Top Lift: 3018m
Ski area: 220km of piste
Adult lift pass: 316-352CHF for six days
In a Nutshell
Laax is one of Switzerland’s largest and most snowsure ski areas with a big vertical drop, and a good choice of hotels and mountain restaurants. For years it languished in the B-list, but lately has become a powerhouse of the international freestyle scene. Now every young gun worth his or her bullets wants to be seen here.
Essential Advice for the Perfect Trip
Laax is the marketing name for the linked ski circuit above the villages of Flims, Laax and Falera, which is regarded – glorified, even – as Europe’s leading freestyle resort. It was one of the world’s first ski areas to embrace the freestyle skiing and snowboarding movement and is today considered the Granddaddy of the sport.
Located in the Graubunden region, Flims has been a spa resort since the 1880s, and a ski resort since 1962 when the glacier above was first developed for skiing. It is made up of the two quite separate hamlets of Flims Dorf, which is the most convenient, and Waldhaus Flims Mountain Resort & Spa, which is more isolated from the ski area but has the better choice of hotels. Laax is also a bus ride away from the lifts but has Laax Murschetg, a more ski-friendly satellite, built around the base-station with rocksresort at its heart. This has become a serious destination for snowboarders, who congregate at the Riders Palace hotel. With this comes all the cool eateries and an apres-ski scene that explodes at the weekend when teens and twentysomethings pour in from Zurich.
Falera is a smaller and more rural community, but with a direct lift link into the ski area. A shuttle bus connects all the accommodation and base stations.