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Cross-country skiing in Davos Klosters

Cross-country skiing in Davos Klosters

Skating, classic, with or without your dog

Why cross-country skiing is so healthy!

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Cross-country skiing at world cup ski runs – at no cost

The world elite among the cross-country skiers converges at the starting point every year to commemorate the Davos Nordic. Cross-country skiing at the FIS racing tracks in Flüelatal, where Dario Cologna once competed for world cup points. Or you can leave your imprint along the romantic tributary valleys. You haven’t had enough? Get to the night cross-country ski-run. And the best is: Cross-country skiing at Davos is free! There are no vignette obligations for cross-country skiing.

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Trail network of Davos Klosters

The trails are officially opened daily from 08.00 - 17.00 hours. There is no final inspection of the cross-country ski trails.

The trail network in Davos Klosters encompasses over 100 km of classic trails and 75 km of skating trails across all difficulty ratings. They all have one thing in common: They are superbly well prepared. Furthermore, in Davos special dog trails can also be found along the Landwasser.

Davos trails

  • 75,8 km classic cross-country trails
  • 56,4 km skating trails
  • Separate trails for classic and skating
  • 18,5 km dog trails
  • 2,5 km illuminated night-time trails (daily 6.30 pm -  9.00 pm)
  • 4.0 km Dischma Warm-Up with a headlamp in the evenings (daily until 8.30 pm)

Klosters trails

  • 27 km classic cross-country trails
  • 27 km skating trails
  • 2,6 km night-time trails  (Tuesday and Thursday  to 9 pm)
  • On Thursday nights, runs with headlamps are possible on all trails.

Special dog trails in Davos

There are three special dog trails in Davos. On 18.5 kilometres the four-legged friends can accompany their owners on the cross-country ski trail. A true nature experience.

Former rehabilitation patient
of Herz-Reha Davos

Christopher Tillmann

"I'm thrilled with Davos. After only one hour and the valuable input of the cross-country skiing instructor, I was able to master the "Herzloipe" well. I look forward to spending more time for cross-country skiing here. It's important to get people to move around. The "Herzloipe" trail is perfect for this, as it is flat and offers beginners and patients a great experience."

Michael Riklin

"It is a beautiful and very suitable cross-country skiing trail. It is highly recommended with good care for former patients. The caring factor seems to me to be an important aspect, so that one learns cross-country skiing correctly from the beginning and does not physically overreach oneself. This worked out very well here in Davos."

Why cross-country skiing is so healthy!

Many people swear by green tea, while others swear by superfoods. Each to their own. However, you really should be sure to do one thing if you want to do your body some good: cross-country skiing. Dr. Jan Vontobel, Senior Consultant in Cardiology at the Davos Cardio-Rehabilitation Centre, explains why.

Dr. Vontobel, have you already exercised today?
Yes. In winter I cross-country ski to work. I ski from Davos Dorf to Davos Wolfgang – there and back. That’s some 40 minutes of exercise. That is in line with the recommendation that people should take half an hour’s exercise at least five times per week.

Is this a sop to your conscience or does your body crave it?
On the one hand, I love to keep on the move. However, I have a healthy body and try to look after it. To achieve this, I get up a little earlier in the morning and use sport to invest in my health. And what’s more, the cold burns calories at the same time as stimulating the mind and body. I used to go swimming early in the morning when I was out in Vancouver. Outside! However, despite the brutal cold, I felt as strong as an ox throughout the entire day.

Forcing yourself to do something is not easy in the cold. What sports do you recommend in winter?
Cross-country skiing (laughs). Seriously, though, cross-country skiing is a good sport in winter because everything is very consistent. I’m always consistently warm,I sweat regularly and am able to regulate my effort. And another point: cross-country skiing is gentle on the joints, as the movements are of a gliding nature and there is no impact. This sport is therefore also ideal for overweight people or people who suffer from arthritis.

Has the new trail paid off?
Yes, there’s a lovely story to illustrate this: A patient was referred to me who had undergone a heart transplant some 15 years ago. It was clear that he needed a new heart because of his poor condition. When he heard about the opening of the new “Heart Trail”, he definitely wanted to take part. He was thrilled when we organised a cross-country instructor for him and put together a personalised programme for him and suddenly he is motivated to have a second heart transplant.

Any other experiences with the Davos “Heart Trail”?
Our patients are curious and disappointed if they are initially told that they are not allowed to head out onto the trail – and have to leave it for a year. That’s why we offer regular events to which we also invite former patients to motivate them to take up cross-country skiing. The feedback hasbeen massive. but there are also worries.

Are these worries justified?
Statistically seen, there is more chance of something happening when you’re exercising than when doing nothing. However, these are mainly minor accidents. There is a small risk of something happening when you’re cross-country skiing. In the event of an emergency, staff at the “Hofmänner Sport” cross-country shop are trained in resuscitation. And there are also defibrillators at the cross-country centre.

From around what stage do you see initial training success?
Very quickly. It’s worth having two hour’s of expert tuition. After a week of regular training, a novice has learned enough to have fun cross-country skiing. People quickly start enjoying their physical well-being and the good feeling of having been outside in the sunshine doing exercise.

And finally: what hints would you give our readers to take away with them?
It’s never too late to take up exercise. Anyone who does not have a chronic disease and can climb up two flights of stairs with ease should simply try it. Preferably cross-country skiing on the Davos “Heart Trail”.


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