Serfaus, Austria

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Zellersee, Kisslegg

This was our first 'real' ski vacation and I was full of anticipation.  Our friends had picked out this place because of its reputation as a family ski area with a very good ski school for kids as well as a large children's village.  Serfaus lies in the Austrian Tirol mountains east of  St. Anton and west of Innsbruck.  The ski area which consists of Serfaus, Fiss and Landis has 185 kilometers of pistes with 53 lifts and is covered on one pass.  Enough to keep us busy for a week.  

We had decided to do the drive down over 2 days so reservations were made in a town north of the border between Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

wandering through the town of Kisslegg
Somewhere between Memmingen and LIndau is a town called Kisslegg.  We left way before the crack of dawn, so that afternoon we were ready to check in and give the car a rest.  While waiting for our friends to arrive,  J and I walked around a bit and discovered that on the ourskirts of town there was a pretty, partially frozen lake called Zellersee - no ice skating here.  Once our friends arrived, we spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around town and admiring its typical Bavarian architecture. Later I found out that there's an old castle there.  Missed opportunity.

At dinner the whole conversation revolved around what 'ít' would be like. Couldn't wait to hit the slopes.  The next morning we (along with hundreds of other Dutchies) arrived in Serfaus.

city hall
  During the week the town is car free but since it was change-over day, the streets were packed !  We weren't able to check in until after 3pm but we were able to park our cars in the hotel's underground garage, which we did, and immediately went to rent our ski gear.  With my rudementary German, "drei und dreizig"  (36) I was able to request my boot size.  I was so proud of myself.  The guy helping us smiled too but I think he was more laughing at my pronunciation, silently of course because the German people I had met so far were incredibly polite.

The first few hours were like trying to walk for the first time.  I felt so clumsy trying to ski with two left feet.  But as most skiers know, warm chocolate milk (for some, with a touch of rum) is a cure all.

Saturday, every novice skiers nightmare..."which are mine?"
   The skiing did get better...thank goodness or this was going to be one looooong week.

I was hoping for sunny days, fresh snow and some fantastic skiing....at least for a novice.   I got what I hoped for. That was until  Wednesday when I woke up with a sore throat, runny nose, sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, fever feeling and the sky was grey with bad visibility.  I agreed to meet the others for lunch, crawled back under the comforter and slept a few more hours.  The extra zzz's helped but I still wasn't 100%.  Glad I brought the Nyquil  because the next day I was feeling alot better, at least enough to go the full day on skis, that is with the frequent stops for warm chocolate milk.  And the rest of the week ? Blue skies with whispers of clouds.

All in all, this definitely met my expections.  Since we (except for J) were new to this sport, we kept mainly to the blue and easy red slopes so we didn't take full advantage of the whole ski area.  This was a place we were going to visit again. 

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Zellersee, Kisslegg
Zellersee, Kisslegg
wandering through the town of Kiss…
wandering through the town of Kis…
city hall
city hall
Saturday, every novice skiers nigh…
Saturday, every novice skiers nig…
Sunday, First full day in Serfaus.
Sunday, First full day in Serfaus.
Perfect !
Perfect !
Childrens Village & mini fun park
Children's Village & mini fun park
close up.
close up.
lousy form but at least I didnt f…
lousy form but at least I didn't …
parents picking up the kids for lu…
parents picking up the kids for l…
calling my family
calling my family
our cozy home for the week
our cozy home for the week
our hotel
our hotel
the ice skating rink - closed due …
the ice skating rink - closed due…
first gear then stand in line.
first gear then stand in line.
Wed., not so perfect weather.
Wed., not so perfect weather.
view from the balcony
view from the balcony
Thurdays, sun breaking through and…
Thurdays, sun breaking through an…
J showing off. And with those oran…
J showing off. And with those ora…
look....no broken legs !
look....no broken legs !
cooling off after a hard weeks sk…
cooling off after a hard week's s…
pistes for the next time around.
pistes for the next time around.
going home.
going home.
Serfaus
photo by: ms_travelr