Davos Klosters is a top Swiss ski resort, the winter holiday haven of royals, and a huge ski region that spans several valleys and villages. In the spectacular Swiss Alps, Davos Klosters is actually several ski areas including Madrisa, Jakobshorn, Rinerhorn, and Pischa, all on one ticket, with a total of 54 lifts and 280 kilometers of high alpine skiing.
Here’s your guide to skiing Madrisa
Families love the skiing on the sunny side of Madrisa, reached from Klosters Dorf village, across from the central skiing at Klosters’ Gotschna and Davos’ Parsenn. The gondola from Klosters takes you up to the plateau of skiing above 2,000-meters, and to the upper mountain lifts, including a modern six-passenger chair with leather heated-seats and a bubble.
We found Madrisa less busy than the Klosters Davos side. Madrisa has a very friendly vibe, lots of kids in ski school, and young race teams practicing with their coaches. The views are sensational across the valley of Klosters ski peaks.
Madrisa has ten long fun groomed trails, simply 1-10, plus some easy to reach, or hike to, off-piste.
Madrisa’s upper mountain T-Bar reaches one long trail and some great side-country terrain at Rotschenjoch, 26012-meters.
Zuggen -the slow double chair lift brings you back to the central mountain and also serves a great hut appropriately named Zuggenhutte.
Madrisa Trail 9 to 10 back to the base is a fun long, 5 mile, undulating end of day run with S-turns and along a small lake, and the Chalet Erika on your descent. Chalet Berhaus Erika overlooks the Schlappin Lake. Ski in for goulash soup or house made rsti, pasta, or a last drink before you finish your descent.
Madrisa’s Chuecalanda is a grand off-piste snow bowl adventure– explore with a guide or safety gear, from the top of the Madrisa Tbar. On a powder day you could play and play in Chuecalanda. Or ski beyond on a beautiful off-piste adventure with a guide down valley toward the town of San Antonien where you’ll need a ride or catch a bus.
On Mountain Restaurants at Madrisa
See our favorite mountain chalets at Davos Klosters
Madrisahof is just above the gondola unload area. You can hike up or ski down from the Schaffurgli 6-pack on Trail 1 or 2. This beautiful big beamy chalet offers fantastic views, and a cozy ambiance inside at large, often shared, wooden tables. Outside is a huge sun terrace and bar. There is also a private club at Madrisahof. Their alpine fare offerings include a delicious forest pork schnitzel with rosti and local mushrooms, its perfectly yummy, and filling. Wood fire pizza is also a specialty of the house, as is risotto
Zuggenhutte atop the double chair at Madrisa is charming and tight inside with sheepskin seats. You can enjoy raclette, or a simple sandwich or housemade soups, Their desserts looked gorgeous.
Chalet Berhaus Erika on trail 10, from 9, overlooks the Schlappin Lake. Ski in for goulash soup or house made rosti, pasta, or a last drink before you finish your descent.
Madrisa is definitely worth a day or two skiing, a relaxed break from Davos Klosters’ busier ski slopes – particularly on weekends. The sunshine and view will welcome you. Similarly ski a day each at Jakobshorn and Rinerhorn.
See our Davos Klosters review for where to stay when skiing Madrisa and the region. Other nearby ski resorts to include in your Swiss ski trip are St Moritz, Arosa Lenzerheide, and smaller resorts of Bivio and Savognin.