Luxury holidays in Flims
Swiss ski resort Flims lacks the PR power of glitzier ski spots Gstaad and Verbier, but its diminutive size and Alpine adorability belies its mighty assets. Alongside neighbouring Laax and Falera, it offers hundreds of kilometres of powder-coated runs, the world’s largest half pipe, and chair lifts tootling up and down mountains that rise to more than 3,000 metres . Plus, it overlooks the Rhine gorge, AKA the ‘Swiss Grand Canyon’. The terrain caters to all-action breaks for skiers, snowboarders and alpinists, but when you’re not whizzing down the mountainside, freestyling in a snowpark or scaling the via ferrata, there’s a lively après-ski scene, too. Gather ‘round a fondue pot in a traditional chalet, drink grog at the top of a mountain or a cool cocktail by a warm fire as a DJ sets the soundtrack… and then congratulate yourself on finding the hippest ski destination in the Alps (but, shh, let’s keep it that way).
When to go
Arrive from mid-January to mid-March for optimum ski conditions.
PlanesFly into Zürich (AKA Kloten) Airport, which is closest to the hotel. Carriers run flights here directly from all over Europe (just over an hour’s journey from London). Those arriving from the US will usually stop in Europe; if travelling from Asia and Australasia connect via the UAE (or catch a direct flight from Hong Kong).
TrainsFrom the airport (Zürich Flughafen), hop on the U-Bahn train to Zürich Hauptbahnhof, then from there catch a train to Chur – you’ll pass panoramas of mountains and lakes as you go. The bus terminus is at Chur station, from which you can ride all the way to Flims Dorf (the stop just outside the resort complex). Book tickets in advance and you’ll get a handy QR code to cover your whole journey.
AutomobilesThere’s a 90-minute drive (or longer) from Zürich airport to the hotel. The Alpine scenery makes it all the merrier, but remember to pack snow tires and the like. You can easily travel to and from runs by bus from the hotel, but acquire some wheels if off-piste exploring is your goal, or if you’ve packed plenty of gear.