This dynamic Swiss ski town is prime territory for active travellers, just 90 minutes from Zurich, this snow-sure resort is the perfect spot for a quick weekend getaway from the office.
Laax offers over 224km of slopes and caters to all ski abilities. Nestled between the equally charming villages of Flims and Falera, the resort has become a hotspot of urban living and includes the world’s largest halfpipe and four snow parks to take your pick from. The ski village is a mecca for snowboarders and freestyle skiers alike.
The fun doesn’t stop on the slopes, with plenty of après activities to keep you entertained, from beers around the world at Il Pub and the Summit Bar at the Waldhaus, to steak at La Vacca and French cuisine at Das Elephant, the resort caters to everyone, young and old.
6AM- Jump on an early morning flight with Swissair from Heathrow to Zurich, after a short flight, when you arrive in Switzerland your luxury PB transfer bus will be waiting to whisk you away to Laax.
10.30AM- Check into the newly re-imagined Riders Hotel, a minimalist and modern yet welcoming hotel with a lively atmosphere. Your PB resort manager will present you with your pre-booked lift passes, and ensure you get any necessary equipment rentals swiftly.
Noon- Once you have got your bearings it’s time to make the most of an afternoon on the slopes. Grab your gear and get the PB shuttle to the lift stations. From there Jump on the bubble up to Curnius and ease your ski-legs in with a nice gentle blue down to Falera.
1.00PM- It’s a quick chairlift back up to Curnius, then Crap Sogn Gion where you can stop by Galaaxy. Galaaxy is the hub of the ski resort and was given a ‘galactic facelift’ in 2017 and is home to ‘the Hangar’, an events/meetings space and restaurant. Above this is the ‘Satellite Bar’, an outdoor drinking space, and hanging over this all is ‘The Platform’, affording 360 degree panoramic views over the pistes. Take your pick from the wide range of food available at Galaaxy, with a juice bar, traditional Swiss food and pizza amongst the delicious treats on offer. If you need to check into the office, Galaaxy also has an Open Workspace called ‘the Bridge’ providing an inspiring environment to work from.
2.00PM- After a relaxing lunch (or a working lunch) it’s time to get a little higher. The cable up to Crap Masegn gives you the chance to explore some short red slopes, or blacks and yellows for the more advanced skiers. You can spend the afternoon finding some favourite runs, or hitting one of the snow parks near Galaaxy before skiing the long red down from Crap Sogn Gion back into Laax.
4.00PM- The PB team can meet you to give you a helping hand back to Riders Hotel, where you can relax in your stylish room, or take advantage of the free Gym, or the daily evening Yoga classes at 6.45 if you aren’t tired out from a day on the slopes.
7.30PM- Time to head for dinner, the PB concierge team and resort team will have been full of recommendations to suit you. Our favourite places in Laax include the Fonduestall at Hotel Laaxerhof, a hidden shed inside the hotel with raclette specialities and a cozy, candlelit atmosphere or the Remise with the option to grill the meat yourself.
7.30AM- Breakfast time at Riders Hotel consists of an ample buffet, with sweet and savoury, hot and cold treats alike to fuel you for your day on the mountain.
8.30AM- Friday is the perfect day to take advantage of PB’s complimentary ski service, so that you can hit the slopes with an experienced guide who knows the best places to go in Laax without looking at a piste map all day. First lifts begin at 8.30am so if you want to take advantage of the untouched morning snow head out then.
Noon- Our ski guides know all the best lunch spots on the mountains. The curnius lift is home to Tegia Curnius, a restaurant with a roaring fire and spacious sun terrace so you are cozy both inside and outside. Specialities include Maluns (fried potato) and local cheeses and meats. Near Crap Masegn is Das Elephant, which offers fresh and creative cuisine. A highlight includes the penne prepared in a wheel of parmesan cheese.
4.00PM- Your ski guide will ensure that you are back down the mountain before last lifts at 4.30PM, and safely bestow you back at Riders Hotel.
7.00PM- Not too far from Riders Hotel is Nooba, a pan-asian restaurant with delicious Vietnamese soups. Our concierge team will ensure you have a booking as the restaurant can get busy.
10.00PM- Back to Riders Hotel which has a live concert in the Lobby every Friday at 10pm. The concerts cover a wide range of genres from relaxing acoustic to pop music to sing along to. A chance to mingle and get to know your fellow guests.
AM- Breakfast runs from 7-12 at Riders Hotel on the weekends so if you are not an early bird then there is no need to rush. Saturday offers a great opportunity to use your inside knowledge gained from the ski guides and explore the resort slopes further. Check out the highest peaks of Vorab Gletscher and La Siala for the best snow. The La Siala run down to Flims through Grauberg is 12km of blissful skiing down rolling reds and blissful blues.
Noon- For lunch check out La Vacca in the heart of the ski resort by the Plaun lift, a heated teepee with meat specialities or Ustria Startgels towards the Startgels cable lift for grill specialities, creamy polenta and homemade pasta accompanied by an extensive wine list.
2PM- Head to ‘the Satellite Bar’ at Galaaxy for a drink in the sun. Every Saturday and Sunday there is a DJ at the bar, creating a great atmosphere for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy their weekends.
6.00PM- A PB team member is on hand to drive the quick route over to the neighbouring village of Flims, a traditional alpine resort with a cozy feel. Explore the town a little and head for your pre-booked dinner. Recommendations include Epoca at the Waldhaus for a fine dining treat, or Cavigilli for a classic Swiss dinner.
Late- If you’re in the mood for après, Arena Bar in Flims stays open till the early hours and is located in the heart of the village.
8.30AM- Enjoy the breakfast buffet then hit the slopes early to get in the last few hours of skiing, or take this as an opportunity to explore Laax or relax in your hotel.
AM- If you’re not skiing in the mountains you could take this as an opportunity to explore the Freestyle academy in the heart of Laax, the first freestyle indoor base in Europe suitable for both pros and novices.
Noon- Let your PB resort hosts take care of your travel arrangements and hop in the luxury transfers back to Zurich airport.
3.30PM- Take your flight back to Heathrow and get ready for the next week ahead.
Riders Hotel is the place stay in Laax, appealing to all varieties of traveller with a great après scene at the lively lobby bar. For those of you with your own skis and boards, the hotel has its own ready-to-use waxing room to get those skis and boards gleaming to perfection. The rooms utilise natural materials, and the hotel has a focus on sustainability citing the mantra, REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE with a commitment to using renewable energy and conserving its surrounding nature.
Stay at Riders Hotel for 3 nights on a bed and breakfast basis from £1,100 per person. Call our expert Travel Consultants on 020 8246 5300 or make an enquiry on our website now.