The birthplace of ski tourism, Switzerland has the snow, the epic scenery, properly pointy mountains, and impeccable style and service. It also, of course, has the highest prices in Europe.
And with so many high-altitude resorts, snow is pretty much guaranteed: Switzerland is home to Europe’s largest glaciers and has the most peaks in Europe over 4000m. Yes, Switzerland’s still got it.
Resort 1100m | Summit | 3020m | Vertical1920m | Ski area 235km | Parks 4
With four snowparks, glorious sunshine and some superb freeride terrain, Laax is one of Europe’s top spots for snowboarders.
One of Switzerland’s biggest ski domains, Laax, in the Graubunden region, is a mix of styles spread over three villages: Laax, Flims and Falera. Laax Dorf is the orginal rustic village, while what is now called Laax features a modern complex, Rocks Resort, with cool bars. Falera is more chilled, and Flims Waldhaus is where you’ll find most of the higher end hotels.
Most of this is above the treeline on wide-open faces. In good weather, these upper slopes are tremendous: the bowl below La Siala (2810m) and the runs from the Vorab Glacier summit are especially fine, with fabulous views. Beginners have nursery slopes at village level and at Crap Sogn Gion. Experts will mostly enjoy the vast amount of freeride terrain; we especially rate runs off La Siala and from Cassons.
It’s snowboarders who are truly spoilt here. The four parks at Crap Sogn Gion cater for all abilities and include Europe’s biggest half-pipe as well as places to chill slopeside.
Off the slopes
The party starts from 3pm at Legna bar at Flims base station and continues into the night at Tegia Larnags. Indy is more relaxed with cool drinks and chillout sounds. The Arena Lodge has one of the best bars in town. Riders Palace is also buzzy.