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Laax is somewhat of a sprawling place. Villages are dotted about in meadows and roads wind, hidden by pine trees, snow dumped prettily all over the place. Warm chalets give off wood smoke from their chimneys. The majestic Swiss Alps frown down upon the place. Laax is a different place altogether in the summer, the villages dotted about in white meadows change to green and the lakes fill with glacier melt. Lag da Cauma is the largest natural lake in the area. As always it is approached by a long winding track lined with pines, but at a wooden fence a spectacular view awaits. At the bottom of the bowl lies a lake, which is every shade of blue from aquamarine to navy. Glacial flour gives the lake it’s brilliant blue. A scruffy island floats in the middle whilst pedalos and rowing boats whiz around it stopping at pontoons to deposit swimmers. A little ‘rack and pinion’ railway drops hoards of bathers at lunch and hauls them back at tea. Making a stop at the café on the terrace before plunging in. It is best not to come here on a hot day, as it is busy and it does not make a difference to water temperature. It is a glacial lake for a reason.
Laax is a distinct village, which speaks mainly Romansch and German. Laax is made up of several different villages, including Laax Cons,Salums, Murschetg, Staderas, Uletsch and Vitg. Murschetg is where ski lifts run up the moutain, the main station being Crap Sogn Gion (meaning St. John's Rock, although rather comic in English). It is linked via these lifts to Flims and Falera, the three together form 'Die Alpenarena' or 'Weiße Arena', this refers to the ski resort, yet all the villages retain separate identities. Flims is more of a family place with more gentle runs fore beginners, it is more skiing orientated. Laax however is somewhat of a snowboarding mecca in Switzerland. The world's largest half-pipe is situated at the Crap Sogn Gion. Laax is much trendier than Flims or Falera, with the Riders Palace holding regular concerts. The Rocks Resort is a new development situated in Murschetg and is a member of the Design Hotels Group Laax Vitg is much more traditional, here is the Laax museum, and the older buildings.
The efficient swiss trains run from Zurich airport to the main station, from there the intercity doubledecker train to Chur brings you within 25 kilometers of Laax. From here the Post Bus  will take you all the way to Laax Dorf (Romantsch: Laax vitg) This is a great way to mix with the locals on their day to day business. From the south of the alps, Milan Malpenza is the nearest airport here pick up the train to Lugano and then to Andermatt and over the Oberalp pass. Other routes go via the Engadine over the Albula pass or through the Vereina tunnel. This depends on whether you are travelling through Inn or Maloja regions of the Engadine.
Motorway No. 13 runs from Zurich (signposted to Chur) all the way to Tamins/Reichenau, where the Rhein splits into the Hinter and Vorder. From here take blue signs to Flims, Ilanz, Disentis on road No.19 which brings you into the resort. From the south of the alps you can approach over the San Bernadino pass in winter and Oberalp, Lukmanier and Albula passes in summer.
There is a shuttle bus that runs from Falera all the way to Fidaz ( a outer 'suburb' of Flims). This runs only in the winter and is free. Other buses run different routes, mainly connecting districts of Laax or Flims. The Post Bus also runs long some of the route, yet does not connect to Fidaz or Falera.
There is the rest of the Surselva to explore aswell as Graubunden. South of the alps can be reached by the Lukmanier pass, or the near by San Bernadino.