For jumps, bumps, 360s, and flips, young freestylers head to one of Switzerland’s biggest piste areas, Laax. This five-valley resort has undergone a radical facelift and is now a labyrinth of facilities for freestylers of all levels. Included are four terrain parks, a super-pipe, a mini-pipe, freestyle slopes and Europe’s first indoor training center, where tuition is offered throughout the year. Such is Laax’s reputation that famed freestyle festival Brits Snow and Music was hosted in 2012. Davos is the highest city in Europe, at 1,560meters, and has wide variety of terrain. Among the tree runs, off-piste tracks and open powder runs is a huge terrain park at Jakobshorn as well as a half-pipe at Bolgen.
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Switzerland is one of those places I keep returning to, in spite of the long list of other places I want to go. After talking to some Swiss friends, my friend and I decided to head to Laax for some winter sport. The mountains are incredible, though be prepared for limited off-piste activities and food options. Views like this make it worthwhile, however.