Solden

Ski Resort in Austria

Introduction

The ski resort Sölden is located in the Ötztal (Austria, Tyrol (Tirol), Tiroler Oberland (region), Imst (District)). For skiing and snowboarding, there are 144.2 km of slopes and 1.9 km of ski routes available. 31 lifts transport the guests. The winter sports area is situated between the elevations of 1,350 and 3,340 m. Innsbruck airport is only an hour away and Ötztal train station only 40 minutes away (which provides bus services to take you to the resort).

With a river running through and traditional Tyrolean style buildings, Solden is a fairly compact town with most hotels, restaurants and clubs on the main street overlooked by the striking parish church.

Three smaller villages are connected with the main resort. Traffic-free Hochsolden is the highest up at 2,090m – it’s ski-in ski-out and has an exclusive atmosphere complimented by traditional wooden architecture. Two smaller villages lie between Solden and Hochsolden in terms of altitude: Zwieselstein and Vent. Nearby resorts including Obergurgl can be easily reached from all four.

One of Solden’s main attractions is undoubtedly its atmosphere. The main town is bustling – especially around the Giggijoch and Gaislachkogl gondolas after the lifts close and the lively après ski kicks in.

The Solden/ Ötztal ski pass covers 140km including 2 mountains - Giggijoch and Gaislachkogl – and 2 glaciers – Rettenbach and Tiefenbach. The area is unique in Austria with 3 peaks above 3000m - Gaislachkogl (3,058m), Tiefenbachkogl (3250m) and the highest Schwarze Schneide (3340m). After much investment, Solden’s 33 modern lifts can carry 68,000 people / hour (meaning less queuing) and this is one of Austria's first resorts to have free WiFi in the main ski areas for the occasional tweet on the piste.

The splendid Otztal Valley made international headlines in 1991 when its most diehard patron, a 5,300 year old man, was uncovered perfectly preserved though with "the skin of a roasted turkey" in a high Alpine snowdrift. Otzi, the Neolithic era hunter, found out the hard way that Solden's terrain is a formidable thing. Stretching to 3,249 metres, the Otztal Arena Solden is impressive by Austrian standards and even by Swiss ones, a winter playground accessed by a state of the art lift system and lined with 48 snow guns for good measure.

Each October, the winter ski and party season officially blasts from the start gate. At the first World Cup meeting of the season the likes of Hermann Maier attack the savagely iced technical courses on the Rettenbach Glacier. The Rettenbach and the Tiefenbach glaciers, connected to the wider ski area in 1998-99, make a superwide playing field for the fastest skiers in the world. You'll be impressed too.

Ringed by sparkling ripples of snowy peaks, Solden's three skiable 3,000ers are each showcased by an impressive observation point. The first is at the Gaislachkogel gondola, a round deck at 3,058 metres. The next, at Tiefenbachkogl, is a harrowing gangplank that hovers over thin air and peers hard into the face of the Wildspitze, Austria's second highest peak. The third, Schwarze Schneid, is a 10-minute hike up to an imposing column with an excellent 360 degree map detailing more than 20 peaks that surround.

Solden info card

Resort Altitude1350m
Highest Lift3250m
Total Piste146km
Longest Run15km
Directions of SlopesE, S, N, W
Uphill Capacity70000
Total Lifts33
Gondolas/Cable cars8
Chairlifts16
Drag Lifts9
Snow Parks2


Best time to visit Solden

With glacier skiing available and 3 peaks above a whopping 3000m, conditions are usually good throughout the season. You’re unlikely to contend with too much queuing either – the lifts in total carry 68,000 snow lovers /hour.

Special events such as the Gay Snowhappening and Electric Mountain Festivals may well determine your ideal time to ski. Gay Snowhappening is normally an action-packed week towards the end of the season and the Electric Mountain Festival takes place over 6 or 7 dates throughout the season including performances from big-name DJ’s (David Guetta in 2012). Even if you don’t make it here for these, weekly events include the Night Ski show – which usually runs until March and the Söldenparty so whenever you visit there’s likely to be something good going on!

The quietest times tend to be early in the season, in mid-January and towards the end of the season. Ski passes are often cheaper during these periods too – terrific if you want to save some money.


Skiing in Solden

A decent variety of ski schools such as ‘Yellow Power’ make this a great place to both learn and improve. Innerwald (near the bottom of Gaislachkogl gondola) has some excellent nursery runs where learners can get to grips with the basics without having to contend with faster skiers.

There’s plenty available for beginners with 67km of blue routes including some particularly good runs on the Tiefenbach glacier. Practice on the Blue 38 from the top of the Tiefenbach – it’s a roomy, simple but long 11km down. The Blue 13 on Giggijoch is another run suited to new skiers as it’s wide and well-maintained.

This is a fantastic place for intermediates too. There are nearly 50km of red routes and 20% of the ski area is above red in difficulty if you fancy a challenge – with Giggijoch and Gaislachkogl providing some terrific descents. The red runs back to the bottom of Giggijoch (like 19) from the top of the Gondola or from Hochsolden are super for intermediates and another terrific piste is red route 1 from the top of the Gaislachkogl lift (which has a near 1000m drop along its route). A number of other Gaislachkogl runs are similarly challenging.

Advanced skiers will also find a decent selection of routes. Probably the toughest on the piste is the steep 15km descent from Schwarze Schneide to Gaislachkogl – which has a 2000m height change. Decent off-piste opportunities exist too – Wasserkar is one of the better powder areas and can be easily accessed from the top of the Gaislachkogl gondola.

Freestylers have the huge 6-hectare Almdudler snow park as a particular highlight. It provides a decent array of obstacles including boxes, jumps and rails and can be found right below two chair lifts- the Hainbachkar and Silb.


Snow conditions in Sölden

The ski season in the area runs from December to April with extraordinary coverage available to ensure the best possible coverage for skiers and snowboarders. There are 2 glacier ski areas at Rettenbach & Tiefenbach ensuring excellent snow conditions and snow making systems cover 76% of the ski area.

With staff regularly visiting the slopes to ensure they are maintained properly, you can expect fantastic conditions across the resort. With runs for beginners, intermediates and experts, there is plenty of variety to choose from across the area.


Apres-ski, restaurants and other activities in Sölden

Solden has transformed in recent years from a lively resort to a more sophisticated ski area. While there are still nightlife options for travellers, it’s now easy for families to get involved in the fun throughout this magnificent region.

You can stop off at one of the cosy mountain huts or umbrella bars for a peaceful drink, with Gampe Alm, Fuchsloch and Halli Valli all offering fantastic service and a great opportunity to mingle with locals.

When it comes to food, Solden has a variety of excellent restaurants including Salino and Giggi Tenne, where Italian and international dishes are served respectively.

If you’re feeling tired and worn out after a day on the slopes, you could even visit one of the many health spas in the resort, including Michaela Mader Physio and the Das Central massage parlour.

There are a number of activities to do on and off the slopes in Sölden including:

  • 5km toboggan run
  • Sleigh rides
  • Ice skating
  • Curling
  • BMW driving experience
  • Paragliding
  • Sölden "Freizeit Arena" with adventure pool, saunas, steam rooms and indoor tennis

Families in Solden

Solden does a very good job for families and our family accommodation does too - the Chalet Karl Riml is one our favourites being only 200m from the main town. In terms of the ski area, you’ll have 140km of routes to explore including a good selection for all levels. For those learning to ski or looking to improve their technique, Solden has plenty of ski schools including Yellow Power and Ski School Solden Hochsolden. There are also some fantastic beginner runs too for learners such as the nursery runs near Innerwald. Overall, 47% of routes are blue (we like the Blue 38 near Tiefenbach glacier) making the resort brilliant for less confident skiers. More fearless skiers also have a fantastic selection of routes like the 15km run from Schwarze Schneide to Gaislachkogl. For refuelling at lunch time, the mountains restaurants welcome families with open arms – the Stabele Schirmbar has a menu to suit everyone (they do super burgers).

There’s plenty to do as a family once skiing is done for the day. Popular activities like ice-skating and tobogganing are available and every Wednesday until March a night ski show including fireworks and a torchlight descent should keep everyone well entertained for the evening.

We have the best holiday packages for families – and our ski specialists can help find your ideal holiday. Most holidays come with flights, transfers and accommodation and we also have some self-drive and accommodation only deals too.


Group Holidays Solden

From the slopes to the après-ski, Solden is hard to beat for groups. Routes cover all abilities – from easy runs for beginner skiers in Innerwald to more challenging routes on Gaislachkogl. While the skiing is good, the après-ski is even better – Solden has some brilliant clubs and bars including the Fire & Ice and Bierhimml nightclubs – the perfect venues for some lively après-ski. If you all fancy a few beers while you keep up to date with some live sport then head to Chris & Co. For an alternative evening after a day on the snow, the spectacular Aqua Dome and Freizeit Arena are the places to be if you want some wonderful pampering in a beautiful setting.

Accommodation is plentiful too - chalets are normally large enough able to accommodate groups and properties including Chalet Karl Riml and Chalet Paul Gruner are only 200m from the town. Look out for our hotels labelled ‘Great for groups’ – we love the Erhart and Grauer Bar.

A number of events run throughout of the season attracting big crowds and bringing a buzzing atmosphere. These include the Electric Mountain Festival where at 6 or 7 dates throughout the season DJ’s perform on the mountain. There are also weekly events to enjoy – a Wednesday Night ski show is fantastic and involves a torchlight show, fireworks and live music. You may have to buy a ticket for it – but it’s worth it!

Most of our packages include flights, transfers and accommodation. If you’d prefer to drive yourselves, our self-drive options may be just what you’re looking for. If everyone is coming from different destinations, booking accommodation-only may be the best suggestion – call our ski specialists for help with getting everyone organised and to the mountains!

Transportation - Get In


By car

From the West:
Vorarlberg - Tirol via Arlberg Pass or through Arlberg Tunnel (S 16 Federal Road) - direction Landeck - change to A 12 Autobahn - exit: Ötztal - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden

From the North:
- Bad Tölz - Achen Pass - B 181 Federal Road - Jenbach - A 12 Autobahn towards Innsbruck (direction Bregenz) - exit: Ötztal - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden

- Pfronten - Reutte - Fernpass - Imst - A 12 Autobahn (direction Innsbruck) - exit: Ötztal (past Roppen Tunnel) or B 171 Federal Road to Ötztal (no Vignette toll-sticker required!) - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden

- Garmisch Partenkirchen - Ehrwald - Lermoos - Fernpass - Imst - A 12 Autobahn (direction Innsbruck) – exit: Ötztal (past Roppen Tunnel) or B 171 Federal Road to Ötztal (no Vignette toll-sticker required!) - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden

- Garmisch Partenkirchen - Mittenwald - Scharnitz - Seefeld - Telfs - A 12 Autobahn (direction Bregenz) - exit: Ötztal or B 171 Federal Road to Ötztal (no Vignette toll-sticker required!) - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden

From the East:
Munich or Salzburg - A 93 Autobahn to Kufstein - A 12 Autobahn (direction Bregenz) via Innsbruck – exit: Ötztal - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden

From the South:
From Bozen/Bolzano towards Brenner Pass (toll road) – Schönberg toll station (direction Innsbruck) - A 12 Autobahn towards Bregenz – exit: Ötztal - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden


By plane

DISTANCE - AIRPORT - SÖLDENDRIVING TIME
INNSBRUCK/A (INN)
83 km1h 15min
MÜNCHEN/D (MUC)
231 km3h 15min
ZÜRICH-KLOTEN/CH (ZRH)
281 km3h 30min
SALZBURG/A (SZG)
263 km3h
WIEN-SCHWECHAT/A (VIE)
587 km6h
BOZEN/I (BZO)
206 km2h 30min


By train

Enjoy a both comfortable and relaxing train ride to the train station in Ötztal Bahnhof. The public bus lines to all holiday resorts in the valley (direction Obergurgl) leave directly in front of the train station. The bus ride to Sölden takes about 1 – 1.5 hours, offering breathtaking views of the valley and its mountains.

All important details on bus timetables, direct connections and taxi services are available here.

TRAIN SCHEDULES & TICKETS

Travelling by train is more flexible and relaxing than you imagine. The trains of Austria's ÖBB or Germany's DB railway companies take you safely to Tirol. Simply book your train ticket online and head for unforgettable days in the Ötztal.

You get off the train in ÖTZTAL Bahnhof where you change to a public bus or local taxi - which takes you directly to your accommodation in the valley.

Accommodation & Hotels


Right next to the ski runs in Hochsölden, this family-run 4-star superior hotel in the Ötztal Alps includes a 360° Skybar, a restaurant with a show cooking area, a wine store, wine cellar, cigar lounge, underground parking, new wellness area with diverse saunas and a new outdoor pool with a hot tub. Free WiFi is available throughout the building.Hotel Schöne Aussicht's restaurant serves traditional Tyrolean dishes, international cuisine, and a wide selection of fine wines. There is also a cigar lounge.Furnished in an elegant Alpine style, the spacious rooms include a seating area, a TV with cable and Sky channels, and a bathroom.Free parking is available on site. A garage can be used at an additional cost.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • This is a wonderful boutique hotel, as guests say.
    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Professional service
    • Great view
    • New rooms
    • Winter sports facilities are close
  • HOTEL SCHÖNE AUSSICHT SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 97, this hotel is one of the top 1% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and location.


Property Location: With a stay at Das Central - Alpine . Luxury . Life in Soelden, you'll be on a river and minutes from Freizeit Arena, and close to Gaislachkogl Gondola. This 5-star hotel is within the vicinity of Hochsoelden Ski Area and Rettenbach Glacier.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 125 guestrooms featuring minibars. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and digital programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.

Amenities: Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. A spa tub and a sauna offer a relaxing way to wind down after a day on the slopes. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge). You'll be on the slopes in no time with the complimentary ski shuttle.

Dining: Grab a bite at one of the hotel's 3 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. Planning an event in Soelden? This hotel has 2691 square feet (250 square meters) of space consisting of a conference center and meeting rooms. For a surcharge, guests may use a roundtrip airport shuttle (available on request) and a train station pick-up service.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Friendly service
    • Modern Hotel
    • Great reception
  • DAS CENTRAL – ALPINE . LUXURY . LIFE SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 94, this hotel is one of the top 2% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and food.


Frühstückspension Astoria is just a 5-minute walk from the centre of Sölden and the Giggijochbahn Cable Car. It features a spa area and free private parking. The Astoria’s elegant rooms provide a flat-screen cable TV and a bathroom with hairdryer.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Clean rooms
    • Good management
    • Friendly service
    • Great view
  • FRÜHSTÜCKSPENSION ASTORIA SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 93, this hotel is one of the top 6% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and breakfast.


  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this hotel for solo travelers.
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Modern Hotel
    • New rooms
    • Nice sauna
    • Comfortable beds
  • GARNI ÖTZTAL SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 94, this hotel is one of the top 1% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, breakfast and service.


Located only 2 minutes from the Pitztal Glacier and directly at the Rifflsee Cable Car, Verwöhn-Harmoniehotel Mandarfnerhof offers spacious rooms with a balcony and free WiFi.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
    • Nice sauna
    • Very quiet
    • Great view
  • VERWÖHN-HARMONIEHOTEL MANDARFNERHOF SUMMARY
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 92. Guests highly recommend it because of its food, service and rooms.


Property Location: Located in Soelden, Hotel Valentin is in the mountains and minutes from Gaislachkogelbahn and Gaislachkogl Gondola. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of DSB-Mittelstation and Freizeit Arena.

Rooms: Stay in one of 41 guestrooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Rooms have private balconies. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with bathtubs or showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.

Amenities: Enjoy the convenience of ski-in/ski-out access at this hotel, which also features a sauna. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and ski storage.

Dining: Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include express check-in, express check-out, and multilingual staff.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Guests say it is the perfect hotel for a city trip.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
    • Modern Hotel
    • New rooms
    • Friendly atmosphere
  • HOTEL VALENTIN SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 92, this hotel is one of the top 3% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and food.


Property Location: Located in Soelden, VAYA Sölden fine living resort is in the mountains, minutes from Freizeit Arena, and close to Gaislachkogl Gondola. This ski hotel is within the vicinity of Hochsoelden Ski Area and Rettenbach Glacier.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 33 guestrooms featuring minibars and flat-screen televisions. Rooms have private balconies or patios. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms have shower/tub combinations and complimentary toiletries.

Amenities: Spend the day on the slopes, or enjoy other recreational amenities, which include a sauna. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, ski storage, and tour/ticket assistance.

Dining: Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of VAYA Sölden fine living resort. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include luggage storage and a safe deposit box at the front desk. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • This is a wonderful boutique hotel, as guests say.
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Stylish hotel
    • Modern Hotel
    • Great menu
    • Friendly atmosphere
  • VAYA SOLDEN SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 92, this hotel is one of the top 4% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, breakfast and location.


Property Location: With a stay at Alpenhotel Enzian in Soelden (Hochsoelden), you'll be minutes from Hochsoelden Ski Area and close to Freizeit Arena. This 4-star hotel is within the vicinity of Gaislachkogl Gondola and Rettenbach Glacier.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 63 guestrooms featuring minibars. Rooms have private balconies. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature hair dryers and bathrobes.

Amenities: Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. You're sure to appreciate the convenience of ski-in/ski-out access at this hotel, which also features a complimentary water park and an indoor pool. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, ski storage, and a fireplace in the lobby.

Dining: Grab a bite at one of the hotel's 2 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours).

Business, Other Amenities: The front desk is staffed during limited hours. Free self parking is available onsite.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Professional service
    • Friendly service
    • Winter sports facilities are close
    • Spacious rooms
  • ALPENHOTEL ENZIAN SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 91, this hotel is one of the top 5% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.


Make the tree star hotel in the Oetztal Valley in Austria your holiday home. On the outskirts of Solden in the beautiful Oetztal Valley you will find the Alpengasthof Gruener your destination for any holiday in the Austrian mountains. The staff at the charming newly refurbished thee star hotel located in Ausserwald in Solden are looking forward to being your hosts during your holidays in Austria. Summer or winter theres something for everyone. The wining and dining experience is to be savoured and the Alpine Wellness at the Alpengashtof Gruener will leave you relaxed and refreshed. Proud to be part or the 1st Hotels Group you can find the ideal price in our room rates for your perfect stay in Solden Austria. Your Charming Hotel in Solden Your Day Will Start With An extensive breakfast buffet with everything your heart could possibly desire. With the daily freshly baked Grueners house bread an organic breakfast corner and the very popular coffee corner - that pleases all guests. Create your own coffee however you like it whether a rich espresso or creamy latte the coffee corner is for you. In the afternoons you will be able to enjoy buffet with fine Austrian pastries and cakes. Within the Gruener Half Board you can then enjoy a 4 course evening menu with dishes of your choice and a fresh salad buffet. You will also be treated to an original Oetztal Farmers Buffet on a set night during the week. Tyrolean and Austrian Cuisine at its Best Whether you choose to eat at the homely restaurant of the Alpengasthof Gruener your hotel in Solden at the Tyrolean Wirtshaus Parlur or the neighbouring Gruener Tavern you wont be disappointed during your stay at your hotel in Solden Austria. The dining pleasures during your holidays are often as important as the holiday itself. So why not spoil yourself at the Alpengasthof Gruener your hotel in Solden where all the produce is sourced from the local Tyrolean region and where the breard for your breakfast is freshly baked each day.

  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
    • Good restaurant service
    • Great reception
    • Great menu
  • ALPENGASTHOF GRÜNER SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 89, this hotel is one of the top 18% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and food.


Property Location: With a stay at Hotel Gletscherblick in Sankt Leonhard im Pitztal (Pitztal), you'll be minutes from Glacier Express Gondola and close to Pitztaler Ski Resort. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Rifflsee Ski Resort and Rifflsee Gondola.

Rooms: Stay in one of 37 guestrooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Rooms have private balconies. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms have showers and complimentary toiletries. Amenities After a day on the slopes, enjoy recreational amenities, which include a fitness center.

Dining: Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services and a safe deposit box at the front desk. Free self parking is available onsite.

  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Rooms in need of an update
    • Great menu
    • Hotel could use some updating
    • Friendly service
  • HOTEL GLETSCHERBLICK SUMMARY
    • This hotel has a very good TrustScore of 85. Guests recommend it because of its food, service and location.

Ski Area

Solden's ski area, on the west side of the valley and nearly all above tree line, is serviced by two gondolas at opposite ends of town.

Two gondolas at opposite ends of town provide access to the ski area, all of which is on the west side of the valley, and nearly all above tree line. A free shuttle bus runs between the two gondolas (and to the neighbouring villages of Vent and Langenfeld) though rush hour queues mean using whichever lift is closest to your hotel is definitely a plan.

The Gaislachkoglbahn, with a handy Intersport rental shop at the base, connects at the middle station to a peak of 3,058 metres. You can connect from this side to the glacier areas by the Landegg chairlift, which traverses the narrow Rettenbach Valley.

At the north end of town, a chairlift ascends to the hamlet of Hochsolden and more usefully, the adjacent gondola serves the Giggijoch. Up here, the BASE Youth World lays on a boarder bonanza with a park, easycross, and a race course. A further eight high-speed chairlifts service the mostly red and blue runs, and clutch of blacks, as well as connecting to the Gletscherexpress and the Rettenbach Glacier.

Beginners can take the dedicated single chair located between the two main gondolas. This ascends to a T-bar serviced blue slope, with a bar and restaurant at its base.


Beginner Skiing in Solden

The gentle wide slope at the top of the Innerwald chair, with a restaurant and après ski bar at its base, is a great place to start.

Beginners can tool around the gentle wide slope served by two T-bars at the top of the Innerwald chair. There is a restaurant and après ski bar at its base, good for fortifying tea breaks but otherwise somewhat isolated with not much there, there. Once you've got the hang of it, the little Minilift 16 at the top of Giggijochbahn gets you up high enough to feel part of the action and eventually advance via chairlifts and gondolas to the glorious smooth pitches of the glaciers. The snow, while beautifully groomed, can get rather fast so you'll want to take it easy. There's another short lift, the 39, at the foot of the Tiefenbach glacier.


Intermediate Skiing in Solden

Solden is an ideal spot for intermediate cruisers to rack up the miles on splendidly groomed red and blue pistes.

Solden is an ideal spot for intermediate cruisers to rack up the miles on splendidly groomed red and blue pistes. Beneath peaks that soar like pyramids snake some 73 kilometres of red runs - half of all available groomed terrain. The broad rolling glaciers are an obvious draw and skiing the same runs as the pros (albeit in a lower gear) is always a thrill. These smoothies are a top choice for doing laps on some sharp carvers. When this, or riding the T-bars, gets tiring, there's a serious bump run off the bottom right of Rettenbach.

Solden has six kilometres of ski routes, marked on the piste map with dotted lines and diamonds and within the reach of keen intermediates. These slightly off-the-trail ski routes lead through deep caverns and pass some charming mountain huts. The longest run you're likely to find, or need, leads from the Schwarze Schneid panorama point and ends some 2,000 metres in altitude far below in the valley.


Solden Advanced Skiing

Only a fraction of Solden’s pistes are black, but there's also accessible off piste skiing in Wasserkar and the area's signature Big 3 Rally ski journey.

Only a fraction of Solden's pistes are black, but these are nicely distributed over most areas apart from the glaciers. There are challenging bump runs off Hainbachjoch and below Rotkuglhutte on Piste 17. The most accessible off piste skiing is found in Wasserkar beneath Gaislachkogl down to the midstation. More black pistes intercept these descents towards the bottom. There is extensive ski touring beyond the lift-serviced area.

The area's signature ski journey is called the Big 3 Rally, a 50 kilometre journey that encompasses an elevation gain of around 10,000 metres - and splendid 360 degree views much of the way. The four-hour route begins with more lifting than skiing, on the Giggijoch gondola and through the so-called Golden Gate to the glaciers. Ski through the 170 metre ski tunnel that connects the two glaciers and it's hell for leather on the super smooth and wide Tiefenbach and Rettenbach glaciers. If you're on your carvers, here's dinner. Once you're done nursing your Hermann Maier fantasies, take a bow and head down the winding ski route through Rettenbach Valley. One more gondola ride, up the Gaislachkogl to 3,058 metres, and you'll arrive at the final Big 3 panorama platform.


Boarding & Freestyle in Solden

Solden has a boardpark, an easycross and a racecourse operate in winter, and there's also plenty of activity on the glacier in summer.

BASE Youth World Solden provides a full-on summer and winter snowboard scene. The boardpark, an easycross and a racecourse operate in winter. Come June through August, the BASE moves to the Rettenbach Glacier and features snowboarding, snowskating, skateboard, streetball, street soccer, a gamezone, a chill area and more.

Ski lifts & pass

Solden's many high-speed lifts will impress anyone, but it can take a while to get up the mountain in the morning.

Solden's ski lift system will impress just about anyone. At nearly every turn, shiny modern Doppelmayr lifts whisk you upward with little wait. Since everyone, apart from beginners using the old but charming single chairlift, heads for the two gondolas at either ends of town, in the mornings you can expect a crowd. For this reason if no other, the sit-down gondola at Giggijoch is more comfortable than the higher volume stand-and-be-squished Gaislachkoglbahn. Once you've negotiated the gondola, 32 further lifts are capable of moving more than 67,000 people per hour. Good news, especially for boarders, as only eight of these are drag lifts.


MAIN SEASON
SAT, 23.12.17 - FRI, 05.01.18
SAT, 20.01.18 - FRI, 06.04.18

VALIDITYADULTSCHILDRENYOUTHSENIORS
Ski pass from 11 am     49,0027,0039,0042,00
Ski pass from 12 noon45,0025,0036,0038,00
Ski pass from 1 pm39,0021,0031,0033,00
Ski pass from 2 pm29,0016,0023,0025,00
1 day53,0029,0042,0045,00
1,5  from 11 am96,0053,0077,0082,00
2 days105,0058,0084,0089,00
3 daysSÖ/OGHG154,0085,00123,00131,00
4 daysSÖ/OGHG201,00111,00161,00171,00
5 daysSÖ/OGHG250,00137,00200,00212,00
6 daysSÖ/OGHG285,00157,00228,00242,00
7 daysSÖ/OGHG316,00174,00253,00269,00
FLEXIBLE PASS 5 in 7 daysSÖ/OGHG268,00147,00214,00228,00
8 daysSÖ/OGHG347,00191,00278,00295,00
9 daysSÖ/OGHG371,00204,00297,00315,00
10 daysSÖ/OGHG396,00218,00317,00337,00
11 daysSÖ/OGHG421,00232,00337,00358,00
12 daysSÖ/OGHG445,00245,00356,00378,00
13 daysSÖ/OGHG470,00258,00376,00399,00
14 daysSÖ/OGHG494,00272,00395,00420,00
FLEXIBLE PASS 11 in 14 daysSÖ/OGHG433,00238,00346,00368,00


MID SEASON 
THU, 16.11.17 - FRI, 22.12.17
SAT, 06.01.18 - FRI, 19.01.18
SAT, 07.04.18 - SUN, 22.04.18

VALIDITYADULTSCHILDRENYOUTHSENIORS
Ski pass from 11 am     45,0027,0039,0042,00
Ski pass from 12 noon41,0025,0036,0038,00
Ski pass from 1 pm37,0021,0031,0033,00
Ski pass from 2 pm26,0016,0023,0025,00
1 day52,0029,0042,0045,00
1,5  from 11 am85,0053,0077,0082,00
2 days100,0058,0084,0089,00
3 daysSÖ/OGHG143,0085,00123,00131,00
4 daysSÖ/OGHG184,00111,00161,00171,00
5 daysSÖ/OGHG222,00137,00200,00212,00
6 daysSÖ/OGHG257,00157,00228,00242,00
7 daysSÖ/OGHG285,00174,00253,00269,00
FLEXIBLE PASS 5 in 7 daysSÖ/OGHG238,00147,00214,00228,00
8 daysSÖ/OGHG310,00191,00278,00295,00
9 daysSÖ/OGHG333,00204,00297,00315,00
10 daysSÖ/OGHG357,00218,00317,00337,00
11 daysSÖ/OGHG381,00232,00337,00358,00
12 daysSÖ/OGHG403,00245,00356,00378,00
13 daysSÖ/OGHG426,00258,00376,00399,00
14 daysSÖ/OGHG448,00272,00395,00420,00
FLEXIBLE PASS 11 in 14 daysSÖ/OGHG391,00238,00346,00368,00

Restaurants & Nightlife

Solden’s other specialty is full on euro apres ski. Save some energy for Solden’s 85 bars, restaurants and discos that are designed to blend seamlessly with the skiing, ready to pop their corks whenever you are.


Solden Apres Ski Bars

Beginning in the afternoon at the mountain huts at Gampe Alm. From there all roads lead to Phillips, the large indoor-outdoor complex at the base of the beginner T-bar next to Ausserwald. If you manage to escape (and some don't), the delights of the strip are well under way by 9pm.

The centre of Solden is packed with bars. Chris&Co has live Sport on TV and serves (relatively) cheap beer; the Joker has darts, pool and shows music and ski videos; there is live music at the Snowrock Cafe till late. A cozy bar stool can be found at Die Alm, or a hard rock one at the Harley Davidson Otzi Alm bar. Fire and Ice is a large two-storey glass space that makes a lively starting point at the top end of town.

Moving down the high street, Bla Bla is next - a shoulder to shoulder tent affair complete with bubble machine. Otzi Keller, with a small cover charge, provides pool tables and darts, as well as dancing and thonged waitresses. If you're still with the programme by then, there's always the table dancing darlings of the Rodelhutte at the far end of town, open daily so the sign says.


Solden Restaurants

There are over 40 restaurants in and around Solden and they cater for all. Try the Hotel Bergland or the Hotel Central Otzaler Stube, for high brow traditional Austrian food; there are the pizzeria's Die Zwei and La Tavola and countless other eateries in the Solden area.


Solden Mountain Restaurants

Solden has more than 20 on-mountain restaurants so you’re never far from your next sausage break.

More than 20 on-mountain eateries mean you're never far from your next sausage break. The Gampe Alm huts are good for Tirolean fare as is Hunersteig'n, the atmospheric sister operation to s' Pfandl on piste 7 in Ausserwald. In addition to the many lovely independently owned huts, there are a number of self service restaurants, large enough to be visible from space, notably at both glacier bases and the major lift stations.

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