In this article we’ll present the resort of Sölden, the domain, its activities, the best places to take lessons, hire equipment, find accommodation… and of course, we’ll let you in on the local’s secrets, for a perfect day of skiing!
The vast ski domain of Sölden features a wide variety of pistesoffering all levels of difficulty. It’s the only Austrian skiing domain with 3 mountains of over 3,000 metres of altitude, hence its sobriquet BIG 3. Thanks to its altitude, it presents some spectacular view points and more especially, the opportunity to ski from September through to May. Sölden is also well-known as it attracts the best skiers in the world for the traditional opening of the FIS Ski World Cup in October.
The town of Sölden is also known for the after-ski: in Sölden they know how to party! It’s sometimes nicknamed the Alpen Ibiza. Even at the summits of the ski domain, it’s possible to make a stop a several outside bars and restaurant chalets before descending down into the valley. In the village of Sölden, the festivities continue until late into the night.
- Presentation of the domain
Ski period: from September until the beginning of May
Number of pistes: In total 114 km of pistes
Snowfall: Snowfall is guaranteed from October to May, mostly due to the domain’s altitude, the slopes ranging from 1,340 to 3,340 m high. Indeed, you can ski on 2 glaciers at Rettenbach & Tiefenbach. In addition, the artificial snow system covers more than 77% of the slopes.
- A variety of activities are available
Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding
69.8 km blue ski slopes (easy)
44.8 km red ski slopes (intermediary)
27.4 km black ski slopes (difficult)
Cross-country skiing: A made-to-measure bus service takes you effortlessly to the main cross-country ski centres at Ötztal.
Snowpark: A team of 12 shapers from 8 different countries are in charge of designing the snowpark, and you won’t be disappointed. Funslope: If you’re looking for a piste with some action, the Sölden Funslope is the ideal place. Sharp bends, waves, jumps, tunnels and a Fun Twister await you on this 680-metre long itinerary.
Nocturnal skiing: The resort also provides the opportunity for nocturnal skiing, hiking, hand-gliding, tobogganing, ice skating… you’ll find all the necessary information on the tourist office website.
A relaxing break: If you want to relax, we highly recommend the aquadome https://www.soelden.com/aqua-dome_winter
After-ski: On the slopes or in the village of Sölden, there’re a wealth of places to party.
A perfect day at the resort, recommended by Sarah Ennemoser:
Which ski route would you recommend for nature lovers?
08.00 am let’s start at the Giggijoch gondola,go up the mountain and take slope number 11 to the 300-year old mountain hut “Gampe Thaya” for a delicious breakfast to start the day
Afterwards ski to Gaislach along the Wasserkahrbahn and Heidebahn – many pistes cut through woods, with spectacular scenery and wide empty slopes awaiting you
Around noon take the glacier express to the Rettenbach glacier and enjoy skiing in ideal conditions over 3,000 metres, to the viewing platforms “Tiefenbachsteg” and “Schwarze Schneide” that guarantee breath-taking views
Early afternoon book a table in advance at the newly built “Gletscher Restaurant” and enjoy local specialities
Afterwards go up again by gondola to the highest point and ski down the longest slope in Austria, that covers over 15 km and descends 2,000 metres of altitude down to the valley below
Which itinerary would you recommend for those in search of sensations?
08.00 am let’s start at the Gaislachkog gondola and go to the middle station to take the slopes along Gaislach and Heidebahn. There are many different valley runs where you’ll find great landscapes
Later morning go to the top of the Gaislachkogl and visit the “007 Elements” cinematic installation
Noon follow-up with a gourmet lunch at the Ice Q restaurant and a Vodka-Martini like James Bond himself
Afternoon take the lift connection to the Giggijoch area and enjoy sunny skiing on very wide and smooth slopes
Do a last run down to the valley and finish your skiing day with a beer!
Which is the longest descent with the quickest chairlift time ?
Schwarze Schneid gondola, the piste down to the valley is 15 km long
Where do you recommend taking a lunch break?
– Gampe Thaya
– Ice Q
– Glacier restaurant
– Wirtshaus Giggijoch
Where should I ski in the morning? …and the afternoon? To make the most of the sun…
Morning: Gaislach, Heidebahn
Afternoon: on the two glaciers Rettenbach & Tiefenbachferner
Organising your stay:
You’ll find a multitude of great places on the tourist office website or even at booking.com, which enables you to add numerous criteria.
- Where to hire equipment?
Let yourself be guided by the community and don’t hesitate to add your contribution: List of renters.
- Where to take lessons? Several schools or organisations can assist you, here are a few:
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