Flims/Laax Ski Resort

The linked resorts of Laax and Flims (rebranded to just Laax) are home to one of Switzerland’s largest linked ski areas, great intermediate cruising, some underrated off piste and one of the world’s best freestyle setups.

If you’re looking for a more traditional Swiss holiday, base yourself in the old village of Flims, but if lively après and a younger crowd are your thing, the base in Laax is usually packed with skiers and boarders here to use the incredible park at Crap Sogn Gion. Away from the park, the snowsure ski area is ideal for on piste cruising, but after fresh snowfall there is some fantastic off piste to be found – particularly on the ungroomed itinerary runs that are marked on the piste map.

Once again our two Ski Club Freshtracks Swiss Bliss Peak Experience holidays will be returning to Flims, taking in the more traditional side of the ski area and making the most of the 188km of well groomed slopes.

Our Flims/Laax Resort Ratings

  • Beginner ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Intermediate ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Advanced ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Snow Reliability ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Fast Lifts ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Resort Activities ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Après ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Value ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Pros

Extensive intermediate cruising

Good lift system and lots of new lifts

Laax is lively and Flims is traditional – giving two great alternative base options

Cons

Resort runs can suffer from bad snow

Most slopes above treeline so suffer in bad weather

Queues can form to get up the mountain

Flims/Laax Skiing and Snowboarding

The best beginner areas are located at Foppa above Flims or on the sunny plateau at Crap Sogn Gion – just be aware that to get back to Laax you will need to download. From here, progression on to long, sweeping blues is excellent. We’d recommend exploring the network of blues above Sogn Martin as the most popular area at Alp Dado can get busy. Intermediates have the pick of most of the area, including the snowsure Vorab Glacier.

For those looking at freestyle, there are few better places. The No Name Park is home to the biggest halfpipe in the world and some monster kickers – its no wonder the BRITS and the European Open are held in Laax and many athletes base themselves here during the winter. If the park isn’t your thing, then head to the unique Lavadinas chairlift (it rotates 45 degrees as you get on to give you a better view) for access to some good off piste or tackle one of the 36km of marked itineraries.

  • Total Pistes: 188km
  • Blue: 47%
  • Red: 43%
  • Black: 10%
  • Additional Itineraries: 36km
  • Lifts: 28
  • Altitude: 1100m – 3018m

Flims/Laax Piste Map

The local area map can be downloaded here.

Flims/Laax Season Dates

9th November 2019 - 19th April 2020

Flims/Laax Resort

Flims is the larger of the two and is a more traditional Swiss village. There is a good choice of accommodation and some excellent restaurants and bars, specialising mostly in Swiss food. It is noticeably quieter than Laax and makes for a better base for families or those looking for a chalet holiday.

In contrast Laax is smaller and much more lively, especially at the bottom of the Larnags lift station where the rocksresort dominates. This offers excellent self-catered accommodation, a number of lively bars that quickly fill up once the park closes and is the base for many of the world’s best athletes – keep your eyes peeled. The Riders Hotel is the place to be seen and is home to the best nightclub in town.

How to get to Flims/Laax

The journey from Zürich is a quick hour and a half drive away. Alternatively you can catch the train to Chur and jump on a bus up to either resort. Friedrichshafen airport in Germany is a good alternative and the drive is a similar length. Basel airport is around two and half hours away.

  • Zürich airport: 1.5 hours (driving) or 2.5 hours (public transport)
  • Friedrichshafen airport: 1.5 hours (driving)
  • Basel airport: 2.5 hours (driving) or 3.5 hours (public transport)
  • Calais: approximately 11 hours driving (565 miles)

Flims/Laax Contact Details

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