One of the most innovative and exciting freestyle resorts in the Alps, Flims Laax is packed with fantastic terrain and is great for families too. Laax and Flims are neighbouring regions which share one of Switzerland’s biggest ski areas spanning 235km of slopes. Attracting an increasingly international market, this dynamic resort is predominantly situated at an altitude of between 2,000 and 3,000 metres; making it one of the most reliable places to find snow in the alps.
Thanks to the newly developed Rocksresort situated at the Laax lift station, there are some fabulously stylish slope side accommodation options on offer. At the forefront of both innovative design and freestyle snowsports, young visitors and keen skiers and boarders will enjoy the unbridled freedom of the freeride terrain and snow parks, whilst families can make use of the three kids’ villages on offer. Flims Laax embodies a youthful spirit whilst maintaining quality and service of the highest standard, making it a vibrant destination which should be on everyone’s list of must-visit ski resorts.
Resort Altitude: 1,100m
Resort Skiing: 3,018m
Blue Runs: 88km
Red Runs: 87km
Black Runs: 120km
Laax is one of the most popular freestyle resorts in Europe. With four excellent snowparks, featuring Europe’s largest half-pipe with walls up to 6.9m high and several Olympic-style kickers; it’s easy to see why it’s rated so highly. Five lift facilities carry skiers from the base stations up to the ski area, and with over 235km of slopes connected by 27 lifts there really is something for everyone. The sunny orientation of the slopes makes them a welcoming spot for young families or park cruisers alike.
While the freestyle facilities are world-class, don't miss out on the glacial runs or the chance to teach your children to ski. The skiing in Laax is a wonderful mix of cutting-edge freestyle obstacles and classic Swiss terrain of blues, blues and the challenging blacks rolling from the great heights of the glacier at 3,018m to the village base stations of Laax, Flims and Falera at between 1,100m and 1,220m.
The Flims Laax region has long been attracting snowboarders thanks to its renowned status as the ultimate freeride destination. Try out the long red Segnes trail, which joins the Cassons area up with the Grauberg trail. The Cassons area is specifically for freeriding, and with the small cable car reaching it only holding 20 people at a time, you will find yourself virtually alone at the top and ready for a fantastic ride down. Beginners will enjoy a well set out series of novice trails in the Flims Dorf area.
Flims Laax offer a range of ski and snowboard schools from which you can select either private or group lessons. Three ski schools are available for adults, whilst child or adult boarders can take lessons from the Laax Snowboard School. Additional freeride and avalanche courses are available for those who wish to make the most of the powder with the help of an expert guide.
For children under the age of four, snow kindergarten is available to gently introduce skiing during one-hour individual lessons. Parents can either select a stand-alone one-hour lesson or a three-hour package where the remaining time is spent in a supervised crèche based in either Flims or Laax. Children aged six and over can take a seven-day beginner’s course at the Snow Wonderland, where they will enjoy hearing stories, singing songs and learning about the forest; all whilst gaining confidence on their skis.
A range of over 20 mountain dining options are spread out across the slopes above Laax and Flims. The piste map handily differentiates between ‘easy’ – large, self-service cafes at the top of key lifts; ‘cosy’ – serving everything from local specialities to simple pizzas; and ‘exquisite’ – dining experiences such as La Vacca, a heated tepee offering the finest meat delicacies. Down in the towns, there are over 90 choices, ranging from pan-Asian cuisine at Nooba to traditional local fayre at La Clav.
During a big freestyle competition in Laax, you will enjoy the exciting atmosphere and action taking place both on and off the slopes. The usual hub of après action takes place in II Pup straight after the lifts close before moving onto the lounge at the Riders Palace later in the night. For something more civilised, head to the Camino bar in the Signina hotel. Over in Flims things are a little quieter, but the slope side Igloo bar will be your go-to for cocktails after skiing in the late afternoon sunshine.
Laax has been awarded the ‘Family Destination’ quality seal thanks to its wide range of activities on offer. Enjoy afternoons spent hiking or skating at Lake Laax, before visiting one of the resort’s many spa and wellness centres for some relaxation and recuperation. In Flims, you will find four cinemas offering 2D and 3D technology, a kids garden complete with Magic Express train and 4x4 mini Skoda driving experience, and six perfectly groomed rinks making up one of Europe’s most beautiful curling facilities.