Sölden is one of the Alps leading ski resorts thanks largely to its excellent snow record and access to two glaciers. The extensive network of slopes and an impressive lift system encompass 144km of slopes, two glaciers and three mountains over 3000m – and even a James Bond cinematic installation, 007 Elements. The long town is bisected by a river and is split between the quieter hotels and chalets and the more lively area with restaurants, bars and shopping. With a guarantee of lively après ski and plenty of bars and clubs to choose from, Sölden has a lively and vibrant atmosphere.
Resort Altitude: 1,380m
Resort Skiing: 3,250m
Total Ski Area: 155km
Blue Runs: 74km
Red Runs: 54km
Black Runs: 27km
Cross Country: 20km
Travel date 17/02/2019
Booked by: Joel Cooper
Travel date 15/02/2020
Booked by: Andy Gilmour
The Sölden ski resort offers fantastic skiing on the glaciers from October until mid-May. The sheer altitude of the resort makes it very snow-sure and home to the 'BIG 3' three thousand metre plus peaks; Gaislachkogl, Tiefenbachkogl and Schwarze Schneide. The altitude of this resort gives some of the most breathtaking panoramic views of the area; combine that with amazing snow conditions and Sölden becomes one of the most loved Austria resorts.
With an extensive and efficient lift system reaching all the way up to the Rettenbach and Fiefenbach glaciers, skiing is guaranteed year-round. Most of the runs favour intermediates, with experts getting an admirable selection. The opportunity to ski at a high altitude, above 2,000m, enhances the reliability of the snow, guaranteeing great skiing conditions. There is also a 4km floodlit piste for night skiing and a ski show at the Gaislachkogl middle station every Wednesday, with live acts and a musical fireworks display - not to be missed.
Long runs and open terrain are favoured by boarders enabling great freeriding opportunities. There is also a terrain park above Giggijoch which is well-established and regularly upgraded. With something for all levels as well as some unique features, including a chill-out zone and an option to record your run, snowboarding in Sölden is highly regarded.
With many ski schools and instructors to choose between, there really is something for everybody.
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Offering an abundance of restaurants, Sölden has everything from traditional Austrian cuisine to steakhouses. For a real Tirolean experience head to s’Pfandl where you can enjoy excellent local cuisine in a rustic and charming setting. For hearty Italian food and great salads, Corso is the place to go. Slightly off the beaten track, the food at Culinaria is well worth the effort with all local ingredients, the service is warm and the wine list is entirely Austrian.
Well-known for being lively from late afternoon to the early morning, Sölden is alive in the evening with lots of variety in bars and clubs. Eugen’s Obstlerhütte, a mountain hut on the piste between Hochsölden and Sölden, kicks off après on its large terrace from 3pm and often has live music. Situated right at the bottom of the Giggijoch gondola, Giggi Tenne is the perfect place to have a drink with friends and celebrate a successful day on the slopes. For those looking for a late night, Fire and Ice is open until the early hours.
For those that aren’t looking to go skiing, Sölden has plenty to keep you busy. A leisure centre, swimming pool and ice rink are among some of the town’s most popular attractions. There is also a 5km floodlit toboggan run and the opportunity to arrange ice climbing and sleigh rides. Additionally, the thermal spa in Gaislachkogl is accessible by bus.
All Solden’s electricity is renewably sourced, and there are a number of innovative initiatives in place in resort to reduce the environmental impact. Every night, green electricity is used to bring up the heating storage devices to a temperature of 630 degrees, and this heat is then gradually used the next day to heat up buildings within the village. Solden’s famous Ice Q restaurant at the top of the slopes is also on board with sustainability, with its glass facades strategically in place to harvest energy from natural sources and reuse it within the building for heating or cooling purposes.