I was very impressed with Solden after spending a week there at the end of March. For a ski area that is listed as 150km of pisted runs, it feels much larger as most of these are well suited to intermediate/advanced skiers. There is a good range of steep pistes and almost endless off-piste for the advanced skiers (well worth getting a guide if conditions are good!). As a snowboarder, I never had to unstrap on a flat so a huge plus for us! There is enough for beginners, especially up on the glacier where it’s mostly blues but to make the most of the full ski area, it’s more suited to red run skiers.
The lift system, restaurants, toilets and general infrastructure is some of the best I have experienced in Europe. We did question why the lift pass was as high as some of the larger ski areas in Europe but it’s clear to see the benefits. Lunch on the mountain was reasonably priced. There are plenty of traditional Austrian huts to stop by which serve some hearty portions!
The lift pass covers skiing in Obergurgl. We didn’t realise how easy it was to go there for a day. There were buses leaving every 5/10 mins for the short 15-minute journey. Well worth a trip or two (and a few drinks at the legendary Nederhutte apres bar before heading back!).
Also, your ski pass covers a free bus to the luxurious Aqua Dome spa. If you’re having a half day on the slopes (or whole day off), it’s an incredible place to unwind in the thermal pools with a stunning backdrop.