Although they are sister resorts sharing skiing terrain, Klosters and Davos are the proverbial apples and oranges. The former is a quaint farming village surrounded by mountains where little has changed over the past centuries: cows still pasture in summer and firewood’s neatly stacked in winter. In recent decades, Klosters has attained a level of 21st century sophistication: its pastoral natural beauty attracts some of the world’s literati and remaining royalty. Davos is the more modern mountain resort and late each January it becomes the economic and political hub of our 21st century universe when the World Economic Forum brings many of the global glitterati to this small mountain city for everything but skiing –
Their loss – for this huge area’s skiing is winter’s cause célèbre, raison d’être. All seven mountains are included on the ski pass with 168 trail miles serviced by 54 lifts. In town you can use the free shuttle buses and trains. From Madrisa in Klosters Dorf, intermediates can ski, with a guide, over to Austria. The débutants can practice on Klosters’ extensive novice slopes. You can take the new ‘Furka Zipper’ from Gotschna to the Parsenn, the six-passenger high-speed chair to Jacobshorn or the Weissfluhjoch cable car to their snowboarding areas. Double-diamond enthusiasts can hop the enlarged Gotschna cable car to the Parsenn, Weissfluhjoch and Wolfgang for some of Europe’s most challenging terrain. Everyone can do Europe’s second longest ‘Nostalgie Run’ (7.5 miles) to Kublis; even those January intelligentsia with more worldly thoughts on their minds!