- The vertical drop from summit to base is 4659 ft. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in Austria is 2356 ft. Most runs are therefore relatively long. The ski resort takes you to an elevation of 7546 ft.
- Season starts on Dec 14 and ends on Mar 15 (92 days). Average season duration in Austria is 177 days.
- Average snow depth during the season (Dec 14 to Mar 15) is 56 " at summit elevation and 28 " at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during February, offering an average snow depth of 67 " at summit elevation and 33 " at the base.
- Fendels Ried Prutz features 43 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in Austria is 42 sunny days. January is the sunniest month with an average of 17 sunny days.
The Ski Resort
The Tyrolean ski area of Fendels is an ideal destination for families. With just 10 kilometres of trails, it may be compact, but thanks to its combined lift ticket with the Kaunertal Glacier, additional runs are never far away. Skiers can take to the slopes directly from town or alternatively ride the gondola from Ried up to Fendels at 1,352 metres.
In the valley, young skiers can explore Kinderland Bibiland with its magic carpet lift, surface lift and obstacle course. The local ski schools are also on hand to ensure that fun comes first. Beginners can explore the blue-marked trails alongside the Hammer and Zingge lifts and if you are looking for a longer run, then head for the Sattelboden chairlift to experience the Südabfahrt (no. 4), a delightfully mellow trail which winds through a larch forest.
As soon as you’ve gained some confidence on your skis, take the Plangger or Waldlift from Sattelboden to try the Nordabfahrt (no. 3). The latter is the only red-rated run in the ski area alongside the Sattelboden-Abfahrt (no. 7). The Plangger-Lift is also the gateway to more testing challenges in the shape of the black-marked Kanonenrohr (no. 6a) and Plangger Nord (no. 5).
All night owls will delight in the fact that the Nordabfahrt (no. 3) is open for floodlit skiing every Thursday from 7.00 PM to 10.30 PM, offering 2.5 km of fun after dark.
Snow Safety & Snowmaking
On Mountain Dining
There are two lodges available in Fendels for refuelling. The Sattelklause is a self-service restaurant at the mountain station of the Sattelboden lift, where guests can choose between Tyrolean specialities as well as world cuisine, and enjoy the generously sized sun deck to boot. On the Südabfahrt (no. 4), the Truyenstube is another good place to grab some food and drink. Regional fare is served here in cosy surroundings.
Experts shouldn’t miss the challenge of the Plangger Nord run (no. 5), while beginners should head for the Südabfahrt (no. 4) which takes a mellow route through the forest.
At the Sattelboden mountain station, guests can trade in their skis for a sled. The lift station is the starting point for the Naturrodelbahn Fendels, which winds down some 4.5 km into the valley. This sled run even holds the Tyrolean seal of quality for sledding tracks. Sledding after dark is offered under the lights every Thursday from 7 PM to 10.30 PM.
In winter, the swimming lake in Ried freezes over and becomes a huge ice skating rink. Its surface area of 7,000 m² makes it the largest rink in the region.
If you fancy a warm soak after a day on the mountain, head for Feichten and the Kaunertal Center. This leisure centre offers a large indoor pool with dedicated children’s and swimmers’ sections, as well as a wellness area with Finnish sauna, steam room and infrared treatment.
Après-Ski and Nightlife
In Fendels, an excellent way to round out a day on the slopes is by hitting the umbrella bar at the Erlebnishotel Fendels or with a drink at the Lollypub. If you are looking for some entertainment after dark, the NaNu Pub in Ried is just the ticket.
Dining and Restaurants
Gasthof Falkeis in Kauns is well known for its seasonal cuisine, as well as Restaurant Jägerhof for their regional tyrolean dishes.
By car: To reach the ski area, take the A12 to Landeck, then head through the Landecker Tunnel until you reach Prutz. Shortly before the Kaunertal Landesstraße, take the L313 to Fendels. Alternatively, visitors from Germany can drive via Füssen or Garmisch to Nassereith, and then take the main roads to Imst and Landeck.
By rail: Landeck is also the closest train station for rail travellers, and bus services cover the last leg to the ski area.
By plane:Innsbruck Airport is around 80 kilometres away.