Overall Rating

Laax

Laax4/52
Laax4 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
  • Recommend
    100%
  • Would Revisit
    100%
Best Powder in Austria
    Laax Ski Trail Map
  • Laax Flims Falera Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1100m – 3018m (1918m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    8-10m
  • Lifts (28)
    10 Gondolas / cable cars
    9 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    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 19/20
    Adult - CHF70 to 89
    Child - CHF33.40 to 39.70
    Child u/6yr - Free

Laax - Reviews

Laax - Reviews

Laax baby!

Andrei Ce06/06/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    N/A
  • Rider Age
    N/A

Laax baby!

Andrei Ce06/06/2018
Certainly one of the best!!!

Laax has huge terrain (not many trees in the steeper sections), excellent snow (2018), great accommodation (recommend the capricorn deluxe hostel), and super easy access from Zurich (2h public train+bus). I specially liked this hostel because there are private rooms if you want, the free bus passes right in front of it every 10 min or so, and the owner is super cool.

This is one of the resorts that you can stay for a month and not get bored at all, although I would come back a lot poorer since food and tickets are pricey. I paid 373 CHF for 6 days of skiing - I don't know if there are better deals for longer periods. Any meal that is not a bagel or a sandwich costs about 30 CHF, but there is a supermarket nearby if you are on a budget like me.

In the winter of 2017/18 it snowed a lot so I can't complain about the powder we got. There are plenty of great lifts/rides to choose from (from flattish to steeper), 3 freeride (not groomed) zones, plus some off-piste. It takes a little time to comprehend the dimension of it.

This is home of snowboarder Nico Muller, and I can certainly say that his backyard if a perfect training spot. I actually got to meet him and Travis Rice on my trip there! They are super chill "normal" guys.

Laax - the Whistler of Switzerland.

Powderhounds Europe10/04/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    January

Laax - the Whistler of Switzerland.

Powderhounds Europe10/04/2018
Laax is without a shadow of a doubt the Whistler of Switzerland, and perhaps Europe. Statistically they are very similar (number of lifts, skiable vertical, km of trails, glacier, high quality facilities - the list goes on). Knowing this, one can be prepared for the experience.

Even though the weather during our visit was, to use the technical term, blah, right from the get-go one gets the impression that Laax is in the big league. Low visibility across most of the resort couldn’t detract from the immensity of the place or the quality of the terrain, lifts & facilities. And when one popped out of the cloud layer above 2600m, we just wished there was more time to ski Laax in good viz.

Nevertheless, from the newly re-developed base area at Flims (the resort's biggest town), we ascended in comfort on the long, long journey to sheltered Plaun (Station Plaun – classy place for a drink). Another ascent is necessary before any skiing takes place - a nod to the enormity of the terrain. Heading up to the major mid mountain base of Crap Sogn Gion, a hint of the potential tree skiing at Laax is evident.

The incredible terrain parks, pipes & other man-made snow features around Crap Sogn Gion are in perfect sync with the extraordinary digitally camouflaged building which resembles a villain's lair straight out of a Hollywood blockbuster. Even in the gloom, the scale of Laax impressed.

Powderhounds skied the entire resort except in & around Foppa. We can attest to there being piste trails, marked routes & off piste for all levels & abilities & even skied untouched powder below the Sattel down to Lavadinas. Likely could have found more if we knew the resort better (or had some visibility down low). Skiing from the top of Vorab glacier is glorious. The best alpine terrain diversity is below La Siala. The best below tree line terrain is below Crap Sogn Gion.

The descent from La Siala to Flims is a long 13km. It hurts to try & ski it one go!

We took public transport to Laax. An easy bus trip from the superb central station at Chur, we went straight from a train & on to a bus to Flims. Awesome, efficient & cheap.

Food & drink wise, the grilled fat bratwurst at Lavadinas, the mojitos at the Tucano Bar (Nagens), hot drinks at Alp Sogn Martin hut (a haven in the whiteout) & après at Legna bar in Flims are as good as anywhere in the world. Bars at Laax base like Indy Bar are allegedly worth a look, but we were too early to get involved in the action.

As temperatures nudged -15, we were pleased to receive cold bum resuscitation on the La Siala gondola's blissfully heated seats. Such things seem an extravagance, but when cold starts seeping into your bones (particularly your bum bones) it is far from it!

Value wise, Laax is one of the most expensive ski areas in Europe. Lift passes & restaurant dining are the major hurdles. Lift passes are still way cheaper than North America and there are no resorts elsewhere in the world that are a fair comparison. Eating can be done on a budget simply by not eating meals in restaurants.

We loved Laax because of its size, but we also can see negatives with Laax because of its size. When does a place become too big? Just ask people that have been to Whistler recently!

We shall return to Laax & ski it when the sun is out & powder is plentiful. It will be worth it regardless of the financial cost.