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Laax - Ski Area Guide

Laax, Switzerland

Ski Resort in Flims-Laax-Falera, Swiss Alps - 235km146 miles of Piste (1,100m3,609ft to 2,477m8,127ft). Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Laax is both a ski resort and a ski region. There are three villages linked by lifts in the LAAX ski area (it should be in capitals) - Flims Laax and Falera. Flims is the largest and back before the 1990s was known as the main resort, but in more recent years the whole area has been marketed as LAAX. It is one of Switzerland's biggest ski areas, also known as the Alpenarena, and is crowned by the Vorab glacier providing snowsure skiing. The LAAX ski area is also one of the world's best known for freestyle boarding, being home to some excellent terrain parks and host of some of the world's biggest international snowboarding competitions each winter. 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.

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The next notable snow forecast for Laax is 11cm4in, expected on 1 March. There is some snow currently indicated by the long-range (7 days+) forecast; but too far ahead to be relied upon.

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Laax Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Laax
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
1390km56 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
2070km43 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
2575km47 miles
Number of runs
Total Length
235km146 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
54km34 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Flims-Laax-Falera Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Flims-Laax-Falera
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Number of runs
Total Length
470km292 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Laax Ski Area Height

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Laax
Max Vertical1,377m4,518ft
Highest Lift2,477m8,127ft
Lowest Piste1,100m3,609ft
Resort Altitude (Laax)1,100m3,609ft
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Laax Summary

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

With ski lifts as high as 2,477m8,127ft, snow cover is generally reliable.

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.

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

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.

Laax in brief

Laax Ski Resort is:
Very good for Expert Skiers.
Excellent for Intermediate Skiers.
Very good for Beginners.
Very good for Snowboarding.

Laax Season Dates


 Closes : April 22, 2019*

Usual opening - Early Nov Open weekends in November.

Usual closing - Late April then fully open from mid December.

NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Laax.

Where is Laax?

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Laax Snow Making

Snowmaking :- Laax is able to augment natural snow, on 15km9 miles of ski runs, with 80 Snow Cannons.

Laax Ski Lift Capacity

Ski Lift Capacity :- The 30 Ski Lifts of Laax are able to uplift 42,000 skiers / snowboarders per hour.

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