Skiing and snowboarding in Laax: A comprehensive skiing guide

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Skiing and snowboarding in Laax

Alpine hotspot for riders

The ultra-cool ski resort of Laax is the favourite playground for snowboarders and freestylers from all over Europe. And rightly so. The resort offers exceptional facilities for this type of skiing and hosts international freestyle competitions that bring together professionals and amateurs alike. The village also has everything to please them: lively bars, concerts and chilled-out après-ski. Unlike some other kitschy Alpine resorts, the local scene is burgeoning with innovative design projects, in hospitality, gastronomy and in the development of the skiing infrastructure.

The ski area is also well suited to beginners thanks to its learning areas, its numerous blue runs and its freestyle academy that allows youngsters get started safely. The two other villages linked to the skiing area, Flims and Falera, are primarily aimed at spa and relaxation buffs.

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Our review of the skiing area

Epic snowparks and freestyle

The Vorab glacier is the highest point of the ski area. Most of the slopes are above 2,000m and therefore enjoy a good snow cover throughout the high season. Here, no T-bars except on the glacier. You will find mostly state-of-the-art cable cars, gondolas and chairlifts.

Snowpark and freeride

The hub of the skiing area and the starting point for most riders is the Galaaxy at the top of Crap Sogn Gion. From there, you can access the huge freestyle area made up of four snow parks, including the largest half-pipe in Europe. Higher up, from the Vorab glacier, freeriders will have fun on the unprepared but secured slopes of the Vorab Pign.

Photos: LAAX / Andri Ragettli


Between the Laax and Flims areas lies a vast plateau of blue slopes intermingled with unprepared stretches, that will delight those seeking a safe introduction to powder snow. The ski area is well suited to beginners and is a real favourite with parents, with two child cares and a ski school accessible to children aged 4 and up.

Intermediate and advanced skiers

Skiers fond of speed and carving experts will be disappointed, the inclinations of the slopes being overall too gentle. There are, however, some fine runs at La Siala, Mutta Rodunda, Grauberg and on the southern side of the Vorab.

How to get to Laax?

Location and access

Just a 25-minute drive from Chur, Laax is one of Switzerland’s major and most accessible swiss ski resorts from Zurich. The resort is located on a sunny plateau, facing south-east, overlooking the Rhine Gorges. The inhabitants now speak mostly Swiss German, but it is still possible to hear Rumantsch, a typical Romansh language in the region.

On the motorway from Chur, take the exit Reichenau, then follow Films or Laax. The ski resort can be reached in less than thirty minutes.

Flims or Laax, both villages have covered car parks with the same rates (20 frs for 12 hours and 28 frs for 24 hours). If you arrive early, you may be lucky enough to find cheaper outdoor parking spaces (between 5 and 10 frs per day).

Distance by car to Laax

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  • Take the train to Chur.
  • From there, go to the bus station above the platforms and take the yellow post bus number 81, which takes 30 minutes to Flims and 45 minutes to Laax.
  • To reach the ski lifts, get off at “Laax, Bergbahnen” or “Flims Dorf, Bergbahnen”.

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The nearest international airport is Zurich Airport.

By shuttle
A shuttle bus service runs between Zurich Airport and Laax during the high season. Pre-bookings required. The single trip costs CHF 75. Please note that the shuttle only runs once a day and only on some days of the week.

By public transport

  • Get down to the airport’s underground train station and take one of the many trains to the main station (Zürich HB).
  • From Zürich HB, take the InterCity 3 which leaves every 30 minutes heading for Chur.
  • In Chur, go to the bus station above the platforms and take the yellow postbus number 81 which connects Flims in 30 minutes and Laax in 45 minutes.
  • To reach the lifts, get off at “Laax, Bergbahnen” or “Flims Dorf, Bergbahnen”.

The single adult trip without discount costs CHF 58.
Total travel time from Zurich airport: 2h15

Shuttle buses connect the villages of Laax, Flims and Falera as well as the ski lifts to one another. Departure every 30 minutes. Shuttles are free for ski pass holders.

Hotels in Laax-Flims

The best hotels of the ski resort

Flims, Laax and Falera offer a wide and varied range of accommodation. Snowboarders, youngsters and freestylers: choose the hotels in Laax to enjoy the après-ski and events. Wellness enthusiasts and families: head towards Flims for its natural beauty and tranquility.

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