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Graubünden

The Engadin and the Davos/Klosters ski areas of the Graubünden region offer some of the best and most scenic skiing in Switzerland, with long seasons and well-groomed pistes. It’s easy to see why the classic resorts of Davos, Klosters and St. Moritz, which have been attracting British tourists for centuries, belong to the prestigious ‘Best of the Alps’ group.

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At a glance: • High-altitude skiing • Chic town centres • Gourmet dining

Great for: • Off-piste • Families • Non skiers

The Engadin and the Davos/Klosters ski areas of the Graubünden region offer some of the best and most scenic skiing in Switzerland, with long seasons and well-groomed pistes. It’s easy to see why the classic resorts of Davos, Klosters and St. Moritz, which have been attracting British tourists for centuries, belong to the prestigious ‘Best of the Alps’ group.

Graubünden Resort

Graubünden is home to some of the most beautiful landscape in the world, including the Swiss National Park, as well as two major ski areas: Davos/Klosters and the Engadin, which serves St. Moritz and its surrounds. They both encompass over 300km of varied piste. There is a long history of winter sports here – the first ski lift in the world opened on Bolgen in Davos in 1934, while the first ski school in Switzerland was founded in St. Moritz (and still runs today) - the town is also known as ‘the birthplace of winter tourism’.

All three of the major resorts are cosmopolitan, up-market and classy; Davos is home to international conferences such as World Economic Forum, Klosters has been attracting Hollywood stars and the Royal Family for years, and St. Moritz is full of exclusive clubs and fashionable boutiques. You don’t have to be on the cover of Forbes to visit these resorts though, there’s a wide range of accommodation and restaurants for all tastes and budgets, and the locals are known for their friendly nature, making everyone feel at home.

Klosters is the smallest of the three towns - more of a village really. Like the others, it still has its own train station with excellent rail links. It also has all the charm of a quintessential mountain resort with well-preserved traditional architecture and snow-lined pedestrian streets. Davos and St. Moritz are more flash with some excellent high-end shopping and all the amenities you could possibly want: cinemas, sports centres, casinos... Both sit on a lake, and St. Moritz in particular has stunning views over the frozen lake and mountains.

With their own ice rinks and toboggan runs, all resorts are excellent for family holidays, but Davos/Klosters has a slight edge over St. Moritz as it has been awarded the ‘Families Welcome’ seal by the Swiss Tourism Association.

Stats & FAQ

Location: Switzerland, Alps.

Open: October - June

Downhill: 350km

Engadin:
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • 74km 20%

  • 208km 70%

  • 68km 10%

No. lifts:56
No. runs:88
Cross country runs:200 km
Highest Altitude:3303m
Lowest Altitude:1716m
Downhill Ski Runs:350km
Slope Orientation:N, S, E, W
Beginner slopes:20%
Intermediate:70%
Advanced slopes:10%
Night Skiing:Yes
Glacier:Yes
Engadin Lift pass:365 CHF (adult 6 day)
Resorts: St Moritz
Davos/Klosters:
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • 62km 24%

  • 134km 51%

  • 64km 25%

No. lifts:60
No. runs:88
Cross country runs:110 km
Highest Altitude:2844m
Lowest Altitude:1260m
Downhill Ski Runs:320km
Slope Orientation:N, S, E, W
Beginner slopes:24%
Intermediate:51%
Advanced slopes:25%
Night Skiing:Yes
Glacier:No
Lift pass:297 CHF (adult 6 day)
Resorts: Klosters, Davos

Skiing/BoardingSkiing in Graubünden

Both the Davos/Klosters and the Engadin ski areas are fragmented, and visitors will need to use public transport or a car to make the most of the different sectors. However each town has lifts serving its biggest and best areas, so there’s no need to leave the town if you don’t want to.

One of Davos/Klosters’ main draws is the wonderful children’s park ‘Madrisaland’, located in a sunny position on the Madrisa mountain, and directly accessible from Klosters by cable car. Here you’ll find drag lifts, magic carpets and other great kid’s activities such as motorised sledges and a bouncy castle. The park offers children’s ski lessons and childcare by the hour. Madrisa is also a good area for adult beginners, or if you are ready for some gentle blue runs you can head up to the large Parsenn area, which is linked to Davos.

St. Moritz also has a children’s park on the mountain based in Salastrains, and the drag lifts here are great for adult beginners too. Also in the Engadin area, Celerina and Zouz are a drive/train ride away but are popular with learners and tend to be quieter. For progression onto blue runs, the main area of Corviglia is a good bet and it’s easy to get to, you just have to hop on the funicular from St. Moritz Dorf.

Both Davos/Klosters and St. Moritz are ideal for intermediates with miles and miles of beautifully groomed red runs and some great blacks. Don’t miss the Giandas red run in St. Moritz under the Lagalb cable-car which is one of the longest runs in the area and catches the afternoon sun well. Over in the Parsenn area of Davos/Klosters you’ll find the 12km red to Küblis and some great off-piste through the trees to Klosters. Both ski areas have snow parks – the Corviglia park in the Engadin is very popular and has a half-pipe.

Graubünden Apres Ski

Graubünden is the area to come to if you’d like to party in style and rub shoulders with the rich and famous. Look out for regulars Tara Palmer-Tomkinson and Prince Harry at Casa Antica club in Klosters. In St. Moritz you can dance the night away at King’s Club in the Bardutt Palace Hotel, where Sting amongst others has been spotted. Davos also attracts a lot of high-society thanks to its international events and conferences – maybe you’ll bump into Boris if you visit during this year’s UK Parliamentary Ski Races...

Although there are plenty of exclusive clubs, each resort has a wide variety of après-ski offerings, and everyone will find somewhere to suit their style and budget. For a cosy and welcoming atmosphere head to Klosters’ Gotschnabar, which has an open fireplace and cool Moroccan-themed décor. There are lots of family-friendly venues in Klosters too – if it’s nice weather, relax on the sunny terrace at Bär's Café and Bistro.

Over in Davos, Ex Bar attracts a mixed clientele and screens live sport, while family friendly La Carretta serves tasty Italian food. For a laidback evening in St. Moritz go to Bobby’s which has a pool table and serves English pub grub. Foodies will love the plethora of award winning gourmet restaurants in Graubünden – Ecco on Snow in St. Moritz was recently awarded two Michelin stars, while Hotel Walserhof in Klosters and Leonto Gourmet Restaurant in Davos serve regional delicacies.

Davos is home to Europe’s largest natural ice rink which regularly hosts International ice hockey tournaments. There are also 9 toboggan runs in the Davos/Klosters ski area, some of which are floodlit at night. All resorts have fantastic winter walking paths with stunning views of the surrounding Alps, and snow shoeing is popular in both areas. The Engadin area has an entire mountain, Muottas Muragl, dedicated to non-skiers with an igloo village (you can even stay overnight).

Best time to go

Best time to ski Graubünden

When is the best time to ski Graubünden?

Klosters is great for late-season skiing - the slopes down to the village are quite shady, and usually stay in decent condition through the later months, meaning you can ski all the way down for most of the season. The snowfall in Davos and Klosters really picks up after mid-December and skiing in Davos is usually best in January, February and March. St. Moritz is a top late-season destination thanks to the 400 snow cannons strategically installed around the ski area to help keep the slopes in mint condition. The skiing is also some of the highest in Switzerland, and this combined with the glacier skiing over in Diavolezza and Corvatsch (where the gondola takes you up to the lofty height of 3303m) means the season can run as long as November-May. To top it off, the Engadin ski area is renowned for its sunny climate, averaging an amazing 322 days of sunshine a year! The sun makes it the perfect place to go in the colder months, or you can visit in the later season and work on your goggle tan.

Peak Dates

Spend a magical alpine Christmas in the Graubünden Ski Region, with traditional Christmas markets, torch-lit processions and glühwein aplenty. Stay in the chocolate-box village of Klosters or party it up in glitzy St. Moritz.

With quirky traditions such as pig racing in Klosters, and the glamorous après-ski in St. Moritz (keep an eye out for celebrities!), we love New Years in the Graubünden Ski Region. The conditions are usually excellent at time of year so you can really make the most of the unbeatable pistes.

It’s no wonder that our customers love spending the February Half Term in the Graubünden Ski Region. With two outstanding ski areas, fun activities for all the family and excellent restaurants and bars, you can’t go wrong in the regions’ classy resorts.

With some of the best late-season destinations in Switzerland, spending your Easter in the Graubünden Ski Region is a smart choice. We love the high-altitude glacier skiing and sunny climate of the Engadin ski area, and the resorts of Davos and Klosters are brilliant for a family ski holiday.

Families in Graubünden

The Graubünden region has been a famous family holiday destination for many, many years. This is where those in the know, including local people, choose to ski with their children because they realise it offers some of the best skiing in the Alps coupled with some of the most family-friendly accommodation. We’ve got a selection of gorgeous hotels for you to stay in, and many of them are self-declared family favourites. A Club Med holiday is pretty much designed with kids in mind, so take a look at the Club Med Saint-Moritz Roi Soleil in the classic resort of St. Moritz, with its brilliant facilities and lovely views over the lake. Over in the sweet little mountain village of Klosters there is the Hotel Silvretta Park, which sits nestled on the river and is only a short walk over the bridge into the centre. In the up-market resort of Davos (where you’ll find plenty of luxury options) you’ll find a firm favourite - Hotel Meierhof, which is only 300m from the nursery slopes.

Klosters and Davos have actually been named ‘Families Welcome’ ski resorts by the Swiss Tourism Association, thanks to their brilliant amenities. Klosters in particular makes a perfect resort to visit with children as it has an unspoilt village centre, a relaxed vibe, and miles and miles of walking paths to wander. Children will love skating on the local ice rink and sledging down the resort’s famous ‘Magic Mountain’ toboggan runs. The Madrisa gondola departs from the village and takes you straight up to the excellent children’s park ‘Madrisaland’.

You can access all this and more from Davos which shares its ski area with Klosters. Davos is a bigger town as well, so there are loads of good facilities here for families. Anyone in need of some pampering can treat themselves with a spa day or evening at the local Eau-là-là Wellness and Pool Centre, which also has a children’s area with a slide. There are also lots of good nursery slopes in, or close to, Davos’ town centre for beginners and little ones.

Call our friendly team now and get your holiday booked – we will happily help you along every step of the way. We can give you advice on your chosen resort (or which one to choose!) and the best accommodation to suit your needs and price range. We also have a number of excellent value package deals so you can get everything sorted at once: flights, accommodation and transfers. Check out our self-drive holidays and accommodation only deals by asking us or using the search function below. Don’t forget to look out for our promotions and discounts!

GroupsGroup Holidays Graubünden

A group holiday to the lovely Graubünden region is likely to stick in your memory for years to come (you’ll end up wanting to make it an annual tradition!). Our favourite accommodation for groups tend to be hotels as they can cater for larger parties, and usually have a wide range of facilities to suit everyone in your group. What’s more, if you find that some stragglers have changed their minds and would like to come after all, there’s the possibility that more people can join your party anyway. Some of the best value hotels in the region include the beautiful Hotel Silvretta Park in Klosters, which is right next to the River Landquart and only takes 5 minutes to walk to from the cable car. In Davos there’s the centrally-located Hotel Seehof, next-door to the main funicular and with a stop for the free shuttle bus just outside, while over in glamorous St. Moritz Club Med Saint-Moritz Roi Soleil has everything a group could possibly need and is especially good for families.

For a bit of luxury why not book into one of our 4 or 5 star properties. We’ve got some good discounts on, so you might end up getting a great deal and making some impressive savings. Our top hotels are really worth splashing out on anyway – many offer excellent levels of service (especially in service-orientated Switzerland), well-appointed rooms, stunning views and brilliant dining. Most of our high-end properties also come with their own indoor pool and spa, and a host of other great extras such as children’s playrooms, a babysitting service… even an ice rink.

To find out more about our properties call us on the above number and speak to one of our experts, or have a browse online – you’ll find some suggestions below. You can modify the results to suit your preferred dates and budget, just enter your information into the search bar. We offer a real range of holidays, so you can go with a package deal for inclusive flights, transfers and sometimes even more, or pick one of our self-drive options. We also can book accommodation independently if you’d like to arrange travel yourself. If you have any questions please don’t think twice about asking our team, were here to help!

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