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 - 17 Jan 2017|
|Last snowed|| 14-Jan-2017|
|Fresh snow||35 cm|
|Lower slopes||36 cm|
|Upper slopes||90 cm|
|Runs to resort||Excellent|
|Off piste snow||Powder|
|Comments||Great skiing thanks to the recent snowfalls|
Snow Overview - Switzerland (snow news updated 17-Jan-2017)
There were sunny and very cold conditions in Switzerland on Monday 16th January. The weekend bought large snowfalls, making for excellent albeit cold ski conditions today. Conditions have improved enough that resorts in the Gstaad Glacier 3000 area have now opened: Les Diablerets (50/105cm) and Villars (50/105cm) are now open and are looking in amazing condition. Flims/Laax (32/105cm) is also looking fantastic thanks to almost one metre of new snow over the weekend.
Broadly speaking conditions are excellent right around Switzerland. In high altitude resorts like Saas Fee (35/160cm) and Zermatt (10/125cm) the snow is heavily wind affected up top. Powder pockets can still be found off piste for those who know where to look.
In the forecast, strong sunshine is expected to make a return this week. Sunshine is expected to become the main feature weather wise well into the weekend.
European Weather Outlook
It appears that the well overdue but all together sensational current storm cycle is drawing to a close. Metres of snow have fallen in the past week and it appears the winter season has finally had the reboot it needed, however the next change is upon us. The next 48 to 72 hours will see the last tiny amounts of snow fall from the sky before strong sunshine returns. From Wednesday morning skiers and riders can expected to wake up to sunny clear skies and dry conditions, not matter where you are in the European Alps. Sunny conditions will remain in place everywhere right though until Sunday the 22nd.
If you’re skiing Europe next week, don’t fret. It is still far too early to forecast how conditions will be beyond the 22nd.
In the Pyrenees, Andorra is currently experiencing sensational snowfalls. After an excellent weekend the next 36 hours should see around 30cm of fresh. Beyond this window expect mostly sunny conditions until the weekend.
In far north Scandinavia expect a continuation of current conditions with a mix of sun, cloud and light snowfall.