It’s about this time of year when the focus shifts from winter to spring and the longing for early sunrises, warm rays of sunshine and the pleasure of that flowy feeling on two-wheels just gets a grip of us. Mountain bikers still have to wait until June 2, when Bikepark Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis kicks off the new biking season and the Waldbahn starts to take visitors and their bikes from all over the world up the mountain. But, why not start daydreaming about the sound of rubber on dirt and that unique feeling of flow! Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis conjures those vivid pictures of the perfect trail experience with a new clip introducing the Frommestrail, which will be accessible from June 15:
Does anything beat getting up early to take that lift up the mountain and being the first rider to hit the trail on two wheels accompanied by the warm sunrise? Mountain biking will be on top of everyone’s bucket list when travelling to Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis from June 2. No matter whether you are with or without family, in the bike park or riding in the area surrounding it, the family friendly holiday resort in Tyrol, Austria, is looking forward to welcoming gravity lovers and adventurous guests, who feel the urge for flow.
The legendary Frommestrail is the poster child for singletrail riding in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis and offers over 9 kilometers / 5.6miles of trail enjoyment while descending over 1,000 meters / 3,280ft. in altitude. The Schönjochbahn in Fiss will be transporting mountain bikers up to an altitude of 2,440 meters / 8,005ft. from June 15. Then only a short incline of about 60 meters / 196ft. stands in the way of an alluring descent leading from the Schönjochkreuz. From here the mountains flanking the Italian border can be marveled at and the local alpine elevation experienced.
The Frommestrail is a flowy, natural trail and takes riders through alpine terrain and spruce-fir forests paved with roots in certain sections. Because of the high altitude to begin with and the long way down, it is important to have the right equipment such as an additional tube, pump and multi tool on board so that nothing gets in the way of the delightful descent. Protective gear is also a must have and a long sleeve jacket may help to fend off any chill during the lengthy, exciting decline.
Parts of the descent such as from the Schönjochkreuz to the first reservoir lake are labeled as a shared trail thanks to yellow signposts. So, just keep an eye out for others using the trail, when shredding the dirt and taking in the unbelievable scenery. This part of the Frommestrail is for everyone to enjoy, so respectfully looking ahead and using the brakes in tight corners is appreciated.
The Frommestrail is a challenging singletrail rated at S1 to S3 on the Singletrail-Scale (STS) set in a striking mountain backdrop. After passing the first shared trail section, there are different trails for MTB riders and hikers, which are marked visibly. Blue posts lead the way to the bottom for everyone on a bike, whereas hikers stick to red and white striped posts. Nothing will be standing in the way of a perfect singletrail experience down to the bottom of the mountain. Bikers should be aware of the odd crossing though, and take care before cranking the pedals to increase speed again afterwards.
The most challenging section starts at the Frommeshütte and is rated S3 on the Singletrail-Scale. If this part of the trail seems too daunting, there is a possibility to bypass it. After tackling the technical part of the Frommestrail, the Almweg leads riders gently back to the starting point in Fiss, where they can make the way back up to the Schönjochkreuz for a second helping of flow. Guests wanting to head up to the start of the Frommestrail only need a ticket for the bike park and a transport ticket for their bike. This additional ticket costs 10 Euros for adults (8 Euros for youths) and is available at all ticket offices in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis.
So if you are looking for a good fix of flow this summer, then make your way to Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis from June 2. There are plenty of other trails in the bike park waiting to be shredded as well. These can be checked out virtually thanks to the virtual trail map: bikepark-sfl.at/virtual-trailmap
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Photos: Christian Waldegger