Traveling to Solden, Austria Fly into Zurich or Munich.
From Zurich, take train to Landeck Austria (3-3:45 hours). From Landeck take a
Taxi or Bus to Solden (approx 1 hour). From Munich, take train to Innsbruck (2-3
hour), then a Taxi or Bus (1 hour).
Summit Elevation: 10,958'
Vertical Drop: 6,135'
150 kilometers of ski trails plus extensive off piste.
Season: Open October through May
with glacier skiing on two glaciers. Of Note: Official fall ski training center and sponsor of the US Ski Team.
Our Soelden Ski Review:
Soelden, located in the beautiful Otztal valley of the Tirol, is Austria's only
ski area with three mountains all above 10,000-feet. It also has two glaciers,
the Rettenbach and Tiefenbach Gletscher. Solden has over 150 kilometers of
prepared (groomed) trail skiing accessible by 35 modern lifts and gondolas, plus
extensive off piste terrain of steep chutes, open above tree line bowls, and
snowfields. The longest run at Solden is 15 kilometers.
Solden is huge, and the views from the marvelous "Big 3" glass viewing platforms
are amazing. In addition to all this great skiing and scenery, Solden has
spectacular on mountain lodges plus 27 charming mountain huts and chalets that
you can ski to serving traditional Austrian lunches.
Skiing on two glaciers gives Solden the longest ski season in Austria from
October through May. The Rettenbach Glacier at 10,859-feet and Tiefenbach
Glacier at 10,849-feet are training grounds for the US Ski Team and host of
World Cup races. Accessed by impressive gondolas and a few T-Bars. The
Tiefenbach Glacier can be reached by skiing through an amazing ski tunnel carved
through the mountain from near the summit of Rettenbach.
But there is much more to skiing Solden than just the glaciers, there is the
Gaislachkogl area emanating from the lively town of Solden, two modern high
capacity gondolas serve scenic groomed routes and thousands of acres of off
piste terrain. If you ski down the north flank, you can load the Rotkogljoch and
head to the Giggijoch area, where the terrain is sunny, not too steep and loaded
with high capacity lifts, very popular skiing for families and intermediates.
From here you can ski down to the western most mountain side village of
Hochsolden, a romantic ski village with a few big hotels located mid mountain
looking down on the farms and chalets of downtown Solden.
Solden’s uphill capacity with so many phenomenal cable cars, trams and gondolas,
six and eight pack bubble chairs, means over 70,000 skiers per hour. Compare
that to Vail's at 53,000 and one can imagine Solden probably can get very busy
during Christmas and holidays, particularly on the prepared pistes, aka groomed
runs. The Gaislachalm area to the eastern flank of Solden offers quieter skiing
with numerous charming ski in ski out lunch chalets.
The village of Solden has Austrian charm plus modernity, church steeples and
chalet style hotels intermixed with ski shops, après ski disco techs, dance
clubs and four star hotels. We found the Hotel Bergland, built in 2010 by one of
the five partners that own Solden Ski Resort, offered posh, beautifully
decorated modern rooms with the ultimate rooftop Sky Spa, fine dining, a bar,
game room, and ski shop just steps from the Zentrum Shuttle Lift making it a
perfectly posh place to stay in Solden. Save your energy because this town rocks
during après ski.
Place to Stay in Solden: Hotel Bergland – 4-star lifestyle hotel with designer
rooms, an elegant rooftop Sky Spa, fine dining for dinner and breakfast buffet, Bar,
Game room, and ski shop with valet next to the Zentrum Shuttle and Solden
Solden On Mountain Dining: Gampe Thaya - Ski to this mountain farmhouse in the middle of
the mountain and dine in
the 300 year old ambiance of cowbells, authentic Austrian woodwork and ski
memorabilia. Fondue and Austrian schnitzel are favorites. On sunny days, enjoy
the deck, a beer and sensation views of the Otztal valley.
Huhnersteign – Off Trail 30, like Route 66, this wonderful Austrian chalet
serves traditional fare of spatzle and sausage in a lively music filled
Stabele Schirmbar – By the Sabele lift base, Chef Alex serves
the best cheeseburger in Austria in a glass lined umbrella bar or outside
on the deck. After enjoying many great burgers during his visit to the US, Alex
introduced his Berg burger in Solden – its better.