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Soelden is Austria's biggest stand alone ski resort.
Soelden is Austria's biggest stand alone ski resort.
Everything about Sölden is BIG, even the engineering for the modern lift system.
Everything about Sölden is BIG, even the engineering for the modern lift system.
Powder possibilities abound at Solden ski resort.
Powder possibilities abound at Solden ski resort.
Soelden has 2 glaciers contributing to a big season from Oct to May.
Soelden has 2 glaciers contributing to a big season from Oct to May.
Wide open pistes at Solden are great for beginners & intermediate skiers.
Wide open pistes at Solden are great for beginners & intermediate skiers.
Sölden has big valley descents for all abilities, including one 15km long.
Sölden has big valley descents for all abilities, including one 15km long.
Solden ski resort has big views looking across to Wildspitze.
Solden ski resort has big views looking across to Wildspitze.
Skiing Soelden includes several learn to ski areas..........
Skiing Soelden includes several learn to ski areas..........
............ and some serious, big, expert only couloirs off the Gaislachkogl.
............ and some serious, big, expert only couloirs off the Gaislachkogl.
Well organised but busy mountain restaurants are plentiful at Sölden.
Well organised but busy mountain restaurants are plentiful at Sölden.
Panoramic views are big from the restaurant decks at Sölden.
Panoramic views are big from the restaurant decks at Sölden.
It is possible to get away from the crowds at Solden ski resort.
It is possible to get away from the crowds at Solden ski resort.
Soelden big thinking includes very good facilities.
Soelden big thinking includes very good facilities.
Big Sölden piste trails...........
Big Sölden piste trails...........
.............. are sullied by big Solden crowds.
.............. are sullied by big Solden crowds.
But the huge Soelden freeride areas make up for it.
But the huge Soelden freeride areas make up for it.
Skiing Sölden includes big trails with 2000m of vertical descent into town.
Skiing Sölden includes big trails with 2000m of vertical descent into town.
Ski Solden all the way down to the main road.
Ski Solden all the way down to the main road.
And straight into one of the many Soelden après ski bars.
And straight into one of the many Soelden après ski bars.
Sölden ski resort............. it is BIG!
Sölden ski resort............. it is BIG!

Soelden

Soelden Ski Resort Austria

Soelden ski resort in the Ötztal (or Oetz valley) is one of Austria's largest standalone skiing areas and has both the country's longest skiable vertical and longest ski trail.

Everything about Soelden is big. Expansive terrain over 2000m elevation, 146km of piste trails, 2 glaciers, skiing from October to May, 3 peaks over 3000m, huge beginner ski areas and a vast off-piste make Sölden an intriguing ski area to visit.

A caveat though. By its very nature, Solden may not appeal to everyone, particularly discerning Powderhounds and their families.

Summary of Pros & Cons for Soelden Ski Resort

Pros

  • Modern lift system, directly accessible from two points in town;
  • Extensive piste terrain for beginners & intermediates;
  • Quality snow up high;
  • Vast & challenging freeride terrain;
  • Loads of ski in (& several ski out) accommodation options;
  • Long ski season - Oct to May;
  • Longest ski trail in Austria - 15km;
  • Biggest skiable vertical in Austria;
  • Numerous valley trail options all the way into town;
  • Stupendous viewpoints;
  • Free daytime undercover parking;
  • Vibrant après ski and nightlife;
  • Several good restaurant options in town.

Cons

  • Extremely busy;
  • Maany piste trails are 'manufactured' & not natural fall line;
  • 'Advanced' piste trails are generally overrated;
  • Major piste trails can become dangerous at certain times of day;
  • Town has numerous (& unnecessary) tawdry strip clubs;
  • Accommodation is expensive.

Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective

  • Soelden is a large, busy town with full services & entertainment available;
  • A BIG resort, where everything is BIG!

Nearby Ski Resorts

In addition to sprawling Sölden, the Ötztal (Oetz valley) has two other ski resorts. At the start of the valley, Hochoetz is accessible directly from the major valley town of Oetz as well by ski bus from the excellent Kuhtai ski resort higher up. In the opposite direction at the top of the valley near the border with Italy is Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, one the most snow sure non glacier ski resorts in Austria. In the next valley west, the Pitztal (Pitz valley), the superb Pitztal Glacier and Hochzeiger ski resorts provide a quieter alternative to the Oetztal. From the Ötztal railway station, depending whether you choose left or right, a short train ride will get you to Innsbruck or St Anton. Visitors to the Tyrol are spoilt for choice.

More information about this European ski resort is coming soon.

The Powderhounds reviewed Solden in 2018, stay tuned for our photos and insights.

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    Solden Ski Trail Map
  • Soelden Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1350m – 3340m (1990m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    10m+
  • Lifts (31)
    8 Gondolas / cable cars
    15 Chairs
  • Ski Hours
    October to early May
    8:00am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 146km
    Longest run – 15km
    Advanced - 22%
    Intermediate - 31%
    Beginner - 47%
  • Lift Prices (Day Ticket 18/19)
    Adult - €53.50 - 54.50
    Child - €30
    Child u/8yr - Free