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Laax - Ski Resort in Flims-Laax-Falera, Swiss Alps (1100m to 2477m)
Flims Laax Falera is the name that the tourist office of the villages of Flims, Laax and Falera prefer to be collectively known by. Flims itself, the largest of the three, is made up of two centres, the larger being Flims Waldhaus which dates back to 745AD. The Tourist Office promotes these two centres as well as Laax and Falera, neighbouring villages, as one place in terms of facilities. The lifts however are at Flims Dorf (as well as Laax and Falera) and Europe's first chair lift was built here in 1945, linking the resort to Foppa. There is a huge sunny ski area between them and Laax/Falera, called the Alpenarena, which is crowned by the Vorab glacier.
Laax Ski Facts
|13||Black Pistes (86km)|
|20||Red Pistes (71km)|
|25||Blue Pistes (63km)|
|54km||Cross Country Pistes|
The Swiss ski resort of Laax is part of the Flims-Laax-Falera ski area with access to 103 individual pistes. In addition to the skiing in Laax itself 130pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Flims-Laax-Falera ski resorts of Falera and Flims. Laax is directly linked by Ski Lift to the ski areas of Falera and Flims.
With skiing above 2000 metres, snow cover is generally reliable.
Snowmaking :- Laax is able to augment natural snow, on 15km of ski runs, with 80 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 30 Ski Lifts of Laax are able to uplift 42,000 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
There are four Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Laax are perfectly feasible.
Skiing in Laax
The Laax ski area,incorporating the lift linked skiing above Flims and Falera, covers some spectacular terrain accessed by a well integrated network of cabin lifts and modern chairlifts. The longest trail is an incredible 17km (11 miles) long down from the Vorab glacier to Flims.
Beginners can start off their skiing careers on the wide gentle nursery slopes by Flims Dorf or take the chairlift up to 1,590 metres at Startgels. 36% of the terrain suits intermediates, as does the 44% of trails graded easy, giving most cruisers four-fifths of this huge area to enjoy. Recent investment in lifts includes the new eight seater gondola 'Arena Express' from Flims to Nagens for the 97-98 season, and a new six seater chair from Plaun to Crap Sogn Gion, so it's easy to get back up the mountain quickly too.
Highlights for good skiers, who have 22% of the terrain graded black, include the downhill from Vorab to Alp Ruschein (6km (4 miles) of pure joy) and the World Cup Descent from Crap down Laax offers its own special challenges. Other favourites for good skiers and experts are the black down from Cassons Grat to Naraus and, at the end of the day, the long descent through the trees down from Nagens, which can ultimately continue on to Flims Walhaus. So you can ski back to the resort centre, even if you need transport to get to the lifts from there in the morning.
The New Technology Centres (NTCs) at the base stations in Flims, Falera and Laax, as well as in Nagens and Crap Sogn Gion, are a good idea. They offer new equipment in all its forms, including skiwear and lift tickets, so you can kit yourself out in the latest gear slopeside and off-you-go. Cross country skiers are well catered for as well in the Laax area with 60km (36 miles) of prepared tracks, with some floodlit for night skiing.
Snowboarding in Laax
Laax is a major boarding centre with board-friendly uplift facilities - mostly modern chairs, gondolas and cable cars. Snowboarding events are organised throughout the season. The snowboard school, with1080 instructors, offers private or group lessons (maximum of 8 people) in free style, racing and all-round courses as well as weekend and week-long camps.
Party spots at the base of the stations, such as the Crap Bar , Riders Palace and the Casa Veglia at Laax or the Iglu, and the Legna in Flims. The Tourist Board organises a seemingly endless variety of packages incorporating these events and/or schools, rentals, accommodations, concert tickets.
Flims, Laax and Falera are particularly good places for children to learn to board as the new Kids Village incorporates many snowboarding features such as a mini half-pipe and mini boarder-cross and a big snowboard Tipi base.
The resort has snowboard-insiders Reto Poltera and Martin Garbeli working all season and they guarantee that the obstacle parks and boardercross are always up to the newest standards. The resort also boasts a Pipe Monster - a pipe groomer - that will ensure that the halfpipes are always in the best condition and keep them trimmed down to 6.7meters.
Laax Aprés Ski
In Laax the WaWa-Bar, 200m from the Murschetg base station, is popular for its romantic, cozy atmosphere. The lobby Bar in the Riders palace is also popular. The crap Bar in Laax has a stunning 24 ton granite bar to support the weight of the wide range of brews available.
Although Waldhaus has the majority of the facilities in Flims, those looking for lively nightlife are more likely to find the action in the slopeside bars such as the Iglu at the base station in Flims. The nearby Albana Pub and Stenna Bar are also busy as soon as the lifts close and can continue right through the night. The 420 year-old cellar - converted in to a club beneath the Hotel Bellevue is an interesting and atmospheric alternative.
Waldhaus has the more sophisticated, and quieter après ski scene, with more emphasis on refined live music and gourmet dining.
Younger skiiers will find plenty to occupy their musical tastes in the Red Cat in Laax and the Cheers Bar in Flims, whilst the Casa Veglia in Laax-Murschetg offers a wide range of live gigs including rock n roll, dixie and rythm n blues.
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Laax in brief
Laax Ski Resort is:
Very good for Expert Skiers.
Excellent for Intermediate Skiers.
Very good for Beginners.
Very good for Snowboarding.
Opened : October 20, 2012
Closed : April 14, 2013
Opening Subject To Snow Conditions.
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