With two glaciers close by, ski Sölden for snow-sure conditions and some great skiing and snowboarding. As with many Austrian ski resorts, there's fantastic après-ski after long days on the slopes - this traditional Tyrolean resort is no different. Read our guide for all you need to know.
Ski Sölden and you get a vibrant resort with a great atmosphere, traditional buildings and architecture and some excellent snow-sure skiing and snowboarding. It's not a quiet alpine village though! Thanks to it's altitude and the surrounding glaciers, there's extensive pistes for all levels - in fact over 150km of them - which attracts a lot of people each winter. This resort is popular from November through to May and often has a slightly younger crowd. You can reach it easily by flying into Munich and taking a train and bus to the resort - or fly into Innsbruck and then an hour or so transfer by car or bus.
On the Slopes
Based around three 3000m+ peaks, ski Sölden and enjoy the pistes and the off piste all year round. For absolute beginners or young children, the gentle nursery slopes that are at the top of the Giggijoch gondola are perfect. There's also a bowl of slopes around Giggijoch that feature some great blue runs that are wide and gentle for you to perfect what you've learned. Across the resort you will find modern lifts servicing the expansive network of pistes.
As an intermediate there's lots to choose from. One popular option is the 'Big 3 Rally'. This is a 50km marked tour of the pistes across the three peaks surrounding Sölden. For advanced and expert skiers and boarders, there's 28km of black runs. There is some excellent off piste conditions along the 6km Rettenbach Valley ski route. Sölden is also renowned as a snowboard mecca and has a very lively nightlife. There's a terrain park that has a superb selection of kickers, tables, half pipes and rails. Also why not head to the Gaislachkogel for the best freeride terrain in the area? There's extensive snow making systems covering all slopes down to 2,200m.
If you ski Sölden you are also in the ski region of Ötztal arena.
Off the Slopes
Sölden has everything you need to enjoy your holiday - over 20 huts and mountain restaurants to fuel your days on the slopes, including rustic mountain huts and umbrella bars for sunny days. In town the après-ski is lively, with plenty of bars and clubs open till late. Favourites Almrausch, Schirmbar, and Harley's Rock Bar. Away from the slopes you can enjoy sleigh rides, ice skating, curling, and over 30km of cleared walking trails.
Who's it Best For?
Adventurous intermediates will love it here. This is a young party town, not a resort if you are looking for peace and quiet.
Sölden sits in the same valley as Obergurgl and offers really good high altitude skiing as well as two amazing glaciers to experience. It's also something of a party town and certainly a lot more lively than the likes of neighbouring Obergurgl and Hochgurgl.
If you are looking for a cheap package deal here then check out the holidays we can offer from leading UK ski holiday companies. If however you are simply looking for cheap flights or a hotel room we can also help with comprehensive accommodation listings.
Why Choose Sölden in Austria?
1.Great for confident intermediates.
2. Short transfer from Innsbruck.
3. Long ski season, two glaciers on offer.
4. Very lively apres ski.
Is Sölden Right For You?
If Sölden is right for you then search out a good bargain today. If however you simply want to find some accommodation be it a chalet, hotel or an apartment check out our accommodation listings and book direct with the owners.
Chalets remain ever popular as great ski accommodation. There is sometimes nothing better than a catered ski chalet that is ski in ski out after a long day on the slopes. It's home from home comfort with all your food supplied set amidst great mountain scenery.
Sölden is ultimately famous for its high altitude skiing, two glaciers and amazing nightlife. This really is not the resort to stay in if you are looking for a quiet time. Do bear this in mind when booking accommodation, anything near the centre could be quite noisy.
Chalets in Sölden
You will find both catered and non catered chalets in Sölden. Alongside these are a good range of hotels and apartments. You will find a good range of accommodation in the centre of town but do beware that you may not want to stay in the centre if you are travelling with children.
If you are looking for ski in ski out accommodation and you don't want the rowdiness that is Sölden then look at the hamlet of Hochsolden where you will find a good selection of accommodation up at 2090m.
Apartments are often viewed as the poor relation to chalets for ski holidays but that is an unfair comparison. We think they are a great option. They can work out somewhat cheaper and yet often boast facilities that would rival any good hotel including shared wellness centres, swimming pools and even spas.
Sölden has a good choice of accommodation including hotels, chalets and apartments. Sölden is a lively town renowned for very rowdy apres ski, so do bear that in mind when booking your accommodation. If you are travelling with children you may want to avoid staying in the centre of town.
Much of the accommodation is situated on the long main street in the centre of town. If you want a quieter location then check out Hochsolden, a hamlet set at 2090m which has good ski in ski out accommodation but not the noisy nightlife. If you are on a real budget check out Appartementhaus Kraxner which offers really good value for money.
Are Apartments Really Such a Good Idea?
We think they are. Often good value, in great locations and offering great facilities. They can also be a great option if you are travelling with other families or a large group as you will get more space and independence than if you were staying in one chalet.
There is a good selection of accommodation on offer in Sölden from hotels, apartments and also chalets. There is something to suit most budgets. Do remember though that when you book a hotel in Sölden you bear in mind that this is an infamous party town, if you do stay in the centre it will be lively!
If you do want to ski here but want to avoid the noise of the apres ski then head for the hamlet of Hochsolden at 2090m. Here you will find a good range of apartments that are ski in ski out but you will get a bit more peace and quiet.
What Hotels are Available in Sölden?
If spas are important to you then do check out Das Central and Castello Falkner, both have good childcare on offer for children but do beware the centre of Sölden may not be the best place for children.
Hotel Regina has a good swimming pool and wellness centre and also has good apartments on offer. In essence you will find hotels here to suit most budgets. If your budget is tight check out some of the apartments on offer which offer good value for money.
Innsbruck is the nearest airport to get to Sölden. It is 82km away followed by Bolzano Airport at 206km away, Munich is 230km away and finally Salzburg is a good 260km away. So Innsbruck is by far the nearest and most convenient airport.
Getting from Innsbruck to Sölden
You can get to Sölden from Innsbruck using a variety of different transport methods. One of the easiest and cheapest ways is to simply catch the shuttle bus. This bus is called the Otztal Shuttle.
The shuttle operates during the ski season in Austria from November to April and departs from the airport three times a days weekdays and four times a day on Saturdays. It costs about 45 Euros per person each way for the basic service and should be booked online before you leave home.
You can of course drive yourself to Sölden, this would take about 1 hour and 10 minutes. But if you don't need a car in resort then this could be an expensive option. You could also hire a private minibus which can work out a very cost effective option if there are 8 of you travelling together. If you are not in a party of 8 opt for the 'shared service' option.
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Ski Schools in Solden
Whether you want to have ski lessons or snowboard lessons, most Solden ski schools offer a wide range of options including half day lessons, private or group lessons. Use GoSki.co.uk to find out more.