Take a deep breath and head off. Momentum happens automatically, with powder snow flying up on both sides. It’s like you’re surfing. No, even better: it’s like floating. The slight hint of fear before you headed off? Forgotten. A glimpse back at the freshly skied line in the deep snow. Overwhelming happiness. That’s how it feels on a freeriding descent.
Which of us has never seen the daring videos on YouTube where freeriders ski down pristine, untouched slopes? It is perhaps the dream of everyone who has been infected by the ski virus. One thought begins to nag: “I want to do that too.” That’s how the desire to ski just as freely off-piste – and become a skiing hero – begins for many skiers. Here’s your opportunity: try freeriding.
A piece of advice in advance: you don’t need to grow a beard or wear a chequered shirt. All you need for freeriding is a special rucksack, an avalanche beeper and long, wide boards on your feet. And preferably a guide to show you around the Davos Klosters freeriding area.Everything else you need is provided: different slope gradients to help to find the optimum line. Six different ski arenas to enable you to still find untouched slopes several days after the last snowfall. And best of all, the lifts and cable cars that conveniently transport you up, revealing a wealth of different levels, from high-alpine to secured routes. Unlike in any other ski region, the piste-grooming services make sure that you feel really safe when freeriding on the yellow-signposted slopes.
Talking about feeling safe: there are two offers for freeriders. One of them is the Funi Line. It really lives up to its name, derived from the word ‘funicular’. This day tour combines all the secured but unprepared slopes in Davos Klosters. In short: there is no need to climb up. Just carve out new lines in the snow, savouring the fresh powder snow. The freeriding slopes can be skied from mid-December until mid-April depending on the snow conditions. Did you know? For your safety, the regional rescue services decide whether the secured slopes can be opened on not.
The circumnavigation of the Madrisa has been a classic ski tour for decades. The cross-border, technically easy day tour takes you from Klosters to Austria and back again. In just under seven hours, freeriders and ski tourers can expect an impressive natural experience with fantastic descents on varied slopes.
Still want more? Then why not tackle the 3 Bahnentour? It gives Freeriders access to an unforgettable day-long tour. Tickets are available at the valley station of the Parsenn funicular in Davos or at the Gotschna funicular railway in Klosters for CHF 88 per person.
First head from Davos or Klosters up to the summit of the Weissfluh where the powder fun starts with a steep descent to Sapün. This route became originally known by Sherlock Holmes’ inventor Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. We recommend taking a short coffee break in the Heimeli. Hint: whilst you’re drinking your coffee, check the train connection to Langwies, as the train ticket to Arosa (RhB 2nd class) is included in your ticket. Follow the groomed track from Sapün (note the shared use of the track). From Langwies, take the Hörnli Express directly to Arosa. This is where the well-known ski safari starts with an unsecured descent from the Hörnli, past the snow-clad Lake Urdensee and the myth-enshrouded Geisterhang. The trail continues past the Urdenalphütte lodge on to Löser and to the Clüs, from where the slope leads directly to Tschiertschen. Take the two chairlifts and the draglift up to the Jochalp. The last unsecured descent leads to Parpan via the Schwarzwalk forest and the Ausserberg and Innerberg where the freeride tour ends. A ski bus, included in your ticket, takes you on to Lenzerheide. The post bus (important: not included in your ticket) transports freeriders safely back to Davos Klosters.
With the 3 Bahnen tour you are off the controlled slopes and act on your own responsibility. The mountain railways company do not accept any liability. We recommend that you bring appropriate equipment with you and book a guide. Please be sure to respect the game reserves during the tour. Tip: The Davos Klosters mountain guides offer the tour every Monday in their winter programme (in German).
The unexpected appearance of a freerider can be problematic for wild animals in winter: an escape costs a lot of energy, which is then lacking to survive. Four simple rules help.
Freeriders are happy about a lot of fresh snow. For wild animals, on the other hand, this means one thing above all else: a naked fight for survival. Because what deer, deer, chamois and ibex normally scrape out of the snow to eat is now under a thick blanket of snow. Wild animals are therefore forced to use their energy sparingly. If they are disturbed and forced to flee, their survival is at risk.
4 rules while being out there