Ski Holidays in Sölden, Austria
With a vast ski area and a stunning selection of runs spread across its three peaks, Sölden continues to attract many British skiers and snowboarders year after year. Based in the breath-taking Tirol region of Austria, the resort offers fantastic pistes, spectacular mountain views and an amazing lift system.
Sölden is mostly suited to intermediate and experienced skiers and snowboarders with its large amount of challenging blue, red and black pistes. Having said that, there is a great selection of wide and easy slopes dedicated to beginners on the Giggijoch side of the mountain and English speaking ski schools available.
Thanks to the geographical position of the resort, holiday-makers can expect beautiful blue skies and brilliant snow coverage on their ski holiday in Sölden. The lift systems and infrastructure is one of the best in Europe so skiers and snowboarders can expect a super comfortable and fast transportation across the ski area. If you needed any more convincing, the area’s amazing scenery meant it was used as a filming location the 24th James Bond film, Spectre back in 2015.
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|Directions of Slopes||E, S, N, W|
Sölden ski resort
While the ski terrain may be the most important factor for many visitors, the resort also boasts great facilities to keep skiers and snowboarders entertained while they’re away from the slopes. The scenic town is large with many shops, several supermarkets, ski hire shops, and a great selection of restaurants and bars. If you fancy a day off the mountains there is plenty to do in and around Sölden. There is a regular and efficient bus system for travelling around the town and to nearby villages, including 15 minutes to Obergurgl and 20 minutes to Längefeld Aquadome spa.
Guests to Sölden will love the pretty and traditional town located along a picturesque river. Visitors in the spring will benefit from the warmer climate in the town whilst still enjoying fantastic snow-sure conditions on the glaciers. Along with the fantastic ski conditions, visitors can venture to some of the mountain huts within the resort to enjoy some authentic Tyrolean cuisine and après.
Fans of James Bond are in for a treat in Sölden! 5 locations in resort and nearby where used in the recent 007 film, Spectre and you can learn all about the film and series at 3000m above ski level at ‘Elements’ James Bond interactive experience and museum. At the end of the tour, go for a drink at the IceQ restaurant which was one of the main locations in the film.
Snow conditions in Sölden
The ski season runs from December to April with extraordinary coverage available to ensure the best possible coverage for skiers and snowboarders. There are 2 glacier ski areas at Rettenbach & Tiefenbach and slopes up to 3340m, ensuring excellent snow conditions and snow making systems cover 76% of the ski area. With staff regularly visiting the slopes to ensure they are maintained properly, you can expect fantastic conditions across the resort. With runs for beginners, intermediates and experts, there is plenty of variety to choose from across the area.
Skiing in Sölden
There is a strong variety of different runs available to choose from across the area for beginners, intermediates and experts. You can look forward to high altitude alpine terrain with 144km of piste between 1350 and 3340m. For beginners, the wide blue runs at Giggijoch are best for progression. For intermediate riders, the pistes at Rettenbach and Tiefenbachferner are fun and varied with some of the best snow-conditions in resort. Expert skiers will love the vast ski area and the red and black runs at Gaislachkogl and HochSolden.
When it comes to admiring the scenery of the area, perhaps the best vantage point is the top of the Tiefenbachbahn gondola, where an astounding panorama of the surrounding glaciers and mountain scenery awaits. Getting around is easy thanks to the efficient transport system in the area, helping skiers to make the most of the resort and develop their skills fast.
One of the perks of a ski holiday to Sölden Sölden is that you have access to the nearby resort of Obergurgl as well. If you are buying a lift pass with duration of 3 days or more, than this includes a ski day over in Hochgurugl-Obergurgl and the free 15 minute bus ride there. Buses run from about 7am in the morning to late a night (regularly from 9am til 5 pm then hourly till late) so you can have a full day skiing, then experience the amazing après bar Nederhütte before getting the bus back to Sölden around 6-7pm for dinner.
Apres-ski, restaurants and other activities in Sölden
Solden has transformed in recent years from a lively resort to a more sophisticated ski area. While there are still plenty of nightlife options, it’s now easy for families to get involved in the fun throughout this magnificent region. You can stop off at one of the cosy mountain huts or umbrella bars for a peaceful drink, with Gampe Alm, Fuchsloch and Halli Valli all offering fantastic service and a great opportunity to mingle with locals. For the best après in town head to Philipps, Marcos, and Kuckuck. You won’t find people dancing on the tables like in St Anton, but there is loud music, great Austrian atmospere and friendly vibes.
When it comes to food, Solden has a variety of excellent restaurants including Salino and Giggi Tenne, where Italian and international dishes are served respectively. Whether you want traditional Austrian food, pizzas, burgers or a simple salad, there are plenty of restruarnt options in Solden to choose from. We can recommend Onkel Tom and Gusto for great priced culinary delights.
If you fancy a little R and R after a morning on the slopes, then you can take the bus 20 minutes down the road to Längefeld where there is a fantastic thermal spa and swimming pools suitable for the whole family. The buses are free with a lift pass and entry costs around 25 Euros for use of the outside thermal pools, swimming areas and relaxation areas. The ‘Sauna World’ is charged extra and there is also a café/bar on site where you can enjoy a drink and an apple strudel by the pool. Adults can relax in the heated outdoor pools surrounded by the spectacular mountain ranges while kids can play in the dedications children fun zones.
The ski range has 3 big viewing platforms with photo points, all above 3000 meters with mountain views for miles. Look out for the ‘Big 3 Foto Rallye’ points on the piste map.
There are a number of activities to do on and off the slopes in Sölden including:
Tobogganing and sledding
Snow shoeing and winter hikes
Sölden "Freizeit Arena" with adventure pool, saunas, steam rooms and indoor tennis
Aquadome Spa in Längefeld (20 minute free bus from Sölden)
James Bond Museum ‘Elements’
Group Skiing in Sölden
There is fantastic skiing in Sölden with reliable snow due to high peaks and access to glacial skiing; this will give you confidence if you’re a group leader selling this resort to a large group. There’s no shortage of après ski venues, bars and nightlife hot spots in Sölden. If this is an important aspect of your ski holiday trip then you’ll be returning back to Sölden year on year!
Family Skiing in Sölden
Sölden is a fun town but it’s not the prettiest place. We would recommend the resort to a family with older children. There are lots of attractions and activities to do in Sölden, including the Aqua Therma Centre (Langenfeld by bus), ice skating and a 5km floodlit toboggan run. Plus, look out for scenes where they shot James Bonds Spectre!
The ski range has 3 big viewing platforms that you can visit with amazing views, all above 3000 meters with mountain views for miles. For the adventurous families, you can get a one day upgrade on your pass to go to Obergurgl.
Transfer time in Sölden
The closest airport to Solden is Innsbruck which is about 80 km away, approximtly 1 hour 30-45 minutes coach transfer.
Ski Hire in Solden
There are normally a number of shops where you can pick up your pre-booked ski or snowboard equipment from. Which shop you go to will depend on where you are staying in Solden. Here is a guide to ski or snowboard hire in Solden:
|Ski Hire Type||Adult 6 days||Child 6 days|
|Bronze - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£51|
|Silver - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£114||£55|
|Gold - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£131|
|Platinum - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£152|
You can book your ski hire for your trip to Solden here
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.
Apres Ski: 4/5
I have just returned from a fantastic week in Solden. Solden town is split-level and is spread over a large area with the 2 main gondolas at each end. The main bars and restaurants are situated near the gondolas so everything is well located. There are regular buses that run up and down the main street allowing quick access between both gondolas and to neighboring towns and ski areas. I would definitely recommend taking the bus (15 minutes’ drive) for a ski-away-day to Obergurgl & Horchgugrl (which is included with lift passes for 3 days or more). Make sure that you have a few drinks at the Nederhutte apres bar in Obergurgl before getting the bus back to Solden. The ski area in Solden is mainly suited to intermediate and advanced skiers as there are many red runs and ‘extreme’ blue runs. If you are a regular skier or snowboarder, you will love Solden - the ski area is really varied with lots of high altitude ski areas and snow-sure slopes. The snow was still great at the end of March! I would love to go back and hire an off-piste guide as the ski area is extremely extensive. The ski area is suited well to snowboarders with barely any flats so you won’t have to unstrap when you don’t need to. The facilities and restaurants are all fantastic, Solden has heavily invested in the infrastructure so many of the lifts are fast and there are plenty of bathroom stops and rest areas around the mountain! My top recommendation would be to go for a drink in the IceQ bar at the top of the Gaislachkogl lift station as this is where they filmed the latest James Bond film Spectre. There are incredible views from the bar and the perfect spot for a great photo. If you haven’t done a ski holiday in Austria before, Solden is the perfect choice for your first try!
Apres Ski: 4/5