Location: Klosters is a small village in the East of Switzerland overlooking the Austrian border. With an excellent snow record and 300km in size, Klosters has 110 marked runs (20% are labelled easy, 40% medium, 40% difficult) with plenty of off piste action.
Split into 2 parts, Klosters Platz is centrally located near the main ski lifts and train station. Dorf is the quieter residential side requiring buses to get to the centre of town. Klosters shares the same Parsenn ski area as Davos but also benefits from its own Madrisa ski area – you travel between the two via the local train network.
Getting there: Fly to Zurich from London City (Swiss Air) or from Gatwick or Luton with EasyJet. From Zurich it’s a 1h45min road transfer or a relaxing 2.5 hours by train.
Alternatively you can fly to Basel from London Heathrow (British Airways) or Gatwick (EasyJet). From here, you’d take a 1 hour train ride to Klosters.
Where to stay: There are lots of great hotels to choose from in Klosters but availability can be a problem as demand outstrips supply. To rub noses with the royals, try Hotel Walserhof recently renovated into 4 super swish apartments with concierge on hand. For luxurious rustic charm, try Chesa Grischuna in the centre of town otherwise we recommend the central Hotel Silvretta with great facilities making it ideal for families. Hotel Alpina is great for families.
Highlights: The alpine rustic charm sets Klosters apart – expect stunning mountain restaurants welcoming you with fur-lined seats, local rösti and finishing your day with endless expanses of terrain to explore on skis.
Downsides: Sadly luxury comes at a price – but Klosters can be done on a budget if you’re happy to stay in less-than-glamorous Davos. The skiing here is worth it!
Best piste run: It’s too tricky to call but the Parsenn ski area will suit all abilities with a mixture of terrain on offer. Head to the run off Madrisa for a great long run down into the village dropping 1,500 metres as you go.
Best mountain restaurant: HoeHenweg – fur lined benches and seats welcome you in out of the cold with local delicacies and a fantastic wine list. It’s also located on one of the popular Parsenn runs so is a great central meeting point for lunch.
Best restaurant in town: Without doubt, you shouldn’t miss a visit to the famous rustic charm of the Höhwald on the outskirts of town. With its central roaring log fire and the best food for miles around, you can see why it’s been such a favourite since the 80’s.
Best après bar: Stopping at one of the bars on your way down to the village, be sure to order a local (boozy) hot chocolate which is a local speciality. Warmed up, you can make your way to the only nightclub in town. Casa Antica is open till late and serves up a hefty dose of 90’s cheese and disco lighting.
Best off piste run: From Weissfluhgipfel, you can experience one of the longest runs in Europe (almost 12km in length) down to Kublis hopping on a train back to Klosters at the end of your day. Expect 2 hours of skinning for endless vistas and stunning meadows to ski across. This is off piste skiing at its best.
Best guide: Johnny Muller is Pure Powder’s guide on the ground – a protégée of the infamous Bruno, Johnny is the man to know in Klosters and we’re delighted to give you access. Nobody knows Klosters better.
If this looks like the off piste skiing holiday you’ve always wanted, get in touch with the heli skiing and off piste skiing experts at Pure Powder!