Striking scenery surrounds this charming, traditional village. A fantastic contrast between the steeply wooded valleys and the high, jagged mountains that seemingly pierce the horizon whichever direction you look.
A far cry from the metropolis of neighbouring Davos this unassuming and welcoming resort is seamlessly linked via gondola to the extensive Parsenn ski area and just a short bus ride to the sunny and quiet Madrisa area. The snow train is also included on the lift pass – an experience in itself. A novel way to reach the more distant mountains around Davos.
Set in the beautiful Prattigau valley, Klosters enchants visitors with its attractive buildings, traditional alpine atmosphere, long runs with impressive backdrops. Often thought of as an exclusive destination, made famous by the British Royal Family – in reality, there are restaurants to suit every budget and the resort retains a friendly, understated Swiss charm.
Skiing in Klosters
The Klosters ski area is combined with the neighbouring town of Davos and together they form the Davos Klosters ski area offering around 320km of pistes across five main mountains.
The scenic sector of Madrisa is Klosters’ own sunny ski area, accessed by a gondola from Klosters Dorf. The area has a relaxed atmosphere with some great slopes for all abilities. The long black run back into the village isn’t that difficult – only when the conditions make it so. This area tends to be quieter than the rest of the region so you can find fresh routes down the long lift-served off-piste itineraries all day after a nice snowfall.
A cable car from the railway station at Klosters Platz (The main village) takes you up to the Parsenn sector shared with Davos. This is the largest linked ski area in the Davos Klosters Mountains, and from here you can access the remaining three sectors Rinerhorn, Jakobshorn and Pischa.
There is splendid intermediate cruising terrain across all five mountains including some of Europe’s longest red runs. Especially pleasing is the seven-mile Red 22 that winds along the back of Parsenn, before dropping through the trees to the hamlet of Kublis. Throughout the area, experts will find some satisfying blacks, exciting moguls and long open powder bowls.
Après starts on the mountain at one of the atmospheric ‘Schwendi’ huts on the runs back to the village. Gaudy’s greets you on the run down from Parsenn with a lively atmosphere, live bands and shots served with the coffee – a winner in our books.
In resort, Klosters has some fabulous restaurants but perhaps the most famous is the Chesa Grischuna established in 1938 and the Grischunstübli both in the Michelin guide 2017. Later in the evening, après gravitates to hotel bars and lounges for a few cocktails before heading to the late night dance spot Casa Antica club.
If you’re looking for a little extra oomph head to the bottom of Jakobshorn for some rowdy après in Davos before getting the ski train back in time for dinner.
What we like:
- Stunning scenery, it may seem like a given in a ski resort but Klosters is still a little special
- The train links the resort down the valley - it's a pretty cool sight surrounded by snow
- The large ski area, interlinked with various resorts to create a very varied mountain
- The Royals ski here, though it's not overpriced
- There are plenty of ski areas surrounding the main ski area that you may need to hop on a short bus for
- A great resort for eating out and the après is surprisingly lively as well