“Big mountains, big ski area, big on après-ski”
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Sölden in the Oetz Valley has boomed in popularity with British skiers over the last couple of years and offers Big skiing and Big après-ski in one of Austria’s top ski holiday resorts.
Stretching from Haiming to Obergurgl (1930 m) at the head of the valley, the Oetz Valley offers 300 km of skiing in total of which 150 km is in Sölden and 110km in Obergurgl. With its two glacier ski areas and skiing over 3,000 metres, Sölden boasts a long winter holiday season from November through until late spring and is the Official European training home base for the US Ski Team.
The resort of Sölden extends along the resort’s main road and is lined with hotels, restaurants, lively bars and clubs. If you are looking to experience some of Austria’s best skiing and arguably some of the best, pulsating après-ski in the Alps, look no further than Sölden.
Sölden’s ski area is well-linked with modern lifts and access to the main ski areas is via the Gaislachkogl and Giggijoch lifts at each end of the resort.
Beginners usually start on the Innerwald nursery area which is conveniently accessed from the resort centre by the all-new Zentrum Shuttle. Progression is then on to the easy blue slopes in the main Giggijoch ski area where you can hone your new skills.
The ski area is best suited to intermediates and above and centres around Sölden’s three main peaks - Gaislachkogl (3058m), Tiefenbachkogl (3309m) and Schwarze Schneid (3370m) - each of which are over 3,000 metres ensuring fantastic snow conditions and offering an expansive network of modern lifts and well-connected pistes. Sölden has two glacier ski areas at Rettenbach and Tiefenbach and these are both accessible by lift from the main Giggijoch ski area.
The ‘Big 3 Rally’ is a signposted tour taking in all three 3,000m+ peaks and offers breath-taking alpine scenery from three lift-accessible panoramic viewing platforms. A bus service connects Sölden and Obergurgl-Hochgurgl should you wish to ski another area for a day.
Expert skiers should head for the black runs of Hainbachjoch or Schwarzkogl and Wasserkar offers some great freeriding terrain. First tracks play second fiddle to the nightlife here so early risers can enjoy plenty of fresh powder after a snowfall. Sölden boasts a huge snowpark at Giggijoch with over 20 jibs, 8 kickers, a beginners’ area and chillout lounge area.
Après-ski here is some of the best in Austria and Sölden competes with Ischgl and St Anton for the ‘Party hotspot of the Alps’ title. The main strip offers a wealth of lively umbrella bars, cocktail bars, clubs and an international selection of restaurants. Fire and Ice is a Sölden institution at the centre of the action and the partying in Sölden lasts late in to the night.
If you prefer a break from the relentless après-ski then the Freizeit Aqua Centre in the resort centre offers a relaxing environment with its indoor pool, sauna village, bowling and tennis courts. The resort also offers tobogganing, ice skating, winter walking paths, sleigh rides and paragliding.
Tirol’s one and only thermal spa and swimming complex is at Laengenfeld, a short bus ride away from Sölden (www.aqua-dome.at).
Please note that we do not have Resort Managers or representatives in Sölden. Our guests enjoy the remote services (24/7 mobile) of our Resort Managers who are based in the Kitzbüheler Alps region.
Sölden plays host to a number of festivals and events throughout the winter kicking off in November with the first ski race on the FIS World Cup circuit and culminating in the grand finale to the end of season, the spectacular ‘Hannibal’ sound and light show.
The Electric Mountain festival runs throughout the season showcasing top DJ’s and dance events.
For more information on events in Sölden, please click here.