Laax/Flims is a collection of villages with a big, shared ski area, high and sunny and largely open. As a resort it has been reinventing itself over the last decade, successfully becoming a modern destination on several big freestyle event circuits, and with nightlife and budget-friendly accommodation to suit.
Three linked villages of Flims, Laax and Falera are dotted along the road, sharing 220km of varied and sunny piste. The villages are all a little focus-less; Flims is more traditional but bisected by a big road, while Laax is pretty modern and industrial-looking, to appeal to that young, snowboard/freeski crowd, which it certainly does.
The terrain is quiet, easy-going and not on the British skier’s radar. The Zurich crowd know all about it though – expect it to get rather busier at weekends when the sun and snow are good. There’s heaps of superb intermediate cruising terrain, which is also great for building confidence in novice skiers and snowboarders. There’s also a lot of great off-piste about – fun slopes between pistes and through trees when the conditions are right. The terrain park, as you’d expect, is a bit of a focus, with the buzzing Café NoName at the top, and an endless stream of cool people to watch. Look out for the steakhouse in a tipi by the pistes – a nice example of how Laax aren’t afraid to try something a little different.