Soelden and Obergurgl quite rightly have a reputation as two of the Alps finest early-season destinations, with over 250km of snowsure slopes between them.
It is no wonder, therefore, that Obergurgl opened on 17 November and Sölden hosted the first FIS World Cup race of the season at the end of October on the famous Rettenbach Glacier. Both Tirolean resorts are currently offering exceptional conditions for mid-November thanks in part to the natural snowfall, but also due to the world-class snowmaking systems that can cover the pistes in a matter of days.
Sölden just gets better this season
Saturday 19 November marked a historic day for Sölden as the new Giggijoch access gondola fired into action. This record-breaking lift has the highest capacity of any ski lift ever built – it can shift 4,500 people each hour – so queues in the valley will be a thing of the past. It accesses the extremely popular, sunny slopes above Giggijoch, home to some of the best learner pistes in the region. Access to the resort’s two glaciers will also speed up significantly – perfect for getting those early-season turns on freshly groomed glacial pistes or those wishing to visit the film location for James Bond’s epic SPECTRE – the Gaislachkogel. See it for yourself in our latest "7 in 7" series video: