Visitor reviews for Davos Ski Resort
March 10, 2017
Sidders from Taiwan
I initially planned to stay 6 days, but extend to twelve as it just would not stop snowing fresh powder. Arrived by car from Zurich, which was under 2hrs. However, the car was redundant upon arrival as it was more convenient to take the bus service in town (free pass given with accommodation), which runs frequently to the slopes and watering holes. I departed by train, which took around 2.5hrs with one change, so no big ordeal to use public transport for the entire trip. Spent most of my time on the slopes of Parsenn, which was the largest resort, and had lots of easy access and challenging off-piste. The après-ski only really springs to life at weekends when the German and Swiss hit town. However, the up-side is during the week you’ll have the slopes virtually to yourself with no dreaded lift queues. I’ve boarded in the US, Japan, Austria and France, and other places in Switzerland. Davos is up there with the best of them. I’d highly recommend Davos if you board or ski and the main purpose of you trip is to push yourself on the slopes (particularly if you want easy access to plenty of good off-piste), rather than the après-ski.
Overall: 4.5. Based on 20 votes and 12 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Davos.
Public Transport: 4.9
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Davos, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Davos, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.8
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.9
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Davos.
Ski in/Ski out: 3.9
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Davos, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Davos is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Davos relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.6
(1) There are no snow groomers at Davos, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Davos are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Davos is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.3
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Davos, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.4
(1) Davos usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.4
(1) The staff at Davos are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Davos are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.8
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 5.0
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.8
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Davos has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Davos, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 4.4
(1) Not even a kicker at Davos, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Davos, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Davos has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.7
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 4.8
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 4.8
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.4
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.2
(1) Overall, Davos is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.0
(1) Overall, Davos is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
March 15, 2012
christian from United Kingdom
Did a day trip here 31st Dec12 when it was just knee deep powder on the slopes. Didn't scratch the surface and will go back here for sure sometime in the future. The actual resort of Davos wasn't as big and 'in your face' as I was expecting it to be having heard/seen what a big town it was, though that said I was only there for a short time. Train to/from Zurich seemed to drag on for ages, only downside for me so next time may have to including staying an evening or 7!
January 05, 2012
chrismo from Switzerland
Hey tree huggers,
Anyone jealous? Davos is great and there is a lot of pow..pow..powder!
Enjoy and have fun!
December 03, 2011
Big G from United Kingdom
Davos is amazing.
I have skied here for 27 years and also ski in at least 3 other resorts each year.
It's smart (if you want it to be) but casual if you don't.
Most ski parties tend to split into intermediates and powder hounds and it caters brilliantly for both.
It's true the mountains are spread out but where else can you ski 10km off-piste runs and then meet other members of the party for lunch who have posed down the superb pistes.
If you are prepared to skin a bit then the terrain is unlimited but take a guide and beepers.
It's now only 90 minutes from the airport.
Stay in 'Dorf' as that's where the biggest ski area called Parsenn starts from.
If you want to mix with 'Prince Charles' and his hangers on the go to the neighbouring resort of Klosters; but the queues to get up the mountain from there are horrendous at busy times.
Davos is brilliant but other reviewers are correct in saying there now needs to be a re-investment in linking lifts.
January 27, 2011
Darren Pataki from United Kingdom
Until last year I have been going to Davos for two weeks every Easter, but since the GBP has fallen so much against the CHF I have found that Davos just doesn't offer the same value for money as resorts, say, in Austria.
What Davos excels at is the sheer number of mountains to ski. What lets Davos down is the sheer number of drag lifts across the entire resort. The mountains Pischa, Madrisa and Rinerhorn are, once you've got off the gondola at the middle station, exclusively T-bar, which is a shame if you're a snowboarder or you have small children that are still learning (and, if like me, you don't want to just pack 'em off to ski school but would actually like to have them around on what is your family holiday). These are 3 excellent mountains that offer fantastic skiing/boarding but which are ultimately let down by their archaic lift systems.
Even more annoying is the fact that Pischa, Madrisa and Rinerhorn all close ridiculously early in the season, regardless on how much snowfall there has been. Admittedly, Easter can be late, but my final 3 years to the resort has found all 3 mountains closed before I even got there.
Which leaves you Jakobshorn and Parsenn. Again, too many T-bars. However, there are at least a good smattering of chairs (quad or above) and gondolas. Parsenn also has the updated funicular, of which they have this year replaced the upper part (although this is a waste of investment in my opinion as everyone gets off at the mid point and takes the 6 person Parsenn Rapide chairlift anyway - the money would have been much better invested in replacing the remaining T-bars).
Personally of the two, I prefer Parsenn as I feel the runs are longer and more varied and you get the feeling that you're actually going somewhere, such as when taking the route down into Klosters. Be warned though, the two blacks (13 and 16) that run down into Wolfgang have no return lift so there is no option but to buy a beer at Kessler's Kulm (or the Shell garage, which is also owned by Kessler!) and wait for a bus back to Parsennbahn in the town.
I have no interest in off-piste, but for those that have there is much.
Basically, compared to other resorts, I am disappointed to say that I feel Davos is resting on its laurels a bit - especially now that I am comparing it to other areas that are investing heavily in updating their lift systems and are offering comparable - if not the sheer amount - of skiing/boarding (such as Solden (Austria) and Andalo (Italy), to name but two).
February 15, 2009
Tony Galeano from Switzerland
I chose Davos because of the number of mountains to ski on, the fast chairs, the long runs and the amount of off-piste and the ability to ski every day of the season because something is always open even in the worst weather. It is a snow hole so even weeks after a snow storm there is powder to be found but be prepared to walk and to hire a guide to find it and to keep you safe. There is an immeasurable amount of steeps at Davos but they are mostly off-piste with the on-piste being very well groomed. The town has everything you need and the buses and trains are regular and included with your pass. All in all, Davos is a great family and skiers resort.
January 25, 2009
Langers from United Kingdom
We have had a long weekend in Davos for the past 4 years now and we have yet to be disappointed. Having been to many other Swiss, Austrian and French resorts we have found the skiing at Davos to be excellent and varied especially off-piste. Although Parsen and Jakobshorn are spread apart there is more than a full day's hard skiing on each mountain so you don't need to catch a bus until home time. The pistes are always very well groomed and the speed gun is especially fun/scary. Compared to the rest of Europe it is suprisingly cheap to drink and to relax those tired limbs with apres-ski at Davos.
April 25, 2008
Guy Littler from Australia
I have spent about 100 ski days in Davos over the last 20+ years with my Swiss wife. Whilst the majority of skiing is best described as intermediate there are, however, a number of challenging runs particularly on Jakobshorn, providing you are prepared to ride a T-Bar. The attraction of Davos is the off-piste skiing,but be prepared to do a bit of hiking. Be certain to sign up for the ski school off-piste group or higher a guide to show you around otherwise you will never find the skiing. Nothing can compare to skiing off the back side of a mountain on a powder day into the valley and walk into a traditional swiss restaurant for lunch and/or a drink. The guides know the bus and train timetables so you don't get caught out and have to pay for a taxi home.
January 15, 2007
salsa from United Kingdom
We found Davos good but inconveniently spread out, requiring bus travel and a lot of ski carrying to get from one main area (Jakobshorn) to the other (Parsenn- which connects with Klosters)- not ideal with children. Fine of you want some nice intermediate skiing followed by shopping! However the pistes were well groomed and there was lots of snowmaking after a sparse December. Great outdoor ice rink.
February 13, 2006
Mark Knibbs from United Kingdom
Just had a week in Davos, What can I say? The place is fantastic, no need to go into detail as it was ALL excellent. Do yourself a favour and go, you will not be dissapointed.