Michal and Lesley
Flims LAAX Falera, Switzerland. LAAX Resort January 2020
Mateo Duffle Walnut
Before the pandemic was announced, we were just getting home from spending seven incredible days at the LAXX Ski Resort in Switzerland.
While it would be easy for us, coming from North America to say that Laax is one of Switzerland's (and Europe's) largest and best ski resorts, the fact is that there are so many incredible resorts in the alps that this may not be true. However, LAAX still dwarfs our largest ski resort and what we now consider our home mountain, Whistler Blackcomb, lated in our home base province of British Columbia, Canada. The big resorts in the Alps are just on just on another level, and LAAX is no exception. Modern lifts, extensive terrain, long piste tracks for all levels, and demanding off-piste and freeride courses characterize LAAX. It is truly amazing.
Driving to Laax
Unlike many other ski destinations in Europe, the routes to Laax and Flims are very straightforward and should not be too taxing on the nerves! There are practically only two routes leading to the ski resort in winter, with the road west of Sedrun to Andermatt blocked to all traffic.
The massive E43/A13 freeway provides the best connectivity to Laax from Italy, Austria, or eastern Switzerland. Exit at Reichenau near Chur and proceed west on Route 19 for 11 kilometers to Flims and a few more kilometers to Laax.
If you're traveling to Laax from Italy, an interesting alternative is to take the secondary road over the Lukmanier Pass (a.k.a. Passo del Lucomagno) to Disentis, then take route 19 east via Ilanz to Laax & Flims for 37 kilometers.
Remember, if you're driving from Germany, when you cross the border into Switzerland, the rules of the road change. You'll have to peel your foot a bit off the gas for this leg of the trip... and trust us, it is hard to do after driving through Germany.
Best Restaurants In Laax
In the La Vacca, you will be served classic, juicy steaks – no matter if you choose tenderloin steak or T-Bone, your meat will always be tender, tasty, and delicious!
The Larnags is a unique Swiss alpine restaurant where you may order tasty cheese fondue! You'll appreciate this eatery because it's made with a lot of love and served by a nice crew.
Crispy pizzas fresh from the wood oven are served in the Signina Hotel restaurant, and they're topped with delectable, fresh ingredients! Also excellent are the risotto and pasta dishes.
Apres Ski in LAAX
The Il Pub is a traditional après-ski bar that will get you in the mood to party with a wide selection of après-ski songs! Until late, the mulled wine and cocktails flow freely!
Crap Bar Laax
On the slopes, you can rejoice with your fellow skiers in this bar! If it's too cold outside, the center bar is a terrific alternative!
Arena Bar Après Ski Bar
In the Arena Bar, you'll party like a pro winter sportsperson — on a large sun terrace, wearing ski boots and wearing big, heavy jackets. Fans of slope parties will have a blast!
Best Hotels to Stay in Laax
Rocks Resort Hotel
The stylish and exclusive Rocks Resort can be found right at the cable car station in Laax, surrounded by great slopes as well as shops, restaurants and bars around the central square. We usually stay here.
The Hotel Bellaval is a beautiful hotel in Laax, one of the best ski resorts, only minutes from Lag Grond Lake. Traditional Alpine rooms provide spectacular views and a warm, welcoming ambiance.
Signina is a modern hotel with excellent access to the ski slopes. Rooms that are well-designed, light, and airy still have a homey feel to them.
What to do in Laax if You Don't Ski
Skating, curling, snowshoeing, winter hiking, and sledding are all popular winter activities, but there are also unique experiences like archery, Foxtrail scavenger hunts, and culinary trails.