Sölden Ski Resort

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

Sölden Ski Resort

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Oetztal Ski Resorts

Obergurgl Hochgurgl

    Solden Ski Trail Map
  • Soelden Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,350m – 3,340m (1,990m)
  • Average Snow Fall
  • 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 19/20
    Adult - €55 - 56
    Child - €31
    Child u/8yr – Free
    3 day pass or greater incl. Obergurgl Hochgurgl
     Obergurgl Hochgurgl Ski Trail Map
  • Obergurgl Hochgurgl Ski Trail Map

Soelden 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 includes the 25 ski lifts at nearby Obergurgl Hochgurgl

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

Pros & Cons for Soelden Ski Resort


  • 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.


  • Extremely busy;
  • Many 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!

Soelden Skiing 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 will to enjoy the actual ski experience. Maybe too much of the piste terrain is for beginners.

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. In most storms, snow quality is better at Soelden than at nearby Obergurgl Hochgurgl, mainly due to its terrain aspect.

See the Sölden ski trail map here.

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’.

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 (88km by road to the northeast) & Munich (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 Sölden 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.

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 Soelden ski accommodationhere.

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

Ski rentals are available the villages of Soelden & Hochsölden. Search & book ski or snowboard rentals in Soelden here.

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 here.

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.

Tours in or near Sölden

Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Austria Tour Innsbruck Freeride City
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 or come alone & meet new friends.
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USD 1,691
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