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Laax

Laax

Laax - Grisons, Switzerland

Snowboard, Ski

Laax is one of the leading resorts in the Swiss Alps and with the smaller and less crowded Flims to the east and Falera to the west, it forms one of Switzerland’s largest ski areas. Laax Dorf is the original rustic village and Laax is the less charming, newer and bigger complex. There are a good variety of slopes for all levels but most are suitable for beginner and intermediate levels. The majority of the pistes are wide and open but there are some good woodland runs too. Despite the altitude, as the resort is south facing the snow quality isn't always great as it tends to melt and refreeze earlier in the season. There are snowmaking facilities on the main runs but more are needed. The resort is easily accessed by car from Chur, alternatively you can fly to Zurich International Airport or Friedrichschafen Regional Airport and hire a car from there or organise to be picked-up. The public transport system is excellent and the resort can be accessed by train or bus too.



Laax is one of Switzerland's snowboard meccas and to stay high up in the popularity ranks, they made a serious investment in building some of Europe’s best terrain parks and pro half-pipes such as the 200 metre Olympic Superpipe. Many high-profile events are hosted there with attendance from top international riders, such as the Burton European Open, the BRITS Series finals which takes place mid-March, the European Freeski Open and various Rookie Fests. These competitions are celebrated with music concerts and many famous bands, DJs and producers. There are four snowparks, based around the Crap Sogn Gion zone, with a total of 56 obstacles, 15 kickers, an airbag and two pipes. The Beginner park has rails, boxes and tables; The Ils Plauns contains medium kicker lines, rails and boxes; Curnius is where you’ll find the pro kicker line, jib elements, rails, boxes and tables and NoName is the home of the superpipe and minipipe. There is also an Indoor Freestyle Academy for snowboarders, freeskiers, skaters and bikers. It is fully kitted out with trampolines, skate ramps, kicker facilities and a foam pit.

Laax’s black pistes aren’t particularly challenging but there is some good freeride terrain on the five avalanche controlled runs. The terrain in between Crap Sogn Gion and Crap Masegn is wide and open with natural gullies and after a fresh dump the very steep terrain in the Vorab Pign Area is hard to beat. The freeride runs are popular so you’ll have to be up there early to be first down.

Conditions

The winter season usually runs from mid to late December until the first week of April, condition depending. Despite the altitude, as the resort is south facing, the snow tends to melt and refreeze earlier so the quality isn't always great, however, there are snowmaking facilities on the main runs but the lower slopes still tend to get slushy or icy, even early in the season.
Characteristics
  • Vertical Drop
    6.292 ft
  • Terrain
    40 ha
  • Longest Run
    8 Mi
  • Runs
    146 Mi
  • SnowPark
    4
  • Summit
    9.901 ft
  • Lifts
    29
  • Base
    3.608 ft

Difficulty level of the pistes

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