Fiss isn’t somewhere we’d heard of before we visited earlier this year. According to wikipedia it’s a municipality in the Landeck district in the Austrian state of Tyrol located 10.50 km south of Landeck on the upper course of the Inn River and its main source of income is tourism. When we heard about the location and ski resort we were intrigued and keen to check it out. We’d heard that for skiers and snowboarders this place was an absolute dream. There are 198 km of slopes and 16 km of ski routes available and 39 lifts to transport guests to the winter sports area which is situated between elevations of 1,200m and 2,820m.
Arriving into the resort, we were immediately excited by how picturesque it was – like the inspiration of Christmas cards. Our accommodation for the next few days wasn’t to bad on the eyes either, resembling the backdrop or location of a fairytale Christmas movie. Schlosshotel Fiss is possibly the best in the area, it oozes understated luxury and what’s more it leads straight onto the ski slopes (our favourite bit as we always find it such as hassle walking around in ski boots and carrying skis). We were told the hotel started out as a hunting lodge in the 40s but gradually became a hotel in 1991 when the Domenig family acquired it and turned it into the enchanting place it has now become. When we say it’s got a fairytale quality we’re not exaggerating, the staff all have traditional uniforms and the attention to detail for everything is spot on. The swan carafe which wine was served in had us all mesmerised and dinner was a feast every night we were there, ranging from sushi to European to traditional Austrian, so lots of variety.
Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, is paradise on snow, with its three historical villages, located on a sunny high plateau above the Tyrolean Inn Valley, framed by mighty 3000 metre-high mountains. Winter sports enthusiasts are spoilt for choice with superb ski runs, 52 km of cross-country skiing trails, 39 cable cars and lifts, 29 people movers, freeriding terrain, fun parks and a whole range of fun winter sports.
Anyone and everyone will find their favourite slope in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis. We certainly did, though it was a trek to get to, once we did we didn’t want to leave and spent much of our ski time enjoying our favourite red and blue runs, throwing in the odd black on occasion. No matter what level you are, you are covered, there’s easy to intermediate to difficult slopes, everything is offered and catered for. The slopes at the 6-person Masnerkopf lift are especially nice. Restaurants on the slopes are really good quality and pretty decent price wise to as far as slope food goes.
We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our 4 day getaway in April, the slopes the accommodation the food, everything was an absolute dream and we cannot wait to head back.
The ski-in/ski-out 5-star Schlosshotel Fiss in the Austrian Tyrol (+43 5476 6397) is the only hotel directly on the slopes in Fiss. The Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis area has 212km of pistes up to 2,820m and offers skiing from Dec 7 2017 to April 15 2018.
Fully inclusive room rates are:
- Double Deluxe Room (32-35 m² accommodates 1-3 people) – From €230 (up to 2 nights) €220 (3 nights) €195 (4 nights +)
- Double Comfort Panoramic Room (40-45 m² accommodates 2-4 people) – From €290 (up to 2 nights) €280 (3 nights) € (4 nights +)
- Bergkristall Family suite (55-60 m² accommodates 3-4 people: 2 rooms + lobby, dressing room, bathroom with bath, shower, separate loo, balcony, separate children’s room with 2 single beds) – From €270 (up to 2 nights) €260 (3 nights) €235 (4 nights +)
Prices quoted are per person per night based on arrivals Dec 8-23 2017 or April 7-15 2018, subject to availability and include ALL the services listed below:
Schlosshotel Fiss services:
- Full board includes full breakfast, extensive lunch to 5pm, a la carte dinner + kids buffet from 6.30pm
- Full use of the spa – with dedicated kids spa
- Daily clubs for children from 2 years (also for teens) 08:30 am to 21:30 pm
- Films shown every night for kids/teens
- Daily programme of activities for adults to join (skiing/snowshoeing etc)
- Wifi, parking and valet parking and all taxes
- room that can accommodate kids. And what this includes (board basis etc).
One week is priced from €2,340 based on 2 sharing a double supreme room full board and includes, daily childcare and use of the Spa. A 6-day lift pass is from €246 per adult.