Many athletes do high altitude training. Endurance athletes in particular appreciate the altitude of Davos at 1,560 m above sea level. Those who train here benefit from the stimulating alpine climate and excellent sports facilities. As the highest city in Europe, Davos is famous for its variety of sports, leisure and cultural activities, the HC Davos and numerous sports and cultural events.
For professionals and amateur athletes
Our infrastructure is not only at the disposal of the sports elite. Also amateur athletes, sports clubs and associations as well as young athletes and juniors will find optimal conditions for varied and promising training stays in urban Davos.
Training in the valley, sleeping in the heights
On request, athletes can stay overnight in accommodation at over 1,800 metres above sea level. Suitable training and competition facilities are available to athletes throughout the year in the immediate vicinity of all accommodation.
Sports medicine at the Davos Hospital provides comprehensive medical care for professional athletes, members of junior management as well as amateur and leisure athletes. The sports medicine examinations and therapies carried out by Davos Sports Medicine are based on the standards of Swiss Olympic. Doctors and therapists from specialised disciplines are involved.
The performance-enhancing effect of altitude training is easy to explain: At high altitudes there is a lack of oxygen. This forces the human organism to adapt. On the one hand, the body activates breathing and the cardiovascular system and increases the red blood cells. In addition, cells change their function and produce more energy anaerobically. This is ideal for athletes. Even a stay at height is a slight training effect. Altitudes between 1,500 and 2,200 m above sea level are particularly suitable.
Those who start training immediately after arrival quickly reach their limits. The body needs time to adjust to the new conditions. The so-called snap breathing on the day of arrival is quite normal. After all, you may come from the lowlands directly to 1,560 meters above sea level.
Your body gradually adapts to the height. The acclimatisation phase in Davos at around 1,500 metres lasts about two to four days. After that, sleep is just as restful as at sea level. In this situation, you should allow yourself enough time to get used to it.
The higher you are, the drier the air. Those who train in Davos benefit from the dry, alpine stimulating climate. However, the mucous membranes and the increased breathing rate need more fluid. The body consumes more minerals and electrolytes. Drinking a lot is the motto here.
Make sure you match your competition well with altitude training: either directly in the first two days after your return to the lowlands or after a waiting period of up to 20 days. In days four to nine, the body adjusts again. In this critical phase you should not take part in any competition.