Practically all the slopes you spend your days on are above the treeline, though there are red and black runs through trees to the village. The piste map - published in compact Z-card and a much bigger format - is adequately clear.

Slopes

  • Resort altitude: 1380m
  • Lower slopes: 1350m
  • Upper slopes: 3250m
  • Total pistes: 145km

For beginners

Crowded nursery slopes The beginners' slopes, served by a pair of parallel draglifts (with a special pass), are situated just above the village at Innerwald and are reached by a free funicular. Progression to longer runs usually means the blues at Giggijoch; these are wide and gentle, but very busy in places. Hochsölden is on a steep slope - avoid at all costs.

For intermediates

Serious verticals Most of Sölden's main slopes are genuine red runs ideal for adventurous intermediates; there are several easy blacks, too. Keen piste-bashers will love the serious verticals and long runs to be done (notably the one from Gaislachkogl) - but after a couple of days will agree that the claimed extent of 145km is optimistic. It's recommended to pay the extra 10 euros when buying your lift pass to cover a day in nearby Obergurgl. There are two obvious targets for less confident intermediates. The long, quiet blue run above Gaislachalm is great for cruising, and below it a gentle blue through the trees offers by far the most friendly return to the resort. And the blues above Giggijoch offer gentle gradients; but crowds, too. The glaciers are accessible to blue-run skiers, and are almost entirely of blue-run gradient - the red runs down the Seiterkar chair offer a bit of a challenge. But beware: the busy red run (with an optional black variant) down the Rettenbachtal to the village is narrow (it's a road). You might prefer to catch a lift up and take an easier route down.

For advanced

Off-piste challenges Few of the black pistes dotted around Solden's map are serious, and some are silly. Some note the excessive grooming on the blacks lead to a lack of moguls, however others report the black World Cup race piste (31, at the foot of the Rettenbach glacier) 'a real blast in the morning'. There are quite a few non-trivial reds, notably on Gaislachkogl - with some steeper pitches above the mid-station - and the length and vertical of some of the runs present their own challenges. There are extensive off-piste possibilities, eg into Rettenbachtal.

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