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Information on Davos-Klosters

Hi everyone..

I am after some info about the Davos-Klosters resort in Switzerland...

I have been offered a very attractive hosting job at a private chalet in Klosters for the season and am seriously considering the opportunity.

I realise that Klosters itself is not a very big, nor a lively/party kind of place (infact it is kind of posh and exclusive at best?) - the reason I am considering this resort over any others, is that the money is very good and my main aim aside from getting some great skiing in, is to earn - living on 100-200 euro a week partying the nights away in somewhere else is not a possibility for me (i kinda wish it was!)

My questions are:
1. Are there many english speaking foreigners working/living in Davos-Klosters?
2. Central Davos is only 20mins on a train from Klosters (?) is it practical assuming I could go out and be social there if I wanted to?
3. Is Klosters a good place to be for the season?
4. Can I get by on minimal german/french?

To note, I am 30, single, pretty well travelled... so not hung up on partying every night like im 20.. but would certainly like the option if i feel inspired, especially on my nights off. Otherwise I am happy based in a quiet peaceful kind of town.

Thanks and I hope you all can shed some light on this
Best wishes...
Tim
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Re: Information on Davos-Klosters

I spent 2 and a half years in Davos and can say it was pretty good. Nightlife in Davos is really good and most people speak English. Klosters is a bit less lively. Skiing is fantastic with a massive choice of runs. I would say go for it. Was last htere in April this year and had a great weekend.
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Re: Information on Davos-Klosters

Thanks for the speedy reply mate. much appreciated!

And it is practical assuming I can easily travel over to Davos for a night or afternoon out?

Where are you based now?

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Re: Information on Davos-Klosters

Beautiful area of the country. The town of Davos itself is pretty uninspiring. Lots of flat roofed concrete style houseing but Klosters is a bit more like a typical Swiss village. Since 2008 the two towns have joined together from a tourism point of view so the resort is actually Davos/Klosters.
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Thanks for the speedy reply mate. much appreciated!

And it is practical assuming I can easily travel over to Davos for a night or afternoon out?

Where are you based now?

Regards
Tim

There is certainly connections on train and on ski....not sure how late these run..I would expect there is some sort of late night alternative to get from one to another?
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Re: Information on Davos-Klosters

G`day hellokiwi, I lived in Davos from 94 to 98, ski seasons only. I worked in a bar and only nights so it gave me a lot of time on the hills and what hills they are!!!!!!! So if you are going for the skiing-snowboarding than I would say do it. You are a stones throw from Parsen and some great skiing. The rest of Davos is also 20-30 mins away. Pischa has some great runs and there are a lot less people, Rinahorn is awesome if you are into a bit of back country stuff, Parsen is the biggest hill with lot of great runs and if you want to party whilst on the hill then Jakobshorn is your mountian. In Davos the night life is great loads of good bars and places to eat, and queit a few kiwi ski instructors aswell. When I went there I didnt speak a word of German(though I did learn) so dont let that put you off. For me it was brilliant and something I will never forget. So good luck and I hope it all works out for you.
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Re: Information on Davos-Klosters

kloster has the world longest run in the world, its about 12km long.
wanted to do it last season, going to do it this one.word.
you could get yourself the graubünden season pass.
that gives you opts to run lenzerheide (close by) or laax area.
i believe its somewhat 900-1100 chf.
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Re: Information on Davos-Klosters

Wow guys... great feedback, all sounding super positive.

Yes I am BIG in to my skiing, have had 14 season passes to various mountains over the past 16 years but never really 'done' a season anywhere as Ive always lived a fair drive away from the ski areas themselves. Love the offpiste/crud and getting amongst some out of bounds stuff too.

I think I am convinced! Ill be sure to let you all know my plans and will be back on here hounding you all for further info if and when I make my plans.

Thanks again!!
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kloster has the world longest run in the world, its about 12km long.
wanted to do it last season, going to do it this one.word.
you could get yourself the graubünden season pass.
that gives you opts to run lenzerheide (close by) or laax area.
i believe its somewhat 900-1100 chf.

Edit: Just realised you were probably talking about the Top Card which is 1110CHF and covers Davos/Klosters, Flims/Laax, and Lenzerheide. The Graubunden card covers the entire Canton of Graubunden plus Andermatt and Ischgl in Austria and costs 1296CHF before the 30th of November, and 1443 after DEc 1st.

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Re: Information on Davos-Klosters

There are a few bars that the chalet maids etc all head too - the main one is the one at the bottom of the main lift. The piano bar is also quite popular as is the "club"

There aren't as many pubs & clubs as Davos but because its smaller you get to know everyone quite quickly - not sure if you will think that a good thing or not! The only problem about going to Davos for a night out is getting home in time to get breakfast ready for your guests
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Re: Information on Davos-Klosters

Haha... sounds great.. I'm really not hung up on being in the centre of a busy resort, so having one 20-30mins away is fine. I'm currently travellling up to 1.5hrs to get to work so commuting is part of life.

So it's either last train to Klosters at 10.30pm or snow shoe home??
Are the two resorts connected by road?

Sounds like an adventure nonetheless!
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Re: Information on Davos-Klosters

Yes - by road & rail. Not sure what time the last bus runs though
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Re: Information on Davos-Klosters

Gidday Kiwi
Public transport from Davos to Klosters actually runs pretty late into the night. Just see the excerpt from the SBB timetable which I inculde down below. Walking however is a no go - you would have to follow the winding, dark up und down main road, the distance is 12 km.

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Re: Information on Davos-Klosters

When I was there I worked in Parsennhütte winters and the Morassani Post Hotel summmers. We had free Ski passes with the job and often went skiing on moonlight nights..it was amazing!! The longest run is from Wiessflühgipfel(parsenn area) down to Küblis(snow conditions allowing) and then you get the train back. I am in Basel now but only just over 2 and a half hours to Davos now we have the new Zürich byepass.
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Re: Information on Davos-Klosters

We have a holiday apartment in Klosters and can reassure you that there are plenty of English speakers there.

We met a couple of young English guys last year who were instructing for the season. One of them had no English at all and he had no problems.

As someone else mentioned the tented bar by the Gotschna lift is popular in Klosters and I'm sure you'd meet people there to socialise with.

I hope you have a great season.
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We met a couple of young English guys last year who were instructing for the season. One of them had no English at all
yeah, i've heard it's getting that way in England these days...
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Whoops ... a freudian slip. Obviously I meant German.
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Re: Information on Davos-Klosters

Do You rent your apartment out Klostergirl??
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Re: Information on Davos-Klosters

We only bought the place last year and plan to rent it out for a couple of weeks a year. If you like, you can check it out on Villarenters.com. 2 apartments come up in Graubunden and ours is the second, namely Platzersschof. It is rather pricey - apologies for this, but it is well furnished and equipped.
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