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 amateur inventor from Germany has developed a kind of sledge for deep snow, called the Snowbraker. 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.
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.
7260 Davos Dorf
7260 Davos Dorf
from CHF 90.-