remained one of the world's best. At the same time developments in the town itself have kept ahead of the pack and of equal or greater value to Davos are its world class medical institutions and its international status in playing annual host to world leaders in staging the World Economic Forum.

The Davos local authority, which includes the town, outlying villages and countryside, is the second largest area within Switzerland, larger even than the city of Zurich. The many facets of this remarkable resort mean that tourist office marketing slogans such as Europe's most extensive alpine resort are not exaggerations. The town spreads along the valley floor for several miles with the more concentrated western section named Davos Platz, and the eastern Davos Dorf. The architecture is generally of grand design rather than being particularly picturesque, however the whole is attractive in its way, and the scenery around certainly spectacular. The main off-slope leisure facilities are nicely placed between the two halves and the major access lifts to the ski slopes are also well spaced throughout the town.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Davos is 12km long.

Skiing in Davos

If you want more than just 'vital statistics' to prove a ski resort takes its sports seriously, then consider that Davos opened Switzerland's first Sport high school in 1997. There top young athletes can study for academic excellence and sporting brilliance simultaneously, in disciplines including skiing, ice hockey, figure skating, snowboarding and golf.

The 310km (190 miles) of ski trails above Davos are divided in to six areas (Parsenn, Pischa, Jakobshorn, Rinerhorn, Madrisa and Gotschna), some of them lift-linked. The Parsenn area is the largest and most popular of the ski sectors. It is lift-linked to the neighbouring resort of Klosters, a traditional favourite of the British royal family. On the other side of town there are more ways up the Jakobshorn, the resort's fun mountain most popular with 'boarders. At the bottom of the mountain snowmaking covers the Bolgen nursery slopes.

Most of the ski areas are reached by funiculars or cable cars with the vast majority of the skiing being above the treeline at 1800m. Many of the trails are red and blue but experts will find several off-piste routes to entertain, including an 12km (7 1/2 mile) descent to Kublis and the chance of skiing over to Arosa in the footsteps (or should that be ski tracks) of Sherlock Holmes' creator over a century ago. On-piste blacks are unusually on the lower sections of the mountain, through the forests, as they are steeper at the bottom than the top.

Cross country skiers are also well catered for with 75km (47 miles) of trails. Live pictures (updated hourly) from resort cams, as well as official snow depth reports and forecasts are available on Davos's web site.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding in Davos

One of the world's leading snowboarding destinations, with three snowboarding schools, five snowboarding hotels and four fun parks, Davos has held the Snowboarding World Championships recently and stages World Pro Tour events. It has joined in the Top Snowboard Resorts Club with Ischgl, Madonna di Campiglio and Val d'Isere and offers classes in snowboarding at Switzerland's first Sports High School.

The best boarding area up on the mountain is on the Jakobshorn where there is a funpark with plernty of rails and a quarterpipe. There are also two monster pippes (210m long, 5.5m high, 18m wide at a 17 degree pitch). There are more fun parks on Parsenn, Pischa, Madrisa and Rinerhorn plus a boardercross course on Parsenn.

Location and Map

Where is Davos?

Davos is in the Swiss Alps in Prättigau/Davos, Graubünden, Switzerland.

Map of Davos

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How to get to Davos

 By Air

The nearest airports to Davos are St. Gallen-Altenrhein, Friedrichshafen and Zurich. There are eight airports within three hours drive.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 38 ski lifts of Davos are able to uplift 64,400 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Davos is able to make snow, on 15km of ski runs,.

Davos Season Dates

When is Davos open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates for Davos.

Usual opening is mid November, and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Davos.

Davos Piste Map

Davos Piste Map
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COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Davos, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Davos Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Davos

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Davos Webcams

The Webcams in Davos are not always up-to-date. Please check the date on the image to ensure you are seeing current snow conditions.

Mountain Biking in Davos

There is downhill mountain biking available and you can rent Mountain Bikes in Davos.

Davos Aprés Ski

Davos offers evening entertainment to cater for virtually all tastes and can be very lively with around 20 night-spots open beyond midnight. They range from sophisticated piano bars such as that at the Central Sporthotel to hi-energy discothèques. The Cabanna Club 'power-disco' gives you the opportunity to burn off all that excess energy after a hard day on the slopes and if you don't fancy sleeping at all then the Express Bar is normally open through to 7am.

Also on offer are folklore evenings, theatre, cinema, concerts and sleigh rides. A new casino opened in the Hotel Europe in the town centre in 1995 where there is also a popular piano bar open into the small hours.

History and Development

Davos's growth as a mountain sports resort developed out of its existing status as a leading health resort in the late 19th and early 20th century. In years gone by Davos provided tuberculosis sufferers with sanatoriums, but today there are highly specialised institutes providing, in particular, therapy for allergies, respiratory illnesses and dermatological complaints.

At the turn of the last century up to 700,000 overnight bookings a year were being registered from visitors mainly for the health benefits (this was an increase on an annual figure of two visitors in 1866). The resort's importance as a pioneer in winter sports cannot be under stated however: Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, is thought to be the first Scot to travel on skis, travelling from Davos to Arosa and the world's first T Bar lift was installed at Davos in 1934.

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