Solden Ski Holidays
Austria

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The Austrian ski resort of Sölden sits in the Ötztal valley of Tyrol, Austria, at an altitude of 1,380m. With two soaring glaciers and sweeping slopes running up to a dizzying 3,250m, Sölden enjoys typically excellent snow coverage from early-to-mid December right through to the end of April — and often beyond! It’s a traditional mountain town at heart but the resort is today big and bustling, with a busy main road and sprawling new hotels, apartments and chalets spread along the valley.

Sölden is home to a total of 145km of groomed pistes, with nearly 50% graded blue, just over 33% graded red and the remaining 20% graded black. This is an intermediate and advanced skier’s resort, with limited learner terrain. Lifts are very swift and modern, though the base gondolas are set a distance from the town so many visitors use the bus for ski access. At this altitude, the vast majority of the pistes sit above the treeline. This has the advantage of spectacular mountain views, but it’s a bit grim when bad weather sets in!

For parents skiing with the kids, Sölden is not a particularly strong resort choice. High altitude, steep terrain, limited beginner slopes and sometimes tricky ski access combine to make things a little challenging for families in Sölden. Plus, the après ski and nightlife scene is huge, so it’s typically on the rowdy side. If you and the family are considering Austria for your next ski holiday, perhaps consider Obergurgl or the Nasserein side of St Anton.

Freestyle fans can hit Sölden’s impressive terrain park — Area 47 — which is so good it even has its own website; www.snowpark-soelden.com/. Area 47 is sponsored by some of the outdoor adventure world’s biggest names (think Oakley and GoPro), and is home to a dazzling array of kickers, rails and boxes in the impressive jib area. ‘The Wedge’ is a mighty kicker built for the 2016 season big enough to turn all but the most confident park rat’s knees to jelly, and — as the site confirms — it’s so gnarly it was build with the snow of three avalanches! So not the spot for learner freestylers, then…

If open powder fields and deep carves through powdery snow are more your thing, Sölden delivers in abundance. Two towering glaciers dominate the resort’s skyline and beneath their soaring peaks you’ll find plenty of the steep and deep. With regular snowfall and expansive off-piste terrain, Sölden is a top resort choice for keen off-piste skiers and snowboarders. As ever, booking a guide is a great way to help ensure you see the best of the off-piste terrain available in comparative safety. If you’re looking for long pistes and mile-hungry skiing, Sölden’s terrain isn’t hugely expansive but the pistes are long — some up to 15km!

For many years, Sölden was little-known to the UK ski market, but this is changing. Today there’s a good selection of property available, with UK tour operators running holidays with travel and accommodation wrapped up into one handy package. And of course, being a well-established resort there’s a great range of diverse and welcoming independent hotels to consider as well.

Getting to Sölden is very easy, with Innsbruck airport located a mere 1- to 1.5-hour drive away (83kms). Other than that, the airports of Munich and Zurich are within reach as well. In resort, there’s a good local bus service running through town and out to the local lifts and gondolas.
Sölden is famous for its vibrant and buzzing après ski and nightlife offerings, and if you’re looking to hit the beers as hard as you slay the slopes then you’re in the right place! Après ski starts up the mountain each afternoon, and works its way down to resort with packed bars and partying into the night. (It’s worth noting here that although the resort’s nightlife is big, it’s perfectly possible to locate yourself away from the action and enjoy a relaxed and peaceful holiday!)

Bars to try out during your time in Sölden include Eugen's Obstlerhutte, Philip’s and the Schirmbar. For a drink and a dance after long days out exploring the pistes, there’s nothing finer! Ice Q on the Gaislachkogl peak, Lople Alm, Huhnersteign, Stabele and Panorama Alm are also well worth a close look.
Sölden is all about the skiing and partying, but away from the slopes there’s a good range of non-ski activities to engage in. Visitors can try their hand at parapente, take to the ice and go skating, enjoy a relaxing swim, catch the latest flicks at the cinema, serve up a treat on the tennis courts of even have a go at ice-driving! For a spot of pampering, the Freizeit Aqua Center has a swimming pool and sauna. The Aqua Dome at Langenfeld is also only half an hour away on the bus.

Freizeit Aqua Center

Sölden

+43 5254 2514

Ice Driving

Sölden

+49 89 1250 16 444

Skidoo

Sölden

+43 5254 3100

Dog Sledding

Sölden

+43 5254 3100

There’s a good range of restaurants in Solden, offering up heart dishes to suite a wide range of palates and budgets.

Good for Couples

Hotel Bergland

Dorfstraße 114

Sölden

+43 5254 22400

Good for Couples

Otztaler Stube

Das Central Hotel

Auweg 3

Sölden

+43 5254 22600

Good for Family

Tavola

Gemeindestraße 8

Sölden

+43 5254 26 74

Good for Friends

Gusto

Dorfstraße 27

Sölden

+43 5254 2272

Parents in need of childcare during their Sölden holiday have limited options, but one facility you can turn to is the Skischule Soelden, where kids are welcomed from 6 months to 3 years of age for kindergarten. Parents don’t have to register in advance — you can just arrive at the meeting point — and child minders staff the kindergarten from Sunday to Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For older kids, the Bobo Kids’ Club is part of the Sölden-Hochsölden ski school, and offers both ski lessons and childcare services. Kids can meet and mingle with youngsters of the same age, and engage in a variety of different fun activities while parents explore the slopes .

Ski chalets in Solden


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RESORT STATISTICS

  • ALTITUDE

    1350m

  • LONGEST PISTE

    13km

  • HIGHEST SKI LIFT

    3249m

  • TOTAL LIFTS

    34

  • TOTAL PISTE

    150km



Chalet Sleeps

Chalets sleeping: 10 people & over
Chalets sleeping: 15 people & over
Chalets sleeping: 25 people & over