Davos Klosters: News for winter 2013/2014

Free skipass until Christmas
The super offer to start the season, from 15 November 2013
During the pre-season, all guests will again receive a free skipass for Davos Klosters Mountain rail & cableways for every overnight stay. The offer is valid from 16 November to 23 December 2013. It’s quite simple: a guest books an overnight
stay in one of the participating hotels or holiday apartments in Davos Klosters and will receive a free skipass for the Jakobshorn and Parsenn ski regions for every night booked.
www.davos.ch or www.klosters.ch



Davos Klosters between modernity and tradition
Destination Davos Klosters is one of the most tradition-rich holiday destinations in the Alps and blossoms in new splendour Davos Klosters is one of the birthplaces of winter sport in Switzerland. The first winter guests arrived here 149 years ago and the first pair of Telemark skis appeared in Davos 130 years ago. The Davos Ski Club is 110 years old and the first bob races were held here 125 years ago. However, the destination has continually developed and now is more up to date
than ever. As an example, this year the new Hotel InterContinental Davos opens as a prominent, unmissable new Davos landmark. Various hotels and mountain rail & cableways are also making new investments in their facilities.
www.davos.ch or www.klosters.ch

Davos Klosters ski hotels
Everything for a super skiing holiday
Guests of ski hotels will find all the facilities and services needed to ensure a superb skiing holiday. And every ski hotel comes up with something special for their skiing guests. This all creates a congenial atmosphere and increases the
chances of likeminded guests and local people meeting in the hotel to exchange experiences. www.davos.ch or www.klosters.ch

News Hotel Scene
New opening of Hotel InterContinental Davos
Unique architecture and spectacular design set new standards in Davos. The brand-new Hotel InterContinental Davos opens its doors in November 2013 and will become a Davos landmark. The hotel has 216 rooms, 25 suites, 3 restaurants and conference facilities. In addition to a health and fitness centre, open-air and indoor swimming pools will also be available to guests. The luxury hotel will be marked by unique architecture and a peaceful location with fantastic views.

New opening of Hotel Rixos Davos
Traditional hotel in a new, totally modernized design
The tradition-rich Hotel Flüela has been sold to the Turkish Rixos Hotel Group. After extensive total renovation, the hotel with 60 rooms will reopen in November 2013. www.rixos.com
Renovation of Hotel Steigenberger Belvédère
Fascinating atmosphere and contemporary comfort
The Hotel Steigenberger Belvédère has been completely renovated and now exudes new splendour. The hotel with 127 rooms will reopen its doors in November 2013.

Renovation of Hotel Seehof
Boutique hotel next to the Parsenn funicular in Davos
The Hotel Seehof has been transformed into a true bijou. The hotel offers renovated and brightly designed rooms with Swiss-pine wood providing charming interiors for business travellers and tourists. All three restaurants have been completely renovated, extended and enhanced. A special culinary experience offers Armin Amrein in his restaurant. The BellaVita wellness area has been completely rebuilt and extended. The 450 m² wellness oasis includes a Finnish sauna, steam bath, bio sauna, whirlpool, massage rooms, cosmetic salon, fitness room and more. www.seehofdavos.ch

News Gastronomy
Pure pleasure on Jakobshorn
The panorama restaurant at 2590 m above sea level is under new management
Culinary attractions on Jakobshorn have been extended and the summit enriched by a gem. The restaurant The Summit and the panorama restaurant The View gleam new splendour and exude a warm, welcoming atmosphere. The highlight, the panorama terrace The Roof is located on the roof of the top station, where tasty snacks and hot drinks are served with breathtaking views. Pure pleasure – until the sun dips below the snow-clad mountains! www.jakobshorn-theroof.ch or www.davos.ch/bergbahnen

Bär’s Bar in Hotel Piz Buin
New hostess
Bär’s, THE meeting point in Klosters, has been run by Hotel Piz Buin since May 2013. Silvia Lötscher is your hostess at Bär’s. The spacious terrace extends an invitation to après ski with hot rhythm sounds. Enjoy a full meal or a delicious tarte flambée, homemade beefburgers and much more. Tasty home-made cakes are ideal to enjoy with coffee and tea specialities. Lean back and round off the day with a glass of wine or a cocktail in the relaxed atmosphere of our bar.

130th anniversary of ski sport in Davos
The first skis arrived in Davos 130 years ago In 1883, future snow researcher and father of German ski sport, Wilhelm Paulcke (1873 – 1949), was given a pair of Telemark skis for Christmas by his father. The new gadgets from Norway created great interest in the whole of Davos; the model was taken to a Davos wainwright to make some copies for Paulcke’s schoolmates. The first curves in Graubunden,  even in Switzerland, were made on the Dischma slopes and other places.

110th anniversary of the Davos Ski Club
The Davos Ski Club is one of the oldest in Switzerland
The founding of the Davos English Ski Club and the Davos Ski Club took place in 1903. Both clubs furthered the development  of ski sport in Davos. The first Parsenn Hut, built by the Davos Ski Club on the incentive of English guests, was officially  inaugurated in1906. Meanwhile, the Davos Ski Club has become the largest in Switzerland and members of the Zurich and southern Germany sections carry the “spirit of Davos” far beyond cantonal and national borders.

130th anniversary of sledging and bob sport in Davos
Sledging and bob sport has a long tradition in Davos
Sledging was the only type of sport practised by local people in earlier days, however only as a leisure-time activity. It was introduced as a sport by English author and cultural historian John Addington Symonds, who organized minor races as early as 1881. In 1883, he launched and directed the first international sledge race with time measurement. The route led from the Wolfgang Pass down to Klosters. The first bob race in Davos took place on 17 January 1889.
www.davos.ch or www.klosters.ch

150 years Hotel Kessler’s Kulm
The hotel with a long history at the head of the Wolfgang Pass
The Kessler‘s Kulm celebrates its 150th birthday in 2014. It will be celebrated with an anniversary menu and other attractions. The hotel is also giving itself an extension to the existing wellness area on the hotel roof for the next sommer season. The roof terrace has a surprise in store: a glass-enclosed sauna with mountain views and an open-air whirlpool. All guests can thus benefit from the anniversary. Take a sauna and a dip in the whirlpool with a view of the Jakobshorn – just enjoy it.

120th anniversary of the international Ice Skating Club Davos
The oldest club in Davos was founded in 1894
In 1869 the first natural ice rink was created in the garden of the Kurhaus (today Arkadenplatz). But this first small rink could, already in the second year of its existence, no longer satisfy the growing needs. Therefore, a new ice rink was built in the winter of 1870/71, which consisted of 500m². Five years later, a larger ice surface was built by endeavours of English guests, below the Hotel Belvédère (the so-called ice rink English). On the 20th of November 1880 the rink already included 6500m². That same year, the first ice skating Club was founded. The still existing International Ice Skating Club Davos was established in 1894 and from then on organized competitions in speed skating and figure skating.

140th anniversary of the Hotel Bellevue in Davos Wiesen
The Hotel Bellevue in Wiesen celebrates its 140th anniversary this year In 1873, Hans Bernhard decided to build a hotel on the best site in Davos Wiesen. The hotel would be worthy of a spa resort, with heated rooms, a ladies salon with a piano, bidets, and cows and goats milk available at any time of day. However, it wasn’t until Tobias Branger took over ownership of the Bellevue that it gained its good reputation. The guest book soon showed entries by visitors from all over Switzerland, Europe and America. English and Scottish guests were particularly attracted by the mild, spa climate. And in 1879, Friedrich Nietzsche himself spent a few weeks in Davos Wiesen in search of peace and relaxation. The hotel has been owned by the English Willmott family since 2008. It is now managed with great passion and commitment by young hosts Lisa Rudolf and Francesco Cunsolo. Lisa works her magic on delicious, imaginative cuisine while Francesco advises and takes care of guests.

25th anniversary of the Jatz Hut with Kudi Bachmann
The party institution on Jakobshorn celebrates its birthday
The Jatz Hut is the aprés-ski mecca of the Alps, known for stylish après ski fun. The cosy cult hut with Kudi Bachmann celebrates its 25th birthday this winter. Daily parties with DJ, chill outs in sun loungers from morning to sunset, great food, cool sounds, 39°C whirlpool and a fantastic mountain panorama.

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