Graubünden’s LAAX has again been crowned Switzerland’s Best Ski Resort. The winter resort with a focus on freestyle and families was awarded the prize at the World Ski Awards. For the second year running, LAAX held off competition from renowned destinations such as Davos Klosters, St. Moritz and Zermatt at the awards ceremony was held in Kitzbühel on 22 November 2014.
The winter destination of LAAX in Graubünden (Switzerland) is not only the largest ski area in the region but also the Alpine location known for consistently improving what’s on offer to its visitors – particularly families and freestylers. This includes attractive places to stay, a one-of-a-kind ski school for kids, skiing and snowboarding lessons for all skill levels as well as various freestyle options.
For beginners, LAAX really can offer a unique experience in the region, with its Snow Park in the ski area and the Freestyle Academy in the valley. LAAX focused on freestyle early on and has been extremely successful with catering for it, thanks in part to its in-house team of snow park designers, who meticulously plan, build and shape its four snow parks, one super-pipe and one mini-pipe every day.
Those who can’t get enough of freestyle can live it up in the Freestyle Academy, Europe’s first and only indoor freestyle hall, right next to the Laax base station. Alongside the trampoline area, the mini ramp and the Snowflex practice slope, the centrepiece of the hall is the big air with several high kickers.
Even the littlest freestylers are welcome in the ski school’s after-school care centre, where they’re given playful introductory lessons in winter sports. In the Snow Wonderland, a unique ski school revolving around the magician Ami Sabi, children listen to exciting stories, sing songs and learn all about the forest, animals and the special mountain landscape. And just like that, the kids learn the skiing basics and take their first turns in the snow.
The offer of thrills at Laax’s four snow parks continues to grow with each season. The Pro-Kicker line at the Curnius park means there’s now over 90 different obstacles distributed across the four parks. And not only that, from this 2014/15 season the NoName Park will be home to the ‘Superpipe‘ which, at 250 metres, it’s the world’s longest halfpipe. Just another reason why LAAX continues to draw professional riders from around the world and is known as Europe’s top Freestyle resort.
As Europe’s first indoor freestyle hall, the Freestyle Academy in Laax offers jumps and tricks the whole year round. The enormous 1,200 m2 arena for snowboarders and freestyle skiers with specially trained staff, is the perfect example how advanced freestyle winter sport in Laax is.
Activities for beginners and experts alike range from outdoor winter training, to mountain bike training, through to skateboarding, big air and intensive trampoline courses. The freestyle academy provides fun-orientated activity throughout the year regardless of the weather.
£390pp – 7 Nights at Riders Palace, Flims Laax
Offer includes hotel accommodation only
From 21 March 2015