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Visitor reviews for Serfaus Ski Resort
January 26, 2016
Iancu from Romania
We arrived in Serfaus in mid-January and we were lucky enough to get some snow on the first day, on an otherwise poor snow season, so the slopes were decent at the start of the day. By the end of the day, however, you were skiing on ice on most of the busy connecting slopes linking Serfaus, Fiss and Ladis. The longest lines were about 10 minutes, but generally they were under 5 minutes.
Unsurprisingly, you find the best slopes at the highest altitude: the Masner area at the left end of the map is absolutely great, when it isn't absolutely crowded (try going there at the start of the week, if conditions allow). The self-service Masner restaurant is conveniently placed at the bottom of all runs there.
At the right-end of the map, the Frommesabfahrt piste no. 7 offers fantastic views and over 1000 vertical meters of descent.
While we loved some of the slopes - 155 Masnerabfahrt, 160 Masnerkopfabfahrt, 7 Frommesabfahrt, 153 Masner-Alm-Abfahrt, 18 Schöngampabfahrt, we didn't love the transit routes between the various parts of the domain, which mean that you spent an average of two hours every day commuting on busy slopes and lifts.
Given these drawbacks, it is worth going for "Skipass 6", which includes Kaunertal (lovely little glacier domain with fantastic views, rolling slopes, a tunnel and no lift lines, take the bus if you don't like snowy switchbacks) plus Venet (where you'll have the slopes to yourself), plus Nauders (with the longest run 3+1 and great views, also less crowded than Serfaus).
Overall: 4.2. Based on 13 votes and 6 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Serfaus.
Public Transport: 3.9
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Serfaus, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Serfaus, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.2
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.6
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Serfaus.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.2
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Serfaus, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Serfaus is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Serfaus relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.5
(1) There are no snow groomers at Serfaus, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Serfaus are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Serfaus is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.4
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Serfaus, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.3
(1) Serfaus usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.5
(1) The staff at Serfaus are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Serfaus are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.4
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.6
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.4
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Serfaus has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Serfaus, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 4.4
(1) Not even a kicker at Serfaus, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Serfaus, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Serfaus has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.2
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 3.7
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 4.2
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.2
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.2
(1) Overall, Serfaus is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.2
(1) Overall, Serfaus is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
December 26, 2010
Kurt from Belgium
Serfaus/Fiss/Ladis is for me the place to be!
I'm going there for several years now and it keeps me surprising with their modern infrastructure and awesome village.
Every year you can expect something new and the kindness of the people there is fabulous.
You can hit from small to big pistes and from easy to maximum extreme.
Plansegg, Frommes, Mittelabfarht and Gampen are my personal favourites.
Also, for the snowboarders like me it is very nice, the park keeps on growing and the shapers do their best to create a high quality park.
Pistes, food, kindness, hotels, infrastructure, they all fit perfectly together.
Thumbs up Serfaus/Fiss/ladis, you've got me hooked up! :-)
November 24, 2007
todd from United States
Went to Serfaus for a week in mid-March of 07. We didn't see a cloud in the sky for a week. The skiing was fabulous, but the end of the day runs were like mashed potatoes. Each day we did the same thing; head to Fiss/Ladis to do the Frommes-Abfahrt and then up to Masner for the day in Serfaus. We stayed at Hotel Silvretta in Serfaus and it was amazing. Great food, rooms and service. I just booked another week for March of 08!
Can't wait to get back to the best skiing in Austria. The skiing experience in Serfaus is as good as St. Anton, Ischgl, or Soelden because there are no crowds. Yes, the apres-ski is better in all three places, but if you hate lift lines like I do and love wide open pistes, then Serfaus is your place.
April 01, 2007
Marcel Ossenblok from Netherlands
We went on March 24th 2007. We stayed at App. Raich in Ried, just outside the skiing area down in the valley. Nice apartment. It was above a grocery also owned by the landlady of the app. Very handy! The early (6 am) church bells were not so nice though.
Serfaus, Fiss and Ladis are resp. super, great and nice.
Serfaus had the best slopes, although the Frommes-abfart in Fiss was fabulous.
On wednesday night (other nights at the other locations) we went to the adventure night, with ski/snowboard-show, fire and fireworks-shows. Pretty good. After that, sledriding (Rodeln)... It was fantastic, we ate at Kölner Haus (middle station) and got free sleds. We had 3 runs!
Slopes were well groomed each day but the sun spoiled the lower runs after 12.00 o clock.
Dorfbahn (subway in Serfaus) is a good form of transportation, but when you have to park just outside Serfaus and have to walk with your equipment to the dorfbahn where we had to wait etc.etc. we kinda got tired so we parked at the Waldbahn just between the villages Fiss and Serfaus. There we could get on the lifts just at the parking lot.
Summarized: Great ski-area with nice town and friendly folks!!! will be back next year!
March 14, 2006
Alicia from United Kingdom
Went to Serfaus in Feb, had the best time. Great for children and adults too. We stayed at hotel Cervosa, great food, great location. Serfaus has a great under-ground train that takes you right to the lefts. The left system is wonderful. Great bars after the skiing is over, village is very pretty. If you need to rent go to the middle station ski shop and they hold all your ski's, boot's etc over night. Very easy to get your stuff in the morning and afternoon. Just go to Komperdell lift to the 1st stop and ski shop right out the doors. Very helpful staff. We are going back in April. Staying at the other 5 star Schalber. The runs are wide and some are very long. So many things to do with children.
January 31, 2006
Jaap from Netherlands
Serfaus is really great!
Nice, well prepared pistes, suited for skiing as well as snowboarding.
Apres ski is fabulous: At Patschi (at the end of the 'Tall Abfahr') or at George (in the centre of the village) the party starts every day at four!
For more info visit: http://www.dejannen.com