Another amazing snowboard park in the Swiss Alps. Especially in spring when the sun makes the whole park a bit softer and its great fun to shred the halfpipe or enormo-superpipe.
Home to the Burton European Open and the British Champs for the last few years, Laax’s freestyle terrain and attitude towards snowboarding is word-renowned and top notch. There is a big rail and box garden – from the kink rail into the pipe over S-Box to the triple wave box – and a bunch of different sized kickers, not to mention the mother of all Euro superpipes. But when you choose your line through the jungle of rails be careful of the massive green monster snake – get round that bugger and you’re on fire for sure.
Laax is pretty damn snowsure thanks to its glacier (takes a while to get there from the base station but there’s another park there) and with a good dump there’s good freeriding to be had – the tree run beneath the Xbox gondola is super fun – but beware of the gnarly spikey rocks that can lurk just below the surface before a solid base has gone down. Ask a local to take you on the ‘James Bond’ too.
As for nightlife, the Crap Bar at the bottom of the home run or the Riders Palace are good places to start – be it a swift afterski or the beginnings of an Ollie Reed-type binge. There’s a club beneath the Riders Palace where they often have big name acts, and there’s also a couple of other nightclubs in town that will make catching the first lift pretty hard.
Aymeric Tonin half-cabbing some of Laax’s pillows. Photo: Scalp
– Resort altitude: 1,100m
– Highest lift: 3,018m
– Number of lifts: 27
– Kilometers of runs: 220k
– Resort Opening: 16.11.-14.12.2007 Official Glacier Season
15.12.2007-28.03.2008 Winter Season
29.03.-13.04.2008 Spring Season
– Lift pass prices for an adult per day/week/season (07/08)
day: CHF/EUR: 64/39, week: CHF/EUR: 314/190.3, season: CHF/EUR: 1,020/638
Markus Keller at the BEO 2007. Photo: Alex Roberts.
How to get there:
Road: From the E43 near Chur, take the exit for Flims/Waldhaus and follow the road 19 up the mountain. Continue through and beyond Flims, and when you reach the roundabout by the Riders Palace, take a right.
Rail: The nearest train station is in Chur. From there you can find a transfer bus to Laax.
Air: Zurich airport is closest. Either get a transfer; jump on the train or rent a car.