Review of Davos

19th October 2007 by Alex Penney 

Went to Davos for a long weekend with a large (15+) group of mixed ability skiers and boarders in January 2004.

Getting there: Evening flights to Zurich and then hire cars - drive was hassle free and took about 2 hours. To be honest we could have done without the cars once we were there and used the hotel shuttle bus - it was a hassle navigating the “city” streets of Davos and finding places to park near the lift stations.

Hotel: stayed at the 4* Sunstar ParkHotel which was a bit old fashioned but pretty good value for a 4* hotel. Nice pool.

Apres Ski and eating out: Davos had plenty of places for a large group to get a meal and some good bars too. Good shops; big town atmosphere an acquired taste.

Skiing: We went before the new funicular was built - so the main memory of Parsenn was the long wait to get to the top. Black run down good fun and ends near a nice hotel bar (Hilton?) for a drink. Enjoyed long run to Schifer but got stranded when gondola was closed due to some technical problem. We had to pole uphill for 45 minutes and then ski down to Klosters to get out of there - alternative was wait for a cab. Great snow on the run down to the Salezer Horn chair - nice powder on either side of the piste. White out conditions were quite bad - very few tree runs.

Of the other areas we went to Jakobshorn which had some great fast cruising and good lifts; and Pischa which had good snow and was empty but was basically all T-bars once you had ridden the cable car. Avoided Rinerhorn and Madrisa as they looked equally blighted with T-bars.

Summary: I might go to Davos again - but I am in no great hurry due to the poor lift system. There are plenty of better places with a similar extent and lot less hassle.

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