by: Patrick Thorne - 23rd January 2007

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  • 5All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 4Family Friendly
  • 4Nightlife
  • 5Terrain Park
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Davos today is the largest and most successful of the first breed of classic ski resorts. Europe's highest town has successfully consolidated its significance in the early years of winter sports by constantly improving its ski area so that it has remained one of the world's best. It’s come a long way since the world's first T Bar lift was installed here in 1934. The 320km (200 miles) of ski trails above Davos are divided in to seven areas (Parsenn, Pischa, Jakobshorn, Rinerhorn, Madrisa and Gotschna), some of them lift-linked. The Parsenn area is the largest and most popular of the ski sectors. On the other side of town there are more ways up the Jakobshorn, the resort's "fun mountain" most popular with 'boarders. At the bottom of the mountain snowmaking covers the Bolgen nursery slopes. Most of the ski areas are reached by funiculars or cable cars with the vast majority of the skiing being above the treeline at 1800m. Many of the trails are red and blue but experts will find several off-piste routes to entertain, including an 12km (7 1/2 mile) descent to Fideris and the chance of skiing over to Arosa in the footsteps (or should that be "ski tracks") of Sherlock Holmes' creator over a century ago. On-piste blacks are unusually on the lower sections of the mountain, through the forests, as they are steeper at the bottom than the top.
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