Thanks to Mother Nature there was plenty of great skiing to be had right up until the last lifts shut. Sabine, a mother of two, took her young family of two boys to Flims as the season drew to a close…
“We have chosen Flims for a weekend trip with our two boys, aged three and six. Flims is linked to Laax and Falera and offers 224kms of slopes and the worlds biggest halfpipe. It’s less than two hours from Zürich airport.
We arrived just as the school holidays finished which meant there were no queues and the slopes were quiet. Our oldest son was able to safely explore the mountain while our youngest stayed in the kids’ village at the bottom of the hill in the resort.
At this time of year we had the luxury of being almost the only people in the ‘kids village’. We were blessed with sunshine which meant life was so much easier. There were no complaints about cold hands, feet or faces. The spring weather made skiing enjoyable for all of us. By mid-afternoon, thanks to the blazing the sun the snow got a bit slushy, and heavy for the boys so we decided it was good to stop at lunch and leave the skis in the rack for the rest of the day.
We swopped skis for sledges and changed from our ski boots to more comfortable footwear, and headed up the mountain for lunch on the sunny terrace of the mountain restaurant Foppa which naturally came with great views. Lenny, aged three, was so happy to finally be on the chairlift that he had watched pass over him all morning. We couldn’t believe our luck, the restaurant had a slide for the kids to play on. We upgraded lunch to a long lunch as the kids were happily playing up on the mountain in the snow and on the slide.
By the time we had concluded our extended lunch the sun had turned the toboggan run home into slush. Which actually was fine as it meant they couldn’t go too fast home!
Every now and then I’d have to pull the sledge, but walking down the path home surrounded by stunning scenery was hardly a chore. We stopped for a little snack break and took pictures and the boys enjoyed running around in the snow, making snow angels and shoveling snow.
Yes, we brought a shovel as our little boy loves shoveling snow more than anything!
If you end up staying in a holiday home in Falera, there is a great kids village there too with a restaurant on the side. There is a shuttle bus going up to Sternwarte in Falera and there you will find a magic carpet and a childrens drag lift, which is easy for the children to use. When the kids get worn out, there is a chairlift taking you up to Curnius restaurant serving local specialties and an incredible terrace to enjoy spring days before you get to sledge down back to the base station.
The third children’s ski area is in Laax next to a lake. There is a childrens drag lift and a new restaurant at the bottom. You can either get there by shuttle bus or there is ample parking in the garage right next to the slope”.
All the kids’ villages are free to use!
Huge thanks to ‘Swiss’ Sabine for writing this #skiblog for MadDogSki.com:
Sabine, a Swiss-German school teacher with two young children, has skied all her life and is a fully qualified instructor. Sabine used to work and teach children in Verbier before becoming a full-time school teacher in her home town of Rapperswill, on the banks of Lake Zurich.