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.Tour suggestions for freeriding
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.Detailed tour description: Funi Line
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.Detailed tour description
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).Detailed tour description: 3 Bahnentour
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Pischa is one of the largest and sunniest freeride areas in Switzerland. Freeriding takes place on Pischa in untouched terrain. No slopes are marked, groomed or protected from alpine dangers. A paradise for original skiing.
At the mountain station of the Carjöl chair lift (Fuxägufer) on the Jakobshorn there is an avalanche training centre. Practice the correct use of the avalanche beacons under realistic conditions.
Snowboarders and skiers must expect an avalanche off-piste at all times. The mountain railway company is not liable for the associated risks. So be on the safe side and register for a guided tour with a guide. Tip: Every Thursday the Davos Klosters mountain guides offer a ski touring trial course on Pischa.
A total of 48 suggested variants from the ski resorts of Persenn, Jakobshorn, Pischa, Rinerhorn and Madrisa, described in detail on 168 pages and 106 illustrations. A must for every freerider.Order online from our Holidy Shop
Flüela-Schwarzhorn, Radüner-Rothorn, Piz Campatsch or access to the Grialetsch hut: the Flüelapass is considered a ski tour paradise by experts. Thanks to the Flüela shuttle, these tour destinations are very close by from 8 to 22 February 2020: the bus transports ski tourers on Saturdays and Sundays from Davos Dorf railway station or Tschuggen to Flüela Hospiz. On request, the Flüela-Shuttle is also available on weekdays.
If you are interested in a trip, reserve your seat in advance by e-mail to email@example.com or by telephone at +41 81 420 20 20. One trip costs CHF 10 per person (minimum 10 persons). The travel times are subject to agreement, the last trip takes place at 9 am at the latest. The weather and road conditions determine whether a trip is carried out. Information on this is available from 6.30 am at +41 81 420 20 20.
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.
Anyone who is interested in a freeride adventure in Davos Klosters benefits from special hotel packages. Discover the most beautiful powder snow slopes in small groups of three to six people over three days with a guide. You will improve your skiing technique, learn to move safely away from the pistes and experience the feeling of freeriding up close.View all Freeride hotel packages now