City Life: High Society
Suave, sophisticated Klosters attracts royalty, head-of-state and the Jet Set but it has retained the atmosphere of a charmingly traditional Alpine village.
This picture-perfect resort is as irresistible in the summer sunshine as it is when blanketed in winter snow making Klosters a genuinely year-round retreat. Almost 230 miles of piste are shared with its equally high-society neighbour Davos and the ski area has some of Switzerland's best mountain restaurants where you can tune yourself in to the local pace of life. The fine food and wild scenery of the Graubünden region are to be savoured slowly, disturbed only by the tolling of cowbells or the whisper of horse-drawn sleighs through the soft snow.
From Zurich airport follow the signs into Zurich and then on to Chur. Turn off at Landquart ten miles before Chur and follow the signs to Davos. It's about 45 minutes to Klosters from Landquart when the road is clear.
Zurich airport is two and a half hours or less from Klosters. It's such a well designed transport hub that it even manages to put the pleasure back into plane travel (www.zurich-airport.com). Swiss Airlines and BA both have regular flights. Swiss Airlines from City airport is very convenient for Londoners.
The Swiss railway network is predictably efficient and modern; it doesn't let things like mountains get in the way. Hourly train connections to Zurich take two hours, or two and a half hours to Zurich airport.
Country code for Switzerland: +41. Klosters: (0)81.
The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann.
Do go / Don't Go
Klosters is a beautiful resort year-round and is as popular in summer as in winter. Avoid the two shoulder seasons of May and November.
Delicious air-dried meats and smoked hams are distinctive to the area. Samnaun mountain cheese is just one of the fantastic cheeses that the diary farms of the Graubünden region produces. You'll find nuts and forest fruits are used extensively in desserts; the warm, south-facing slopes produce excellent raspberries. This corner of Switzerland doesn't produce large quantities of wine but the Eichholz estate is one with a good reputation. The BierVision Monstein brewery in Davos is the highest altitude brewery in Europe which we think is a tremendous excuse for a visit.
Call Angelo's Taxi on +41 (0)81 416 73 73.
A service charge is included in menu prices but it's customary to round up the bill or to tip five or ten per cent; whichever is greater.
There are a surprising number of excellent art galleries in Klosters and neighbouring Davos which are always worth a browse. Galerie Tuchamid is definitely worth a visit (www.tuchamid.ch). Galerie Iris-Wazzau and Galerie Eule Art up in Davos host temporary exhibitions.
Klosters is a year-round resort and attracts plenty of visitors throughout the summer months. The Davos-Klosters region and the Prättigau have over 400 miles of hiking trails and almost 100 miles of mountain bike tracks, all through beautiful Alpine scenery. There's a nine-hole golf course at the resort and a further six 18-hole courses within 60 minutes of the chalet, too.
There are some chic boutiques in Klosters but you'll find a much better range and variety along the main Promenade in nearby Davos.
Bruhin's restaurant at Weissfluhgipfel has a view over the Alps that stretches from Bernina to Säntis and offers equally marvellous cuisine, too. The wine list is particularly good (+41 (0)81 417 66 44).
There's free ice skating at the Sportzentrum Klosters if you're staying in the resort. There's a free bus service around the resort, too.
Early January The O'Neill Evolution Ticket to Ride is part of the World Snowboarding Tour and attracts some of the world's best boarders. March The Parsenn Derby is long-running competition for teams and single contestants. December Klosters holds a wonderful Christmas market in the centre of town.