Jakobshorn at Davos

Davos and Klosters is a  top Swiss ski resort, a huge ski region that spans several valleys and villages. In these spectacular Swiss Alps, Jakobshorn is part of Davos Klosters, one of several separate ski areas, all on one ticket, along with Madrisa, Rinerhorn, and  Pischa.

Here’s your guide to skiing Jakobshorn, part of Davos Klosters:

Jakobshorn is a smaller ski area in the Davos Klosters ski region. The ski terrain is reached from a base tram in downtown Davos. It takes two connected trams to reach the summit, Jakobs’ Horn at 2,590-meters. A funky pink castle sits atop the Tram station, its retro but cool. From here you can ski off several scenic flanks.

Jakobshorn was the sight of the world’s first T-bar lift in 1934, at the Bolgen, fun fact!

Jakobshorn skiing consist of ten (they count 15) long fun ski trails with a mix of 3 quads and a six-pack plus a double, and the Trams. A steep black trail #5 drops excitingly under the Tram toward the Jschalp mid station and the Bramabuel peak quad chair lift where you will find two long scenic trails.

Jakobshorn is a prominent peak popular with Paragliders – its exciting to watch them take off from the ski slopes and fly over the valley. Just don’t follow their tracks on skis with out a kite or sail.

Jakobshorn is also trendy with youngers skiers and snowboarders for the Jatz park – a big terrain park from the highest peak, skiers left, of Jatzhorn at 2682-meters. This fun park attracts free riders and free skiers to the jumps, rails and features with convenient, entertaining viewing from the ski lift and the Jatz Hutte at the top.

Jakobshorn Top On Mountain Chalets

The Jatz Hutte  rocks from midday on with music, palm trees, balloons, a blow up hot tub and often a DJ – it’s a crazy Swiss sun terrace party vibe. The views of neighboring ski area Rinerhorn and the fun park are fabulous! Try the famous drink of the hut – Kafi Sex. Mind you its not apres ski as you still have to ski down! And from atop Jatz you are still 3,900 vertical feet down the long Run #10 or #3 to the base, or a shorter ski to Jschalp mid mountain tram to download.

Chalet Güggel offers cozy ambiance for traditional Swiss lunch or a drink stop with a great atmosphere just below the summit tram. In fact Chalet Guggel has its own lift for non-skiers. Guggel means male chicken, or rooster, and you can strut your stuff at the big sun area and outdoor bar with chaises for rent by the hour or day. 

Fuxägufer Hutte  further down the slopes is a classic Swiss chalet setting. Try their delicious Spaetzli, Gulash Soup, cheesy Alpermacaroni, or venture afar with Asian wok specialties – incongruous and cool! You’ll love the Veuve Cliquot gondi for après ski, the sheep bar stools and furry lounge chairs are sweet too!

The Jakobshorn Tram Summit Station has another an amazing rooftop deck – the Sky Lounge – with a disco ball and phenomenal panoramas from this round pink mountaintop castle. From here you can download both trams if skiing becomes complex for you after a drink or two! Or stay the night in the modest mountaintop hotel here.

Bolgenplaza, at Jakobshorn base, is big for après-ski, fun and music and you are back in Davos village – read : down skiing so drink up.

Off Piste Jakobshorn~ Jakobshorn has several wild, unfroomed off-piste runs. Off piste run #14 from the top is actually a marked yellow run – not groomed or patrolled, its  3 miles down on definitely black diamond terrain, off the backside of Jakobshorn. You’ll ski to the Teufi hut after crossing a Nordic ski track and small snow bridge across the river in the valley. Reward yourself at Teufi Chalet deck with a gluhwein on the deck while you await the bus back to Davos.

Jakobshorn Run #13
is another yellow, marked but not groomed, side-country run– skiers left from Jatz –all the way  down to Muhle, where you’ll find two chalets and bus stops at Muhle, and Clavadel. Both these buses are not part of your Davos Klosters lift ticket, so be sure to buy a bus ticket as soon as you board from the driver, otherwise it’s a $100 Swiss Franc fine per passenger – no negotiating or warning- we tried pleading our case to no mercy by the grumpy bus lady.  Or you can hire a horse drawn carriage back to Davos for true Swiss charm.

Jakobshorn is worth a day of skiing while on ski holiday in Davos Klosters. Its easily reached, right in town Davos, right by the train station and across town from the Parsenn funicular. Its smart to ski here when the other ski areas are busier, and mornings are far less crowded. Check out neighboring Rinerhorn as well as sunny family-friendly Madrisa.

Davos Klosters Ski Stats:
6 ski areas – 54 lifts, 280 kilometers of ski slopes
132 km of cross-country ski trails.

Other nearby ski resorts are St Moritz, Arosa Lenzerheide, and smaller resorts of Bivio and Savognin you could include in your Swiss ski trip.