‘We are on a mission’ – Crap Sogn Gion in LAAX has got a fresh, new look Crap Sogn Gion summit station, at an altitude of 2,252 metres and a focal point of the skiing and snowboarding region of LAAX, has got a galactic facelift. Parts of the over-fifty-year-old building were given a striking redesign for the 2017/18 winter season, with gastronomic services also improved. The building on Crap Sogn Gion which was often compared to a spaceship is setting off on unearthly adventures under the motto of ‘GALAAXY’. The redesign has given a new face to the spartan rooms and cold walls. The internal has been thoroughly refurbished in a forward-looking, structural and energetic way. In doing so, we set the highest standards for climate protection and avoid negative impacts on the environment. Learn more about Galaaxy here
Nicolas Müller lives in Laax, which is a good indicator that the place offers something pretty special when it comes to freeriding! There are 43km of dedicated safe freeride routes marked in yellow on the piste map, which are always the first to go on a powder day. In-fact if its first tracks of any description you’re after then you’ll need to be up and on it. The section down from La Siala summit is a good starter and can be tackled by most intermediates. It is an established freeride route down but it’s easy to work out a good line from the chairlift as you head up. The Vorab Glacier provides access to the Sattel which has some fun lines in, but this area can slide, and there’s two large hidden cliff faces past the restaurant so go careful. The Vorab Pign has some good freeride routes and the top of the Crap Masegn has a few easy hikes that should get you a few clean lines. The Cassons area in Flims is pure off -piste but it is rare that the resort can be bothered to run the cable-car up there. However, below that the area from Naraus to Foppa is great after a good dump for beginner and intermediate freeriders.
The two new chairlifts connect a new area to the resort and expand an already excellent range of pistes, from the high altitude open runs at Nagens to the twisting trails which run through the trees back to Laax and Flims. Hardpack lovers who want things steep should try the black 'Home Run' down from the Crap Sogn Gion, which is genuinely sheer in places and will certainly put a smile on your face. For some serious mileage, work your way up to the Vorab Glacier and wind all the way down into Flims - a decent of nearly two vertical Km that can take you from dry powder to full on slush. Entry-level riders should head to the new beginner area, which includes four blue pistes and a rope lift for complete newbies inbetween.
Some resort information provided by https://whitelines.com/