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Freeriding in Klosters

Klosters Off Piste

Klosters benefits enormously from having five separate ski areas which between them give access to a vast amount of off piste.  Most of Klosters’ best off-piste skiing is hidden from the lifts ensuring the possibility of fresh tracks several days after a snowfall. This is enhanced by the fact that so much of the skiing is north facing so the powder keeps much longer than on other aspects.

Many of the off-piste descents combine a variety of terrain, ranging from big open slopes to long wooded glades opening onto gently undulating meadows dotted with cow houses and farmers’ sheds. There are also many ski-touring possibilities for those who are happy to do some walking, such as the back of the Madrisa down to Gargellen in Austria or the picturesque village of St. Antonien, and the Weissfluh Gipfel down to Arosa.

PT Ski can help you get to ski this fabulous terrain.  We can book IFMGA mountain guides and local guides on your behalf for some or all of the days of your holiday.  We also run special off piste weekends as well as a ski touring safari around the fabulous Silvretta region in April. Equipment is extremely important when venturing off piste and the ski shop we use has an extensive range of off piste skis and touring skis for you to choose from, while you can also rent skins, avalanche transceivers and ABS backpacks.

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To get a better sense of the extent of the Klosters off piste, the following article that James P-T wrote for one of our newsletters will give you a bit of insight:

One lift for the rest of my life

By James Palmer-Tomkinson

A regular feature in Fall Line magazine has been “One lift for the rest of my life”. As the title suggests the interviewee, usually some pro freerider, eulogises over their favourite lift and it has always got me wondering what lift I would choose if I was ever asked the question. In the absence of becoming a pro freerider I must resort to my own newsletter to see my answer in print.

The lift I would choose is the Gotschna, the cable car going up the mountain from the middle of Klosters. The best runs are the ones that go straight back down to Klosters and the mentality of many skiers who feel it is somehow wrong to go back down to the village before the end of the day means these runs are often overlooked. A shame (for them!) as these runs offer some of the best skiing in the Alps.

For those who like a challenge there is the notorious Wang, a huge steep slope under the second section of the cable car. Also straight off the top is the Drostobel with its gullies, open slopes and wonderful tree skiing. Following the ‘Hochroute’ traverse on the Klosters run you can drop off onto the Fleming, Schatfald or Chalbersaas, stunning north slopes which take you down into yet more trees. The Blikis (steep glades) in the Chalbersaas woods will test even the most accomplished skier. A lovely alternative on the lower half of these runs is rather than take the home run back to Klosters to carry on over meadows and through trees to the spa hotel at Serneus Bad.

But the skiing from the Gotschna can be very mellow too. There are wonderful south facing slopes which again take you all the way down the valley, this time to the little village of Laret. On a snowy day the Schwarzeealp woods offer respite from story conditions higher up, with goggles mandatory for the amount of powder that kicks up into your face as you turn. Also in bad weather you can re-visit the northern slopes and head lower down the valley and ski the pristine meadows down to the villages of Saas or Serneus.

If you want me next winter, you will find me on the Gotschna!


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Klosters off piste
Klosters off piste