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Flims, Laax and Falera

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In a way, I am hoping that this will be my last wintery post. Temperatures have finally risen above 0 C and the snow is quickly disappearing in the lower parts of Switzerland. It's still quite a while till spring but at least the real hard winter seems to be over. Of course in the mountain area there is still a lot of snow and you can go skiing and snowboarding until the end of March but I didn't want to wait till then.

A Day Off to go Snowboarding

A good weather forecast and good snow conditions made me take a day off this week in order to go snowboarding. Some members of my family were staying in the Flims-Laax-Falera region in Grison this week, so I decided to join them for a day. Since I do not own a car, I had to rely on public transportion to get up to Flims. This turned out to be quite convenient since the Swiss Federal Railways SBB offers a special discount for many activities, among them a 'snow ticket' called Snow'n'rail which includes the train or bus ride to the ski resort and a day pass for skiing. Great Swiss invention!

Anyway, I got to Flims with my sister and we spent a whole day up on the snow covered slopes. Snow conditions were indeed excellent and the weather was alright. Okay, it was freezing! I saw a display showing -18 C at some point with some wind. Not very fun to ride ski lifts or chair lifts in the cold. However, the Flims-Laax-Falera ski resort has recently opened a new heated (!!!) chair lift with a cover! Amazing, to get your butt warmed while going uphill! 

Skiing in Flims, Laax and Falera

So, if you haven't gone skiing yet this winter, you should consider Flims-Laax-Falera. It's a bit on the expensive side with day passes costing about 67 Swiss Francs, but it is close to Zurich (2 hours by train, 1 1/2 hours by car) and is one of the largest skiing resorts in Switzerland. This means, almost no waiting in line, empty slopes, many restaurants, new ski lifts and snow parks. Totally worth it!



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