Davos - Ski Area Guide

Davos, Switzerland

Ski Resort in Swiss Alps - 320km of Piste (1,110m to 2,840m)

The centre of one of Switzerland's largest, oldest and best known ski areas. A large town, split in to two (Davos Dorf and Davos Platz), year round tourism/conference centre, world class facilities. Davos has for centuries been a major health centre and today has a hospital and three clinics, four of them specifically for children.

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The next notable snow forecast for Davos is 10cm, expected on 30 May, with around 18cm forecast over the next 7 days - and up to 37cm possible the following week.

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Piste and Lift Stats for Davos
12Black Pistes
39Red Pistes
31Blue Pistes
320kmDownhill Pistes
75kmCross Country Pistes
38Ski Lifts

Davos Ski Area Height

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Davos
1730mMax Vertical
2840mHighest Lift
1560mResort Altitude (Davos)
1110mLowest Piste


The Swiss Ski Resort of Davos is one of the larger Ski Resorts in Switzerland and has direct access to 320km of downhill skiing, with 110 individual pistes, served by 38 ski lifts. Davos is directly linked by Ski Lift to the ski areas of Klosters.

The ski resort itself is above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

There are two Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Davos are perfectly feasible.

Skiing in Davos

If you want more than just 'vital statistics' to prove a ski resort takes its sports seriously, then consider that Davos opened Switzerland's first Sport high school in 1997. There top young athletes can study for academic excellence and sporting brilliance simultaneously, in disciplines including skiing, ice hockey, figure skating, snowboarding and golf.

The 310km (190 miles) of ski trails above Davos are divided in to six areas (Parsenn, Pischa, Jakobshorn, Rinerhorn, Madrisa and Gotschna), some of them lift-linked. The Parsenn area is the largest and most popular of the ski sectors. It is lift-linked to the neighbouring resort of Klosters, a traditional favourite of the British royal family. On the other side of town there are more ways up the Jakobshorn, the resort's fun mountain most popular with 'boarders. At the bottom of the mountain snowmaking covers the Bolgen nursery slopes.

Most of the ski areas are reached by funiculars or cable cars with the vast majority of the skiing being above the treeline at 1800m. Many of the trails are red and blue but experts will find several off-piste routes to entertain, including an 12km (7 1/2 mile) descent to Kublis and the chance of skiing over to Arosa in the footsteps (or should that be ski tracks) of Sherlock Holmes' creator over a century ago. On-piste blacks are unusually on the lower sections of the mountain, through the forests, as they are steeper at the bottom than the top.

Cross country skiers are also well catered for with 75km (47 miles) of trails. Live pictures (updated hourly) from resort cams, as well as official snow depth reports and forecasts are available on Davos's web site.

Snowboarding in Davos

One of the world's leading snowboarding destinations, with three snowboarding schools, five snowboarding hotels and four fun parks, Davos has held the Snowboarding World Championships recently and stages World Pro Tour events. It has joined in the Top Snowboard Resorts Club with Ischgl, Madonna di Campiglio and Val d'Isere and offers classes in snowboarding at Switzerland's first Sports High School.

The best boarding area up on the mountain is on the Jakobshorn where there is a funpark with plernty of rails and a quarterpipe. There are also two monster pippes (210m long, 5.5m high, 18m wide at a 17 degree pitch). There are more fun parks on Parsenn, Pischa, Madrisa and Rinerhorn plus a boardercross course on Parsenn.

Davos Aprés Ski

Davos offers evening entertainment to cater for virtually all tastes and can be very lively with around 20 night-spots open beyond midnight. They range from sophisticated piano bars such as that at the Central Sporthotel to hi-energy discothèques. The Cabanna Club 'power-disco' gives you the opportunity to burn off all that excess energy after a hard day on the slopes and if you don't fancy sleeping at all then the Express Bar is normally open through to 7am.

Also on offer are folklore evenings, theatre, cinema, concerts and sleigh rides. A new casino opened in the Hotel Europe in the town centre in 1995 where there is also a popular piano bar open into the small hours.

Davos in brief

Davos Ski Resort is:
Excellent for Expert Skiers.
Excellent for Intermediate Skiers.
Good for Beginners.
Excellent for Snowboarding.

Davos Season Dates

We have no confirmed season dates for Davos.

Usual opening - Mid Nov.

Usual closing - Late April.

NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Davos.

Davos Webcams

The Webcams in Davos are not always up-to-date. Please check the date on the image to ensure you are seeing current snow conditions.

Davos Piste Map

Davos Piste Map

Map of Davos

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Davos Snow Making

Snowmaking :- Davos is able to augment natural snow, on 15km of ski runs,.

Davos Ski Lift Capacity

Ski Lift Capacity :- The 38 Ski Lifts of Davos are able to uplift 64,400 skiers / snowboarders per hour.

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