Klosters - Ski Resort and Snow Summary
Klosters - Ski Resort in Rega Pass Area, Swiss Alps - 307km of Piste (1110m to 2840m)
A pretty village that is a favourite with British royal skiers, lift-linked to skiing at Davos and with excellent local facilities.
Key Facts for Klosters
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The Swiss ski resort of Klosters is part of the Rega Pass Area ski area and has direct access to 307km of downhill skiing, with 97 individual pistes, served by 52 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Klosters itself (307km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Rega Pass Area ski resort of Davos.
With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.
Snowmaking :- Klosters is able to augment natural snow, on 30km of ski runs, with 62 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 52 Ski Lifts of Klosters are able to uplift 31,000 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
There are four Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Klosters are perfectly feasible.
Skiing in Klosters
Time may have stood still in the village but the skiing has grown apace, with more than 300km (185 miles) of trails on one lift pass, that takes in the neighbouring town of Davos (13km/8 miles away, rail link included on ticket if you don't want to ski it).
The range of skiing is tremendous, with more than 30% of the trails categorised black and a reputation for marvellous opportunities off piste. The top lift is at 2844 metres (9330 feet) with Klosters nestled down at 1200 metres (3935 feet) giving a nice healthy vertical drop with relatively snow sure conditions. There are some wonderfully long and varied trails, the greatest being the Weissfluhgipfel run down to Küblis, categorised black/red and 12km (nearly 8 miles) long. The area's lifts are a mixture of cable cars and surface lifts, with few chairs.
Beginners have three areas by the village in which to develop their technique with baby lifts for the uphill bit. For everyone else the REGA area pass is the ticket to buy. This cover's Kloster's 'own' ski area on Madrisa, reached by gondola from Klosters Dorf this has seven drag lifts serving largely easy and intermediate runs on sunny south facing slopes above the trees, with a couple of long blacks and reds cutting back down through the forest to the resort.
On the other side of the valley the 'Prince Charles' cable car from Klosters Platz successes the Gotschnagrat from where you can either return to Klosters on exciting blacks and reds or head on to Davos. This huge area, the largest single sector on the pass, has skiing for all ability levels and hooks up to some superb off-piste routes that go behind the ski area to Küblis and other hamlets in the area.
Cross country skiers have 35km (21 miles) of well prepared trails in the valley offering classic or skating style options and different levels of difficulty between Klosters and the neighbouring village of Serneus. Routes include the Vereina valley and the Novai Alp. A 3km (2 mile) illuminated trail is available for evening treks.
Snowboarding in Klosters
Klosters snowboarding park is located on Madrisa where the dedicated 'Duty' Snowboard School are based. Accessed by gondola, all the other lifts on Madrisa are drags.
The area is one of the world's leading snowboarding destinations, with four fun parks in total, Davos has held the Snowboarding World Championships recently and stages World Pro Tour events. A third boarding area in the region is on the Jakobshorn where the other half pipe is located as well as a boarder cross and special snowmaking.
Klosters Aprés Ski
Although there are a few dozen bars and four night spots, the evenings in Klosters can rarely be described as 'buzzing' with many of the guests preferring the privacy of their chalets. However there are plenty of lively bars to be found, especially at the weekend. These include the bar at the Wynegg and the establishment in the cellar of the chesa Grischuna.
Alternative evening activities include tobogganing, sleigh rides or a trip over to the casino at Davos with its 150 slot machines. Later on the Kir Royal night club at the Silvretta Park is one of the biggest, the Casa Antica will forever be known as the late 'Princess Diana's favourite' and the other two choices are The funny place at the Piz Buin hotel or Rufinis in Klosters Dorf.
Another popular venue is Gaudy's Grastiachi at the bottom of the Gotschna station.
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Klosters in brief
Klosters Ski Resort is:
Ok for Expert Skiers.
Good for Intermediate Skiers.
Ok for Beginners.
Very good for Snowboarding.
Klosters Season Dates
Opened : November 15, 2013.
Closes : April 27, 2014.
Usual opening - Mid Nov.
Usual closing - Late April.
NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Klosters.
Klosters Piste Map