Sölden is definitely one of the hottest spots for skiers in Austria. Next to legendary Apres-ski and countless top events like the ´Electric Mountain Festival´ or the glacier spectacle Hannibal, the sportive challenges are also worth the travel.
Thanks to the glaciers it´s possible for Sölden to open up before the other two Ötztal ski resorts open their lifts. Use the one and only glacier swing of the Alps between Rettenbach glacier and Tiefenbach glacier to explore the incredible 33 kilometers (20,5 miles) of pure skiing pleasure from September to May. This area does designate mostly blue runs so beginners won´t feel overwhelmed. Beginners just want to steer clear of the black marked trail at Rettenbachjoch. This is a really challenging slope that will even make the best skier´s think twice and is regularly home to the World Cup races.
From November on the offer extends to 144 trail kilometers (89 miles). It´s top elevation of almost 3.340 meters (10958 feet) and the snow-making machines that cover almost 70 percent of the runs guarantee to always have perfect snow conditions during the entire season. You have access to the trails from Gaislachkogl or Giggijoch valley. However, beginners should decide for the second option. Once you made it up the mountain with the gondola above Hochsölden beautiful blues lie right before you. You can also grab the Silberbrünnl chair to switch to the easy glacier runs. Away from the hassle, check out the beginner area Innerwald to practice your first curves close to the Gaislachkogl lift in the valley.
All those who already have gained more experience in the winter sport scene can enjoy the ski circuit. The fact that here are three mountains that are higher than 3000 meter (9842 feet) make this resort extra special. Hit the Big3 Rallye to experience that particular feature. Off you go on 50 kilometers (31 miles) of trails from the Giggijochbahn base station to Gaislachkoglbahn. Find your way to all three mountains of the ´Big3´: Gaislachkogl (3058 m=10032 ft), Tiefenbachkogl (3250 m=10662 ft) and Schwarze Schneide (3340 m=10958 ft). Follow the signs on the circuit to make your way through the whole resort in one day. Where the mountains top out at the highest point skiers find observation decks. More challenges for experts are at Gaislachkogl and Hainbachjoch.
Whether it´s your first time sliding or you´re ready to go pro, Area 47 in Sölden is the right spot for you. From the Heinbachkar chairlift at Giggijoch you have access to the terrain park that boasts an area of unbelievable 6 ha. There are enough features to bring a smile to every freestyler´s face by featuring rails, boxes and kickers. Use the ´Chillarea´ to wind down your day with great music and comfy deckchairs.