Sölden Ski Resort

If you’re looking for guaranteed snow, a lively resort and some spectacular scenery, look no further than the resort of Sölden, nestled deep in the Ötztal Valley.

With two glaciers extending to 3340m, most of its slopes well over 2000m and a comprehensive snowmaking system, there are few more snowsure resorts in the Alps that Sölden. Add in some huge vertical, a very modern and powerful lift system (including the world’s highest capacity gondola) and a very lively après ski scene and it is clear why this resort is as popular as it is.

The village spreads out along the Ötztal Valley, meaning some accommodation can be a little walk from the two principal access lifts – up to Giggijoch and Gaislachkogel – so try and base yourself near the base of either for maximum convenience. Après ski here is a very lively affair, fuelled by a lot of younger visitors and a great selection of bars and nightclubs, many of which are very good value.

Our Sölden Resort Ratings

  • Beginner ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Intermediate ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Advanced ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Snow Reliability ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Fast Lifts ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Resort Activities ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Après ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Pros

About as snowsure as a ski resort can be – home to two glaciers

Incredibly efficient lift system and great snowmaking

Lively resort with a great après ski scene

Cons

Slopes can be exposed and bleak in bad weather – few trees

Resort runs from Giggijoch are steep and can become icy and bumpy

The town is quite spread out along the valley

Tirol Winter vs Summer Series || Sölden, Ötztal

    

Sölden Skiing and Snowboarding

Beginners have access to a couple of draglifts in town, but should head straight up to the mellow and sunny slopes at Giggijoch. Fast learners and intermediates will enjoy making their way across to the two glaciers – the Rettenbach and Tiefenbach – both of which offer very snowsure blues that are generally in fantastic condition. It is worth noting that the gentle slopes of Obergurgl lie just up the valley and your lift pass can be upgraded to include a day (or more) of skiing there.

The rest of the ski area is ideal for confident intermediates upwards and you can get some huge vertical, especially on the Gaislachkogel, where you can link up runs 1, 5, 11, 7 and 9 to drop a massive 1695m. For more advanced skiers and snowboarders there are some good groomed blacks at Hainbachjoch, but otherwise you’ll be waiting for fresh snowfall to explore the area’s off piste. It must also be noted that Sölden is also home to some excellent park facilities.

  • Total Pistes: 144km
  • Blue: 49%
  • Red: 31%
  • Black: 20%
  • Additional Ski Routes: 2km
  • Lifts: 31
  • Altitude: 1350m – 3340m

Sölden Piste Map

The local area map can be downloaded here.

Sölden Resort

The resort has two main focus points, located at the bases of the Giggijoch and Gaislachkogel lifts. In between there are a number of hotels, bars and restaurants, but we’d recommend staying near to either lift to aid your route up the mountain in the morning.

Sölden is a very lively resort, with a buzzing après ski scene. It may not rival St Anton, but it certainly comes close at times and prices are definitely lower. Off the slopes, the James Bond Experience at the top of the Gaislachkogel lift (a film location for the Spectre movie) is well worth visiting.

How to get to Sölden

Innsbruck is just over an hour away by car or around two and a half hours away by public transport. Both Munich and Zürich are three hours away.

  • Innsbruck airport: 1 hour (driving) or 2.5 hours (public transport)
  • Zürich airport: 3 hours (driving)
  • Munich airport: 3 hours (driving)
  • Calais: approximately 13 hours driving (660 miles)

Sölden Contact Details

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