One of the most innovative and exciting freestyle resorts in the Alps, it’s got more terrain than you'd think and is great for families too.
Laax has seen lots of well-planned development over the past five or so years and until recently was marketed as Flims – now the four parts that share the 235km of slopes are known as Laax and the area is attracting an increasingly international market.
Laax is a dynamic resort and is at the forefront of both innovative design and freestyle skiing and snowboarding. There is a welcoming and friendly atmosphere throughout the resort, Laax is a vibrant place that should be on everyone’s list of must-visit ski resorts.
The Ski Area
Laax is one of the most popular freestyle resorts in Europe. And with excellent terrain parks, Europe’s largest halfpipe and an indoor freestyle training centre, it’s easy to see why it’s rated so highly. But don’t be deterred if flying through the park isn’t your thing – Laax is also part of one of the biggest areas in Switzerland, reaching glacial heights of 3,000m and, thanks to the newly developed Rocksresort, has some fabulously stylish slope side accommodation.
Gondolas or chairlifts run from Laax, Flims and Falera to access the skiing and the 2000m of vertical. The sunny orientation of the slopes makes them a welcoming spot for young families or park cruisers alike, and the height of the upper slopes means you’re onto a safe bet for snow coverage.
The main hub is Laax, at the bottom of the slopes with the bulk of the nightlife, the new Rocksresort self-catering development and the cool Riders Palace. While Laax itself is an extremely convenient location, Flims is a little quieter and calmer, offering a more traditional family holiday base. Down the road is the rustic village of Laax Dorf set around a lake. On the valley road from Chur to Laax is the traditional village of Flims with its hotels and pensions. Laax sits between Flims and Falera and the skiing spreads out above the three main bases across several small valleys running above and below the tree line.
The easy access to the slopes, sunny orientation and welcoming facilities attract plenty of families, both with young children and teenagers. The resort lays on a variety of attractions for kids and has been awarded the ‘Families Welcome’ seal of quality from the Swiss Tourism Board. It also has a great reputation for music and competitions. Its top-flight freestyle competitions such as the Burton European Open and the Brits bring a host of world-class DJs and bands.
Laax is about 150km from both Zurich and Friedrichshafen airports, and the nearest connection to the excellent Swiss train network is at Chur, 30 minutes away and served by regular buses from resort.