Rinerhorn at Davos

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

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

Rinerhorn is furthest down valley from Davos, reached by car, train or bus. Conveniently, you can park right at the humble Gondi base. An older 4 passenger gondola takes you up to Rinerhorn ski slopes – and its all T-Bars from there. Rinerhorn is rustic, but we would say “worth it.”

Rinerhorn is much less busy than Davos Klosters, with some really fun scenic interesting prepared trails- just 13 of them.

Rinerhorn has three ski peaks: Hubel at 2281-meter, Juonli at 2385-meter, Nullisch Grat 2490-meters, each reached by long T-Bars. Run 9 became a personal favorite ski run of mine, from the highest skiers’ left in a spectacular snowy valley.

Ski from this Null summit T-Bar, or the others, all the way to the base for a big 3,500’ vertical. Rinerhorn’s lower mountain Trail 4 meanders past working farms and old chalets, bucolic and nostalgic.

Rinerhorn has off-piste, on the side of trails – easily reached on a powder day, and also to skiers’ left and right of their marked controlled terrain. We dropped off the side toward Muhle, on an unmarked, non-patrolled adventure. This wilder terrain is best explored by hiring a Guide to ski safely avoiding avalanche risk, cliffs and crevasses.

Rinerhorn’s on mountain chalet dining :

Hubelhütte has a cozy ambiance in the Swiss wood interior and a big outdoor deck and bar for dining and drinking. Ask to see the « shot ski » and you will know this place is popular and lively! The goulashsouppe and homemade bread is delicious !

Jatzmeder
is in the middle of the mountain, top of the Gondi – with hearty self-service food in the lodge, a healthy salad bar, and a Wunderbar outside with sheepsking bar stools for drinks and snacks.

Spina Hutte is far down Trail 2 or 4 almost at the base. This authentic chalet in the countryside is a delight for lunch or a drink on the sun deck with views of farms surrounding.

Blockhuss is a happy little bar at the base of the gondola, by the parking lot and train station of Glaris. Grab a Gluhwein, beer or Aperol if you are boarding the train back to Davos or Klosters.

Definitely ski Rinerhorn for a retro ski day, and a more relaxed vibe from the bigger ski resorts of Davos Klosters. Check out neighboring Jakobshorn 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.