Beginners have nursery slopes at near village level at Bolgen (where the world’s first proper ski lift was built back in 1935) beneath the Jakobshorn, best accessed from Davos Platz, or at Bunda, a small area on its own on the Dorf side. There are several ski schools to choose from, but the Swiss Snowsport School operate their own nursery slopes and runs so probably have the best facilities for beginners. Once you are confident enough there are lots of lovely long easy blues to progress on to on Jakobshorn and Parsenn.
A great resort for intermediate skiers, with both the thrill of skiing many historic runs and making use of some of the world’s original ski lifts (or at least refurbished and hi-tec new lifts running along the original routes). The mountains are divided in to five separate areas of which the largest is the Parsenn sector shared between Davos Dorf and Klosters, linking the two. The other areas are the Jakobshorn which is reached from Davos Platz, the Rinerhorn a little way from Davos itself above Glaris, and Pischa above Davos Dorf again.
None of the areas are linked on the mountain, and nor is the fifth area, Madrisa, on the far side of Klosters. Each area has its attractions, but most have wonderful long blue and red cruisers (the longest 12km in length), many of them in snowy bowls and hillsides up above the treeline where the mountains are generally less steep than where they approach the valley floor.
Davos has multiple attractions for advanced skiers, spread across its multiple ski areas. More than a third of the 300km of runs are rated black, many of them cut through the forests on the lower slopes of each sector as these are the steepest parts of the valley sides. Off piste is a major feature of the ski options for advanced skiers and there are legendary marked routes, some descending more than 2000 vertical metres from Parsenn down to neighbouring villages like Kublis (810m), Saas and Serneus (900m). The challenge of some of these may be snow conditions, especially at the lower elevations, rather than gradient. Ski touring is alo popular, with one route over to Arosa a favourite of Sherlock Holmes fans since it was completed more than a century ago by the famous sleuth’s creator, Conan Doyle.
Snowboard / Freestyle Skiing
Davos has positioned itself as one of the world’s leading boarding resorts. Along with the extensive freeride terrain, there are three terrain parks, and the resort hosts world class international competitions and events each winter.
The main centre for boarding on the mountain is the Jakobshorn, where the Jatz Junior snowpark at 2,500m contains a superpipe, rails, kickers and numerous other terrain features. It is floodlit to 9.30pm nightly from Tuesday to Saturday evening each week, except Thursdays.
Other attractions include a boardercross course on Parsenn served by the Totalp lift and there’s a small fun park on Rinerhorn next to the training lift.
There’s 75km of cross country trails around Davos, about a third of it rated easy, the rest intermediate.
For the more competitive there’s an International Ski Federation (FIS) graded cross country trail in the Flüela Valley, and there are also 2.5km of floodlit trails for evening ski trips.
If you happen to have brought your dog with you, you’ll find cross country trails in the Landwasser and Landquart sector where you can ski with him or her running alongside you
Well prepared trails are available for either classic or skating styles and all trails operate completely free of charge.
Davos Average Snow And Weather Conditions
Davos is the highest town in Europe and its lifts rise to more than 2,800m above, two factors which help ensure good snow cover is the norm throughout its long ski season. The resort’s ski slopes receive an average of 5.4 metres (18 feet) of snow each year, so snowmaking is limited to the key pistes and covers only 5% of the runs.