Flims, Laax, Falera (Surselva)
The linked sports resorts of Flims-Laax-Falera are within easy reach of Chur (just 18 km west on a hillside above the Rhine). Over the last few winters, Laax (1,020 m) has become a mecca for snowboarders but has as well, in summer, a lot to offer. The summer guests can choose from different experiences, ranging from active relaxation to thrilling adventure – bathing in Cauma-Lake or in Lake Laax, hiking, mountain and downhill biking, skateboarding, climbing, etc. An extensive regional network of over 250 km of signposted hiking trails await you here, plenty of trails winding their way through the forest. Alternatively, take a chair lift up to the broad, level plateau atop the Cassons Grat, where there is a pleasant three-hour circular walk offering alpine panoramas.
In Laax all kinds of mountain bikers are very welcome and can find their specific infrastructures. Over 300 km of signposted mountain-bike routes are provided and at the tourist office you can get a special bike-guide and a mountain bike map. Besides huge freeride and cross country areas Laax provides you with serious downhill, bmx and northshore trails. All bike routes are numbered and marked! Bikes can be rented at Backpacker Deluxe Hotel Capricorn and at other places.
If you want to try out new tricks, refine your style or just enjoy being up in the air – it’s all possible with the Big Airbag at the Bikepark Flims (next door to the base station). There are two jumping ramps and to ensure a soft, safe landing there is an airbag in place. Video cameras have been installed here as well. Every jump is recorded and then shown on the giant video screen. This means that those taking part can then analyse their time in the air and monitor their landing on the spot. And even friends and fans at home can also take part because all videos are available at www.swatch.com.
Another highlight is the Rhine Gorge, also named the Swiss Grand Canyon, with wildwaters class II-III! Go rafting or learn kayaking within this spectacular environment… Flims also has a Via Ferrata, an adventourus high alpine trail up to the Flimserstein... a perspiring trail worth every step... Different packages can be booked online or ask at your hostel or at the tourist office; the friendly people there will love to help you with lots of tips, bookings, bike rental etc.!
For more information see www.laax.com and www.alpenarena.ch.
How to get there: Hourly public buses to Flims/Laax from Chur (approx. 40 min).
Tourist offices: The main office is in Flims (081 920 92 00). www.flims.ch
Backpacker Deluxe Hotel Capricorn, Via Cons 405, Laax-Cons (081 921 21 20)