The alternatives include Tony Ski for those who want to improve their powder and off-piste skiing, as well as on-piste technique. Snowdocdavos is a ski and snowboard school run by a small team of instructors offering private lessons. British-run White Heat (+41 79384 1612) concentrates on off-piste instruction.
A family specialist resort
Davos has been awarded the official Families Welcome seal by the Swiss Tourism Association. This singles out holiday destinations that offer especially good facilities for children and their families.
Pischa Children’s Land is located at the Pischabahn cable-car station and offers childcare on an hourly basis. Children learn the basics of skiing while playing or can spend their time painting or playing in the ‘fun house’. Small visitors have access to two children’s lifts and there are three prepared easy pistes in the Pischa area.
Rinerhorn Children’s Land has a special baby lift and a mini course which goes through a witches forest, through loops and over a jump before returning little skiers to the lift for the next descent. The pistes on the Rinerhorn are very suitable for families and are not difficult to master.
Swiss Snowsportschool is praised for its children’s classes, which accept youngsters from three years of age on Bolgen and Buenda, with lunch and lifts included, and a Bobo Wonderland playground. New Trend (+41 81 413 2040) teaches children from four years old. The local tourist board has some 70 babysitters and child-minders on its books.
Apart from skiing there’s also the Davos indoor swimming-pool. The paddling area has lots of toys provided to add to the fun. Kinder-Hotel Muchetta was Switzerland’s first family hotel, located in the village of Wiesen near the Rinerhorn ski area. The area has its own ski school for children from four years old with a nursery slope and baby lift. There’s also a toddler’s ski school for ages three to four.