2km vertical, twin glaciers & après from the top table.
Sölden has 2 glaciers, a superb, big ski area beneath them, some of the best après ski in the world, a ski-in, ski-out ski holiday resort at Hochsölden and a resort that is large and well equipped – the ski resort of Sölden is one of the very best around. The FIS traditionally open the ski race season on the Sölden glaciers in October and the season on the glaciers runs until early summer.
Aside from the world beating après ski, Sölden boasts fine dining and a 3000m+ wine cellar at the IceQ restaurant, one of the best spas in the Alps just south of the resort as well as activities such as paragliding and ice driving. The skiing is outstanding but is matched by the resort facilities and a number of excellent hotels.
SÖLDEN AT A GLANCE
Facts & figures
- Resort: 1377m
- Top lift: 3249m
- Lifts: 34
- Season: Oct – June
- Inhabitants: 4200
- Innsbruck | 52 miles
- Friedrichshafen | 132 miles
- Salzburg | 163 miles
- Zürich | 176 miles
- Munich | 179 miles
- Après ski
- Mountain dining
- Electric Mountain Festival
- Ski-in, ski-out accommodation
- Twin glaciers
- FIS race course
The skiing in Sölden is spread over two mountains that are separated by the Rettenbach valley and then additionally there are 2 glacier skiing areas beyond this. All the skiing is lift-linked and the ski area features circuits to take in the best of the skiing and snowboarding in Sölden. Lower down there are wooded ski pistes directly above Sölden whilst the ski-in, ski-out resort of Hochsölden is above the tree-line.
The ski area around the Giggijoch mid-station is well equipped, featuring several high capacity ski lifts and a ski area that offers wide and gentle ski pistes, ideal for beginners and early intermediates. This is also the route for accessing the twin glacier skiing areas. The ski pistes around Hochsölden offer some of the steeper skiing and snowboarding in Sölden whilst intermediates will find endless intermediate ski pistes throughout the ski area.
Stunning architecture clinging to the rocks at over 3000m. Fine dining and accessible on foot by gondola.
Pack the aspirins – Sölden is one of the powerhouses of après ski, with excess on and off the mountain.
The first race of the calendar is a great spectacle with incredible racing and a whopping post-race party.
There are a few distinct areas of Sölden. The main resort runs north to south along the main road and river. The majority of the entertainment and hotels are located here, as are the ski lifts that access the twin mountains above Sölden. Innerwald is a settlement just above Sölden which is connected by a short funicular and offers ski-in, ski-out accommodation and easy access to the resort amenities.
Much higher on the mountain is Hochsölden which is a totally ski-in, ski-out resort which is connected to Sölden down in the valley by a steep road and ski pistes. At 2090m Hochsölden offers a real alpine feel in the serenity of the peaks. Sölden itself is a lively resort with numerous après ski joints that throng throughout the early evening. As well as the après ski, Sölden has a large leisure complex, an excellent spa complex nearby and some great dining options.
SÖLDEN APRÈS SKI
Sölden après ski starts for many in one of the numerous mountain huts which line the ski pistes back to the resort. The huts feature outdoor terraces and remixed euro-pop is often audible from mid-afternoon for passing skiers and snowboarders. In Sölden itself the resort throngs with après ski during peak times with indoor and outdoor bars lining the main street in Sölden. There is everything on offer from simple bars to adult entertainment.
Sölden hosts events throughout the season and they start with the opening FIS ski race on the Sölden glaciers in October. These events are very well supported by local après ski revellers, whilst New Year sees one of the biggest parties in the Alps. More refined indulgence is offered as well with several wine cellars offering tasting; one of which is located at over 3000m.
SÖLDEN MEETINGS & SEMINARS
There are some excellent meeting venues both in Sölden and on the mountains. Several quality design hotels can accommodate meetings in superb surroundings and skiing & meeting schedules can be easily incorporated. There is the possibility to combine a seminar into a spa day just south of Sölden, again in exquisite surroundings.
On the mountain, there are numerous locations to meet formally or for a more relaxed dining experience. The lookout platform on the Tiefenbach Glacier with its precipitous drops and remarkable views is a must visit feature for any group and offers great opportunities for team photos. Ice driving, tandem paragliding and team building glacier safaris are all possible to incorporate into a meeting schedule.
Just a quick note to thank you for making arrangements for us all. Needless to say we had a fabulous few days in Sölden and everything went like clockwork. Superb job as usual.
Trip planner, Industry Association Group, London, UK.
March 2016, 25 guests
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