Snowfarming

For a predictable start of the season

Snow farming Davos

Snow farming is a key concept in snow management. We have been covering a mound of snow with sawdust every spring since 2008. This snow is used in the autumn to prepare a cross-country ski trail before new snow can be produced. Covering the snow means that we can retain around 70-80% of the volume, which enables the resort to start the season earlier, regardless of the temperatures in autumn.

The 4 km long snow farming cross-country skiing trail open at Saturday, 27th October 2018 and can be used by both athletes and amateurs.

[Translate to English:] Damit sowohl Spitzenathleten als auch Amateure auf der Loipe zufriedenstellend ihrem Training nachgehen können, gibt es Nutzungszeiten mit Zeitfenstern für alle Leistungsgruppen. Wir bitten, diese zu beachten. Teams und Privatpersonen können die Snowfarming Loipe nutzen. Teams müssen sich jedoch zuvor anmelden. Dies können sie über die Nutzungsanfrage tun.

Teams and private individuals can use the snow farming cross-country skiing trail, although teams have to register in advance. They can do so by using the utilisation request form. 

For teams: Please fill in the following utilisation request for registration:

Utilisation request for teams

Snow farming in Davos was extended in autumn of 2015 with the construction of a new infrastructure. Three times the volume of snow could be produced and stored during the winter of 2015/16. This over-summered snow is used in late-autumn to create a 4 km long cross-country trail in the lower Flüela Valley.


Livecam snow farming

Flüelatal - Snowfarming Loipe
10 years of
snow farming Davos

Ticket sale for leisure users

Monthly pass

Users who have opted for a monthly pass will be given a number to wear, which is colour coded in line with the Terms and Conditions of Operation and Use. This number is personal to the user and non-transferable and must be worn during any use of the cross-country ski trail. 

Cost: CHF 40.00
Sales points:  On site from the snow farming personnel or in the Davos Town Council Technical Plant and Equipment Office (Werkbetrieb).

Payment conditions

The monthly payment of CHF 40.00 is payable directly to the Technical Plant and Equipment Office (Werkbetrieb) in cash or by credit card.

Day passes

Cost: CHF 5.00
Sales points: Day passes can be obtained directly at the snow farming arena by feeding coins into a parking meter. The operator reserves the right to use coloured arm bands on busy days.

 

Parking

There is only limited parking adjacent to the snow-farming arena. We would therefore ask trainers to drive their athletes to the snow farming arena and to park their cars in the "Färich" car park at the entrance to the Flüela Valley. Follow instructions issued by marshals.

Overview (click on map to enlarge it)

Gemeinde Davos
Technische Betriebe
Dorfstrasse 18
7260 Davos Dorf
Tel. +41 81 414 31 30
Fax +41 81 414 31 39
werkbetrieb@davos.gr.ch

Weekdays Opening times (office)
Monday/Wednesday 08:00 - 11:30 und 13:30 - 17:00
Tuesday/Thursday 08:00 - 11:30
Friday 08:00 - 14:00 open throughout

Training hours and prices of snow farming cross-country skiing trails

The trails in Davos are made available to various user groups. Based on the "NASAK services – cross-country skiing slopes", the snow farming and World Cup trails should primarily be available to elite and development level athletes. In order to use the two trails best possible, the following principles apply for periods of heavy utilisation (during the first pre-winter weeks from end-October to mid-December) until the opening of the natural trails.

Download schedule for times of availability

[Translate to English:] Plan Trainingszeiten zum Herunterladen

Schedule for times of availability

Weekdays Training hours Performance levels
Monday - Friday 08:00 - 10:00 Elite level athletes (reservation required)
10:00 - 12:00 Development level athletes (reservation required)
12:00 - 15:00 (Wed. until 16:00) Children & youth level / Open to the public
15:00 - 18:00 (Wed. from 16:00) Elite and development level athletes (reservation required)
18:00 - 20:00 Open to the public
Weekends and national holidays 08:00 - 10:00 Elite and development level athletes (reservation required)
10:00 - 16:00 Children & youth level / Open to the public
16:00 - 18:00 Elite and development level athletes (reservation required)
18:00 - 20:00 Open to the public

Prioritisation according to classification

Performance level User groups Priority
Elite level athletes Swiss Ski National Teams (NM, A-, B- C-squad) cross-country skiing and biathlon 1
Swiss Ski High Performance Centre (Elite) 1
Private national cross-country skiing teams elite 2
National teams other nations 3
Development level athletes Swiss Ski High Performance Centre (U20) 1
SSGD Athletes 1
Swiss regional talent squads (from U18) 2
Other nations’ regional talent squads (from U18) 3
Children & youth level Regional talent squads (up to U16) 2
JO Nordic Ski Club Davos 1
Ski clubs other regions 2
J+S training camps 3
Open to the public (Endurance) athletes elite (cross-training or altitude training) 1
Cross-country skiing school Davos 2
Hobby skiers (locals, tourists) 3

Prices according to categorisation

Performance level User groups Daily Monthly
Elite level athletes Swiss Ski National Teams (NM, A-, B- C-squad) cross-country skiing and biathlon CHF 0.- CHF 0.-
Swiss Ski High Performance Centre (Elite) CHF 0.- CHF 0.-
Private national cross-country skiing teams elite CHF 5.- CHF 40.-
National teams other nations CHF 5.- CHF 40.-
Development level athletes Swiss Ski High Performance Centre (U20) CHF 0.- CHF 0.-
SSGD Athletes CHF 0.- CHF 0.-
Swiss regional talent squads CHF 5.- CHF 40.-
Other nations’ regional talent squads CHF 5.- CHF 40.-
Children & youth level JO Nordic Ski Club Davos CHF 0.- CHF 0.-
Ski clubs other regions CHF 5.- CHF 40.-
J+S training camps CHF 5.- CHF 40.-
Open to the public (Endurance) athletes elite (cross-training or altitude training) CHF 5.- CHF 40.-
Cross-country skiing school Davos CHF 5.- CHF 40.-
Hobby skiers (locals, tourists) CHF 5.- CHF 40.-
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