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FLIMS LAAX FALERA

Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

Flims Laax Falera, SWITZERLAND is one of Europe's most underrated ski and snowboard resorts with an enormous expanse of varying terrain set amongst breathtaking scenery.

Flims Laax Falera Ski and Snowboard Terrain

The skiing and snowboarding terrain at Flims Laax Falera is spread across three mountains and serviced by a modern efficient lift system. Most of the terrain is above the treeline.

Expect to find off piste steep powder fields, open bowls and gullies. Long wide groomed cruising trails span down from every peak with gentle beginner areas above the villages.

The Vorab Glacier sits at the highest section of Flims Laax Falera providing year round glacier skiing and snowboarding.

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Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding at Flims Laax Falera

Advanced skiers and snowboarders head to the top of the Cassons Cable Car for off piste challenging powder filled terrain.

The off piste terrain in-between Crap Sogn Gion and Crap Masegn is wide and open with natural gullies. After a good snowfall the very steep terrain in the Vorab Pign Area is hard to beat.

On the pistes stay high and to the left from the top of the Vorab Lift for a long and fast run down to the base of the Alp Ruschein Chairlift.

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding at Flims Laax Falera

Intermediates can cruise the entire ski and snowboard area on very long wide groomed linking trails. Every lift has at least one intermediate trail leading down from it.

From the Crap Sogn Gion Gondola Station seemingly endless leg burning trails shoot out in all directions.

From the top of the La Slala Chairlift; one of the highest chairlifts you will ever ride, turn right to access the Vorab Glacier or left to head towards the Nagens Area.

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding at Flims Laax Falera

The Foppa Area above the Flims Dorf Village has the gentlest slopes perfect for beginners to learn on.

Beginners are not limited to just one area at Flims Laax Falera. The gently sloping wide and long beginner trails on the lower left hand side of the Crap Sogn Gion Cable Car Station around the Alp Dado Lift lead all the way down to the Falera Village. In 2009 additional snowmaking equipment was installed on the long home trails leading down to all the base villages ensuring snow coverage all season.

Once beginner confidence grows catch the Fuorcia Gondola to Vorab then follow the long linking trails across to the Nagens Area.

The Flims Laax Falera Ski and Snowboard School has lessons for all ages and ability levels. Bilingual instructors are available for private, two hour, half day and multiple day long lessons.

Flims Laax Terrain Park and Halfpipe

Flims Laax was one of the first resorts in the world to embrace snowboarding and the freestyle skiing movement. It has some of the best facilities on the planet with two terrain parks, two boardercross courses and three halfpipes.

Crap Sogn Gion the mountain peak above the town of Laax has two halfpipes and a large terrain park with kickers, jumps and rails. The halfpipes are well shaped and maintained and have a rope tow servicing them.

The Café Noname at Crap Sogn Gion pumps loud music down over the halfpipes and terrain park. The cafe is a great viewing vantage point and a top sunny spot for a drink and lunch.

The other halfpipe and terrain park is on the Vorab Glacier remaining open until late spring.

Other Activities at Flims Laax Falera

Other outdoor activities to be enjoyed at Flims Laax Falera include tobogganing, ice skating, curling, hiking, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, paragliding and scenic helicopter rides.

Indoor activities include swimming, bowling, a golf driving range and go karting. Watch a movie in the cinema or have a massage and beauty treatment at La Mira wellness day spa in the Hotel Advla.

The Flims Laax Falera Villages

Flims, Laax and Falera are three separate villages.

Flims is the largest and most popular Village with the main ski lift base station and the majority of shops, restaurants, bars and accommodation.

Laax is a small village with mid mountain access and limited shops and accommodation.

Falera is a small traditional rural alpine village best suited for quiet family holidays.
The three villages are linked by a frequently running free Arena Shuttle bus.

Shopping at Flims Laax Falera

The main bulk of the shops line the Flims Village main street. Flims has ski and snowboard equipment and rental stores, fashion boutiques, souvenir and gift shops, pharmacies, art galleries and photography shops.

The Village has large grocery markets, butcher shops, patisseries, cheese shops, delicatessens and wine stores.

Laax and Falera have limited ski and snowboard shops, grocery markets and souvenir shops.

Flims Laax Falera Restaurants

On the slopes Flims Laax has cafeterias and gourmet restaurants all with magnificent mountainous views. The Gletscher Restaurant at 3,018 meters looks down across the Vorab Glacier. It has a large viewing sundeck with deckchairs and tables and a self service cafeteria.

The Capalari Restaurant in the Crap Sogn Gion Cable Car Station serves gourmet Swiss and Italian infused meals. Also in the Cable Car Station the large cafeteria serves hot soup, roast meats and really tasty snowburgers.

In the Cassons Area the Edelweiss Restaurant specializes in cheese dishes complemented by an extensive wine list. The restaurant has a small outdoor terrace that if you are lucky enough to get a seat on you will never want to the leave; the views are awesome.

The three Flims Laax Villages have many gourmet restaurants between them serving Swiss, French, Italian, Spanish, Greek and Chinese cuisine.

In Flims the Arena Restaurant in the Arena Hotel serves traditional regional meat and cheese dishes in the formal dining room and outside on the sun terrace.

The Barstow Inn Steakhouse has huge cuts of steak and hamburgers complemented by a top wine list and tempting desserts.

For excellent fondue and cheese dishes go to the cosy family friendly Il Tschaler Restaurant.

The Aktienbrauerei Brewery brews good local beer and specialises in pork cuts and sausages.

In Laax Restaurant Plazza is one of the best Italian restaurants in the region serving homemade pastas and beef dishes.

In Falera the Hotel La Siala Restaurant serves a la carte Swiss/German dinners with the occasional raclette and fondue evening.

Nightlife at Flims Laax Falera

Flims and Laax both have a spirited nightlife sparkling in the evenings with intimate wine bars, crowded bars and nightclubs. Falera remains quiet in the evenings.

In Flims The Iglu Bar made of glass surrounded by palm trees attracts large crowds for après ski drinks with Latino music and cold margaritas.

After après ski drinks move onto the popular Arena bar before heading downstairs to the disco that rocks all night.

For a quite drink go to the Chadafo Bar in the Parkhotel Waldhaus.

In Laax the Casa Veglia Club plays a mix of 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and modern rock and pop music until the early hours.

The modern and funky Riders Palace can squeeze 1,500 people in the bar to watch internationally acclaimed DJs and bands perform frequently throughout the season.

The Nightliner shuttle bus operates throughout the night between the three Villages enabling guests to stay in one village and party in another.

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Pete Matejcik, Michigan USA. Unbelievable! Simply unbelievable! Just to see the view from 8,000 ft is something you should have in your 'bucket list'! The food was magnificent and every worker there was friendly and went out of their way to help. My wife and I will definitely be back next Christmas!!! Thank you Switzerland!

Susan Spencer, USA. My favorite thing about Flims Laax is the fact that after you catch the cable cars to the top of Cassons you can weave your way across the interconnected mountains all day then go back to Flims without skiing the same run twice! The skiing is so enjoyable, there are endless long pistes and groomed steep trails. There's not many places you can do that! Of course the entire place is run like clockwork, on the weekends it gets busy but the fast cable cars ensure that crowds disperse quickly. Mid week the place is empty! The weather was sensational for the week that we were there, we had sunshine everyday, the mountain doesn't really have a sunny side and a shady side it's all in the sun pretty much all day. If you were there in a white out you would struggle to ski above the tree line which could limit your skiing slightly. We stayed in Flims and loved the variety of restaurants, we went to Canorta for 3 nights running, it was the best Italian food I've ever had! Apres ski wise I enjoyed the Crap Bar (yes great name - everything seems to be called crap this or crap that - it means top) and the Iglu Bar. I'd go back to Flims Laax any day and would recommend others to go too. My recommendation would be to stay at Flims, it's the main town center and the majority of the action happens there. Laax is pretty small and unless you had an apartment you would need to go into flims every night to eat. Falera is a really tiny quaint really old village that would be the quietest place to stay, also in my opinion the worst! When we left Flims we spent a day and a night at Chur, the closest large town, it's beautiful, its not big but big enough to spend the day shopping and wandering around. They had some weird mardi gras on the saturday night where all the locals dressed up in costumes and sang and danced around the streets and weaved in and out of bars and restaurants, it was great fun to be there to enjoy the atmosphere.

G. McKay, UK. Arrived after a dump and rode fresh powder for days. Flims isn't the steepest most challenging resort around, there isn't ultra challenging terrain, BUT the long length of the trails, the open fields and the accessible off piste gives you the ability to ride anywhere. I made the most of the free riding opportunities and spent heaps of time at the Cassons Cable Car in the mornings then headed to the Vorab area before hitting the terrain park and pipe at Crap Sogn Gion, by the way the terrain parks and pipes are all aaaaaawsome. I stayed at the snowboarder hotel called Rider's Palace at Laax, it's really cool, we had a projector screen in our bedroom and the bar foyer area turns into a nightclub every night with techno music that goes all night!

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
9,842
3,000
Base
3,609
1,100
Average Snowfall
200 inches
Lifts
29
Trails - view map
60
220km
Terrain %
advanced
22
intermediate
35
beginner
43
Halfpipe
3
Terrain Park
3
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