Laax has good reason to fight hard to tackle the current climate crisis: the region is home to some of Switzerland's best off-piste terrain and, in recent years, shortening winter seasons have left its killer free runs a bit patchy. Locals are seeing first-hand the impact of warming temperatures; the nearby Vorab Glacier, with its famously sharp slopes, is in retreat. So, understandably, there are big plans in the Graubünden resort: forget baby steps, they're leapfrogging into the future. Laax has pledged to be the first self-sufficient, closed-system ski resort. The entire resort runs on hydropower, with plans to build a wind farm, too. New gondolas will soon run on an as-needed basis and, when you're whizzing between the resort's three main villages, you'll be catching a lift in an electric car or on the new Laax E-Shuttle. They're not forgetting the small stuff, either. Need to wax your skis? Rental stores in Laax Flims offer plant-based products, following research that found conventional waxes can take thousands of years to degrade. Plus, when you hit the slopes, you can use a wooden Last Day Pass on the lifts. All proceeds are passed on to a non-profit whose aim is to preserve and protect the Vorab Glacier.
Where to stay: rocksresort
Where to eat: Riders Hotel's vegetarian restaurant