Davos was one of the original mega resorts, with slopes on a scale that few resorts can better, even today. But it’s a difficult resort to like. It’s easy to put up with slopes spread over separate mountains and relatively ancient, line prone lifts if that’s the price of staying in a captivation Alpine village. But Davos is far from that.
Whether you forgive the flaws and fall for the resort depends on how highly you value three plus-points: the distinctive, long intermediate runs of the Parsenn area; being able to visit a different sector every day; and the considerable off-slope potential. We like all three, and we always look forward to visiting.
But you don’t have to stay in Davos to enjoy its slopes: Klosters offers a much more captivating alternative. Despite royal connections, it is not exclusive – on the contrary, it has exceptionally welcoming places to stay. But it is less well placed than Davos for exploring all the mountains.
- Very extensive slopes
- Some superb, long and mostly easy runs away from the lifts
- Lots of off-slope, with lots of marked itineraries and some short tours
- Good cross-country trails
- Plenty to do off slopes: excellent sports facilities, pretty walks, good range of shopping
- Some captivating mountain restaurants above Klosters
- Klosters is an attractive village alternative base
- Dreary block-style buildings of Davos spoil the views
- Davos is a huge, city-like resort, rather plagued by traffic and lacking Alpine atmosphere
- The slopes are spread over five or six essentially separate areas
- Some access lifts are old and out-of-date, with long liftlines – especially the main funicular from Davos Dorf
- Only one slope (black) back to Davos Dorf, which finishes 500m/one-third mile from town