The largest resort in the Oetztal valley, the resort as a well earned reputation for both big skiing options and an equally big nightlife scene.

The resort has a strong offering of challenging red pistes and exceptionally long top-to-bottom runs. Access is aided by an incredibly efficient lift system, even by Austrian standards including two of the most efficient gondolas in the world. All of this sits upon an extremely snow sure slope, with pistes going up to 3000m, and access to two glaciers - the Tiefenbach and Rettenbach. The resort has also developed a reputation as a snowboard mecca, with a great park, few drag lifts and a lively apres scene down in resort. Solden used to have a low profile on the UK market, though recently it has seen a growing increase in interest, aided by the filming of the most recent James Bond movie, Spectre in resort. When buying a six-day lift pass you can opt to pay 10 euros extra for a day in nearby Obergurgl (the half-hourly buses are included in the lift pass). You can also get buses down the valley to Langenfeld where there is a big thermal spa. With a car you could make trips to St Anton or Ischgl.

The village is quite urban, with its busy road and very lively apres-ski scene with endless choice of nightclubs going until the early house. Solden is a long, towny place in the Otz valley leading up to Obergurgl. Gondolas from opposite ends of town go up to the peak of Gaislachkogl and the lift junction of Giggijoch, with most of the shops, restaurants and hotels in between them. A road winds its way above the town through various hamlets up to Hochsolden - a group of 4-star hotels and little else.

 



Pros

Excellent snow reliability, with access to two glaciers and some exceptionally long runs

Fairly extensive network of slopes suited to adventurous intermediates

Impressive lift system

Wide choice of huts for its size

Cons

Towny resort is spread along a road that is busy with through-traffic

You may need a bus to the lifts

Main runs are almost all above the trees; only a couple are sheltered

Not all visitors will appreciate the rowdy atmosphere in resort later into the night

Getting there

  • Friedrichshafen airport: 2.5 hours
  • Innsbruck airport: 1 hours

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