Fendels Ski Resort

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Fendels village overlooked by the Winterberg Fendels ski resort in Austria
Fendels village overlooked by the Winterberg Fendels ski resort in Austria
Fendels is a super family-friendly ski resort with easy access to the slopes from the village
Fendels is a super family-friendly ski resort with easy access to the slopes from the village
Plangger lift reaches 2,270m on the flanks of Gamskopf at Fendels ski resort
Plangger lift reaches 2,270m on the flanks of Gamskopf at Fendels ski resort
Winterberg Fendels skiing
Winterberg Fendels skiing
Gondola linking Fendels with the valley village of Ried im Oberinntal provides a safe, easy way to get to the ski resort
Gondola linking Fendels with the valley village of Ried im Oberinntal provides a safe, easy way to get to the ski resort
The road from Prutz in the Oberinn valley leading to Fendels & Kaunertal Glacier - heed the open/closed sign!
The road from Prutz in the Oberinn valley leading to Fendels & Kaunertal Glacier - heed the open/closed sign!
Fendels ski resort looking across the Oberinntal toward Serfaus Fiss Ladis
Fendels ski resort looking across the Oberinntal toward Serfaus Fiss Ladis
Off-piste freeride terrain below Gamskopf (2,807m) at Fendels ski resort
Off-piste freeride terrain below Gamskopf (2,807m) at Fendels ski resort
The Hammer T-bar serves sunny beginner slopes & park features at Fendels ski resort
The Hammer T-bar serves sunny beginner slopes & park features at Fendels ski resort
Restaurant Truyenstube is slopeside at Fendels & serves excellent traditional lunches
Restaurant Truyenstube is slopeside at Fendels & serves excellent traditional lunches
Fendels is a delightful place to learn to ski
Fendels is a delightful place to learn to ski
Fendels snow park has fun elements for kids & the young at heart
Fendels snow park has fun elements for kids & the young at heart
Sattelboden quad chair is Fendels main ski lift & rises 500m vertical
Sattelboden quad chair is Fendels main ski lift & rises 500m vertical
Fendels ski resort base area is directly adjacent to the village and main carp park.
Fendels ski resort base area is directly adjacent to the village and main carp park.
Fendels intermediate piste skiing & snowboarding
Fendels intermediate piste skiing & snowboarding
The lower mountain at Fendels is lined with a protective border of larch & pine forest
The lower mountain at Fendels is lined with a protective border of larch & pine forest
Fendels hotels & guesthouses are convenient to the ski lifts & slopes
Fendels hotels & guesthouses are convenient to the ski lifts & slopes
A perfect ski-out ski-in car park at Fendels
A perfect ski-out ski-in car park at Fendels
Sledding is popular non-ski activity at Fendels, utilising the Sattelboden chair for access.
Sledding is popular non-ski activity at Fendels, utilising the Sattelboden chair for access.
Ski Fendels
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Fendels Ski Resort

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Fendels

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Nearby Ski Resorts

Kaunertal Glacier
Nauders
Serfaus Fiss Ladis
Venet

Fendels Ski Resort Statistics

     Fendels Ski Trail Map
  • Fendels Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,350m - 2,270m (920m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    Unknown
  • Lifts (6)
    1 Gondola/cable car
    1 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Mid December to mid-April
    9:00am to 4:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 9km (not incl. routes)
    Longest run - 5km+
    Advanced - 15%
    Intermediate - 40%
    Beginner - 45%
  • Ski Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 22/23
    Fendels only
    Adult - €41
    Child - €25
    Child u/8yr -Free

    Fendels & Kaunertal Glacier
    Adult - €41 to 58
    Child - €25 to 35
    Child u/8yr - Free
    Kaunertal Glacier & Fendels  Ski Trail Map
  • Kaunertal Glacier & Fendels Ski Trail Map

Fendels Ski Resort Austria

The baby sibling of Kaunertal Glacier, Fendels Winterberg ski resort might appear easy to ignore, but all good powder hounds would do well to consider it as an affordable storm-day alternative to the glacier. Accessible by gondola from the valley, or direct from the attractive village of Fendels at 1,352m altitude, the upper mountain has a range of fantastic off-piste terrain, whist the on-piste is family friendly throughout.

Pros & Cons for Fendels Ski Resort

Pros

  • Quality snow on northwest aspect.
  • Good skiable vertical of 920m with several long top to bottom runs & routes
  • Quiet during the week.
  • Easy access by gondola from the valley or car right to the ski lifts.
  • Pretty village with a rural feel in a splendid alpine location.
  • Excellent novice/beginner skier resort.
  • Fun freeride ski opportunities, including trees.
  • Powder ski option when lifts are shut down elsewhere due to winter storms.
  • Affordable lift pass.
  • Several great mountain restaurants.

Cons

  • Limited amount of piste trails and overall terrain.
  • Aging, but still functional, lift infrastructure.
  • Limited après ski & nightlife

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Quiet village locations
  • May get busy if Kaunertal Glacier closes and the crowd heads across to Fendels instead.
  • Nearby villages are relatively quiet & distant from the resort.
  • No public transport directly to Fendels (but it does go to Ried, from where a gondola can be taken).

Skiing & Snowboarding, Lift & Terrain

The Fendels skiing & snowboarding terrain may appear smallish, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a worthy location to keep in mind if in the region. A skiable vertical of over 900m is nothing to be sneezed at, and neither is its north-west aspect terrain that includes some tasty looking freeride options. Below 1,900m the runs are lined with a protective boundary of mixed larch & pine forest, and above that, plus skiers right of the lifts to low levels, is a broad alpine bowls & steeps that should ride well on storm days when everything else in the valley is shut down. For beginners & intermediates, the piste trails hold more than enough interest for a day or two of sliding that won’t break the bank.

Check out the ski trail map for Fendels below.

Fendels Ski Trail Map
Fendels Ski Trail Map

Once up on the hill at the Fendels village (1,350m), for powder hounds there are only two lifts of any importance. The Sattelboden quad chair is Fendels main ski lift & rises 500m vertical. Above that the Plangger T-bar elevates one to the highest lifted point of 2,270m, providing access to the full skiable vertical and the traverse across to the alpine off-piste freeride terrain below Gamskopf. Beginners will enjoy the Hammer T-bar down low, plus its associated Kids Snow Park.

Lift Passes

Fendels ski lift passes are for local ski lifts and the Ried <--> Fendels gondola. If one has a Kaunertal Glacier lift pass and the road or lifts are closed due to wind/snow (it happens!), the pass is also valid for use on the dorf (village) lift in Feichten as well as the ski lifts at Fendels. A free ski bus links the Fendels gondola valley station at Ried to Kaunertal Glacier (& vice-versa) 5 times throughout the day or between Feichten & Ried if the glacier road is closed due to poor weather.

See here for the full Kaunertal - Fendels resort map.

Where is Fendels Austria?

The Fendels ski resort sits pretty above the Oberinntal (in English, the over/upper Inn valley) in the Tirol state of Austria. Its tiny footprint sits juxtaposed against the Serfaus Fiss Ladis behemoth spread across the opposite side if the valley. The ski area is south-west of Innsbruck and 90km (1¼hr) by road. The nearest major transport hub is Landeck Zams, 22km (30min) to the north.

The closest international airport for travellers from within Europe & the UK is Innsbruck (INN). For everyone else it is Munich (MUC) or Zurich (ZRH), both around 3 to 3½hr drive away. The closest major railway station is at Landeck-Zams.

The Powderhounds endeavour to use public transport wherever possible & we travelled to the area of several occasions using the train & bus. Getting to Landeck Zams is simple as it is a major station on the line between Innsbruck & Switzerland. Landeck’s bus terminals have services to ski resorts near & far, but to travel to Fendels just requires the Route 210 bus (direction Nauders) and get off at Ried-im-Oberinntal. The journey on public transport from Innsbruck to Ried should take around 1½hr in total. If you need to get up to Fendels village, get a private transfer, or pay for a one-way gondola ride.

Search & book here for all train tickets to Landeck-Zams.

If hunting out a sneaky powder day, driving a rental car is the easiest way to get around. Parking in the resort village is free and ample.

For anyone cautious about driving on icy mountain roads, skiing at Fendels is made easier with its gondola access from the valley village of Ried im Oberinntal. No winding roads, just exit the motorway near Landeck-Zams, through the tunnel and park at the gondola base in Ried. Simples! Mind you, Fendels is 6½km (10min drive) up the hill from Ried, but unless staying there, it makes sense to use the gondola from Ried, if for no other reason than to minimise driving & traffic in the charming alpine village.

For hints, tips & warnings about getting to Austria ski resorts in winter, see our Travel in Austria page.

Fendels Accommodation

The accommodations available in Fendels ski resort are in the resort base village of the same name, Fendels or in the gondola connected valley village town of Ried im Oberinntal.

Search & book here for all Fendels ski accommodation.

Access to Fendels is via the valley village of Ried im Oberinntal, which provides alternative accommodation, as do nearby Pfunds, Prutz & Fendels. The Powderhounds have stayed in Pfunds and loved it. Pfunds has a wonderful balance of history, services, restaurants bars & hotels. Further afield, Landeck-Zams on the Innsbruck to St Anton train line makes a convenient base from which to explore the entire region.

Ski Rentals

Our local partners have two convenient equipment rental location in the centre of Ried-im-Oberinntal, and right at the gondola valley station. Receive a discount when you search & book via this Fendels (Ried-im-Oberinntal) Ski & Snowboard Rental link.

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Nearby Ski Resorts

Fendels is close to several awesome Austrian ski resorts covering all the size, terrain & price possibilities. The high-altitude ski area of Kaunertal Glacier is one the most reliable for snow in the entire Alps and is accessible by ski bus from the Fendels gondola valley station Ried im Oberinntal. Nauders is a short drive up the valley toward the Italian border and provides sensational powder day riding, on-piste turns and mountain dining. The massive Serfaus Fiss Ladis has it all just across the valley from Fendels. Another small but interesting ski area is Venet, located at Zams, back through the tunnel to the Inn valley.

Review

The Powderhounds checked out Fendels in early February 2022. We think it is one of the small family friendly Alps ski areas that you need to keep in the back of your mind and open in case of emergency. Click on the review link in the left column (or top of the page if on a mobile) to read all the reviews.

See how Fendels compares to the rest of the European resorts on the Europe ski resort ratings page.

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