Sölden Ski Resort

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Soelden is Austria
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!

Sölden Ski Resort

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Soelden

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Dolomites accommodation & lifts packages

Oetztal Ski Resorts

Hochoetz
Kühtai
Obergurgl Hochgurgl (Gurgl)

    Solden Ski Trail Map
  • Soelden Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,350m – 3,340m (1,990m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    10m+
  • Lifts (31)
    8 Gondolas / cable cars
    15 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    October to early May
    8:00am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 146km
    Longest run – 15km
    Advanced - 22%
    Intermediate - 31%
    Beginner - 47%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 20/21
    Adult - €44 - 62
    Child - €24 - 34
    Child u/8yr – Free

    3 day Pass or Greater - Valid in
    Obergurgl Hochgurgl, Hochoetz-Kuhtai, Vent
    Obergurgl Hochgurgl (Gurgl) Ski Trail Map
  • Gurgl Ski Trail Map
    Hochoetz-Kuehtai Ski Trail Map
  • Hochoetz-Kuehtai Ski Trail Map

Sölden Ski Resort Austria

Soelden ski resort in the Ötztal (or Oetz valley) is one of Austria's largest standalone skiing areas, plus has both the country's longest skiable vertical & longest ski trail. Be prepared for the word BIG to be thrown at you when visiting Sölden. A visit to the Austrian Tyrol is probably not complete without even a short visit.

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 & a vast off-piste make Sölden an intriguing ski area to visit. To make it even bigger, every lift pass of 3 days duration or longer is valid in all the resorts in the Oetztal.

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

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;
  • Many piste trails are 'manufactured' & not natural fall line.
  • 'Advanced' on-piste trails are generally overrated.
  • Major piste trails can become dangerous at certain times of day.
  • Town has numerous (& unnecessary) tawdry strip clubs.
  • Accommodation & lift passes 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!

Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

Soelden ski resort is an engorged behemoth that skites about how big it is. It’s true. Two glacier ski areas. Skiing for nearly 8 months of the year. Biggest skiable vertical & longest run in Austria. Modern & efficient ski lifts. Interesting (& huge) off-piste. The list goes on. And yet, there is something missing at Sölden. Perhaps there are too many people on the pistes. Perhaps the tawdry feeling town itself reduces one’s resolve to enjoy the actual ski experience. Or maybe too much of the on-piste terrain is for beginners.

See the Sölden ski trail map here.

In fresh snow with a deep snow-pack, Soelden has much to offer the Powderhound. The off-piste & freeride terrain is vast & will provide plenty of action for all levels of powder rider. The pick of the area's freeride terrain in good visibility is any of the multitude options from the top of 3058m Gaislachkogel. Long descents of over 1000m vertical are possible via steep alpine chutes & bowls. Light trees appear at the lower elevations.

Snow & Weather

Sölden is one of Europe’s most snow sure ski resorts. A high annual snow fall is coupled with most terrain being above the 2000m mark. Terrain is generally north & east facing so avoids the worst of the sun’s rays without being ‘in the dark’. In most storms, snow quality is better at Soelden than at nearby Obergurgl Hochgurgl, mainly due to its terrain aspect.

Lift Passes

Day tickets at Soelden during high season are amongst the most expensive in Austria when purchased on the day from the ticket window. If purchased online at least 5 days prior to use, a standard day lift pass can be up to €11 cheaper - a huge saving!

Good to know also is that lift passes of 3-days or greater duration are also valid in the nearby ski resorts of Gurgl (Obergurgl-Hochgurgl), Hochoetz-Kuhtai & Vent.

Where is Sölden, Austria?

The Soelden ski resort rises over the town of the same name in the Ötztal (Oetz valley) of the Austrian Tyrol. The best gateway cities & airports are Innsbruck (INN) (88km by road to the northeast) & Munich (MUC)(around 250km north).

Aside from Sölden, the next major town is Oetz, 31km to the north. A further 7km north, the Ötztal Bahnhof provides train access from Innsbruck, Munich or Zurich. Bus services run at least 9 times per day up the valley from Ötztal Bahnhof to Soelden & beyond. Journey time from Innsbruck is generally less than 2hr. Search & book train tickets to train tickets to Ötztal Bahnhof here.

Driving to Solden is easy via the motorways to the Oetz valley & there is plenty of free parking (including undercover) at Soelden for day trippers.

For those not keen on public transport or driving to Soelden (& for reasons of value & efficiency), we recommend looking at a private transfer - at least from Ötztal Bahnhof & particularly if in a group of 3 or more people.

Search & book all airport/private transfers to Sölden here.

For more information about travelling around the Austrian Alps in winter, see our Travel in Austria page.

Soelden Accommodation

The town of Sölden is a sprawling mass lining the busy main road heading up the Oetz valley toward Obergurgl. It has zero traditional ambiance but is certainly functional. If looking for a traditional Austrian ski village then Solden may not be for you. The upper areas of Hochsölden & the small Innerwald, Unterwald & Ausserwald at the top of the funicular provide options to move above the town.

Search & book all Sölden ski accommodation here.

If one has their own transport, alternative places to stay include up the valley in Obergurgl Hochgurgl, or down the valley at Längenfeld (near the awesome Aqua Dome) & Oetz - a Powderhounds favourite based on price, access to ski resorts, lack of crowds & good places to eat.

Ski Rentals, Lessons & Guiding

Ski rentals are available the villages of Soelden & Hochsölden. Recievea disount when you search & book via our Soelden Ski & Snowboard Rental page.

An incredible diversity of ski instructors, ski schools & guides work their craft in the Soelden ski resort & Oetztal. To narrow down the field, search & book private or group lessons & mountain guides with the best providers Sölden Ski Lessons & Guiding page.

Nearby Ski Resorts

In addition to sprawling Sölden, the Ötztal (Oetz valley) has two other major 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.

Review

The Powderhounds reviewed Sölden in 2018 & 19 with mixed results. Click on the review link in the left column (or top of the page if on a mobile) to read our fearless postulations!

See how Soelden compares to the rest of the European ski resorts on the Europe ski resort ratings page.

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Tours in or near Sölden

Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Austria Innsbruck Freeride Tour
HOSTED & GUIDED SNOWBOARDING
7 Days | 6 Nights | 5 Days Snowboarding | 7 Ski Resorts
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Based in Innsbruck, this trip is for intermediate to advanced (or better) snowboarders taking in some of the best ski resorts in the Austrian Alps. Join the "fixed date" tour with your own group, come alone & meet new friends or fully customise a private tour.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share room occupancy on a 7 day tour.
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AUD 2,356
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