Soelden Austria Ski Trip in the Arlberg Region
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Soelden is Austria's only ski area with three peaks over
10,000-feet, and skiing on two glaciers - the Rettenbach and
Tiefenbach Glaciers. Located in the beautiful Otztal valley of the
Tirol, Solden is
ideal for a family ski vacation, a big ski resort
with 35 modern lifts and gondolas, 150 kilometers of prepared
(groomed) trails, the longest run is 15 kilometers, plus vast off-piste skiing of powder bowls, steep chutes and snowfields. Solden
boasts a long season with glacier skiing from October to May.
Families love the variety of ski slopes, from gentle sunny
slopes to the high elevation glaciers - Rettenbach Glacier at
10,662-feet and Tiefenbach Glacier at 10,856-feet. Kids love
that the US Ski Team trains here, you can ski by the World Cup
Stadium, and ski through an amazing ski tunnel carved through the
mountain that connect the two glaciers – very cool.
But there is much more skiing than just Solden’s glaciers. The
Gaislachkogl summit is reached by two
modern interconnected gondolas rising from
Solden village, serving scenic groomed routes and thousands of acres
of off-piste terrain. The Gaislachalm area, Solden's eastern face,
offers quiet skiing with numerous charming ski in ski out lunch
chalets. Skiing Solden’s north flank, you reach the
Rotkogljoch which leads you to the Giggijoch area. Gigijoch is a perfectly
pitched, usually sunny area loaded with high capacity lifts, very
popular for intermediate skiers. The western most section of
Giggijoch is called Hochsolden, where a romantic hillside village offers
several big hotels
perched high above the village of Solden.
Solden’s lift system is amazing (Austria is home to Dopplemayr lift
company) with very modern high capacity cable cars, trams and
gondolas, six and eight passenger bubble chairs, transporting lots of skier
per hour (70,000). Vail's uphill capacity is 53,000 skiers per hour,
so you can extrapolate that Solden handles the crowds during
Solden is incredibly scenic too, with amazing glass viewing
platforms - The Big 3 (not for those who fear heights). In addition
to all this great skiing and scenery, Solden has magnificent on
mountain lodges plus 26 chalets that serve traditional Austrian
lunches, just ski in and enjoy.
The village of Solden has alpine charm - chalet style hotels, church
steeples, cafes and bakeries, plus modern ski shops, après ski disco
techs, dance clubs (even strip clubs). So Solden is a party town,
but there are two to five star hotels that offer family ski
The Hotel Bergland in Solden village, built in 2010, is perfect
for families, with a very modern Lobby, designer suites, and a
Game Room for the kids, plus a spectacular rooftop Sky Spa with an
oversized pool offering gorgeous views of the valley.
Where to Stay in Solden:
Hotel Bergland – 4-star lifestyle hotel with modern
alpine décor rooms, a rooftop Sky Spa, elegant dining and
breakfast buffet, Lounge, Sun Deck, and ski shop with valet next to
the Zentrum Shuttle and Solden slopes.
Solden On Mountain Dining:
Gampe Thaya – Trail 11, ski to this 300-year-old
mountain farmhouse, and dine amid authentic cowbells and ski
memorabilia. Fondue and Austrian schnitzel are served in the cozy
hut or outside on sunny days with sensation views of the Otztal
Huhnersteign –Trail 30, ski to this Austrian chalet
serving traditional spatzle, soups, sausage and Weiner schnitzel in
a typical music filled atmosphere.
Stabele Schirmbar – At the Stabele lift base off
Trail 30, Chef
Alex makes the best burger in Austria in an umbrella bar restaurant.
Alex enjoyed cheeseburgers during his visit to the US, and returned
to Austria to make his Berg burger in Solden, only better.
Solden Ski Stats: 10,985-feet summit, 6,135-feet
vertical, 35 lifts, over 150 kilometers of ski trails plus extensive
off-piste. Open October through May with glacier skiing, the
official sponsor of the US Ski Team and host of World Cup ski races.
See our Solden Ski Photo Gallery
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All Stories by Heather Burke
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