Laura Robinson - Reservations Manager"Solden is a lively resort with everything within walking distance, I loved the spa at the Bergland Hotel (where Daniel Craig stayed!!!) and sitting in pavement cafes with a hot chocolate watching the world go by. Great snow sure skiing with enough going on to keep everyone entertained."
If a buzzing après-ski scene and beautiful scenery are just what you’re looking for then Sölden is the resort for you. Set in one of Austria’s most alluring valleys with two glaciers and high standard ski areas, you’ll find a bustling host of restaurants, bars and nightclubs to occupy your evenings.
Sölden attracts a young, lively crowd so don’t be too taken back by the vibrant party atmosphere. From small Italian Pizzerias and snack stations to award-winning restaurants you’ll find something to suit everyone between the village and the ski area’s peaks!
With such fantastic snow conditions, it comes as no surprise that each year in October, the European World Cup programme traditionally starts here in Sölden. For the James Bond film fanatics, you cannot miss the wonderful Ice Q restaurant at the summit of Gaislachkogl which features in the latest film “Spectre”.
For your days off the slopes, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy. From paragliding off the top of the mountain, Ice skating, and sleigh rides to nice relaxing sessions in a hot tub and sauna. Being just over an hours drive away from the nearest airport means ski weekends to Sölden are incredibly easy with minimal travel time making it the ideal destination for short ski trip.
SKI AREA OVERVIEW
One of Austria’s largest and liveliest ski resorts is Sölden. Completely unique to other ski areas in the region it offers not only three mountains over 3000 metres high, but two glaciers linking into the ski area. With guaranteed snow from the Rettenbach and Tiefenbach glaciers and truly breathtaking scenery, it’s no surprise that this is one of Europe’s most renowned ski and snowboard resorts.
The impressive number of slopes for all abilities, state-of-the-art ski lifts and gondolas means that you’ll be able to take advantage of maximum ski time with minimal queuing. Sölden is well-known for its BIG 3 - the Gaislachkogl (3,058m), the Tiefenbachkogl (3,309m) and the Schwarze Schneid (3,340m), which are all connected by cable cars. Once you’re at the top you can admire panoramic views from the three viewing platforms at the top of each peak.
Intermediates will find most of the terrain is classified ‘Red’ but there are also plenty of blacks for confident intermediates and advanced skiers along with excellent ski touring opportunities. Beginners will find suitable slopes at the top of the village so they too can experience the thrill of some high altitude skiing. The ski trails provide unlimited fun for all levels of skiers. Advanced skiers should head to Giggijoch and those of you that consider yourselves racers should try the wide, steep open runs in Gaislachkogl!
Sölden doesn’t disappoint for snowboarders either. It has its very own dedicated snowboard park within the Giggijoch area. The Gaislachkogl area also boasts slopes that offer a thrilling ride for all snowboarders. And just to top it off, with pistes above 2500m you’ll be able to ski and snowboard there throughout the season!
- Tackle the 15km run from the top of the Schwarze Schneide to the Gaislachkogl lift base which will see you drop almost 2000m in altitude alone.
- Visit the home of the 'ICE Q' restaurant, famous for it's role in the James Bond film 'Spectre'.
- Those up for a challenge will be treated to some truly spectacular views on the ‘BIG3 Rally’ where you head to each of the vantage points at the summits of the Gaislachkogl, Tiefenbachkogl and Schwarze Schneide.
- Solden does not disappoint for snowboarders. It has its very own dedicated snowboard park within the Giggijoch area.