The slopes

  • Extent 3 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 4 out of 5
  • Snow 4 out of 5
  • Queues 4 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
  • Expert 3 out of 5
  • Intermediate 4 out of 5
  • Beginner 4 out of 5
  • Boarder 4 out of 5
  • X-country 4 out of 5
  • Restaurants 3 out of 5
  • Schools 3 out of 5
  • Families 5 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 4 out of 5
  • Convenience 3 out of 5
  • Scenery 3 out of 5
  • Eating out 3 out of 5
  • Apres ski 2 out of 5
  • Off-slope 3 out of 5

Key facts

Resort1430 m
Slopes1200-2830 m
Lifts38
Pistes162 km
Price index100

Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis

Austria

Serfaus Fiss Ladis

The upside

  • Attractive, mostly traffic-free villages
  • Extensive, high slopes
  • Varied, long runs
  • Lots of fast lifts
  • Great for families
  • High nursery slopes
  • Few queues in the week

The downside

  • Quiet at night
  • Not much English spoken
  • Not ideal for timid intermediates, because long, easy blue runs are few and far between

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I have been visiting Serfaus every year or two since…

mitchski 30 Jan 2017 

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News – 2016/17

A new red piste has been created from the Obere Scheidebahn chair into the valley beyond Lazid, creating an alternative route to the far Western end of the ski area and thus relieving pressure on the Scheidebahn chair.

Summary

The villages of Serfaus, Fiss and Ladis and their impressive shared ski area are virtually unknown in the UK, but surely not for much longer. All three are charming villages of chalet-style buildings set on a sunny shelf and kept largely traffic-free by various devices. Serfaus, much the largest of the villages, has an underground railway running the considerable length of the village from the arrival car parks to the lifts. Most of the accommodation is in apartments, although there is no shortage of good hotels.

Although the villages are close neighbours, the slopes of Serfaus were kept separate from those of Fiss and Ladis by warring mayors until 1999. Together, they form an impressive area, with 160km of pistes (a realistic, not inflated figure) mostly of genuine red gradient, but with a good sprinkling of blacks, some quite serious. It the area has a weakness it is a shortage of long easy blues, though there are a few. The altitudes are high by Tirolean standards, but the natural snow record is not great – like the St Moritz area not far away over the border, this is a place noted more for its sunshine hours than snowfall metres. The snowmaking covers 80% of the pistes, but not the many ungroomed ski routes, so these and the abundant off-piste are a bit unreliable.

The vast kids’ facilities at mid-mountain level and ample nursery slopes are key attractions for families. A lack of English speakers may be a drawback though

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The slopes

  • Extent 3 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 4 out of 5
  • Snow 4 out of 5
  • Queues 4 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
  • Expert 3 out of 5
  • Intermediate 4 out of 5
  • Beginner 4 out of 5
  • Boarder 4 out of 5
  • X-country 4 out of 5
  • Restaurants 3 out of 5
  • Schools 3 out of 5
  • Families 5 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 4 out of 5
  • Convenience 3 out of 5
  • Scenery 3 out of 5
  • Eating out 3 out of 5
  • Apres ski 2 out of 5
  • Off-slope 3 out of 5

Key facts

Resort1430 m
Slopes1200-2830 m
Lifts38
Pistes162 km
Price index100