Serfaus Fiss Ladis: Two Halves – Photo Epic

May 13, 2017
by Ben Winder  

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.


Jure racing back down to town.
BIKE PARK
Jure racing back down to town.

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.

Serfaus Fiss Ladis - Two Halves Photo Epic
Very fast turn around for on the lift at the bike park.

Serfaus Fiss Ladis - Two Halves Photo Epic
Very fast turn around for on the lift at the bike park.

Hundreds of fun flowy corners.
Here's Nikki and Jure on one of the easier trails, one that is sure to put a smile on your face.

Berm after berm...
Berm after berm... Hundreds of fun flowy corners.

Serfaus Fiss Ladis - Two Halves Photo Epic
Nikki popping big of one of the hips.

Full time trail crew here at the bike park.
Serfaus Fiss Ladis - Two Halves Photo Epic
Full time trail crew here at the bike park.

Nikki flying off one of the crests.
Nikki flying off one of the crests.

There s a variety of wooden and dirt features.
There's a variety of wooden and dirt features.

A berm with a view.
A berm with a view.

Trail map and information board.
Trail map and information board.
Milky Way.
Milky Way.

Strada Del Sole.
Strada Del Sole.
Hill Bill.
Hill Bill.

Serfaus Fiss Ladis - Two Halves Photo Epic

Serfaus Fiss Ladis - Two Halves Photo Epic

Plenty of playful features.
Plenty of playful features.

Nikki Whiles
Nikki Whiles
Jure Logar.
Jure Logar.

Jure getting it sideways on one of the jumps.
Jure getting it sideways on one of the jumps.

Nikki dangling a leg at the bottom of the trails.
Nikki dangling a leg at the bottom of the trails.


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.

In the lift...
In the lift...
Out of the lift at the top of the mountain.
Out of the lift at the top of the mountain.

This lift isn t quite as quick but takes you a lot further and higher.
This lift isn't quite as quick but takes you a lot further and higher.

A selection of tools at the very top pretty useful at 2440m.
A selection of tools at the very top, pretty useful at 2440m.

One of the main trails - Frommestrail is predominantly natural it s an old walking track that s been adapted.
One of the main trails, Frommestrail, is predominantly natural, it's an old walking track that's been adapted. Two of the sections are still shared with walkers, which isn't a problem, as the sections are clearly marked.

Serfaus Fiss Ladis - Two Halves Photo Epic

Stunning ridge lines to be ridden out here.
Stunning ridge lines to be ridden out here.

Nikki dropping into Frommestrail.
Nikki dropping into Frommestrail.

Serfaus Fiss Ladis - Two Halves Photo Epic
We met a few wild horses out on the side of the mountain...
We met a few horses out on the side of the mountain, not a bad place to live.

Riding with wild horses...
Riding with the horses...

One of the adapted sections of trails which are super fun and flowy.
One of the adapted sections of trails, which are super fun and flowy.

Serfaus Fiss Ladis - Two Halves Photo Epic
Aggressive peaks all around.
Aggressive peaks all around.

Serfaus Fiss Ladis - Two Halves Photo Epic

Endless singletrack.
Endless singletrack.

Stunning scenery here.
Stunning scenery here.

Berms that wouldn t look out of place at a bike park.
Some sections of the trail have had to be adapted, this section is amazing fun with swooping, flowy berms.

There s a variation in the trails through sections of woodland.
There's a variation in the trails, through sections of woodland.

Serfaus Fiss Ladis - Two Halves Photo Epic

Stefan Falkeis - the man behind the mountain bike development at the resort.
Stefan Falkeis, mountain bike coordinator - the man behind the mountain bike development at the resort.
A new trail is being built that helps link into some of the high alpine trails.
A new trail is being built that helps link into some of the high alpine trails.

Jure in one of the freshly built sections of trails.
Jure in one of the freshly built sections of trails.

Serfaus Fiss Ladis - Two Halves Photo Epic

Your bike riders... Jure Logar and Nikki Whiles.
Your bike riders... Jure Logar and Nikki Whiles.

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27 Comments

  • 8 0
 Looks awesome. Question: Can the High Alpine be ridden on a pure DH bike, or is there quite a bit of pedaling to traverse etc?
  • 6 0
 It´s just a few minutes to walk to the top, the rest is downhill. I like the Frommes Trail most with the DH-bike.
  • 7 2
 mountains looks so beautiful and trails looks perfect but 36 is expensive for Europian Bikeparks. Last year I ride 13 Bikeparks in Europe and the most expensive was 28 euro.
  • 8 6
 Seriously, how can you justify a such expensive day-pass ? Ok, austrian bikeparks are nice but not enough to explain 50E day passes, please compare that with french bikeparks which are easily twice the size and half the price (PDS, Tignes-Val d'isere, grand massif ...)
  • 2 1
 you got the point.
  • 9 0
 Adult day pass is 36€ as far as i know
  • 9 0
 @savatman the price for a day pass in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis is 36 Euro for a day pass.
  • 3 2
 @BWinder: Ok, I was more refering to leogang which I know more. Still a lot more than the most expensive one in france which is around 25e for the whole PDS domain, which is known as the biggest in the world ... Don't get me wrong though, Leogang and serfaus are still really good bikeparks and my opinion isn't due to the fact that I'm french ! i just relate what I know about european bikeparks and having to pay the same price for a day at lermoos on its one an only not that good track than for a day in a word class bikepark just pisses me off every time, sorry.
  • 1 0
 @savatman: you are right! I thought i was in heaven when I arrived in Chatel 'n Morzine (I live near Lermoos). ...sad ist so far away!
  • 2 0
 @BWinder: I love serfaus but you should probably have mentioned that there are extra charges for the frommers trail. The enduro stuff is crazy expensive. The bike park pass has nothing to do with the fees for the other gondolas.
  • 3 0
 @e-van: Yes it´s not in the gravity card and gravity card users have to pay the full price - so it´s way too expensive to ride it with every visit in Fiss. Bikers who do not have a gravity card but buying a day ticket for the bike park are getting a better price. That is not a very fair price model for the regular !
  • 3 1
 I respect the given objectives, but given the overall costs of the sport I feel like it's still a fair price given the investments in maintainance and growth. Other regions in Austria like Saalbach however found a better way in my opinion by including the daypass if you book overnight stays in one of the hotels or hostels, thereby assuring indirect returns for the region while keeping the overall costs lower. On the other hand, a simple day pass in Whistler would cost you $61, the more money you pay the more budget the bikepark has to play with. Wink

BTW: I've only used the bikepark yet and it has some really good tracks, especially the more natural style tracks.
  • 2 0
 @MatthewCarpenter: you would have to pay an extra EUR 10.- for the Frommes Trail (high alpine)
  • 3 0
 In my opinion you can´t justifiy that a day ticket is EUR 36.- there are a lot of trails and features - that´s true. I had a lot of time to cycle last year and 4 out of 5 visits the park was in poor conditions. It was great to test some new stuff for my downhill fork, but I would never go there with my girlfriend. Brake-bumps all over the place and deep holes (they would have fit a football). Looks like the money is not spent on that.

Regardind the prices in Leogang - EUR 32.- for a 4 hour ticket and EUR 39.- for a day pass is, in my opinion, over priced for what they have. I guss the problem is that both resorts orientate their prices on what they charge in winter.

This is not the right way to go and I also question if USD 61/roughly EUR 55.- is okay, but have never been to Whistler yet and can´t really tell what it is like.
  • 2 0
 Here in the UK I'll pay approx €37 for a day's uplift in a transit van that smells like a sweaty riding sock and in some places, less than 5 minutes of descending... And its not always as beautiful as the alps either. So in the perspective of your average Brit, that's a bargain.
  • 2 0
 @dbeardy: yeah, nothing beats an uplift van on a rainy day lol
  • 2 0
 @BWinder: did you struggle over whether to put the trail sign names under their pictures ?
  • 1 0
 I've been going there for the past 4 years with my family for our summer holiday.

Only rode the frommerstrail once, and thought it was rather average. And considering 2 lift rides to ride it once cost €36.... I thought twice about riding it again.

20 minutes down the road is the 3 Länder Enduro park.
Highly recommend it... cheaper lift passes.... €55 for 3 days!
  • 1 0
 Is there meanwhile a spot in Serfaus/Fiss/Ladis where you can park and overnight with a camper van?
Does anybody know? It's particularly forbidden on the parking area of lift station.

great article!
  • 5 1
 Great photos! Keep it up
  • 1 0
 Even some of the machine built trails look narrow and tight. Place looks amazing. Pics are sweet. Nice flat styly table top shots.
  • 3 0
 @BWinder great pics and good article
  • 2 0
 Definitely an epic group of photos. Now if only we were there living it...
  • 3 0
 All the Ladis
  • 5 0
 This article only scratched the Serfaus
  • 3 0
 Serfaus to say, if fiss was near here, the ladis would be all over it!!
  • 2 1
 @miketizzle: people often just say "Serfaus" but the Bikepark is in "Fiss". Ladis is in the neighbourhood and a good location if you are looking for a cheap hotel or appartement.





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