Number of runs: 82
Resort Height: 1560.0M
Top Lift Height: 2844.0M
Total Length of runs: 320KM
Easy runs: 31
Medium runs: 39
Difficult runs: 12
Annual Snowfall: 539CM
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Davos Ski Holidays - Beautiful Manicured Pistes
Davos is a centre of skiing excellence. This is epitomised by the fact that Davos is home to Switzerland's premier sports school. The school coaches top athletes skiing, figure skating, ice hockey and snowboarding.
Last Minute Ski Holidays In Davos - World Class Snowboarding Destination
With 310 km of perfectly manicured pistes and a skiing area divided into six sections, having a skiing holiday in Davos is a decision that people make year after year. The six ski areas are called Pischa, Parsenn, Jakobshorn, Madrisa, Rinerhorn and Gotschana and most of them are lift linked. The most popular and largest area is the Parsenn area. Parsenn is lift-linked to Klosters, one of the most opulent skiing resorts in the world, a popular favourite of the Royal Family. On the opposite side of the resort lies the 'fun' mountain of Jakobshorn that is very popular with boarders. There are also some great nursery slopes at the base of Bolgen, complete with snow-making cover for later in the season.
Cheap Ski Holidays In Davos - Great Choice of Runs
Most of the skiing in Davos is above 1,800 metres (altitude of the treeline) and are accessed by either cable car or funiculars. The majority of the skiing is at intermediate level with runs graded red and blue, however there are also plenty of opportunities for expert skiers. There are several very challenging off-piste routes such as an incredible 12 km run down into Kublis or mirroring the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes' creator Arthur Conan Doyle and skiing off-piste to Arosa. In terms of pisted black runs, they tend to be short steep runs nearer the bottom of the mountains through the treeline as the inclines are greater there.
There is a great deal on offer for cross-country skiers, with 75 km of trails around the picturesque surroundings.
One of the world's leading snowboarding destinations, with three snowboarding schools, five snowboarding hotels and four fun parks, Davos has held the Snowboarding World Championships recently and stages World Pro Tour events. It has joined in the Top Snowboard Resorts Club with Ischgl, Madonna di Campiglio and Val d'Isere and offers classes in snowboarding at Switzerland's first Sports High School.
The best boarding area up on the mountain is on the Jakobshorn where there is a funpark with plernty of rails and a quarterpipe. There are also two monster pippes (210m long, 5.5m high, 18m wide at a 17 degree pitch). There are more fun parks on Parsenn, Pischa, Madrisa and Rinerhorn plus a boardercross course on Parsenn.
Davos offers evening entertainment to cater for virtually all tastes and can be very lively with around 20 night-spots open beyond midnight. They range from sophisticated piano bars such as that at the Central Sporthotel to hi-energy discothèques. The Cabanna Club 'power-disco' gives you the opportunity to burn off all that excess energy after a hard day on the slopes and if you don't fancy sleeping at all then the Express Bar is normally open through to 7am.
Also on offer are folklore evenings, theatre, cinema, concerts and sleigh rides. A new casino opened in the Hotel Europe in the town centre in 1995 where there is also a popular piano bar open into the small hours.
Davos has Europe's largest natural ice rink and two artificial rinks where traditional and Bavarian curling may be practised along with ice sports such as skating, speed skating and hockey. A new multi-purpose sports centre next to the ice stadium has been built to high architectural and sporting standards in order to provide facilities for professionals as well as recreational visitors. It is one of the largest of its type in Europe and is used by international athletes for altitude training.
Unique attractions in Davos include the Kirchner Museum, the largest collection of work by eminent expressionist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Other artists' work, including visiting exhibitions, are displayed at other galleries in the town. There are winter sport, medicine, toy and mining museums as well as the Milch Arena dairy farm. The brewery BierVision Monstein, dubbed 'the last stop before heaven' is another attraction.
Horse riding, tennis and squash are all available as is swimming at the public pool or one of five hotel pools open to non-residents. Back on the slopes options include the toboggan runs and paragliding or hang gliding. There are 84km (52 miles) of winter hiking paths.
As with most aspects of Davos, diners will find a huge choice and a greater range of international cuisine than at most other resorts in the Alps. The Sporthotel has a reputation for its flambés whilst the five-star Hotel Flüela's restaurants also serve the best cuisine, from nouvelle cuisine to caviar. The Extrablatt has a 1920s theme whilst the Al Ponte is a popular pizza joint. For chinese try Zauberberg and the Golden Dragon, for Thai the Ahan-Thai in the Hotel Strela and for Indian it's the Kairali. Elsewhere local produce and specialities are served at many establishments.
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