Serfaus, Austria

How to reach the resort

The relatively small yet lively town of Serfaus, famous for its fabulous year-round sunshine, is located in the Inn Valley, in Austrian Tyrol. The ski resort is just over 90 kilometres away from the town of Innsbruck, which is well-served by indirect yet frequent flights from airports across the UK. Most people choose to drive from the airport at Innsbruck to Serfaus as it is a convenient way of travelling and having a hire car in the resort can come in handy. To reach the resort, take the A12 towards Bregenz and follow this road for just over 65 kilometres. Follow the B180, which will take you via Fiss and Serfausersfeld. Turn left on to Dorfbahnstraße and you will eventually reach Serfaus.

Sometimes, better flight offers can be found for air travel to Munich, rather than Innsbruck. Munich is 213 kilometres away from Serfaus but is well-served by flights from budget airlines departing from airports across the UK. Prior to reaching the border with Austria, you will need to take the B2R, the A95, the B11, and the B2. After crossing the Austrian border, follow the B177 and then the A12. The B180 will take you through Fiss and Serfausersfeld and once you have turned left on to Dorfbahnstraße, the ski resort is located just 200 m away.

Travelling by train to the resort from the UK is another option. Take the Eurostar to Paris and then transfer to the TGV to Zurich. An overnight train will take you to Innsbruck and then a fast train will take you to Landeck-Zams. The overall journey time from Paris is approximately 10 and a half hours including transfer times. Once you arrive in Landeck, take a bus or taxi to Serfaus.

Some people choose to drive from the UK to Serfaus via Calais but given the convenient nature of the other options you should try to avoid this if at all possible.

Who does the resort cater for?

There is something to keep everyone entertained on the slopes at Serfaus but intermediate skiers are likely to find most to be happy about. Beginners and intermediates will find perfect conditions for honing their new skills on the plateau, which has numerous wide, open pistes. The neighbouring regions of Fiss and Ladis are connected to the ski resort by a lift pass, so boredom will never set in. For the experts, there is off-piste skiing readily available and snowboarders will be happy with the well-equipped snow park. Cross-country skiers will love the wide range of marked tracks that cut through beautiful scenery.

If, however unlikely this may be, you become bored with the downhill action on the slopes, there is plenty to keep you entertained in the resort. Tobogganing is perhaps the most popular non-ski activity but there are other things to do, such as hiking with the help of a guide. Evening entertainment comes in the form of some lively bars and restaurants. For those looking for late-night entertainment, there are two nightclubs in Serfaus.

What accommodation does the resort offer?

As with most ski resorts in Europe, many visitors choose to stay in self-catered apartments or chalets. However, there is also a wide range of hotels available to suit all budgets. Hotel Alpenruh is located just a short walk away from the resort centre and offers comfortable accommodation in well-furnished rooms. The hotel has its own fitness centre, indoor swimming pool, sauna, solarium, and massages are also on offer. An extensive breakfast buffet will provide you with ample energy for the long day ahead and a four-course dinner will recharge your batteries in the evening. For those craving independence, the Ferienhaus am Matinesweg offers 8 holiday apartments which can sleep between 2 and 6 people. All the apartments are furnished to a high standard, with proper kitchens and cosy living spaces.

Slope information

There are 4 black runs (suitable for expert skiers), 52 red runs (suitable for intermediate skiers), and 26 blue runs (suitable for beginners). The slopes are served by modern lifts and they take nearly 60,000 skiers per hour up the mountains. There is also an underground railway which takes guests around the town and direct to the slopes. The resort has 250 snow cannons which generate artificial snow to supplement the natural snow.

Resort Vitals

  • Downhill Pistes: 160 km
  • Cross Country Trails: 111 km
  • Number of Ski Lifts: 53
  • Maximum Vertical: 1270 m
  • Highest Lift: 2700 m
  • Altitude of Resort: 1430 m
  • Lowest Piste: 1430 m