Resort Information for Solden, Austria
Solden’s ski area centres around three main peaks, each over 3,000m in height, giving you some fantastic snow conditions. You can even go Glacier skiing at Sölden! Take on the challenge of the ‘Big 3 Rally’ – a 50km signed tour of the pistes that will take you to all three peaks. Sölden is also renowned as a snowboard mecca and has a very lively nightlife with numerous bars and clubs to keep you entertained into the early hours.
Frequent ski-bus, free for lift-pass holders, plies the main road between lifts; it also services outlying districts. Regular buses to Obergurgl and Otztal railway station and Imst; some continue on to Innsbruck. One bus to Hochsolden at the end of the afternoon. For anyone who misses it, taxis are available.
In SW Austria, in the S Tyrol, 9 mls NE of Obergurgl,
Lies towards the end of a steep-sided S to N valley, straddling the main Otz valley road. Hochsolden is perched on a plateau above the village.
Dialling Code: 5254
53 mls S of Innsbruck
161 mls SW of Salzburg
166 mls S of Munich airport (Germany)
Beginners 3/5, Intermediates 4/5
Experts 2/5, Snowboarders 5/5
The Sölden-Hochsölden-Gaislachkogl sector of the Ötztal Arena Ski Area has over 100km (60+ miles) of runs connected by a number of high capacity lifts and long runs, the greatest of which descends for 10km (6 miles) over a 1675 metre (5,500 feet) vertical. This however is now even bigger thanks to the lift link to the glaciers meaning that the 30 plus lifts, many of them state-of-the-art gondolas and chairs, links up to around 150km (90 miles) of runs.
Most of the terrain is classified ‘red’ for intermediates and this makes it great cruising territory. Experts do have a choice of good blacks and plenty of excellent ski touring opportunities, beginners have slopes at the top of the village. Most of the ski area is at a relatively high altitude by Austrian standards, making it more snowsure than most – even without the glacier and extensive snow-making, again to state-of-the-art standards.
Sölden is a great place for Snowboarders. There are two terrain parks above Giggijoch. The boarder park has a half pipe, some impressive kickers, a variety of rails, a 14 metres long spoine, nine metres high, a three metre wall ride, half pipe and a chill area. The easycross area has a boardercross course with good waves and jumps. In summer there’s a park high on the Rettenbach glacier offering different camps and gear tests.
Total Kms of Piste 150km
Piste type No. of runs
Number of Lifts 34 (2 cable cars, 5 gondolas, 19 chairlifts, 8 draglifts)
Snow Cannons 75
Longest Run 12.8km (ski route)
Mountain Restaurants 20
Snow Range 1350-3249m
Resort Height 1350m (4,429ft)
Solden has a reputation for having some of the liveliest après ski in the Alps right from 3pm, and has about 45 bars, restaurants, cafés and discotheques in addition to the many restaurants to facilitate this.
Taking a lift up to a mountain hut for a meal and then riding down the largely illuminated five kilometre (three mile) toboggan run back to the resort is a popular evening activity, arranged by three hostelries – the Berggasthof Silbertal, the Gaislachalm and the Löplealm. Sleigh rides are also offered as is night skiing and the chance to catch a choreographed piste show.
One can choose from over a dozen mountain restaurants during the day on the piste, including one at 10,000 ft. Solden offers good food in pleasant surroundings, from cafes and snack bars to pizzerias and grill restaurants. Clients staying in Hochsolden are mainly on half-board packages.
A number of smart boutiques and the usual complement of sports outlets that often rent equipment. Supermarkets, jewellers, souvenirs, beauty salons, chemists.