Beloved of royalty, the rich and the famous, Klosters is one of Switzerland's best-known ski resorts - even among non-skiers! However, it's much more than a name - its extensive ski terrain and links to neighbouring Davos will appeal to all abilities of skier and boarder
OverviewDon’t be fooled into thinking Klosters is ‘exclusive’ on account of its royal connection; though attractive, traditional and oozing alpine charm, it's not especially stylish and caters admirably for the hoi polloi with a great range of skiing, good links to neighbouring Davos to increase your options and plenty of alpine charm.
Intermediates are very well catered for in Klosters, with over 300km of well linked pistes to blast around on. Madrisa, which is reached by gondola from Klosters Dorf, is the prime area with its sunny south facing slopes, whilst another popular option is to ski to Davos and back – or take the train one way and ski the other.
Experts will also have a blast in Klosters thanks to a mix of excellent black runs and world-class off-piste; some of the runs are several kilometres in length and descend over 2000m. The lift-served off-piste on Madrisa is well worth checking out too.
Note that the local train service is covered on your lift pass so you can ski to villages without a ski lift and take the train back to Klosters.
Beginners will find nursery slopes beside the village as well as on the easily accessed Madrisa's slopes - the latter is the more appealing option.
For boarders there’s a decent terrain park on Madrisa (as well as four more in Davos) and lots of freeriding opportunities; but note that there are a lot of T-bar lifts here.
There are 35km of cross-country skiing trails as well as a superb 8.5km toboggan run from Madrisa to Saas and some attractive walking trails.
Off the slopes and apres-ski
Klosters has a very good selection of mountain restaurants, of which Bergrestaurant Saaseralp on Madrisa is arguably the best. In town there are around 40 different restaurants, varying from the alpine charm of Restaurant Steinbock and the haute cuisine of the Walserhof to the easy-going Sportzentrum Klosters; if you’re royal watching the Restaurant Kulm on the road between Klosters and Davos is apparently where HRH dines…
The après-ski scene is pretty low key. The best known spot for a late night is Casa Antica, whilst the Alpina Bar next to the railway station is also popular. For something more stylish check out the Chesa Bar.