Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis is a riding destination that might not be on your radar, but it sure is on ours now. At the end of last year, we ventured into the Austrian Alps to check it out. As we arrived we were shocked at a number of chairlifts running here, seven of which allow bikes. It’s a family resort, there are loads of things to do including high ropes and stunning lakes. A passionate group of mountain bikers over the last few years have been expanding and developing the bike riding. Starting off creating the Bike park, which is constantly improving and growing, and are now developing the lift assisted trail riding, adapting walking paths for bigger rides.
We were astonished by the diversity in the trails, and current development. Whilst we were there a lot of effort was being put into adapting walking trails and building new trails, which take you way out into the High Alpine mountains. These peppered with the solid bike park trails, we were spoilt for choice. The resort prides themselves on their family-friendly ethos, "We are Family" they run a Mountain bike festival which has events to get people interested in bikes, including International Rookies Championships, family challenge, rookie camp and many more.
Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis is located in the heart of the mountains, it's not too far away from trails in Switzerland, Italy, and Germany. Just 45 minutes down the road is Innsbruck—Crankworx Austria location. Two halves, the Bikepark and then the High Alpine riding. We'll start with the Bikepark.
The trails start about ten meters away from the lift and finish at the bottom lift station which is perfect for quick laps. There are three different trails at the top, which quickly split off down the hill and turn into more like six or seven trails. All the trails are graded by colour and range from easy, flowy and fun all the way to difficult technical trails.
Full time trail crew here at the bike park.
Getting away from the groomed trails of the bike park, you can hop on a different lift which takes you all the way to an epic 2440 meters (8000 ft). From here you can get up to half an hour descents of natural trails, which are old walking trails that have been adapted for Mountain bikes. The views from the top are quite something. The high alpine riding here is constantly growing, and evolving, at the moment only a few trails are signposted, so a guide would be recommended to make the most out of the high alpine riding.
We met a few horses out on the side of the mountain, not a bad place to live.
Aggressive peaks all around.
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