Klosters is well known for attracting Royal visitors such as Prince William, but you don't need a title to appreciate its charms...
The resort of Klosters sits halfway down the long Swiss Alpine valley that leads eventually to the town of Davos. It shares its lift system with its neighbour, but the two couldn't be more different. Davos is a working town, full of dour, workaday buildings. But Klosters is cute and villagey and offers the sought-after mix of a traditional Alpine atmosphere, snowy microclimate and varied, extensive skiing.
Resort height: 1,200m The mountains
Between them, Davos and Klosters offer more than 300km of pistes, spread over five separate mountains. These mountains aren't all interconnected, so don't expect to be able to get about between them as easily as you would in a purpose-built French ski area such as the Three Valleys.
Klosters is at the prettier and the snowier end of the ski area. At 1,190m, it's low for a modern ski resort, even in eastern Switzerland, but it does get more than its fair share of snow, snagging many of the storms heading up the valley towards Davos. What's more, additional snow cannons are being installed each year to improve snow cover on key pistes.
Klosters also has better access to the area know as the Parsenn, which is the most complete of the five in the ski area, offering a satisfying combination of high, snow-sure bowls, and pretty tree-lined pistes. This is where you'll find one of the longest pistes for early intermediates in the Alps. It rolls along for 12km and through 1,700 vertical metres, from the summit of the 2,665m Weissfluhjoch, all the way down to villages in the valley beneath Klosters, and offers the kind of top-to-bottom experience rarely available to skiers of this level (snowboarders shouldn't try it - it's too flat in places).
Both Zurich and Friedrichshafen airports are within a two and a half hour drive of Klosters...
The rail service from Zurich to Klosters is also good.
If you have achieved an intermediate or advanced level on your skis or snowboard, Klosters offers some wonderful, rolling slopes...
Beginners are less well catered for, however, while some of the intermediate pistes will prove frustratingly flat for boarders.
Pretty Klosters has lots of attractions for non-skiers and is a great choice for anyone seeking a traditional Alpine village vibe...
Klosters isn't a resort for teens and twentysomethings, and most of the guests are happy to have a drink or two in Gaudi's at the bottom of the cable car before heading back to their hotels for dinner and a shower. After that, the resort grows quiet, except on Friday and Saturday nights when weekenders from Zurich congregate in the Casa Antica nightclub. If you're looking for a special meal in Klosters, book a table at the cosy Hotel Walserhof (which is the one where Prince Charles used to stay). Chef Heribert Dietrich has been awarded 15/20 by the gastronomic Gault Millau guide.
Klosters is well-acquainted with non-skiing guests. All the usual winter activities - such as tobogganing, snow-shoeing and ice-skating - are present and correct, plus there's a riding school. If your hotel doesn't have a pool and spa, you can always jump on the train for the absurdly pretty, nine-mile journey up the valley to Davos, where there's a large public pool and wellness centre.
Cost of living 5/10
Klosters is not a resort for budget travellers. To enjoy it you need a comfortable three or four-star hotel (ideally with its own pool) as a base.
Attractiveness of the resort 8/10
This is the Alps as you imagined them - pretty churches and farmhouses, traditionally-styled hotels, thick forests, and towering peaks.