‘Living the high life’ has never been such an apt description. Perched on the mountainside, the Chesa Falcun luxury ski chalet offers refined style and superior service in Klosters - one of the most exclusive winter playgrounds of the world. The...
Destination Guide: Klosters
The exclusive Swiss resort of Klosters has a long-standing association with British royalty and an international A-list crowd. Exuding understated elegance and old-school charm, Klosters is a beautiful Swiss alpine village, and a popular family resort.
The original village has been carefully preserved and new buildings blend beautifully with the old. Picturesque wooden chalets gather around Klosters Platz, with its attractive shops, chic restaurants and the railway station. Buses link the Platz to the peaceful Dorf area of Klosters, and Davos can be reached by train or piste.
Populated by luxury catered ski chalets and smart hotels, Klosters is rarely crowded, and has plenty of family-friendly features such as the Madrisa Land adventure park – open winter and summer. A cluster of fashionable bars and restaurants entertain a sophisticated crowd, but nearby Davos is the place for a big, glitzy night out.
Klosters attracts visitors all year round with mountain biking, hill walking, ice skating, dedicated toboggan runs, and of course, superb winter skiing.
Being about 150km from Zurich airport, the transfer time is 2.5 hours, whilst Innsbruck and Basel airports are similar distances.
Klosters is within the Rega Pass ski area, which includes neighbouring Davos and boasts 110 runs, totalling 320km of skiable terrain. Beginners, intermediates and advanced skiers are well catered for. There are three areas suitable for beginners, plenty of blues and reds, and some challenging black runs. Test your stamina on the 12km Weissflugipfel run down to Kublis – one of Europe’s longest ski trails.
The high altitude makes this ski area fairly snow-sure (the highest lift is 2,844m) but there are snow cannons on the main runs just in case. For those who love the thrill of off-piste skiing, Klosters is a great choice. From deep powder to wooded trails, and near-vertical drops, the adrenaline level is high. There is also a dedicated snowboard park, and 35km network of cross country ski routes, some of which are lit at night.
Best places to eat and drink in Klosters
Klosters people tend to appreciate good food and fine wines, and there are plenty of opportunities to indulge in Swiss rosti and raclette, or something a little more adventurous. Mouth-watering Asian fusion cuisine is on the menu at the Gault-Millau-rated Rustico, or why not try local venison and gourmet delights at the chesa Grischuna or the The Michelin-starred Walserhof. Remember to book your table in advance though.
Klosters also has more than its fair share of atmospheric mountain restaurants serving hearty, freshly cooked dishes. Some of the best of these are the Erika at Schlappin, and the Schwendi Serneus.
A crowd gathers at Gaudi’s bar for convivial apres ski, and a host of stylish bars such as such as those at the Wynegg and the chesa Grischuna are popular. Casa Antica is a famous nightspot and live music often plays at the chesa Grischuna, but generally Klosters has a sophisticated and grown-up family atmosphere.
Best time to visit Klosters
The winter ski season runs from the end of November to mid-April, but the best snow is usually from January to March when the lower pistes start to deteriorate. Klosters is busiest at Christmas, and during British and Swiss school holidays. Temperatures in the coldest months rarely rise above freezing, but in summer they reach the mid-20s degrees.
What we love about Klosters
We love the charming village of Klosters and the extensive and varied ski area.
It's not for nothing that this is the favoured ski resort of royalty and those in the know.
Ski Area: Davos Klosters
Resort altitude: 1124m
Top lift Altitude: 2844m
Total pistes: 320km
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