Ancient customs, hours of sunshine and a warm welcome for families – that is precisely what visitors can look forward to in the Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis region, without a doubt one of the most family-friendly regions in Tirol.
Serfaus, Fiss and Ladis are three pretty villages perched on a high plateau around 500 metres above the Upper Inntal Valley, at the foot of the Samnaun Mountains. With more than 2,000 hours of sunshine a year, they are among the sunniest villages anywhere in Tirol. The villages have joined forces to form a single holiday region popular with families and all those looking to escape the stress of daily life. Indeed, Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis has for years been considered one of the most family-friendly places in Tirol and offers everything from child-friendly hotels to excellent ski schools where young skiers can learn to take their first turns on snow.
In Ladis, whose population used to speak the Romansh language still found today in parts of Switzerland, visitors will find a well-preserved village centre with centuries-old farmhouses decorated with frescoes and carvings. Neighbouring Fiss is most famous for the Fisser Blochziehen, an ancient carnival custom held every four years in February which sees the menfolk dress up in colourful costumes and parade through the village in a procession symbolising the battle between winter and spring.
Skiing and snowboarding in winter, hiking and mountain biking in summer
Wintersports enthusiasts of all abilities will be spoilt for choice in the Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis ski resort, whose perfectly prepared pistes are served by around 70 lifts and cable cars. Dotted around the resort are several chill-out areas with wooden recliners – the ideal place to lie back and enjoy the fabulous mountain panorama. In summer the resort transforms into a haven for hikers and mountain bikers. It is also popular with families thanks to its many child-friendly attractions such as the Marmot Trail, Story Fountain and Talking Root Man. Those looking for a little more action can ride the Fisser Flitzer summer toboggan run, while visitors with a head for heights can take on the Fisser Flieger, a kite-like device enabling four people at a time to whizz from one side of the resort to the other over the Möseralm hut.