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Ski Holidays in the Graubünden Ski Region

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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Graubünden Ski Region at a glance
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Graubünden Ski Region

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

Where:Switzerland, Alps.
Ski Season: October - June
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 in the 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.

Après 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).

When is best to ski?

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. Browse the Graubünden Ski Region Christmas ski holidays ‣

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. Browse the Graubünden Ski Region New Year ski holidays ‣

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. Browse the Graubünden Ski Region Half Term ski holidays ‣

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. Browse the Graubünden Ski Region Easter ski holidays ‣

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Graubünden hotels
Hotel Strela
Hotel Strela
09 Jan 2017
Luton £553
Hotel National
Hotel National
09 Jan 2017
Luton £588
Hotel Ochsen 2
Hotel Ochsen 2
09 Jan 2017
Luton £588
Hotel Sport
Hotel Sport
31 Mar 2017
Gatwick £649
Hotel Hauser
Hotel Hauser
16 Jan 2017
Gatwick £679
Sunstar Alpine Hotel
Sunstar Alpine Hotel
17 Mar 2017
Gatwick £709
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