Sölden is a ski resort in the Austria (Tirol), Tiroler Oberland (region), Imst (District)). There are 144.2 km of slopes and 1.9 km of ski paths for skiing and snowboarding. The visitors are transported through 31 elevators. The winter sports area is located between 1,350 and 3,340 meters above sea level. The airport in Innsbruck is just an hour distant, while the railway station in Tztal is only 40 minutes away (which provides bus services to take you to the resort).
Solden is a very tight town with a river flowing through it and classic Tyrolean style buildings, with most hotels, restaurants, and clubs on the main street, which is overshadowed by the stunning parish church.
The major resort is linked by three smaller communities. Hochsolden, at 2,090m, is the highest up – it’s ski-in ski-out and offers an exclusive ambience enhanced by historic wooden construction. In terms of height, Zwieselstein and Vent are located between Solden and Hochsolden. Nearby resorts, such as Obergurgl, are readily accessible from all four.
The atmosphere is undeniably one of Solden’s biggest attractions. After the lifts shut and the vibrant après ski begins, the main town is buzzing, particularly around the Giggijoch and Gaislachkogl gondolas.
The Solden/tztal ski pass spans 140 kilometers and includes two mountains – Giggijoch and Gaislachkogl – as well as two glaciers – Rettenbach and Tiefenbach. With three peaks over 3000m – Gaislachkogl (3,058m), Tiefenbachkogl (3250m), and the highest Schwarze Schneide – the region is unique in Austria (3340m). Solden’s 33 new lifts can transport 68,000 passengers per hour (which means less queue), and this is one of Austria’s first resorts to offer free WiFi in the major ski areas for the odd tweet on the slope.
The magnificent Otztal Valley gained worldwide news in 1991 when its most ardent supporter, a 5,300-year-old man, was discovered perfectly preserved in a high Alpine snowdrift with “the skin of a roasted turkey.” Otzi, a Neolithic Age hunter, discovered the hard way that Solden’s terrain is tough. The Otztal Arena Solden, which stretches to 3,249 meters, is magnificent by Austrian and even Swiss standards, a winter playground reached by a cutting-edge lift system and lined with 48 snow cannons for good measure.
Every October, the winter ski and party season officially starts out. At the season’s first World Cup, Hermann Maier takes on the viciously frozen difficult courses on the Rettenbach Glacier. The glaciers of Rettenbach and Tiefenbach, which were linked to the larger ski area in 1998-99, provide a superwide playing field for the world’s fastest skiers. You’ll be amazed as well.
Solden’s three skiable 3,000ers are each highlighted with a magnificent viewing point surrounded by shimmering ripples of snowy peaks. The first is at the Gaislachkogel gondola, a 3,058-metre-high circular deck. The next is a frightening gangplank at Tiefenbachkogl that hangs above thin air and glances fiercely into the face of Austria’s second highest mountain, the Wildspitze. The third, Schwarze Schneid, is a 10-minute trek up to an imposing column with a superb 360-degree chart depicting over 20 surrounding peaks.