Powder and politics makes for an unlikely mix. The Swiss resort town of Davos is a sporting Mecca, with some of the finest winter sport facilities on the planet and an exuberant aprés-ski scene which attracts a bacchanalian party crowd. During the annual World Economic Forum, the Western world’s capitalist movers and shakers converge on the city.
Davos’s prissy sibling, Klosters, draws royals and celebrity types with its picture perfect Alpine setting. Davos, on the other hand, is less about scene and more about perfect ski terrain. Davos is enshrouded by a sheer valley that buffers its monster slopes from strong winds. The outdoor scene is phenomenal, regardless of the season. Wintertime brings snowboarding, downhill skiing (60 miles of pistes), tobogganing, and the world’s largest natural ice skating field, while in summer you can hike, swim, horseback ride, and enjoy the region’s renowned spa scene.
Since the 1860s, Davos has attracted visitors looking to commune with nature. When Dr. Alexander Spengler prescribed mountain air as a cure for his tuberculosis patients, Davos’s vocation as a spa town was born. Indeed, the area proved an inspiring retreat for Thomas Mann who wrote The Magic Mountain during his stay and Robert Louis Stevenson, who penned much of Treasure Island while caring for his TB afflicted wife. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle found Davos’s solitude, and the rush of a 2000-meter descent, too hard to pass up.
Airports within a 50-mile radius of Davos:
- Dubendorf Airport (LSMD)
- Zurich Airport (ZRH)
- Emmen Airport (LSME)
- Buochs Airport (BXO)
Popular aircraft charters* in the Davos area include:
- Citation Excel (super light)
- Learjet 45 XR (super light)
- Citation CJ3 (light)
- Learjet 31ER 400A (light)
- Learjet 60 XR (midsize)
- Citation III (midsize)
- Gulfstream G200 (super midsize)
- Citation Sovereign (super midsize)
*This is just a sample. Zephyr provides access to aircraft at every end of the spectrum, from luxurious VIP airliners, to ultra long range business jet, helicopters, and economical turboprops.