Boarding Flims~Laax~Falera

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Flims, Switzerland

Boarding Flims~Laax~Falera Reviews

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Jun 24, 2007
Surprisingly, one of the largest interconnected snow resorts in all of the Alps is also one of the least known. Situated apx 90 minutes from Zurich Airport and in the heart of the Swiss Alps, Flims/Laax/Falera Alpine area offers apx 220 kilometers (137 miles) of slopes. The runs span the entire range of difficulty and most are located at altitudes of 1,100 - 3,000 meters (3,600 – 9,800) above sea level. The longest run is 14 kilometers or about 8.7 miles long. Most of the slopes and lift facilities are situated at or above 1,800 meters (5,900 feet) above sea level thus snow is almost always guaranteed. For the lower elevations snow cannons usually do the trick to ensure full coverage. About half of the runs are red but for the advanced skier there are once in a lifetime opportunities; check out Crap Sogn Gion World Cup route, one of my pers favorites. In addition to the annual snowfall, the Vorab Glacier attracts a lot of snow and sets a seasonal base for guests to the first powder snow of the season. UBS Snowboard World Series Take Off and the Swatch Boardercross World Tour Finals as well as X-Games are known to hold their semi-final and quarter-final competitions here for their half-pipe and terrain park competitions so don't be surprised if you see a lot of airborne boarders. For those feeling daring, check out Park & Pipe Vorab, at 3,018 meters above sea level and it's monsterpipe being 6 meters tall and 140 meters long, you won't find a better opportunity to test your skills, dont worry emergency medical assistance is everywhere. As of 2006, The Flims~Laax~Falera mountain chain had 29 lifts: 7 gondolas, 11 ski lifts, 7 chair lifts, 4 aerial cable cars, 10 chairs, and 10 draglines, (the latter mostly on beginners’ and other short slopes). Lifts can handle almost 42,000 skiers an hour. Weekdays are the best time to go for short lines and to aquaint yourself with the mountains many diff runs. Weekends prove to be busy however lines tend to move quickly. Be warned, on very sunny days runs can get icy and slick, so know your skill level. Also, the Flims area uses a diff type of train guide than most resorts. Become familiar with their grading scales before you find yourself on the wrong run. Be warned, if you inquire about this location you may see the word "Crap" associated with many of its features, Crap, translated means Peak, so dont be afraid of hitting up the Crap Bar (Literaly Peak Bar).
About midway up Laax
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