They still exist. Small winter sports resorts far from the crowds. In Davos Klosters, the Pischa mountain is the place to go. As ski areas go, it is more of a pleasant country road than a clogged highway. People come here to truly take in the natural Alpine landscape – rather than racing down busy, crowded slopes. All the ski lifts have been removed, and only a cable car remains to whisk visitors up the mountain to 2,483 metres above sea level. In short: this is a winter sports area without the usual trappings. Despite this – or perhaps precisely because of it – it has become a playground for alternative sports, unrivalled in Switzerland. And beyond. Unique.
Freeriders will love the cable car ride up to the freeride descent routes (numbers 6 and 7), which will take them back down to the Pischa valley. The routes are marked and secured when open to the public. Other routes are passable at your own risk. The mountain station is the starting point for the popular ski tour of the Pischahorn. And it’s not just skiers and snowboarders who enjoy hitting the snow at full throttle. Fat bikers and airboarders love it, too. Want to skip the cable car? Why not hike up the mountain, go on a snowshoeing tour, or practise speed touring on the new Dynafit-Line?
New sports and ventures are appearing all the time. An engineer from Germany has developed the Snowbraker. This sled is unique in the world, capable of deep snow and safe braking. Fancy trying it out? You can hire one on Pischa. Word has also got around the kite surfing scene about the ideal snowkiting conditions. And there is a new treat in store for winter hikers – a signposted hike up the Hüreli that offers panoramic views. There are also igloo building courses for families and survivalists.
The cable car only operates in winter. But that is no reason to steer clear of Pischa in the summer. Quite the opposite, in fact. The Pischa tour is guaranteed to deliver a first-rate singletrack experience. And, if the way up looks a little too steep, just take an e-bike and enjoy the uphill flow. Hikers and trail runners can enjoy classic paths on the Pischahorn, Hüreli and Seehorn. Plus, summer or winter, one thing never changes: the Mäderbeiz mountain hut is open virtually all year round.
Does the long, uphill trail from the road through the Flüela Pass to the Pischa cable car station – with its hair-raising switchbacks – look a little too tough for you? Think again. You’ll have no trouble with an e-bike. From there, a winding singletrack trail weaves its way along the Pischa ridge to Hüreli. As mountain bikers say: epic. This trail is part of our new e-bike mountain hut safari.
There is no cable car up to Pischa in the summer. But hikers and trail runners will still find the area worth a visit. For the ultimate day tour, take in the Seehorn, Hüreli, and the Pischahorn. You can also collect adventure points as part of our #Aussichtsmeister challenge to visit look-out points with stunning views.
Ski tours are gaining popularity among winter sports enthusiasts. But what kind of equipment do you need for a ski tour, and how do you gauge the dangers of open alpine terrain? Every Tuesday and Thursday, the mountain guides of Davos Klosters hold ski touring taster courses on Pischa to tell you what you need to know.
If you think powder is only fun with skis or a snowboard then you probably haven’t been to Pischa yet. After all, it’s easy to cut through the deep winter snow on a fat bike. There are four spectacular fat bike descents on Pischa, with incredible views of the Flüelatal valley. Wrap up warm and off you go!
There are two hiking trails with panoramic views on Pischa. Both start from the Pischa cable car station. The shorter trail (1.3 km) is a fairly flat, circular route heading south. The longer trail (6.3 km) takes hikers to the top of Hüreli at 2,444 m above sea level – and one of the most spectacular views of Davos.
What do children’s favourite Pingu (created in Switzerland) and the Inuits in the far north both love? Igloos! The ‘pur erleben’ team will share their top tips and tricks on how to make an igloo with your own hands. In short: find a site with compact snow, saw some snow blocks and arrange them in a spiral.
Think surfing is just for the beach? Think again. On Pischa, you can go powder surfing through deep snow, on an airboard – an inflatable cushion. Like bodyboarding, but on snow. An alternative winter sport that’s easy to learn. You can rent airboards from the cable car station in the valley.
Higher, faster, further: in contrast to conventional ski touring, speed touring is all about competition and speed. If you fancy a go, look for the signposted practice route on Pischa – the Dynafit-Line.
Pischa is ideal for anyone who wants to enjoy the snow and escape the crowds. And now you can experience it overnight. Last winter, the mountain cable car station was updated with nine contemporary guest rooms and a refurbished restaurant. Once the day visitors have gone, you have the mountain almost entirely to yourself. Our tip: the house fondue.
Whatever the season, it’s well worth stopping for a break at the Mäderbeiz. This cosy mountain hut is around a thirty-minute walk from the Pischa car park. Open until 9:00 pm on Thursdays. Our tip: enjoy a raclette when the moon is full, then head back to the valley in the moonlight.
Sledging on deep snow? Why not? Pischa is the prefect freeriding area for the Snowbraker. You can even carry on up from the upper cable car station on snowshoes and go on an alpine sled ride. Want to know more? There are three Snowbrakers available for hire from the cable car station in the valley.
The Bernina pass has long been popular among the kite surfing community. Pischa in Davos, on the other hand, is something of a well-kept secret. If you know how to snowkite, you’ll love it here. Especially when there’s powder snow. And the best part: the Pischa cable car takes snowkiters right to the zone.
Pischa bus timetable
During the winter season, the Pischa bus departs from the Seehofseeli bus stop in Davos village (near the lower Parsenn cable car station) and 2 minutes later at station Davos Dorf.
CHF 5 per person for outward and return journey
Bus timetable - 08.01.22 - 19.03.23
Pischa Terminal (Seehofseeli) to Pischa- station - every 30 minutes
8 am - 4.30 pm
Trainstation Davos Dorf - every 30 minutes
8.02 am - 4.32 pm
Pischa station to Pischa terminal (Seehofseeli) - every 30 minutes
5.15 am - 4.45 pm
Parking at the Pischa lower cable car station
From Davos Dorf you can reach the Pischa valley station via the Flüelastrasse in approx. 10 minutes. the parking spaces will be chargeable.
This cosy mountain hut in the Flüelatal valley, with warm sheepskin rugs by the fireplace, is just a 35-minute walk from the Pischa car park. It is open daily from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, with late opening until 9:00 pm on Thursdays. Our tip: the Mäderbeiz has special events on the night of a full moon. You don’t want to miss their full-moon raclette. And remember to take cash – card payments are not accepted. Check out the Mäderbeiz Facebook page for the latest information on events.
A flavourful fondue from the Molkerei Davos dairy, premium meat from Ziegler, more exotic dishes, such as lentil and coconut curry, or a vegan potato, apple and thyme soup: at the Pischa mountain restaurant, they know how to treat their guests. In warm weather, the large, sheltered sun terrace is also very enticing. Hot food is served daily from 11:00 am. Like the cable car, the restaurant is only open in the winter season.
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