Travel | Secret Trail – Hunting For Gold in Davos Klosters
Primarily known on the scene for the presence of the Gotschna Freeride Piste, the Bündner A-Line, the popular Swiss holiday destination of Klosters and its big brother Davos form an out-and-out riding destination. But what so many people don’t realise is that the opposite side of the valley is home to an incredible trail set amongst the imposing scenery of the Madrisa. Our writer Fabrizio D’Aloisio set out in search of this hidden treasure in the company of mountain bike guide Bruno.
This enduro style descent shouldn’t even be made public. Not because it should be kept a secret, but just that most riders aren’t familiar with it – which is admittedly pretty good for those who do know it. Setting off from the Madrisa mountain station at 2,000 metres above sea level, it follows some of the coolest trails through the most diverse scenery, before leading you into the Swiss holiday hotspot of Klosters.
Crammed into the Gotschnabahn by the dozen, downhillers and freeriders can’t get enough of the Bündner A-Line on the opposite side of the valley, spending entire days shredding this incredibly popular freeride piste. But this wasn’t on the agenda for our rider Bruno today.
Anything but mainstream, our rider for today is Bruno, a guide at the Bike Academy Davos. A gentle giant, who doesn’t waste his words, Bruno lives without a smartphone, internet, and definitely no fully. He does, however, have a 15kg P7 Orange hardtail, naturally made of steel, seven years old and counting. The bike, just like Bruno, prefers techy and challenging no-flow trails, but – sorry Bruno! – our plans for today involve a fair amount of flow!
The writer is a MTB guide at the Bike School Engadin and grew up in Klosters. If you’d like to discover the Madrisa Trail with a guide, the Bike Academy Davos guides are your best choice.