Davos Resort Info
One of the first spots in the Alps to be used as a skiing venue and also a 'health' spa, Davos is a large, outstretched town 1 ¾ hours from Zurich by car or 2 ½ hours by train. It has access to 325km of pistes and is linked to Klosters. As a whole, there is something for every type of skier, although beginners don't fair as well. Intermediates have lots of long blues and reds to exploit, while advanced skiers have some good off-piste. The snow is generally good at the higher levels and some fantastic off-piste. What the town lacks for in charm, it makes up for with its fantastic variety for skiers and boarders alike and with the new Parsennbahn railway, access to the slopes is quick and easy. For boarders the off-piste is a major attraction, as is the designated park. Cross-country skiers also have much territory to cover.
The town itself, split into 2 parts, Dorf and Platz, doesn't possess the charm of Klosters, but life off the slopes is lively with 5 nightclubs to choose from as well as lots of bars and restaurants. In addition there are many other things to do apart from skiing. You can take a scenic train ride, use the largest natural ice rink in Europe, visit the winter sport museum, or watch an ice hockey match. On top of that are the great shops and excellent restaurants (on and off mountain).
It is expensive and fur coats abound, however, it does cater for all - if you can afford it.
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Davos Snow & Weather
|Snow Report - 25 Feb 2017|
|Last snowed|| 24-Feb-2017|
|Fresh snow||20 cm|
|Lower slopes||47 cm|
|Upper slopes||119 cm|
|Runs to resort||Good|
|Off piste snow||Powder|
|Comments||Good skiing both on and off piste|
Snow Overview - Switzerland (snow news updated 26-Feb-2017)
Thursday 23rd February was a day of hazy sunshine and increasing clouds as The Swiss Alps heads towards much needed fresh snowfall. Conditions have been very spring like this week with warm temperatures and lots of strong sunshine. Today on piste snow was a mix of spring slush and well-groomed pistes in the high altitude resorts. The skiing is still good from the mid-mountain and higher, although the lower slopes are starting to show the effects of high traffic and spring like weather.
The coming change was evident today by the number of lenticular clouds which could be seen forming atop the high peaks in Switzerland. Starting late this evening cold air and snow falls will continue into tomorrow, bringing light to moderate snow falls to all our featured resorts. The weekend will be sunny and spring like again, however a significant weather shift is forecast next week. Heavy snowfalls are expected from Tuesday the 28th.
European Weather Outlook
It has been a tough week all over the Alps recently with heavy rain, warm temperatures and strong sunshine all negatively impacting snow quality. However, a change is coming and the early signs of its arrival are visible already. Cloud cover will gently increase throughout today as much needed fresh snow and cold temperatures move in tonight. Tomorrow will see cloudy snowy conditions all over the Alps with light to moderate snowfalls expected. The freezing level will quickly drop which means it will snow all the way down to the valley floor.
Beyond this sudden change Saturday will bring slightly warmer temperatures by the afternoon with Sunday being a mostly sunny day. A large snow storm is currently is forecast to bring very heavy snowfalls to the Alps next week. It would seem winter is returning from its brief summer vacation, and not a moment too soon.
In the Pyrenees a mostly sunny weekend is ahead, no significant snowfall is expected before Tuesday 28th.
In far north Scandinavia a slight change to the normal pattern of dull overcast weather. Moderate snowfalls are expected over the next few days. Powder days are unlikely but certainly enough to create excellent on piste conditions.