Davos Ski Resort Switzerland – A Guide on Things to Do

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Davos Ski Resort Switzerland – A Guide on Things to Do

If you have not heard of Davos Ski Resort in  Switzerland before I am sure you have now after all of the news of Donald Trump being in the city for the famous World Economic Forum. An annual event held every winter, with some of the world’s most powerful leaders. However, there is so much more to this beautiful resort and with being the biggest Ski resorts city in Switzerland you will find plenty of things to do and see.

Panoramic view of the Swiss Alps and Davos ski runs

Overlooking the ski fields from the top of Weissfluhjoch – Davos Ski Resort

Davos Klosters Ski Resort is considered to be one of the most prestigious Ski resorts in the world and I was super excited when l heard that I was going there on a press trip. Even though I was only there for 48hours, my program was jam packed with exciting things to do. From checking out the best areas to ski with my guide, taking a look behind the scenes of the rescue service to doing the Early Bird skiing activity.

About Davos Ski Resort Switzerland

Apart from it being the largest ski resort city in Switzerland, it is also considered to be the highest city in Europe. The ski area is split across two different sides of the Swiss Alps. The Parsenn and Madrisa on one side and Pischa, Jakobshor and Rinerhorn on the other side. You are definitely spoilt by choice with 350 klms of guaranteed snow-covered pistes.

Two snowboarders captured getting air in the snow park

Snowboarders riding the snow park

Quick Overview of the Ski Runs & Pass

Ski passes are really flexible, you can get a lift pass for the individual areas of Parsenn / Jakobshorn / Madrisa or a regional pass which covers Parsenn / Jakobshorn / Madrisa / Pischa / Rinerhorn.

It really depends on your experience, comfort and budget.

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I skied in the Jakobshorn with my guide Oliver and the ski conditions could not have been any more perfect, the best bit was we were the only ones on the slopes as we were first on the mountain. The red slopes were just the way I liked them, long wide and steep in some bits. As you are so high up most of the slopes are open and the only time that you go through any real forest is on your way back to the resort and when you go off piste near the resort.

Checking the reflection in Mel B's goggles on a sunny ski slope

A beautiful day for skiing

Overview of the Davos Ski (Regional )Area

  • 5 Main Ski Areas (Parsenn / Jakobshorn / Madrisa / Pischa / Rinerhorn)
  • 55 lifts 
  • 110 pistes
  • 300 klm or 186 miles ski slopes
  • Longest run: 12 km/8 miles, Weissfluhgipfel-Küblis
  • Night skiing in Rinerhorn
Head skis and poles standing up in the fresh snow

Super Shape Head Skis

Davos Klosters Inside 

One of the things that l liked about Davos (Klosters) ski resort is that they offer a variety of experiences and activities that are absolutely FREE during the winter period. This is called Davos Klosters Inside and includes everything from Sport & Adventure, Kids & Family, Visits & Excursions as well as Art & Culture, there is pretty much something for everyone and every age.

I went on two of the Davos Klosters Inside activities, Slope and Rescue service – look behind the scenes Parsenn and Early Bird skiing (Parsenn). I enjoyed both a lot for different reasons.

Overlooking the snow covered Swiss Alps

Beautiful views over Davos Klosters Ski Resort

Please Note – Be considerate when booking

  • If you can not make one of the activities or experiences that you have booked, then please let the tourism office know as soon as possible. There are limited spots available on some of the activities and someone else can take your spot. Also, people will be waiting around for you to turn up. This happened on one of the activities that I was on, some people just didn’t bother to turn up and we waited around for them.
Picture of skiers boots while resting in the snow admiring the view of the snow covered mountains

Taking a rest and enjoying the amazing view – Davos Klosters Ski Resort

Slope and Rescue service – look behind the scenes Parsenn

I highly recommend you go behind the scenes and learn about what the search and rescue do daily, how avalanches are dispersed and what it takes to groom a run.  You will have a better understanding of what goes on behind the scenes to make sure that you are safe skiing or snowboarding.

Also, you will have a great appreciation for the mountains and people that take care of them. You might even go away understanding why it costs so much money for a lift pass.

Instructor showing how to make the ski area safe

Preparing explosives for avalanche control

Davos tourism office has such an activity called ‘Slope and rescue service – look behind the scenes Parsenn’ that takes you into the SOS control to learn what they do and then you go into the snow groomer’s area. You learn everything about what needs to be done to keep the people in Davos Ski Resort safe. You also get to learn about why the snow groomers are so expensive, why they don’t fall down the steep slopes and if you are lucky, they let you sit in one (Which is actually really cool).

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Additional Information

  • Cost – FREE!!!! (Just your time)
  • Meeting Point – 2 pm. Weissfluhjoch upper terminus by the entrance to the Weissfluh summit cable car 
  • Duration – 2hrs Max
  • What to wear – Warm clothing, good winter shoes and gloves 
  • Register – Up until 9am on the same day (as it is an afternoon activity)
Instrument panel in a piste groomer

It looks complicated inside the groomer – Davos Klosters Ski Resort

Early Bird Skiing (Parsenn)

There is nothing like that feeling of getting up super early and being the first one to tear up the freshly groomed slopes.  It is something that I try to do at least once when if I am on a ski holiday with my husband or friends. On top of that, it is such a great way to start the day.

Just me and the slopes – Davos Klosters Ski Resort Switzerland

The “Davos Klosters Inside” activity, Early Bird skiing (Parsenn), not only allows you to do this but you get to ski or snowboard for 2hrs with a guide before the chairlifts officially open. If you are lucky enough and it is a clear morning you even get to see the sunrise over the Swiss Alps.

Groomed ski runs on a bright sunny day

Enjoying the early morning ski runs in Davos Klosters Ski Resort

Unfortunately, I never saw it because I had a whiteout when I was skiing the morning I went. Lucky for my two guides Christina and Markus, who were fantastic especially when I lost my sense of bearings. I couldn’t see anything apart from my guides and I was completely comfortable following them down slopes.

Even though I never saw anything expect lots and lots of snow, I still had a great time and it’s an activity that I would definitely do again.

  • Please note that this is not an activity for someone who is not a confident skier or snowboarder.

Additional Information

  • Cost – FREE (Just your time)
  • Meeting Point – 07:15 am Parsenn Davos lower terminus (Before you catch the train up)
  • Held On – Monday and Saturday
  • Duration – 2hrs
  • Requirements – Confident skiing on red runs & Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult
  • Must Bring – Own or rented skis – or snowboard equipment
  • Register – By 4pm the previous day (as it is a morning activity)
Inside the snow train

The snow train has a glass roof so you can take in the beautiful scenery

Where to have a drink

There is nothing more enjoyable than having a nice glass of wine (or beer) after a hard day of skiing.  Davos Ski Resort has everything from Wine bars in the centre of town to chalets on top of the mountains with DJ’s pumping out tunes.

On the Mountain

Although I never got to experience the Jatzhutte bar in its full glory with all the ski and snowboarders dancing, I hear that it is a great place to go for Apres Ski. I did go there first thing in the morning for a coffee (and to warm up, as it was super cold) and I have to admit that it had some of the best views across the Swiss Alps that I have seen from a bar in Switzerland.

Deck chairs in the snow where you can enjoy the view of the Swiss Alps

Deckchairs where you can soak up the winter sun at the Jatzhutte bar

The actual place looked like a great venue too with some cool facilities, like all the deck chairs with a rug to keep you warm while taking advantage of those views. And if you are feeling super adventurous there were even two jacuzzis that you could use while enjoying your drinks.

Top Tip

  • I understand that this place gets super busy, so I suggest booking one of the chairs in advance
A hot tub in the middle of the snow fields

What a place to enjoy a hot tub – Jatzhutte bar

Off the Mountain

I do not always recommend the bars in the hotels that I stay in but I really liked The Pulsa Bar & Lounge Restaurant, which was situated on the ground floor of my hotel, The Hotel Grischa. It was modern, stylish but casual and cosy at the same time. One part of the bar area had comfortable couches with an open fire and chandelier above. While the other area had sit down tables and the bar where you could enjoy the food service. 

Huge chandelier in Grischa Bar

Hotel Grischa bar

If you like cigars there was also the ‘Zino Platinum Cigar Lounge’, a glassed area where you could go to enjoy some good quality cigars and fine drinks like a whisky to match.

I thought it was a lovely spot after my day of skiing and for my pre-dinner drink, sinking into those comfy couches. I was so relaxed at one point that I nearly fell asleep while enjoying my welcome drink from the hotel.  

Enjoying a glass of prosecco

Resort Location & How to get there


The closest international airport to Davos Klosters Ski Resort is Zurich International Airport, which is roughly around a two hour drive in good weather conditions.

Top Tip

  • Check with the airline that you are travelling with because some of them allow you to check your skis on the plane for free.


There are numerous ways of getting to Davos Ski Resort like trains, private transfer, shared transfer or hire a car . But the best and most cost-effective way to get to Davos (or Klosters) is via train. This should take you between 3hours from the Zurich Aiport to Davos Ski Resort, depending on changes.

Davos train station

The view from my room at The Hotel Grischa of the Davos train station

The standard train is as follows:

Zurich Airport →  Zurich Central Station → Landquart (You change onto the Snowtrain)→ Davos Platz

If you have ever caught a train in Switzerland you know that they are always on time and are efficient. And also, I personally think one of the prettiest train rides.

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Top Tip

  • You can keep track of the trains and platforms using the SBS train app
  • The best way to get around is via bus or the train line, which are both super easy to use.
  • I learned that the number 1 or 3 bus gets you everywhere. If not, all the locals are pretty helpful 🙂
Snow covered trees out the snow train window

The view outside the train window – Switzerland


With Davos being the largest ski resort city in Switzerland and the highest city in Europe, you are definitely spoiled for options when it comes to accommodation. From stunning luxury 5 star hotels and chalets to mountain huts and apartments, there is definitely something for everyone with any type of budget.

Overlooking the snow covered city of Davos

Overlooking Davos city – Switzerland

Hotel Grischa

I stayed at the very stylish Hotel Grischa which was situated in a prime position. It was right across the road from the main train station and only 5minutes walk (with skis) to the Jakobshorn cableway. The hotel and staff were friendly and were always happy to help and my  Junior Suite was very spacious with separate living room and a balcony facing the slopes.

Comfortable double bed in Hotel Grischa

The hotel has everything that you can want from a winter holiday, from 5 different restaurants to ski room with boot dryer and waxing room. You pretty much didn’t need to leave the hotel after your day of skiing.



Top Tips for Davos Ski Resort

  • You can take the snow train from Davos to St Moritz St Moritz, which is only 1 hour and 28 minutes. Then you can spend a few days in each resort and basically have the best of both worlds, skiing in two amazing resorts.
  • Durning the winter period, the Davos-Klosters Guest Card provides free use of local buses and trains, as well as other discounts.  
Mel B skiing on empty ski slopes in Davos Ski Resort

Early Morning skiing – Davos Ski Resort

  • Check with your hotel to see if they are doing any deals with ski passes, as sometimes you can get a discount or even a free pass.
  • All the ski areas are spread out and the best and most efficient way to get around is via bus or train.
  • If you like Gin go check out Cantinetta lounger & bar in the Ameron Hotel

Array of antique lamps on display in the hotel

Thank you for reading this article ‘Davos Ski Resort Switzerland – A Guide on Things to Do’, I hope it helped you to decide where to go for your next Ski Trip. Davos Klosters Ski Resort is truly a beautiful Swiss ski resort. If you are interested in discovering more of Europe Ski Resorts you can check out my posts on the other ski resorts  Chatel, Morzine and Les Gets 

Have you been to Davos Ski Resort before? I would love to hear your experiences in the comments below.


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Disclaimer: Even though I was working with the  Switzerland Tourism UK and Davos Klosters Tourism office  All views are my own and based on my own experience.



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  1. We never consider going to Switzerland to ski because we have our own slopes in Austria but I can see how this could be a fun weekend outing. The slopes look great, perfect for an extensive day on the snow. 🙂

  2. This looks just mesmerizing! Although I’m not skiing, I see myself totally hiking through the snow and enjoying the views – they are just so beautiful! I’m pleasantly surprised that it looks so empty.
    However, I think I’m rather the après-ski type: sitting on one of the chairs outside overlooking the mountains, sipping Champagne and waiting for the skiers to come back to the place to keep me company 😉

    1. Davos is a huge city and there is so much more you can do other than skiing and that is what I love about the place. I think it was empty as it was the week after the school holidays and the week before Donald Trump arrived. I definitely recommend it

  3. Thanks for sharing these guide things for Davos Ski Resort, I enjoyed reading this all down. I really love all of the photos especially the view of Davos City and the all of Davos Ski. Aside from enjoying skiing, that hot tub is a must try. It is also nice to know that there are rescue team that will always be there for the visitors.

    1. You are more than welcome, it was a great place to ski. My only downside is that I never got to spend longer. I would of loved to seen people jumping around in that hot tub

  4. The city of Davos looks stunning. The ski slopes look fantastic as well. I like the idea of the Davos Klosters Inside and all the options (including some for families). It looks fascinating to spend some time with the Slope and Rescue Squad. I’d definitely like to see what a day in their lives looks like.

  5. These ski posts of yours are not helping me save money ha ha! I want to go to every one you have written about. I love early bird skiing – or first tracks as its known here – (we have it at Mt Ruapehu in NZ, and after a fresh dumping over night, it’s the most glorious feeling! Especially as we have Life Passes so it doesn’t cost us any extra) but I would love to watch the sun rise over the Alps – what a fabulous view. A shame you lucked out with the weather! And how AWESOME to see the Slope & rescue team and see how it all works! Very cool.

    1. LOL, I will have to take you with me one time to the snow on a press trip and you can help with the filming and take pictures. I would love to ski in NZ that is definitely a bucketlist item for me and I am asked all the time if I have been there. Rescue team where amazing to hear abut too.

  6. That hot tub looks so awesome! I have never been skiing before in fact I have only seen snow once so this pictures are absolutely beautiful to me. I have read that the Switzerland is one of the best places to Ski. I would also love to get up early and see the fresh smooth slopes and sunrise what a awesome way to see nature, being in the snow in the mountains is on my bucket list and reading this just makes me want to do it even more.

  7. Davos Ski Resort looks so beautiful. Our boys just started skiing this winter, and I look forward to many ski adventures with them in the future. The Alps would obviously be a dream trip.

  8. Sounds like theres a heck of a lot to keep you entered there, and look at those mountains, so pretty! I cold spend a while trip just taking photos of those!

  9. This looks so amazing. I would really like to spend a lot of time at the snow. I have only snowboarded in the Australian snowfields but would love to do it here!

    1. I learnt how to ski in Australia and when I tell people that can’t believe it because they think Australia is a desert lol… Definitely get your self over to Europe of a board trip 🙂

  10. That’s a spectacular place to go skiing. I was so tempted until I read your warning that it might not suit those who are not confident skiiers. Unfortunately, I’m not. I guess I’d be content watching skiiers as I drink hot chocolate. Haha.

  11. I have been looking to ski in either between Davos & St Moritz. After reading your review l think I have made my discison.

  12. This is a really stunning resort, and I’m not sure I’ll ever get to experience this! I’m really a new skier, so Davos is one resort that looks more for the experienced skier. However, I’d still like to ride that glass top train and see the view! Not sure I could strip off for the hot tub, but I can definitely do drinks on the mountains!

  13. Davos is pretty famous for winter sports. I’m sure it’s a hit with a lot of people. I’m not much of a ski bunny and prefer to look at the white stuff from a warm room instead. I don’t mind snowshoeing though.

  14. Your photos are beautiful especially the shots with the view and the skier in action! I could only dream of doing this. I tried skiing and snowboarding a couple of times and it isn’t easy as I thought it would be. Definitely not a confident skier/snowboarder here but I would still love to go and do the activities for amateurs! 😉

    1. That skier in the action shot is me, my guide took it for me 🙂 Glad you like it. This is a great place if you want to mix it up and do other activities as well as snowshoeing etc.

  15. That ski resort looks fabulous! I haven’t learn how to ski yet but I went to Austria once to see those wonderful mountains! The view on top is just breathtaking! Its so white and beautiful! Your photos are amazing, seems like you have good time!

  16. I’d heard of Davos, but I had no idea it had such a cool ski resort. I’m not a skier myself, I’m far too terrified, but my step-dad is a keen snowboard and skier and I think he’d appreciate the powder white snow. I’d still love to go because it is so beautiful! Those deckchairs look like the perfect spot for some photography!

  17. Suddenly, Davos become so famous after all the coverage in the news. There are plenty of skiing resorts in Switzerland and I don’t see anything special here. But more than skiing, I love the backdrop of the colorful city behind the snow capped mountains. Beautiful!

  18. Switz is my childhood fav destination and this resort looks super cool for a vacation. I have always wanted to visit switz but couldn’t get a chance till now. Thanks for taking me to this beautiful place through your blog 🙂

  19. A skiing holiday is the ultimate travel experience for me but I always get the sense that it is rather expensive – I love the pictures I just hope I can bear the cold!

  20. Wow Mel, I heard about Davos, but you describe it wonderful. I’ll do it one day for sure.
    Switzerland was one of my favorite destinations, but theres is a lot more to visit there.

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