Solda - Sulden Ski Resort

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Welcome to Solda ....... I mean Sulden!
Welcome to Solda ....... I mean Sulden!
Upper cable car at Solda - Sulden ski resort ascending to the glacier
Upper cable car at Solda - Sulden ski resort ascending to the glacier
The Rosim gondola serrves 500m vertical of sheltered piste trails
The Rosim gondola serrves 500m vertical of sheltered piste trails
The upper mountain at Solda extends to 3250m elevation & is glorious on a cold sunny day
The upper mountain at Solda extends to 3250m elevation & is glorious on a cold sunny day
Langenstein chairlift rises above the valley at Solda ski resort
Langenstein chairlift rises above the valley at Solda ski resort
The broad runs of the upper mountain at Solda - Sulden are typical of glacier-based ski resorts
The broad runs of the upper mountain at Solda - Sulden are typical of glacier-based ski resorts
Cable cars ascend 700m vertical from the valley up to the base of the glacier in two sections.
Cable cars ascend 700m vertical from the valley up to the base of the glacier in two sections.
Two small penguin friendly learn-to-ski areas are located in the valley at Solda
Two small penguin friendly learn-to-ski areas are located in the valley at Solda
Solda -Sulden ski resort has a snow-sure high elevation base area at 1900m
Solda -Sulden ski resort has a snow-sure high elevation base area at 1900m
Solda accommodation includes the perfectly positioned Laerchenhof Hotel
Solda accommodation includes the perfectly positioned Laerchenhof Hotel
A gentle slope connects the broad valley at Solda ski resort
A gentle slope connects the broad valley at Solda ski resort
Solda
Solda's signature terrain is the high alpine extending form the Madritsch chairlift
The Sonnenlift beginner tow in the second of Solda
The Sonnenlift beginner tow in the second of Solda's novice areas
The Rosim piste is a beauty, but strangely rated red-black-red!
The Rosim piste is a beauty, but strangely rated red-black-red!
Top of the Langenstein chair at Solda ski resort
Top of the Langenstein chair at Solda ski resort
Solda - Sulden ski resort
Solda - Sulden ski resort
The valley at Solda is perfect for cross-country skiing & winter walking
The valley at Solda is perfect for cross-country skiing & winter walking
There numerous ski-in ski-out lodgings at Solda-Sulden
There numerous ski-in ski-out lodgings at Solda-Sulden
Solda - Sulden village
Solda - Sulden village
Ski Solda ...... or is that Sulden?
Ski Solda ...... or is that Sulden?

Solda - Sulden Ski Resort

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Solda - Sulden

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Nearby Ski Resort

Belpiano-Malga S.Valentino
Meran 2000
Nauders
Trafoi
Val Senales

     Solda-Sulden Ski Trail Map
  • Solda – Sulden Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,900m – 3,250m (1,350m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    Unknown
  • Lifts (11)
    3 Gondola/cable car
    6 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Late October to early May
    8:30am to 4:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 44km
    Longest run – 11 km
    Advanced - 28%
    Intermediate - 38%
    Beginner - 34%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 20/21
    Adult – €39.50 to 46
    Child – €24 to 28
    Child u/6yr - Free

    All multi-day tickets valid in Nauders, Schöneben-Haideralm (Belpiano), Watles, Trafoi, Sulden (Solda)
     Ortler Ski Trail Map
  • Ortler Ski Resorts Map

Solda - Sulden Ski Resort Italy

Solda (a.k.a. Sulden) ski resort includes a high-alpine glacier amongst its lengthy & wide-ranging terrain offerings. Located in a remote valley off the beautiful Val Venosta in northeast Italy, Solda sits below the 3,905m Ortler peak which dominates the region.

The Val Venosta & broader Ortler ski region have a feast of villages, ski resorts & attractions to provide visitors with an unforgettable European snow holiday experience. Solda is just one part of a many faceted destination.

Pros & Cons for Solda-Sulden Ski Resort

Pros

  • High elevation base area (1,990m) with a glacier guarantee snow cover for a season over 6 months long.
  • Uncrowded.
  • Perfect spread of piste trails for all abilities.
  • Skiable vertical of 1,350m & a longest run of 11km.
  • Terrain above & below the tree line, providing skiing even in the worst weather.
  • Loads of potential amongst the off-piste terrain, particularly when it snows to low levels.
  • Spectacular mountain scenery.
  • Numerous ski-in ski-out accommodations.
  • Good value lift pass price if all lifts running.
  • Free car parking for day trippers right near the lifts & free ski bus links all parts of the village to the resort.

Cons

  • Three different sectors are awkwardly lift & piste connected.
  • Despite the magnificent surrounds, the village is soulless & uninspired.
  • Incredibly convoluted to get to by public transport.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • A quiet village after-hours, with little to do!
  • A smallish ski area which may only keep one's interest for a few days.

Skiing & Snowboarding, Lifts & Terrain

A ski area of 3 sectors, Solda has done its best to lift & piste connect the resort, but despite their efforts so far, the wide basin of the valley makes interconnections awkward at best. The disconnected main village doesn’t help it either.

See here for the Solda-Sulden ski trail map.

However, unlike many glacier-based ski resorts, Solda’s piste trails have a nice even spread for all abilities plus a handy mix of above & below treeline terrain. The feral weather during our visit emphasised the benefit of below treeline lifts & terrain. It is possible to ski the full 1350m vertical from the top of the glacier sector to the bottom via 11km of trials, but only when the weather is good. The Rosimbahn piste terrain is pleasant & better than that on the other side accessed by the Langenstein chair. The off-piste looks appealing, but we were not able to sample it as the snow was wind impacted & avalanche risk was off the charts.

Several of the lifts in the Solda valley are ancient clunkers in need of replacement. The old Kanzel double is slated to become a 10-seat gondola next season. A new project for the top of the old Langenstein chair for a new cable car to link up with a high ridge at 2800m & provide runs back down to the main lift base below the glacier is a potential game changer for the resort.

Where is Solda - Sulden Italy?

The Solda ski resort is deep in the Nemosta valley below the looming peak of Ortler in north-eastern Italy. The closest major town is Merano (Meran), 67km to the east, but the Val Venosta is replete with minor towns including Malles (Mals) & Silandro (Schlanders). The town of Prato Allo Stelvio (Prad am Stilfserjoch) is the closest village of note with useful services, 18km (25min drive) north of Solda. Note most towns, villages & locations in the region have both Italian & German language names.

Gateway airports for Solda are a lottery. Nothing is quite convenient, but Innsbruck (INN) is the closest at 168km or 2½hr drive via Reschen Pass. Munich (MUC) airport is the best option for international visitors. Train connections from Munich to Innsbruck are excellent.

Public transport to the general region is ok via trains from Innsbruck or Verona to Bolzano, Merano & finally, Malles/Mals or Sponding. Trains from Merano to Malles take 1⅓hr (less to Sponding) with services every hour throughout the day & into the night. From either station the route 271 bus travels to Sulden/Solda, taking between 35 & 50min for the journey, depending on point of origin. The convoluted journey of at least 3 trains & a bus may prove too much for most.

We recommend renting a car (from Austria, preferably Innsbruck) to explore Solda & the broader Val Venosta/Ortler region. Avoid renting cars in Italy as they are rarely winterised.

For hints, tips & warnings about driving to Italian ski resorts in winter, see our Travel in Italy page.

Solda - Sulden Accommodation

The village Sulden (Solda) is spread across a high elevation valley hemmed in by impressive mountain peaks & glaciers. The compact town centre has numerous hotels, guesthouses, shops & services but is not directly connected to the ski lifts. A smaller group of accommodation providers is located near the gondola & cable car base, 2km away. Several other exceptional lodgings are spread along the road between the main lifts & town centre, some of which are ski-in, ski-out. One hotel, the Laerchenhof, has prime position adjacent to the main ski lift base. All accommodation is linked by regular free ski buses.

Search & book here for all Solda – Sulden ski accommodation.

Nearby Ski Resorts & Attractions

The Val Venosta (or Vinschgau) is a South Tyrolean, predominantly German speaking part of Italy which rises west of (Meran) & Bolzano (Bozen). Val Venosta’s stunning combination of stunning glacier draped mountains, ice bound lakes, drowned bell towers, gorgeous ancient walled villages, castles, monasteries & ski resorts make it an all -round European ski safari location to be reckoned with.

Nearby ski resorts are all part of the Ortler Ski Arena & include the family-friendly Belpiano - Malga S.Valentino (Schoeneben-Haideralm), smaller local ski hills like Watles & Trafoi plus the glaciers of Val Senales (Schnalstal Glacier) to name a few.

See here for the Ortler Ski Arena resorts map.

Once in the upper valley, Austrian ski resorts are a short drive away via the easy Passo di Resia (Reschen Pass). Nauders & Serfaus Fiss Ladis lead to the Inn valley via Landeck Zams & the best resorts in Austria.

The gorgeous town of Glorenza (a.k.a. Glurns) in the centre of the valley is like a window into the past. A walk down its perfectly preserved 16th century cobbled streets revealing fortifications, tower gates & porticoed arcades. A stay here is why we ski Europe. No cookie cutter ski village – but an authentic, perfectly preserved walled town, only 35min drive from Solda-Sulden (& 15min or less to Belpiano or Watles). Throw in the amazing 12th century Marienburg Kloster in Burgusio (on the way to the nearby Watles ski area) & the 1200 years of human history at the St John’s Abbey in Müstair (10km/12min drive west just over the border in Switzerland) and Glurns starts to seems like a European ski & culture holiday hotspot.

A symbol of the upper Val Venosta is the 14th century bell tower of Curon that juts remarkably from the waters of Lago di Resia. In winter it is possible to walk (or skate) across the ice to see it firsthand. The lakes in the upper valley are well set up for ice skating, kite skating & ice hockey, particularly the Lago della Muta (Haidersee) just south of San Valentino.

Review

The Powderhounds visited Solda - Sulden in 2020, but high winds & poor visibility at elevation severely limited skiing the resort. We shall return to explore it properly in the future. Click on the review link in the left column (or top of the page if on a mobile) to read about our last visit.

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