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Laax Quick Facts
Resort: Laax
Altitude: 1016m
Ski Area: Weisse Arena
Canton: Graubunden
Train Station: No
Main Language: German

The resort of Laax, located in the east of Switzerland in Graub√ľnden, has become increasingly popular in recent years, having created a vibrant, modern image for itself and a large, loyal following amongst snowboarders and free-riders in particular.

Laax shares its ski area with neighbouring Flims, and both areas have in the past been marketed under the same names, such is the proximity of each other. Laax tends to get marketed as the main winter resort, whilst Flims is marketed as the summer destination, even though in reality both share many of the same activities.

Laax is a very popular resort amongst the Swiss, and its snowboarders in particular. The area has invested heavily in facilities to make the resort attractive to snowboarders and freestyle skiers, with four separate snow parks, including one of Europe's finest up at Crap Sogn Gio and the largest half-pipe in Europe. The small Vorab glacier allows for one of the snow parks to be set up early at the start of winter and last right through until late into the season. Laax is very popular within the freestyle snowboarding and skiing community and holds numerous international competitions and even has an indoor freestyle academy down at the resort. Laax also features on the Amped series of snowboarding video games.

Laax and Flims share the same slopes, and with over 200km of pistes it's actually one of Switzerland's largest ski areas. It's a fantastic area for intermediates with a good variety of slopes to try and progress on, from long easy blues and reds to simpler blacks to test your skills on. Laax's slopes are wide, open and mainly sunny, with many of them having no trees to line them, which is ideal if the weather is clear and cold, but problematic when things start to warm up. The glacier up above Vorab and Crap Masegn is limited but hey, it's still a glacier, better to have one than not to have one.

Laax Positives and Negatives

  • Despite being relatively unknown, Laax has one of Switzerland's largest ski areas.
  • Very popular with snowboarders and home to arguably Switzerland's top snow-park.
  • Great mix of pistes, particularly good for intermediate level skiers and snowboarders.
  • Good free-riding.
  • One of Switzerland's coolest, liveliest resorts.
  • The lower pistes of Laax can suffer in warmer weather.
  • Ski-lifts can be a bit of a trek from much of the accommodation.
  • No train station unfortunately.

Laax The Resort Itself

Laax is split into two areas - Laax and Laax Dorf. Laax is the more modern of the two, with the ski lift stations and hotels. This area is home to two of the most iconic accommodation developments in Switzerland - the famous Rider's Palace (a hotel specifically created for snowboarders and skiers) and the Rocks Resort complex, an area which includes restaurants and bars and whose grey, cube-shaped buildings were built in 2009 and have really helped put the resort on the map. Both of these are situated in the northern end of Laax, near to the Crap Sogn Gion cable car station and the Larnags gondola station. Just below Laax sits the more traditional Laax Dorf, with more archetypal Swiss-chalet architecture and amidst a lake-side setting.

Transport links to Laax

The table below shows train times from the main cities and transport hubs of Switzerland to Laax.

From Time Changes
Basel 3:05 1
Bern 3:06 2
Geneva 4:53 2
Geneva Airport 5:02 2
Lausanne 4:18 2
Luzern 3:03 2
Sion 4:47 3
Zurich 2:01 1
Zurich Airport 2:25 2

Note: Laax has no train station, so the final leg of the journey must be done by bus or taxi from Chur.

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