Laax is both a ski resort and a ski region. There are three villages linked by lifts in the LAAX ski area (it should be in capitals) – Flims Laax and Falera. Flims is the largest and back before the 1990s was known as the main resort, but in more recent years the whole area has been marketed as LAAX. It is one of Switzerland’s biggest ski areas, also known as the Alpenarena, and is crowned by the Vorab glacier providing snowsure skiing. The LAAX ski area is also one of the world’s best known for freestyle boarding, being home to some excellent terrain parks and host of some of the world’s biggest international snowboarding competitions each winter. 70 per cent of the slopes are situated over 2,000 metres above sea level and freestyle facilities include what’s claimed to be the world’s largest superpipe.
Laax has built a reputation as one of the coolest ski areas on the planet with great freeriding from its glaciated upper slopes and no less than four terrain parks hosting big events like the Burton European Open and the BRITS freestyle festival each winter.
In 2015-16 Laax’s old triple chairlift La Siala was replaced by a modern gondola complete with 10-seat cabins which will take skiers and boarders up from Alp Sogn Martin to La Siala, with a very comfortable, pleasant ride. After Laax previously unveiled a chairlift designed by Porsche, this new gondola cars was developed in collaboration with Pininfarina, the designers of Ferrari cars.