The town of Davos
By David Kurs
Visitors to the city of Davos have been pleasantly surprised at the quality of this small resort town deep into the alps of Eastern Switzerland. The main thoroughfares consist of two parallel streets- and after two hours of walking around one is instantly acquainted with this quaint and charming town. Prince Charles skis regularly in Klosters, a stone's throw from here.
The slopes are excellent- snow lies abundant even when there has been a streak of three or four warm days. There are a total of six resorts to pick from-- and all a tram's ride from the center of Davos. The most popular locales are the ones where the alpine ski and snowboarding competitions are located-- Parsenn and Jakobshorn. These slopes are filled at the same time with gentle rolling hills and vicious mogul-studded slopes. Visitors to the Winter World Games of the Deaf flock regularly to Parsenn to ski amidst breathtaking mountain scenery and forested avenues.
The main street is filled with shops, bakeries, delicateseens, and restaurants. Fondue has become a favorite among the visitors for the Games- and they top it off with Kirsch, a cherry-flavored liquer. Switzerland has great food—but the prices match. A full meal regularly goes for thirty to forty francs (about 20 to 26 USD).
Nightlife is not absent here at all in Davos. In this apres-ski town, there are numerous things to do. Other than feast on five-course meals and lounge in saunas, there are televised hockey games at night. Even more go to the town Kongresszentrum- where spectators, athletes, coaches, and CISS delegates fill the hall while enjoying drinks and televised tapes of that day's events. A number of bars and dance halls provide places for the more adventurous to socialize and chat the night away in cramped, hot spaces that are the total opposite of the cold nights in Davos.
The organization of the Games has been excellent- the mayor of Davos is, in fact, the chairperson of the organizing committee. Transportation is free, the athletic venues are near are near, and the Swiss army provides any medical help for athletes. The games are one to remember—and more so because of the town of Davos, which allows us to enjoy the splendor of Davos without being cluttered or corrupted by the stream of tourists.
Posted on 12 Mar 1999