At 1,560m, Davos is the highest and one of the largest towns in the Alps. Easily accessible by train, car or bus from Zurich or Friedrichshafen airport, the resort offers great sports, shopping and conference facilities alongside excellent hotels. Comprised of two areas; Davos Dorf and Davos Platz, this varied region holds international appeal which extends way beyond the slopes. Dorf acts as the prime base for accessing the slopes, whilst Platz is most convenient for the majority of shops and hotels.
Visitors can enjoy all of the amenities of a small town whilst benefiting from the unspoilt natural beauty and splendour of Davos' location nestled on the floor of a mountain valley. Excellent cable car and funicular facilities enable you to make light work of accessing the surrounding mountains to enjoy world-class skiing and boarding.
Resort Altitude: 1,560m
Resort Skiing: 2,840m
Total Ski Area: 251km
Green Runs: 11km
Blue Runs: 60km
Red Runs: 118km
Black Runs: 62km
Cross Country: 75km
Davos Dorf provides easy access to the best runs available with the option to ski straight back into town, whilst Davos Platz provides access to the more challenging Jakobshorn ski area, which is known for its freestyle terrain. Other ski areas accessible from Davos include the family-friendly mountains Madrisa and Rinerhorn, another freeride area in Pischa, Parsenn, which is the largest snowsports resort in the area and Schatzalp which is situated on the sunny side of Davos and is accessible by funicular railway.
In total there are 251km of very well-maintained pistes and 54 lifts, including the recently improved Parsenn funicular, running from Davos Platz up into the Parsenn ski area. As well as all the serene blues and reds, there are plenty of taxing black runs and an enormous amount of off-piste terrain to be explored. In good snow conditions, you can ski some of the longest prepared runs in Europe, such as the 12km run from the top of the Weissfluh down through forests to the rustic valley-floor village of Kublis.
With lots of parks and off-piste scattered around the resort, there is plenty for snowboarders to enjoy. Large cruising runs are a frequent feature and many will enjoy the challenges of the Jakobshorn area. Here the Jatz Park has jumps, rails and features suitable for all levels; advanced riders will appreciate more challenging features such as the 120m half-pipe. Beginners are not forgotten about either, with the Parsenn slopes offering plenty of wide, flat open runs for practising technique.
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The Snowli Swiss Snow Kids Village is an excellent facility which acts as a playground and nursery slope for children from the age of 4 upwards. Lots of coloured aids and child-friendly lifts make this the ideal environment for children to take their first steps on the snow. A progressive plan of lessons will move them up from the basics to learning how to get on a chairlift to parallel turns and even a miniature slalom course.
For lunchtimes on the mountain, the finest gourmet restaurant in the area is Restaurant Weissfluhgipfel, which offers an exceptional selection of wines. Visitors will be spoilt for choice when it comes to an evening meal in Davos. Sample Chinese food at the Golden Dragon, traditional local fayre at La Carretta or travel by horse and carriage to the Teufi restaurant for speciality fondue. For a unique dining experience head up the funicular where The Höhenweg serves delicious food and is open most evenings.
For a refreshing beer in the afternoon sun, head to the rustic Schwendi huts including the Schifer Schwendi and Klosters Schwendi. In Davos itself, there are plenty of après-ski bars with a great ambience. The small, rustic Chami bar is one of the liveliest places in the town and is popular amongst locals. The best bars for smart drinks and cocktails are the Davoserhof Lounge and the Morosani Posthotel. The Pöstli Club is the nightclub in town, open Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Being a large town with two main centres, there is plenty to do for those who are not skiing. Davos Platz is the busier of the two areas, offering a variety of shops, sporting facilities and a wellness centre to enjoy, along with skating rinks, toboggan runs, sleigh rides, snowshoeing and walks. It is also possible to take a day trip to St Moritz to enjoy a change of scenery and some luxurious shopping.
In 2001, Davos became the first ski resort to be officially awarded the Energiestadt, which is a label issued by the Swiss Federal Department for Energy to recognise energy towns that have strong commitments to sustainability. Davos has many photovoltaic systems that produce around 72,000 kWh per year, and its hot water needs are met by several solar water-heating systems. The resort is also the location for the annual Sustainability meeting of the World Economic Forum, who bring stakeholders together to plan for a more circular economy with the goal of becoming 100% climate neutral.