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Flims Ski Resort

Flims Resort Guide

Flims, Switzerland

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Flims Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length235km146 miles
Highest Lift3,018m9,902ft
Resort Height1,100m3,609ft
 Nearest AirportsSt. Gallen-Altenrhein and Lugano
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Flims at a glance

Flims is the largest of the three villages which share a joint ski area, Flims, Laax and Falera. The Ski area the three villages share is most commonly known as 'LAAX' - the name that the tourist office of the villages prefer it to be known by, although it is sometimes called 'The White Arena' too. Flims itself 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 simply LAAX, which is crowned by the Vorab glacier. 70 per cent of the slopes are situated over 2,000 metres above sea level and freestyle facilities include what's claimed to be the world's largest superpipe.

 When will it snow in Flims?

The next notable snow forecast for Flims is 7cm3in, expected on 12 December, with around 19cm8in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Flims Facts, Stats and Ratings

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Ratings for Flims
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Intermediate Skiers
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How High is Flims?

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Flims
Highest Lift3,018m9,902ft
Lowest Piste1,100m3,609ft
Resort Altitude (Flims)1,100m3,609ft
Max Vertical1,918m6,293ft

Ski Area, Pistes and Lifts

Flims Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Flims
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 5 90km56 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
1270km43 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
1575km47 miles
Downhill
Total Length
235km146 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
54km34 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
33

Flims-Laax-Falera Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Flims-Laax-Falera
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
18
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
40
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
45
Downhill
Total Length
470km292 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
63
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Flims Summary

The Swiss Ski Resort of Flims is part of the Flims-Laax-Falera ski area with access to 470km292 miles of downhill skiing, with 103 marked pistes, served by a total of 63 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Flims itself (235km146 miles of pisted 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 Laax. Flims is directly linked by Ski Lift to the ski areas of Falera and Laax.

With ski lifts as high as 3,018m9,902ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Flims Overview

Flims, Laax and Falera had been jointly marketed as Laax over recent years, although Flims was historically the better known ski resort.

Located on a wide and normally sunny mountain terrace, Flims is made up of two centres, the larger being Flims Waldhaus which dates back to 745 AD. The lifts, however, are at Flims Dorf, and Europe's first chair lift was built here in 1945 (entirely out of wood, with steel being in short supply after World War II), linking the resort to Foppa. The resort's history as a tourist resort dates back a further 70 years before that first chair lift, when the local pastor had the idea to build an hotel, the Kurhaus Waldhaus, with 120 beds.

Walks to a newly built restaurant at Lake Cauma were also constructed and the initiative was so successful that illustrious guests began to arrive, the hotel was enlarged and a casino added by the time the Dutch Queen Wilhelmine arrived in 1893. The tourist office opened in 1904 and winter sports were embraced straight after the war ended. The Naraus - Cassons cable car was completed in 1956. In 1978 this was extended up to the Vorab glacier, where a chair lift and two T Bar lifts are operational. In 1996 the Mountain Transportation Companies of Flims and Laax combined to form the White Arena Corporation.

On the Mountain

The longest possible descent in Flims is 17km11 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'Fatschas 65'.

Skiing in Flims

The Laax ski area,also 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 1,410 metres at Foppa. 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, 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 to 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.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding in Flims

Laax is a major boarding centre with four terrain parks and 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.

Laax is a particularly good places for children to learn to board as the Snow Wonderland 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.

When is Flims open?

 Open.

 Closes : April 12, 2020*
*Flims-Laax-Falera.

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Flims.

Snow Making

Flims is able to make snow, on 25km16 miles of ski runs, with 225 snow cannons.

Ski Lift Capacity

The 33 ski lifts of Flims are able to uplift 42,410 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Where is Flims?

Flims is in the Swiss Alps in Flims-Laax-Falera, Grisons, Switzerland.

How can I get to Flims?

 By Air

The nearest airports to Flims are St. Gallen-Altenrhein, Lugano and Friedrichshafen. There are 10 airports within three hours drive.

Off the Mountain

Flims Aprés Ski

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. In Laax the new Rock Resort'ds bars as well as the Lobby Bar in the Riders Palace are all popular.

Although Flims Waldhaus has the majority of the facilities, 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 bar is also busy as soon as the lifts close and can continue right through the night.

Waldhaus has the more sophisticated, and quieter après ski scene, with more emphasis on refined live music and gourmet dining.

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