“Extensive, snow-sure & family-friendly”
Best for Beginners IntermediateAdvancedOff-pisteFamilies Snow-sureSpa HotelsShort transferSki weekendsGreat valueLarge ski area (212 km)
Serfaus is the largest of three villages that make up the huge Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis ski area offering over 200 kilometres of piste with lifts topping 2820 metres. Located to the east of Innsbruck, it has yet to hit the mainstream British market and is a stylish, typically Tirolean village resort with an emphasis on family skiing holidays whilst offering extensive skiing for all abilities. An underground railway through the resort keeps the centre largely traffic-free and most hotels are within easy walking distance of the slopes.
Whilst the resort’s facilities and on-slope activities for children are second to none, there is much more here than at first meets the eye and Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis boasts a ski area to rival its more well-known neighbours Ischgl, Sölden and St Anton.
The extent of the ski area and variety of terrain on offer is outstanding and there are over 200 kilometres of piste of which 80% have snow-cannon coverage.
Nursery slopes for children and beginners are just above the resort and the rest of the ski area is simply superb for good to strong intermediate skiers with modern lifts fanning out across several valleys connecting Serfaus, Fiss and Ladis.
For more advanced skiers, there is some much under-rated off-piste and freeride terrain which ranks with some of the best in Austria. The altitude ensures plenty of natural snowfall and there are dedicated freeride lines. An added bonus in this resort is the lack of expert crowds with which to share the powder!
Mountain restaurants range from traditional wooden farmhouses to contemporary cutting-edge glass gastro-cubes and there are snowparks to suit all ages and abilities from beginner to Pro. For added adrenaline on the mountain, there is also a zipwire and SkySwing.
Whilst not on the same scale as its brasher neighbours, Serfaus still offers some good après-ski (this is Austria after all!) including Patschi and the Hexenalm.
The weekly ‘Adventure night’ in Serfaus offers a ski show and entertainment for children and adults and the resort also offers night skiing, toboganning, ice-skating and horse-drawn sleigh rides.
Beat the crowds with the ‘First Tracks’ package on Wednesday mornings – breakfast included!
Serfaus is one of the top resorts in Austria for families and offers a wealth of facilities for toddlers, children and parents alike.
Serfaus has its own dedicated children’s ski and play area, Murmli’s ‘Kinderschneealm’, which offers all-day childcare, ski lessons for children from 3 years upwards, numerous adventure trails to ski through, children’s snowmobile obstacle course and two new restaurants just for children.
There are over 100 km of cleared winter hiking trails most of which are suitable for buggies and childcare can be organised by the hour, half-day or full days (Murmli crèche (0-5 years) at the valley station in Serfaus).