Switzerland Ski Accommodation in Klosters, Switzerland

Description

Klosters is a picturesque, old mountain town which has been attracting winter visitors since the turn of the 19th century.

A lot of its visitors are regulars who have been returning year after year to Klosters, creating a warm and friendly atmosphere.

There are challenges for all ability levels here, not just endless intermediate level terrain.

Klosters, in common with Davos, St Moritz and several other famous Swiss ski centres, has two sectors known as Klosters Platz and Klosters Dorf. Platz is by far the more lively and centre for most of the hotels, bars, restaurants and shops as well as the cable car link towards Davos. Dorf is the better choice if you're wanting a quiet time. It has the gondola lift to Kloster's own ski area on Madrisa, a free bus service link the two.


Getting There


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Getting around


Apres

Klosters has a reputation for being somewhat dominated by high society, and it has been the ski resort of choice for many members the Royal Family since the 1970’s. But, as with St Moritz, it’s actually a very international resort and all are welcome. Apres ski isn’t particularly lively here but there are some fun huts and bars if you fancy a few drinks after dinner. Those in search of something a bit more lively might be better off in Zermatt or Verbier.

Gaudy’s is probably the ‘go-to’ après ski bar in Klosters as it is positioned right at the food of the Gotschna ski slope and gets very busy when the sun comes out! You can expect to hear live music and drink plenty of beer but it’s not too rowdy and suitable for all ages!

The Gostcha Bar is one of the more lively establishments in Klosters and caters to a relatively young and lively crowd. There is live music throughout the season, but no every day, and also parties for major events like Mardi Gras!

Chesa Grischuna is a very relaxing piano bar under the hotel of the same name and is a fantastic location for a pre dinner drink. The bar has been around for the last 40 years and specialises in traditional Swiss cocktails. Open until the small hours you can easily end up staying for a lot longer than planned so keep your eyes peeled for some of the celebrities who have made it their favourite watering hole!

Casa Antica is the oldest nightclub in Klosters and has been getting people dancing since 1959! The interior is a lot more traditional than the nightclubs you can find in St Moritz or Zermatt, but that makes it all the more fun - there is no mistaking that you’re in a ski resort!


Eating out

Klosters is packed full of good restaurants. At last count there were almost 150 around the town and you can also head over to Davos which has a similar number of excellent establishments! Prices are generally quite high with low cost options hard to find, but there are a few around if you’re looking for something a bit more cheap and cheerful!
On the mountain.

Erika – This traditional restaurant is on the black run from the Madrisa area back into Klosters and so is only really accessible to intermediate skiers and above! It is well worth the effort of getting here however, with traditional food on offer at good prices.

Alphutte Garfuin – This is a firm favourite with mountain walkers and cross country skiers as it sits on the intersection of many of the most popular tracks and trails. If you’ve got children in tow then you can leave them at the playground whilst you enjoy some excellent Swiss cuisine.

Berghaus Alte Schwendi – Home to one of the largest sun terraces in the Klosters/Davos ski area, this elegant restaurant on the Parsenn Mountain is always busy when the weather starts improving! The food is quite simple but very filling and there are excellent specials available every day for a reasonable price.

In town.

The Walserhof – This is regularly voted as one of the most popular restaurants in Klosters and is always booked out weeks in advance for Christmas and New Years. The menu is very traditional with game featuring quite heavily as well as traditional rural specialties. http://en.walserhof.ch/dining/

Baer’s Bistro is a great place to come for some relaxed dining with burgers having pride of place on the menu – it is very well priced and has a cracking atmosphere with many people choosing to stay for a few drinks after they have finished their meal.

The Panorama restaurant in the Silvretta hotel specialises in world cuisine and has specials from a different country every night of the week! You can expect to see French, Italian, Asian, Austrian or Scandinavian food on the menu depending on which day you choose to dine to book ahead if you’re looking for something in particular.



Activities

Klosters is best known for its excellent range of slopes and friendly village atmosphere, but that isn’t all that the town has to offer! As a year round resort, there are a lot of different options open to visitors as well as a well established infrastructure to get you around the valleys between Davos and Klosters, or further afield if you fancy a day trip.

The Klosters sports centre mostly caters for people during the summer period but there is an excellent swimming pool on offer as well as an ice rink where you can enjoy figure skating lessons, try out ice hockey or even give curling a go!

Air-boarding is really popular amongst young adults in Davos and Klosters, with a number of runs specially laid out for you to enjoy. Air-boards can be bought in town if you’re really keen or just hired for about CHF10 for an afternoon – helmets are essential as speeds can get very high!

Hiking around Klosters is a great way of getting out and about in the mountains without strapping your skis on. For those who prefer not to exert too much energy you can get the main gondolas up onto the mountain and then enjoy a number of trails around the mountain. Many of the trails will pass, or end up at, the most popular mountain restaurants which means a walk back into Klosters can be a great way to work off a large cheese fondue! Guides are available to hire by the afternoon from the tourist office and they will be able to teach you a lot about the mountains as well as make sure you don’t stray off track!

If you want to move even further afield then you can hire modern snowshoes for around CHF20 for a day and then head out into the wilderness. Guides are essential so you will need to get in touch with the tourist office before you set out! Snowshoeing is especially popular during the Spring months when you can often head out in a t-shirt and shorts and get a great suntan!

Further field are some excellent sites to visit including the spectacular Sunniberg bridge that spans an incredible 350m! It has won a number of awards for its design and is well worth a visit if you have the time.

Shopping in Klosters is very different to Davos and you won’t find nearly as many international brands here, but you will find a lot of independent boutiques which stock clothing and souvenirs that can’t be bought anywhere else. Large purchases can also benefit from a tax rebate at the airport so do hold onto your receipts!



Ski School


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Childcare

Klosters is steadily becoming more and more child friendly with free skiing available for all those under the age of 6 and excellent ski clubs that are open to children as young as three, offerig a mixture of playtime and lessons.

Madrisa Land Adventure Park is one of the most popular areas for children in Klosters, with a huge snow park, qualified instructors and beautiful surroundings. There are small runs coming down to the centre of Madrisa Land that are specifically designed for children as well as easy to use lifts.

Tobogganing is really popular in Switzerland and Klosters offers around 40kms of dedicated runs and there are even more on offer over the valley in Davos. There are two types of toboggan on offer for hire, the thin plastic ones with brakes on either side or a traditional wooden one with metal runners – the more traditional ones are far faster if you’re looking to win some races!

Horse drawn sleigh rides are a fantastic way of treating your children to an experience they will never forget! There are three different family run companies who offer these rides from Klosters town centre and you can also arrange for a special picnic or a moonshine trip to make it extra special! Rides tend to get booked up quite far in advance so do get in touch with the tourist office as early as possible if you think that a ride might be of interest.

Air-boarding is a recent Swiss invention that essentially boils down to body boarding on the piste with an inflatable body board. It is only suitable for older children and teenagers as the air-boards can reach very high speeds and falls are not uncommon! The air-board track over in Davos runs for 3.5kms and you can hire equipment in the town for a fairly nominal fee – helmets are essential!!


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Klosters, Switzerland Snow Report
Current conditions
Temp: 1° C
Wind: 13mph
Direction: ssw
Conditions: Clear skies
New Snow
24hrs: 3cm
Snow Depth
Top: 145cm
Base: 55cm

Klosters Chalet Sleeps

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Ski Chalets in Klosters

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