(1377m - 3250m)
Solden with its 2 glaciers, close proximity to Obergurgl, guaranteed snow from November and jolly (some would say raucous) après ski has an awful lot going for it. Combine these positives with an impressive lift system and 150km of pistes you can see why Solden has established itself as one of Austria’s most popular resorts.
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Resort at a glance
|Ski Range||1377m – 3250m|
Solden's slopes are split between 2 areas, Gaislachkogl and Giggijoch and provide extensive mainly intermediate skiing. Access to the slopes is from either end of the village via gondolas. The Gaislachkogl sector comprises of mainly red runs ideal for confident intermediates and offers some excellent verticals.
The slopes of the Goggijoch sector have more blue runs than Gaislachkogl and are more suited to less adventurous intermediates. From Giggijoch a series of lifts can be taken to reach the Rettenbach Glacier. From here the Tiefenbach glacier can also be accessed. Be warned however, that accessing the glaciers can take some considerable time with a number of lifts to negotiate; however the reward is the quietest slopes with arguably the best snow. Both glaciers comprise a number of long cruisey blues ideal for beginners / intermediates.
Complete beginners would be best suited to the nursery slopes located between the 2 main gondolas at Innerwald, whilst those who are looking to progress could try the easy blues at on Giggijoch. Furthermore those with a little more confidence could tackle several wide open blues on the Tiefenbach Glacier, however getting there may prove a little tricky for those lacking in confidence. Also runs back to the village from Giggijoch are either red or black so using the gondola is the only option for beginners.
Solden is well known for its nightlife - it has a huge range of bars and clubs to entice you which start early and finish late. Things can get very rowdy here with plenty of live music and DJ’s to keep you dancing till the early hours.
Don’t miss the Philippe Eisbar - a must for everyone to try and a great place to start the apres ski. There is the Otzi Keller and Joker - both with pool tables and darts, and also Harley's Rock Bar, the Almrausch and of course Chris & Co which shows live sport. Don’t miss The Lucky Shag, Black and Orange, Kuckuck and the Schirmbar Sonne.
For something a bit more refined then visit the Alibi Bar in the Hotel Central or Bar-Rique - a modern, stylish wine bar. Cocktails can be found in the Cocktailbar Nanu and there is also the more relaxed Grizzly in the Hotel Tyrolerhof.
Late night options include the Lawine Bar and the Snow Rock Cafe, you can have a boogie in many places in Solden including Fire and Ice, Kuhstall, Mirage, the Bierhimml disco to name but a few.
There is something to suit every taste in Solden with restaurants serving a variety of different cuisine - from local to international and everything in between.
Many of the hotels offer very good food such as the Hotel Stefan, S Hotel Regina, S Hotel Elisabeth, Hotel Hubertus, Hotel Waldcafe and of course the Otztaler Stube in the Central Hotel and the Marco Polo in the Castello Falkner Hotel. Other upscale options include Wine & Dine, Culinaria Sölden, the Gasthof Grauer Bär and the Alm-Ferienclub Silbertal.
Traditional cuisine can be found at the Bäckelar Wirt, the Restaurant Pension Bellevue, Gasthof Felsenstüberl and the Brückenwirt. Italian and pizza are available at Salino, Nudeltopf, Pizzeria Gusto and Pizzeria Milano with steak at Steakhouse Joe's Höhle and fast food at Ham Ham.
Solden has a wealth of activities to keep you entertained whilst not skiing or snowboarding. The usual winter activities can be found here such as paragliding, ice skating and curling, tobogganing and of course horse drawn sleigh rides, there is also a BMW ice driving course where you can test new BMW’s on the ice.
For something more relaxing then there is the Freizeit Arena with swimming pool, saunas and steam rooms or you can visit the wellness centre at the Chalet Hotel Hermann. If you want to go further afield then try the Aquadome Spa in Längefeld - a short bus ride away from Solden, which has a range of outdoor thermal saltwater pools and treatments to pamper you.
For something completely different then try the Icegloo Village - an igloo village located near the Rettenbach Glacier.
There are quite a few ski and snowboarding schools in Solden offering tuition to all ages and abilities.
The Sölden - Hochsölden Ski & Snowboard School offers tuition in freestyle and freeride as well as skiing and boarding lessons - group tuition starts from €57 for 4 hours, to €192 for 4 hours tuition for 5 days. Private lessons start from €130 for 2 hours with 4 hours starting from €220.
The Vacancia Ski & Snowboard School again offers tuition for all levels and abilities, they also do ski clinics and free riding. Group lessons start from €60 for 4 hours tuition, 5 days with 4 hours tuition per day starts from €190, private lessons start from €130 for 2 hours, with 4 hours from €210.
The Solden Freeride Center offers standard ski and boarding tuition but also do powder skiing and snowboarding, touring along with off-piste and freeriding. Group lessons start from €36 for 2 hours, 5 days with 2 hours per day starts from €139. Private lessons are from €160 for 2 hours or from €247 for 4 hours.
Where to stay in Solden, Austria
This lovely grand hotel with a rustic, yet modern, Tyrolean decor is ideally located just 5 minutes walk from the resort centre and only 2 minutes from the gondola. It also has a state of the art spa with saunas and pool.
The oldest hotel in Solden was fully rebuilt so now has the perfect mix of modern and traditional, located just 5 minutes walk from the gondola, there is also a 1,700m² spa with pool, steam room, saunas and relaxation area.
Hotel Das Central
This simply stunning 5 star hotel exudes Tyrolean charm, the spa is a real treat set over 3 floors and has 10 different saunas, pool and jacuzzi, the Tyrolean cuisine and high class hospitality make you feel right at home.
This stylish charming hotel is only 100m from the cable car giving you easy access to the slopes, the wellness area has a wonderful pool and sauna should you wish to relax your muscles after a hard day.
Only 5 minutes walk from the resort centre and lifts, this traditional hotel is in a quiet location, the spa has a sauna, jacuzzi and steam room and also access to the indoor pool at the Freizeit Arena nearby.