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Domain: Davos-Klosters Mountain, part of Silvretta Alpine chain.
Date: 5th - 12th Jan 2008
Our holiday: Part touring, part piste cruising
Website : www.klosters.ch www.davos.ch www.parsenn.ch
Basics : Flight to Zurich followed by hyper efficient Swiss train to Klosters Platz in 2-1/2 hours
Lift system : Lifts are high quality swiss set up, initial access to mid mountain is very new and then combo of lift styles. Some mountains areas are predominantly long t-bar lifts.
The terrain : 5 skiable mountains only 2 Parsenn & Klosters are connected. Madrisa is fantastic for beginners. Jakobshorn is fantastic for fast skiing and all weather visibility skiing. Rinerhorn is a intermediate mountain quite undulating and bumpy. Pischa open terrain better for off piste.
Bus connection is well serviced and always on time. There is also many long descents to intermediate villages which are either bus served or train served.
The snow : 2007/08 season is fantastic and we had a perfect week with mix of clouds and snow to sun and blue skies. The off piste had 60cm new snow and the on piste was the best I have skiied over the last 5 years in January.
Off-piste : This mountain region is famed for off-piste and touring and it lived up to the reputation with some awesome guide accessed descents and high mountain passes.
The resort : I stay in Klosters rather than the nearby Davos town as I prefer the quiet life. I do not get the view that Klosters or even Davos is a particulary party based resort and so those wishing for late nights should try elsewhere. This though should be music to the ears for many others who want a relaxing village orientated experience in a tree line resort. The whole mountain range is very pretty and services such as ski shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, opticians, doctors etc etc are all nearby and of high quality. Klosters Ski School is redundant if numbers in teh resort are low but it is possible to book at the busy Davos office which entails taking a 25 min train ride every morning to ski with the school.
Food : We ate at the Gentiana, Davos for fondue, and they also specialise in snails! In Klosters there are a few fine dining establishments that are Michelin or Gault Millau recognised.
Accommodation : Haus Annina, 147 Landstrasse booked through www.klosters.ch - 6 person self catering 5 min walk to train/main cable car and on the bus route to Madrisa lift station. Clean apartment, big rooms, natural wood fire alongside central heating, good bath and high pressure shower, only 1 toilet for 6 people though. Groundfloor with terrace for storing beers and catching an after dinner ciggie! Reasonable views of the mountain pine trees!
Costs: Entire holiday = ¬£500- Flight-¬£90, Train-¬£15 UK, Train-¬£40 Swiss, Accomodation-¬£150, Food-¬£50, Beer-¬£10, Ski Pass 7 days-¬£145
Other costs to include are ski hire if needed and spending money for pubs, lunches and restaurants
Conclusion: I love this mountain it really has a bit of everything. It is fantastic for all levels of skiers and has superb areas for ski touring, from day tours to multi day hut to hut tours.
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