If you could spin the globe and pick a place—any place—to live and ride, where would you go? What would be the ultimate spot to call your home mountain? What would your criteria be—powder, parks, freeriding, trees? For Nicolas Müller, these were real questions to answer. Having shredded the best mountains all over the world and having the means to make a choice like this, he could’ve picked anywhere. Out of all the possibilities, Nico chose a little slice of heaven in the Swiss Alps called Laax. Why? “Because it has everything—powder and sunshine and long runs down from the glacier … wind lips!” he says, fire in his eyes.

For Nicolas, he’s finally home—a place where “living the dream” means waking up every morning right where he wants to be. So maybe that’s why, instead of jumping on another plane and heading off to hunt for fresh snow elsewhere, Nico invited his new teammates from Nike over to Laax for a little taste of Swiss hospitality.

-Joel Muzzey

Run after run, just beyond the boundary ropes at Laax, Müller proves he is much more than a Ping-Pong aficionado who can also snowboard. Here he serves one with a bit of topspin and a head fake— another point for the local. PHOTO: Andy Wright

Run after run, just beyond the boundary ropes at Laax, Müller proves he is much more than a Ping-Pong aficionado who can also snowboard. Here he serves one with a bit of topspin and a head fake— another point for the local. PHOTO: Andy Wright

Eagle-eye Justin Bennee scoped this street gap to wallride. For speed he needed a downhill car tow. No problem. After shoveling up the hit and the landing on the wall, the locals who lived in the house came out with coffee and Swiss chocolates for the crew. They were stoked when he stuck it. PHOTO: Andy Wright

Eagle-eye Justin Bennee scoped this street gap to wallride. For speed he needed a downhill car tow. No problem. After shoveling up the hit and the landing on the wall, the locals who lived in the house came out with coffee and Swiss chocolates for the crew. They were stoked when he stuck it. PHOTO: Andy Wright

Amazingly, after a week of cruising and cheese with every meal, Danny Kass was still game for chucking his meat in Laax’s Superpipe. He did so for about an hour then went back to cruiser runs and cheese. So would you. PHOTO: Andy Wright

Amazingly, after a week of cruising and cheese with every meal, Danny Kass was still game for chucking his meat in Laax’s Superpipe. He did so for about an hour then went back to cruiser runs and cheese. So would you. PHOTO: Andy Wright

Here’s a video edit with Nico and his friends at Laax:STORMING THE CASTLE

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