Serfaus/Fiss/Ladis Ski Resort
There's 198km of slopes, a slick lift system and three resort villages to choose from in this Tirolean big hitter.
Despite its size, there's very few British visitors that have ventured to the linked resorts of Serfaus, Fiss and Ladis – most visitors to the vast network of slopes are German, Austrian or Dutch. Most of the lifts are fast gondolas and quick, high capacity chairlifts, which serve a very varied network of slopes. There's several excellent beginner zones, but particularly above Serfaus and on the edge of Fiss. The rest of the slopes are ideal for piste-hungry intermediates, whilst advanced and expert skiers will enjoy the blacks served by the Pezidbahn and the long steeps off the Zwölferkopf.
Each resort is different. Ladis is lower, smaller and slightly less conveniently located. Fiss is next up, with a compact centre of family-run hotels and holiday apartments, as well as a number of good restaurants and bars. Finally, Serfaus stretches along to the end of the valley road and is home to further accommodation and a couple of livelier spots for an end of the ski day drink. Off the slopes there's a lot of cross country skiing in the area, several tobogganing routes and a number of winter walking trails, making this a good option for families or mixed groups containing non-skiers. Getting here is simple, with the drive from Innsbruck taking a little over an hour.
Resort website: www.serfaus-fiss-ladis.at