The slopes

  • Extent 4 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 4 out of 5
  • Snow 4 out of 5
  • Queues 3 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 4 out of 5
  • Expert 4 out of 5
  • Intermediate 5 out of 5
  • Beginner 2 out of 5
  • Boarder 5 out of 5
  • X-country 5 out of 5
  • Restaurants 3 out of 5
  • Schools 3 out of 5
  • Families 2 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 2 out of 5
  • Convenience 2 out of 5
  • Scenery 4 out of 5
  • Eating out 3 out of 5
  • Apres ski 3 out of 5
  • Off-slope 5 out of 5

Key facts

Resort1550 m
Slopes810-2845 m
Lifts56
Pistes320 km
Price index155

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Davos

Switzerland

DavosPlatz

The upside

  • Very extensive slopes
  • Some superb, long, and mostly easy pistes away from the lifts, with trains to bring you back to base
  • Lots of accessible off-piste terrain, with several marked itineraries
  • Good cross-country trails
  • Plenty to do off the slopes

The downside

  • Davos is a huge, busy place with dreary block-style buildings, lacking ski-resort atmosphere
  • Five separate areas of slopes
  • Lots of T-bars on outlying mountains
  • The only piste back to town from the main Parsenn area is a black
  • Latest user reviews

    If you have the money (and at 1.3 CHF to the £ you…

    SJG 29 Sep 2017 

    Went to Davos for a long weekend with a large (15+)…

    Alex Penney 19 Oct 2007 

    Short (3 day) visit March 17-20 2007, couple plus third…

    Mark Otway 21 Mar 2007 

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    News – 2017/18

    On the Parsenn the 45-year-old Furka double chairlift will be replaced by a six-pack with covers and heated seats that will cut the journey time to around five minutes.

    News – 2016/17

    On Madrisa, a 6-seat chair lift replaced the T-bars from mid-mountain to Schaffürggli. It has covers and heated seats and a laser beam detects if small children are about to board and automatically lowers the seat. A new Madrisa-Alp self-service restaurant replaced the Saaser Alp. The Alexander hotel re-opened as the 4-star Spenglers Davos after a radical ‘designer’ makeover.

    Summary

    One of your editors learned to ski in Davos, so it has a special place in our affections. Many return visits have confirmed the appeal of its slopes, which are both distinctive and extensive, and have revealed its considerable off-piste potential. But the town/city (it could never be called a village) does not get any easier to like. Davos may be the more convenient base for access to most of the mountains it shares with Klosters, but Klosters (which gets its own web page) has the welcoming, intimate feel of a ski resort, and Davos does not.

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    The slopes

    • Extent 4 out of 5
    • Fast lifts 4 out of 5
    • Snow 4 out of 5
    • Queues 3 out of 5
    • Terrain p'ks 4 out of 5
    • Expert 4 out of 5
    • Intermediate 5 out of 5
    • Beginner 2 out of 5
    • Boarder 5 out of 5
    • X-country 5 out of 5
    • Restaurants 3 out of 5
    • Schools 3 out of 5
    • Families 2 out of 5

    The resort

    • Resort charm 2 out of 5
    • Convenience 2 out of 5
    • Scenery 4 out of 5
    • Eating out 3 out of 5
    • Apres ski 3 out of 5
    • Off-slope 5 out of 5

    Key facts

    Resort1550 m
    Slopes810-2845 m
    Lifts56
    Pistes320 km
    Price index155

    Linked resorts