Monochrome Serfaus

March 23, 2024  |  Serfaus, Austria
Pezid (2,770 m) in the Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis ski area in Tyrol, Austria. You can see the ski pistes dropping off the peak, and they...

Pezid (2,770 m) in the Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis ski area in Tyrol, Austria. You can see the ski pistes dropping off the peak, and they also continue further off the backside into another valley.

Wildspitze (3,768 m), a giant in the Ötztal Alps to the southeast.

Wildspitze (3,768 m), a giant in the Ötztal Alps to the southeast.

Piz Mundin (3,146 m).

Piz Mundin (3,146 m).

Gamorkopf (2,769 m) is across the valley above the Nauders ski area.

Gamorkopf (2,769 m) is across the valley above the Nauders ski area.

Ortler (3,905 m) is a massive glacier-laden peak far to the south in the Ortler Alps in Italy.

Ortler (3,905 m) is a massive glacier-laden peak far to the south in the Ortler Alps in Italy.

This morning the sky was blue, the sun was shining, and I was sweating in my jacket as we rode up the gondola at the Serfaus ski area. Our objective was to spend the day scouting out this enormous ski area (check out the trail map to get an idea of the scale of this place!). So we headed out on a ski-lift journey over four peaks/ridges and through three valleys on our way back to Masnerkopf, the furthest and highest point of the ski area.

The landscape here is super impressive with a snow-smothered, high Alpine feel; as I was riding down gazing at the scenery I thought there was something almost archetypal about skiing here - like this is what people who don't ski must imagine that skiing is like! Or what people who do ski have dreams of.

By the time we got all the way out to Masnerkopf, the wind had picked up and storm clouds were rolling over the mountains so we high-tailed it all the way back in low visibility and flat light. Then we decided to explore the other direction above the town of Fiss, but once we reached Schönjoch it was a full-on blizzard! We worked our way back down to Serfaus in the whiteout, jackets caked with snow, soaked and chilled but happy to see snowflakes again!