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Laax ski resort from the top of the Vorab Glacier at 3018m.
Laax ski resort from the top of the Vorab Glacier at 3018m.
Crap Sogn Gion at Laax is straight out of a James Bond movie!
Crap Sogn Gion at Laax is straight out of a James Bond movie!
Modern chairlifts that move plenty of skiers at Laax, Switzerland.
Modern chairlifts that move plenty of skiers at Laax, Switzerland.
Freestylers will love the world's best terrain parks & superpipes at Laax.
Freestylers will love the world's best terrain parks & superpipes at Laax.
The village of Laax, only 2km from the ski resorts lifts.
The village of Laax, only 2km from the ski resorts lifts.
Laax skiing toward the freeride area beyond Sattel.
Laax skiing toward the freeride area beyond Sattel.
Loads of places to go at Laax ski resort.
Loads of places to go at Laax ski resort.
Laax powder on the way down to Lavadinas.
Laax powder on the way down to Lavadinas.
Heading into the void at Laax ski resort - glorious on a bluebird day.
Heading into the void at Laax ski resort - glorious on a bluebird day.
Alp Sogn Martin bar restaurant is haven at Laax ski resort.
Alp Sogn Martin bar restaurant is haven at Laax ski resort.
For the uninitiated, regular trail map checking is mandatory at Laax.
For the uninitiated, regular trail map checking is mandatory at Laax.
The magician Ami Sabi oversees the three learn to ski areas at Laax.
The magician Ami Sabi oversees the three learn to ski areas at Laax.
Laax ski resort lift system is world class.
Laax ski resort lift system is world class.
Skiing Laax freeride routes can involve some short, worthwhile hikes.
Skiing Laax freeride routes can involve some short, worthwhile hikes.
The best brats in Switzerland at the base of the Lavadinas chair in Laax.
The best brats in Switzerland at the base of the Lavadinas chair in Laax.
Some classic old lifts still exist at Laax, but probably not for long!
Some classic old lifts still exist at Laax, but probably not for long!
The Tucano Bar at Nagens is one of Laax's many great drinkeries.
The Tucano Bar at Nagens is one of Laax's many great drinkeries.
The top of La Siala is the start of a 13km, 1710m vertical run to Flims.
The top of La Siala is the start of a 13km, 1710m vertical run to Flims.
Some people visit Laax just for the snowparks, but there is more to do...
Some people visit Laax just for the snowparks, but there is more to do...
Ski Laax, Switzerland.
Ski Laax, Switzerland.

Laax

Laax Ski Resort Switzerland

The Laax ski resort is one of Switzerland's (& Europe's) biggest & best.

Laax is all about modern lifts, vast terrain, long piste trails for all abilities & challenging off piste skiing & freeride routes. The resort is also known for its monstrous snow parks & resort facilities straight out of a James Bond or Austen Powers movie.

Laax also provided the Powderhounds with the best grilled bratwurst in Europe - no small achievement! Combine that with some of Switzerland's best après ski bars & you have a winning combination.

Summary of Pros & Cons for Laax Ski Resort

Pros

  • Huge ski area with vast terrain including a glacier;
  • Modern lifts and facilities;
  • Reliable snowfall;
  • Fabulous variety of piste trails for all levels;
  • Lots of long, long valley trails:
  • Over 1900m of vertical, 1700m of which is skiable in one hit;
  • Terrain parks that need to be seen to be believed (Europe's best!);
  • Wonderful on mountain restaurants and bars;
  • Massive areas of off piste powder;
  • Reasonably uncrowded (for a large ski resort);
  • Excellent après ski (unusual for Switzerland);
  • Ski in ski out accommodation available;
  • Easy access from Chur on a day trip.

Cons

  • The most expensive lift pass in Europe (but still way cheaper than Whistler!);
  • Lacks the expert & extreme terrain that would make it a truly great all rounder.

Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective

  • Three different ski area village bases;
  • Mainly south facing, sunny terrain.

Laax Skiing & Snowboarding

Statistically, Laax stacks up pretty well against all the biggest & best ski resorts in the world. The ski resort compares well to Whistler in Canada, but without Whistler's extreme terrain, lift lines & steep lift pass price!

Topped with the Vorab Glacier above 3000m, the resorts 224km of piste trails range from the high alpine to forested slopes over a staggering 1918m skiable vertical. The terrain & trails cater for all abilities equally well, so there is plenty for advanced skiers & snowboarders.

Laax ski lifts are progressively being modernised with comfortable gondolas & 6er chairs with heated seats the norm.

A major feature of Laax ski resort is the serious terrain park & superpipe at the intriguingly named Crap Sogn Gion. It has to be seen to be believed.

See our Laax Skiing & Snowboarding page for more information.

Where is Laax, Switzerland?

Laax ski resort is in the canton of Grisons (Graubuenden), southeast Switzerland.

Based around the three villages of Laax, Flims & Falera, the resort's largest village of Flims is 21km west of the capital of canton Grisons, Chur. Zurich is the closest international airport, 145km by road to the north.

Laax is easy to get by car or a combination of train to Chur or Ilanz & then bus to either Flims or Laax.

For info on the best ways to get there, see our Travel to Laax page.

Laax Accommodation

The ski resort base area at Laax provides a mix of modern, funky slopeside ski -in hotels & apartments plus more traditional chalets. The signature accommodation is the rockresort - so trendy it doesn't even use uppercase letters in its name! A wider range of cheaper lodgings are in the actual village of Laax, 2km by road away from the lift base area.

Some on-mountain options exist that are only accessible by cable car. Berghaus Nagens has traditional & shared bedrooms in a convivial environment above Flims. The Mountain Hostel Crap Sogn Gion is part of the unique 'digital fortress' complex above Laax and has quad share rooms for groups or the younger set!

Flims is a larger town with a broad array of lodging options including ski in apartments next to the lower slopes & the ski in hotel The Hide Flims. Unlike Laax, the ski lift base is in town, walking distance to the centre. Hotels & guesthouses are directly across the road from the lift base.

Falera is a small hamlet perfect for those wanting a bit of peace & quiet, but still within walking distance of a ski lift.

Search & book Laax, Flims & Falera Accommodation here >>>

Laax Activities

One thing about ski resorts in Switzerland is that there are a host of non-ski activities for those not inclined to slide down slopes in the upright position. Laax is no different.

Around 100km of winter walking trails are available up to 2570m elevation. Three sledding trails up to 3.6km long and a tube park exist. Cross country skiing, ice skating on rinks & natural lakes; the obligatory paragliding, curling, a swimming pool……….. the list goes on. No boring down days at Laax.


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    Laax Ski Trail Map
  • Laax Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1100m – 3018m (1918m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    8-10m
  • Lifts (28)
    10 Gondolas / cable cars
    9 Chairs
  • Ski Hours
    Late October to late April
    8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 224km
    Longest run – 13km
    Advanced - 26%
    Intermediate - 36%
    Beginner - 38%
  • Lift Pass Price (Day Ticket 18/19)
    Adult - CHF68 to 85
    Child - CHF22.70 to 28.30
    Child u/6yr - Free