Tucked away in the heart of the beautiful Prattigau Valley, Klosters is a hidden gem which has maintained its authentic charm. Chalets built
in the traditional style blend happily with local farmhouses while the absence of large tour operators and its safe and cosy atmosphere make Klosters a
perfect choice for family holidays.
The vast range of skiing in Klosters appeals to skiers of every level. There are gentle slopes for beginners, any amount of wide open pistes and the off-piste
skiing is one of Klosters' best kept secrets. Fabulous secluded restaurants beside the pistes with sunny terraces complete the picture.
Klosters skiing is truly wonderful and tends to come as a surprise to first time visitors. Combined with Davos, there are 5 ski areas with
56 lifts serving 307 kms (200 miles) of well-prepared pistes to suit skiers of every level. The area also has a healthy record for snow, with good
skiing usual from mid-December to mid-April. The plethora of snow canons guarantee that even in a bad year it is normally possible to ski back down
to Klosters during the entire season.
The Gotschna Parsenn is the biggest area and is served by both Klosters and Davos. One of its unique attractions is its long runs down to other villages
in the valley, and the 12 km run from the Weissfluh Gipfel down to Kublis is one of the longest runs in the world and a classic milestone for any skier.
Elsewhere in Klosters, the Madrisa is a much gentler mountain and the sunny south-facing slopes are a favourite with adults as well as children who are
putting on skis for the very first time. This mountain is also host to the recently developed Madrisa Land which has helped Klosters become one of the
resorts bearing the “Families Welcome” quality mark.
In Davos the more trendy Jacobshorn attracts the youthful skier or snowboarder with its fun park and half pipe. The Pischa has recently been designated
more of a free ride mountain and is a perfect starting point for some of the classic off piste descents in the area. Lastly, the Rinerhorn has some good
tree skiing for bad weather days.
Klosters benefits enormously from having five separate ski areas which between them give access to a vast amount of off piste. Most of Klosters' best off-piste skiing is hidden from the lifts ensuring the possibility of fresh tracks several days after a snowfall. This is enhanced by the fact that so much of the skiing is north facing so the powder keeps much longer than on other aspects.
Many of the off-piste descents
combine a variety of terrain, ranging from big open slopes to long wooded glades opening onto gently undulating meadows dotted with cow houses and farmers’
sheds. There are also many ski-touring possibilities for those who are happy to do some walking, such as the back of the Madrisa down to Gargellen in Austria
or the picturesque village of St. Antonien, and the Weissfluh Gipfel down to Arosa.
The stunning scenery can be fully appreciated along the 120 kms (78 miles) of well-prepared winter-walking paths around Klosters and Davos. There are
also opportunities for Nordic walking or snowshoe trekking, definitely a different way to experience the mountain scenery. Cross-country skiing is served
by 105 kms (69 miles) of tracks that access some of the prettiest valleys in the Klosters/Davos region. There is ice skating and curling and leisurely
sleigh rides up the valley, which are always a hit with children and adults alike. For those determined on less comfortable activities, there is airboarding,
or toboggan runs on the Gotschna and Madrisa, providing plenty of snow thrills and spills! You will find some pretty shops in Klosters but for the more
sophisticated, nearby Davos offers a much larger selection. A day trip to St. Moritz (the train journey is stunning!), however, offers the most discerning,
olympic shopper a clear run at all the designer labels.
Klosters is lucky to have more than its fair share of fabulous restaurants and at the time of writing they boast more “Gault Millau” points per
capita than nearly anywhere else is Switzerland! But it is not all haute cuisine and there are also charming places where you can enjoy fondue and other
local specialities. Later in the evening, friends tend to meet up for a relaxing evening drink at either the piano bar of the Chesa Grischuna or
Bear's Bar, while the buzz of the Mountain Lounge attracts a more exuberant and youthful clientele. For dedicated night owls there is only one place
to go and that is the Casa Antica, surely one of the oldest night clubs in the Alps (it has been going strong since the 50s)!