Pischa

Davos Klosters is a famed Swiss ski resort, spanning several ski valleys and villages. In these spectacular Swiss Alps, few know of Pischa as part of Davos Klosters, one of several separate ski areas, all on one ticket, along with Madrisa, Jakobshorn, and Rinerhorn.

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

Pischa is called the forgotten mountain. Just one tram to the 2,483 meters summit serves about 2,300’ vertical and 5 ungroomed, primitively marked descents. This is an alternative snow sports recreation mountain. I wouldn’t call Pischa a ski area per se – as much as an opportunity to go off-piste on snow.

Backcountry skiers ride Pischa’s old tram to access more uphill climbs to unbelievably vast backcountry. In fact our first three tram laps were with all AT backcountry skiers with skins, backpacks, peips,  probes and shovels, heading out for an adventure. See more about skiing the backckountry in the Alps.

At Pischa, you can bike, sled, snow bike, ski or snowboard
on the few non-groomed pistes and wide open snow fields leading back toward the tram base. You can even kite from the upper mountain plateau.

Pischa has only one very narrow prepared trail top to bottom which is labeled as “multi-use”, as you have “wanderers” aka walkers, hikers, skiers, sledders, and bikers going up and down simultaneously.

We enjoyed several off-piste untracked runs, but finding yrou way back to Pischa’s tram can be tricky with no trails or signs, instead cliffs, stone walls, etc.

Our midday trams filled with big bikes equipped with snow tires, rodellers with wooden runner sleds,  even kids with airboards – inflatable sleds. Tram riders carrying big puffy backpacks turned out to be paragliders and kiters. Anything goes at Pischa, except traditional groomed marked ski trails.

Rumor in the Davos Klosters valley is that Pischa may not operate much longer. Its just not as popular (or profitable) as the larger more sophisticated ski areas. The old tram is old, and many visitors only take one lift ride – to skin – ski tour,  bike, hike, fly or sled. Pischa may again be the “forgotten mountain” though we hope not as it’s a very cool alternative Alps area.

Pischa’s mid-mountain chalet – the Mäderbeiz is a must on your descent, ski, sled, hike or bike,  on Run 2 or 6. The goats will great you at this classic hut. Otto will make you a delicious house specialty coffee with whipped cream and Baileys. Enjoy a homemade nut pastry in the perfectly cozy wood interior as a morning treat. Afternoons, Maderbeiz’s deck fills with revelers having drinks and rustic yummy chalet food. Its the last sunshine at mid mountain before your remaining descent to the base of Pischa.

Psicha is the most retro ski area we have found, a refreshing alternative to the bigger ski resorts of Davos Klosters. Also, check out Rinerhorn, Jakobshorn as well as sunny family-friendly Madrisa for a different ski scene.

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