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Resort guide to Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis Austria

A superb family resort which is gaining a following with British skiers

Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis resort guide - a general overview

The combined ski area of Serfaus, Fiss and Ladis (which is at the lowest and most easterly end of the ski system) makes for a sizable ski area with well over 200km of pisted slopes and vast areas of largely untracked off piste. Yet these resorts which are hugely popular with German, Dutch and local Austrian holidaymakers remain pretty much unknown amongst British skiers.

Ladis is small and traditional and lower lying. Serfaus and Fiss are the two main ski resorts and are of similar size with a great range of hotels - some of which are very smart indeed. Serfaus has a little more going on regards a buzzing après ski scene but both are large enough resorts to offer a good selection of shops, bars, restaurants and other amenities.

We have a Googlemap showing the ski lifts network for Serfaus, Fiss and Ladis below. If you switch to terrain view and zoom out you can see how extensive the ski area is (stretching 15km from Ladis village in the east to the most westerly point in the ski terrain) and also how the three villages connect with each other.

The lifts are mostly modern (high speed gondolas and detachable chairlifts) and the terrain on account of its high altitude is snow sure. There are plenty of snow making machines and 80% of the pistes are enhanced by efficient snow blowers. The large terrain is mostly suited to beginners and intermediates with long, wide and gentle slopes although the Pezidbahn and Zwolferkopf lifts access from genuinely challenging slopes for good skiers. Experts, however, will appreciate the huge areas of largely untracked off-piste - these are family resorts with few venturing off the beaten trails. Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis is also a big playground for freestyle fans. There are six on-slope fun areas which offer different obstacles such as boxes, kickers, tubes, rails and jibs. Rookies and pros alike are well catered for.

The Serfaus, Fiss and Ladis ski resorts make a big play regards their attraction as a family ski holiday destination. There are fantastic nursery slope areas on the edge of Fiss and also at the mid station above Serfaus. The local ski school is very much geared towards giving excellent tuition to children so it is no surprise that Fiss & Serfaus have won several resort awards for family ski holidays.

Serfaus is largely car free and is very unusual in that it offers an underground metro system for people to get around. Like the Paris metro this runs on rubber wheels and is a joy to use. Fiss does not have a metro but does have heavily controlled traffic which means it is great for pedestrians to explore.

Off the slopes there are plenty of cross country trails (over 30km with 8km at high altitude), several excellent tobogganing routes and a number of winter walking trails through the trees, all of which makes these resorts good options for a family ski holiday or mixed groups containing non-skiers. Getting to either Fiss or Serfaus is simple, with the drive from Innsbruck taking a little over an hour.

If you're in the mood for some action after a day on the slopes, you should try the Fisser Flieger on the Moseralm. Attached to a rope, you can soar across the Moseralm at 80 kilometres per hour. Or how about the Skyswing? It simulates being in free fall.

Airports

Innsbruck
1hr 15mins
Friedrichshafen
2 hours

Resort stats

214km

1,430m - 2,820m

Level of skiing

Beginners
Intermediates
Experts
Snow sure
Off-piste
Ski area

Qualities

Charm factor
Non-skiers
Nightlife
Resort layout
Fine dining
Short transfer
Resort value

Pros

  • Family ski holidays - modern lifts, great nursery areas and plenty of mountain restaurants
  • Easy and quick transfer. Just over one hour from Innsbruck
  • Winter walking trails that wind through the forests
  • Cross country trails with over 30km of prepared tracks
  • Tobogganing - lots of family fun on the 4.5km Komperdellbahn toboggan run

Cons

  • There are some challenging pistes but experts best served by the off-piste terrain
  • German is very much the first language here
  • Slopes are mostly south east facing - lower slopes get slushy in March & April
  • Whereas the off-piste is hardly touched the area gets less snow than the nearby Arlberg area

Serfaus - Fiss - Ladis Resort Restaurants

For a modern and refined dining experience try the restaurants at the Fiss Schloss Hotel and the restaurant at the Hotel Gebhard (also in Fiss). The Bruderherzstube (Fiss) offers a modern take on the traditional wood panelled mountain hut and for many offers a culinary highlight of a week's holiday. The equivalent style of restaurant in Serfaus is the Vaya Bar & Grill which has glowing reports on Trip Advisor.

Serfaus - Fiss - Ladis Mountain Restaurants

There are something 31 on-mountain restaurants ranging from large and efficient cafeteria style venues to small and traditional mountain 'huts'. By and large the quality is as good as the variety and there are plenty of options to suit all tastes and budgets. The two traditional Austrian 'huttes' that need mentioning are the Schalber Alm and the Hog Alm - both are extremely popular and serve all the usual delicious staples of the Tyrolean Alps.

Serfaus - Fiss - Ladis Apres Ski

The main après ski venue in Fiss is the Hexenalm Bar which is at the base station (just ski right up to it at the end of the day). With a large terrace and indoor space this is pretty lively between 4pm and 6pm. Slightly above Serfaus at the base of the Komperdellbahn lift is the 'happening' Patschi après ski bar which is a fun place to end your day if staying in Serfaus. There is normally a DJ playing a lively set and the fun can last through late into the evening.

Serfaus - Fiss - Ladis Nightlife

The George Bar in the middle of Serfaus has been the cornerstone of evening entertainment since 1989. Liked by old and young alike there are delicious drinks on offer from five in the afternoon right through to 2am each night. For those more music orientated the Noldis Dorfschenke, also in Serfaus, is a must. In Fiss the Hackl's Kaller Apresski Bar & Disco and also the Live Sportsbar are places to visit after dinner for a fun night out.

Serfaus - Fiss - Ladis Resort Map

Key
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  • Drag lift 9649c8f20eb92153651608a16dced21b25b21acd3ad6ca90cea261c90ea44648 Drag lift
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