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Overview of Sölden

Sölden is an excellent ski resort which undoubtedly ranks among one of Austria's top-rated ski destinations. It has everything from high-altitude snow-sure pistes, world-class accommodation, an electric apres scene and great family entertainment. Sölden has also made it onto the big screen, featuring in the James Bond movie Spectre and has since established a 007 Elements exhibition.
Located in the Ötztal valley, Sölden offers a truly fantastic skiing experience. Home to not one but two glaciers ( Rettenbach and Tiefenbach), it has 144 kilometres of excellent pistes stretched across slopes ranging between 1,350 to 3,340 meters in altitude. The area has 3 peaks all peaking above 3,000 metres and all made accessible via 31 world-class mountain lifts including, chairs, drags and cable cars. The Sölden ski area has a very good snowfall record and also has state of art snowmaking facilities ensuring that the slopes are adequate supplemented when required. It comes as no surprise that Sölden is host to the first Alpine World Cup races every year in October. The village of Sölden is a bustling, Alpine commune made up of a brilliant mix of Tirolean style traditional buildings and modern, contemporary buildings. It has a charismatic old church in the centre which adds to its charm. Only an hour transfer from Inssbruick, it makes for a relatively easy commute with the village stretched along the road leading to close by Obergurgl. The village is also well-renowned for its apres-ski scene which is rated among the best in Austria, thanks to its annual Electric Festival and several lively pubs, bars and clubs.

Skiing in Sölden

Sölden is blessed with 144 kilometres of pistes that conveniently suit just about all skiing abilities however its large numbers of red and blue means that intermediate skiers get the most fun at the resort. When visiting, we would strongly recommend getting the Ötztal Super Skipass as it grants holders access to the ski areas in the Ötztal valley including Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, Hochoetz-Kühtai, Niederthai, Gries and Vent; totalling up to 356 kilometres of pistes. Most of the local Sölden slopes are accessible via either the Gaislachkogl or Giggijoch gondolas. Beginners should search out the gentle slopes at the top of the Giggijoch gondola where they will find the nursery slopes as well as a number of tame blues on easy gradients. Additional challenging blues can also be found further afield in Innerwald. Intermediates have a ton of options to choose from tree-lined valley runs to the wide-open pistes coming down both glaciers. There are also challenging runs to be found at the top of both Gaislachkogl and Giggijoch gondolas, however, the main favourite for first-timers at Sölden is no doubt the Big 3 Rally which tackles all 3 peaks at the resort. Advanced skiers have 28 kilometres of black runs to explore at Sölden including the additional steep reds on Gaislachkogl and HochSölden. Thanks to its excellent conditions, there are also several off-piste opportunities to take advantage of as well.

The nursery area at Campo Carlo Magno at the edge of the resort is a large area with a ski shuttle bus available from the village. Beginners get wide gentle runs to practise on before heading up the mountain for more challenging slopes.

Most of the runs here are intermediate level slopes but are generally suitable enough for confident beginners as well as intermediate level skiers. The cable cars from the village connect the runs on Monte Spinale and as further up as Pass Grosté. For additional variety head over to the Folgarida and Marilleva extension to access more challenging reds.

Advanced skiers have the long sweeping blacks coming down from the summit at Spinale and Pradalago to look forward to; with the Spinale Direttissima, in particular, being a much-coveted run. The Amazzonia from Pradalago offers a fantastic view to go along with the thrill. The 3 Tre World Cup Slalom however is the main attraction for most advanced skiers visiting Madonna di Campiglio.

Snowboarding in Sölden

Regardless of your ability, whether beginner or pro, there's a lot to enjoy at Sölden Austria for snowboarders. Free riders are treated to long open runs on steep reds coming down the glaciers, most of which are red and perfect for intermediates. The blues above the Giggijoch gondola are just about ideal for early boarders. The Area 47 snowpark is an excellent haven for snowboarders and is regularly upgraded. It is an impressive 744 metres long offering the best shredding experiences for free riders and freestylers alike. Sitting at 2,450 metres it welcomes all ski ability types. Designed by QPark designer Konstantin Iordanidis it also features chill-out zones and even has the options to record your runs.

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Apres-ski in Sölden

Sölden ski resort has a fantastic nightlife and apres-ski scene littered with several bars, pubs and clubs. It is a well-known snowboard destination with an immense party scene. The party starts from the mountain huts and DJ parties on the slopes during the day and carries on in full force back at resort level through the night. An ideal resort for party animals, there is so much on offer for skiers looking to let down their hair and blow off some steam.

Halli Valli/Kaminbar

Located in the 4-star Valentin hotel next to the Glaislachkogel gondola, Halli Valli gets the party started early from 3 pm before closing at 6 pm. Great place to kickstart the apres evening of fun, Halli Valli is one of Sölden's most vibrant party scenes. Get in on the mulled wine and cocktails at the bar and ease into dance mode from the non-stop DJ sets. Located in the heart of the resort, most of the Söldens bars and pubs are a 5-minute walk from Halli Valli making it the perfect starting point. After 6 pm when the party ends, you can still enjoy a few more drinks in the hotel's classy Fireplace lounge before moving on.

Schirm Bar

The legendary Schirm Bar has a monumental reputation in Sölden. Immensely popular and one of the resort's favourite hangout spots, it has earned the “Top of the mountains” award numerous times over the years. Located at the bottom of the Giggijochbahn slopes, it features an umbrella-style circle setting with a middle bar made completely out of glass. A well-known meeting place after coming down the slopes, Schrim Bar is a fantastic spot to get the night going. It has an electric atmosphere that is almost infectious and is bound to get you into the apres mood right away. Open every day from 2 pm until 8 pm it features some of the area's most famous DJ sets with loud music and dancing. A must visit on your apres evening.

Black and Orange Rock Bar

Opened in 2000, The Black & Orange offers an amazingly diverse apres-ski experience and is one for rock and roll fanatics. A Harley Davidson themed bar, the atmosphere here absolutely rocking. Perfect for skiers looking for a shift from popular music, the Black and Orange Rock Bar offers true rock fans something to shout about as they sing along to the numerous rock classics blaring from the speakers. Open until 2 am it is also well known for its fantastic drinks menu featuring caipirinha cocktails, 40 different whiskeys and over 25 different gins. Even if you are not a rock and roll fan, the bar is the ideal place to discover and release your inner rock persona visit the Black and Orange Rock Bar for an unforgettable experience.

Live Bar

Aptly named, Live Bar or Live Music Bar is where you need to be to experience a great night of drinks, conversion and awesome live music in the heart of Sölden. A very cosy bar, it is also well known to hold surprise open mic evenings where you can expect to catch some incredible live music sets at any given time. It is a very friendly and welcoming bar with awesome staff. Open every day from 7 pm until about 9:30 pm, Live Bar is slightly less raucous than some of the bars and lounges at the Sölden but still maintains a vibrant atmosphere.

Fire and Ice Bar

Self-described “Supernova in Sölden”, Fire and Ice is one of the resort's top apres destinations for late-night dancing. Open every day from 3 pm till 3 am, you can start and end your night in Fire and Ice. Wild partying until the early hours, it is a typical lounge/nightclub with flamboyant l.e.d light fittings, a disco ball and occasional large sparklers. The DJ sets feature the very latest club hits which boom on speakers on both floors of the venue. It has an extensive drinks menu including exotic cocktails and Alpine beers. A fantastic night of fun.

Katapult

The biggest and arguably the most popular nightclub in Sölden, Katapult offers the most flamboyant apres night club experiences including aerial dancers, burlesque shows, a bar made of ice, robot performers and more. Katapult also holds themed nights and music events featuring some of the area's most popular acts. It has a mezzanine section overlooking the dance floor but what is also most impressive is the crystal lounge which has a sound-deadening curtain allowing for people in the lounge to have chilled out evenings and hold conversations without having to raise their voices. If you came to Sölden to party, this is the place to be.

Piano 45

One of Madonna di Campiglio’s most popular bars, Piano 45 can be easily described as a fashionable, cocktail bar. Set in a chalet-style venue, it has a stylish and vibrant interior decor which sets the tone when you first walk in. The cocktails, which are excellently and professionally prepared, are particularly a huge favourite. The bar also serves great tasty finger food and appetizers to go along with the wide variety of drinks on offer. Open every day from 6 pm, visitors to the bar can enjoy drinks, food and evening entertainment. Interestingly, Piano 45 transforms into Des Alpes Mood Club, featuring fantastic live music and legendary DJ sets until 3 am. Keep your eyes peeled, you may bump into a celebrity or two while partying as it has welcomed quite a few over the years. A fantastic place to start and end your apres-ski evening.

Hungry Wolf

A lovely bar, restaurant and pizzeria, the Hungry Wolf is located at the bottom of the Miramonti slope. It has a bright and welcoming lounge that features a very smart mix between a stylish bar and a traditional Alpine pub. The staff are dressed in traditional, Sud-Tyrol attire, the seats are covered with soft sheepskin and some areas of the bar have lovely lamps hanging on deer antlers. Visitors here are treated to a fantastic mood menu, tap beer and exotic cocktails among many other choices. It is a great place for a nice evening meal, drinks and conversation. Definitely worth a visit and would be a great addition to your apres-ski evening crawl.

Bar Suisse

A local staple in the community, Bar Suisse is located in the heart of Madonna di Campiglio. Once owned by Emperor Francesco Giuseppe, the building was originally a hunting lounge before it was restored in the early 1900s by Austrian architect, Helmut Fischer. Now an elegant, trendy restaurant and cocktail bar, Bar Suisse is one of the resort's favourite nightspots to visit. After a lovely evening meal in the restaurant, head over to the fancy cocktail bar and enjoy a selection of exotic drinks, beers and more. It is the ideal location for visitors looking to enjoy a refined evening of tasty food and after-dinner drinks.

Home Stube Alpine Mood

A lovely, cosy bar and restaurant, Home Stube is an excellent choice for a nice traditional meal and drinks. Owned and run by a local family, it is a very welcoming place with friendly staff. Its interior is impeccably presented and all through the establishment from the bar to the restaurant with very elegant and stylish furniture and finishes; giving the Home Stube an authentic Italian Alpine tone. The food and cocktails are fantastic with the beer, in particular, a product of the business owned micro-brewery. An overall brilliant experience, especially for holidaymakers who prefer a chilled out evening.

Après-Ski Mau

Located at an altitude of 1,885 metres, Après-Ski Mau is regarded as one of Madonna di Campiglio's most iconic restaurants. It has some of the most breathtaking panoramic mountain views in the resort, with visitors to the venue treated to an amazing view of the Brenta Dolomites. Fantastic place for food and drinks, its worth a stop to capture some long-lasting views.

Facilities in Sölden

Sölden has very good facilities across the resort from its lifts and gondolas, accommodation, leisure facilities and off-slope entertainment. Receiving a relatively large number of visitors every season, it is adequately equipped with the necessary facilities to ensure that all its visitors are catered for all throughout the season.

Ski Hire in Sölden

If you intend to hire ski equipment when you get to Sölden, there are a number of shops at the resort you can visit however, if you are visiting the resort under one of our ski holiday plans, we will suggest hiring your ski equipment from us directly. We have very good and trusted partnerships with a host of ski hire shops across the Alps including Sölden. We have teamed up with the very best and most trusted ski hire stores to ensure that all your hired equipment is of the highest quality and from well known and recognisable snow sports brands. Save yourself the trouble and extra journey of visiting the ski hire stores in person and simply select the equipment you require and add them to your booking. It is by far the easiest and quickest way to secure your ski equipment for your holiday. It is particularly helpful if you are hiring equipment for your family or travelling group.

Ski Passes in Sölden

Book your Sölden ski pass way ahead of time and as part of your ski holiday package with Erna Low. No need to wait until you arrive at the resort; travel stress-free and with the knowledge that your ski pass has been secured before you you even get to the resort. Ordering your ski pass for Sölden saves you a great deal of time and effort; allowing you to avoid the long queues at the ticket machines and tourist offices. It is super quick and very convenient. It also presents you with the opportunity to take advantage of any online-only offers or early bird savings and discounts available at the time. You can easily arrange your ski pass to Sölden by selecting the ski pass option on the Ski Extras page and adding the pass to your overall order. Do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

Spas and Swimming Pools in Sölden

Sölden has a very good selection to choose from when it comes to spas, wellness centres, and swimming pool facilities. Relaxing and recharging your mind and body after a vigorous day on the slopes with a spa session, massage or swim, is certainly one of the best ways to spend any downtime in the Alps and Sölden has fantastic options ranging from its aquatic leisure centre to a number of luxury and spa hotels. The Hotel Aqua Dome Tirol Therme in Längenfeld has perhaps one of the most luxurious spas and swimming pool facilities in the area. Located about a 15-minute drive from Sölden, this facility has world-class equipment across the board. It has up to 12 indoor and outdoor pools with 34 - 36°C warm water, some of which are open in the winter. Some of the outdoor pools are “floating” thanks to the brilliant architecture and design of the facility. The sauna is a fantastic authentic and rustic throwback using Alpine beams and stone on the walls and ceilings with hot burning coals in the middle. There are also thermal baths and treatment rooms where you can select from a number of massage treatments. The Freizeit Arena in Sölden is a very well equipped leisure and fitness centre that welcomes all ages and is perfect for the whole family. The Adventure bath at the facility is essentially a large indoor heated swimming pool, but it also has powerful jets in some areas which also allows it to function as a hydro-pool for relaxation. The centre is also very well equipped with sauna and wellness facilities including a Kelo blockhouse sauna, a sanarium, a herbal bath tepidarium, a steam & inhalation bath and a relaxation & fresh air room. It also has an infra-red bath and a tanning studio.

Shopping in Sölden

Shopping in Sölden's is far from dull and does not fall into the generic ski resort shopping experience. Its shopping mile offers a few temptations to carry out some retail therapy while on holiday. It also makes for a lovely backdrop if you just wanted to do some window shopping. The shops here range across designers, fashion boutiques, well-known snow sports brand stores, gift & souvenir shops and local grocery shops.

Facilities for children in Sölden

Sölden has fantastic facilities not only for children but also the entire family ensuring that parents and other members of the family can get involved with the children during their time at Sölden. The facilities cover just about everything from slopes, accommodation, childcare and entertainment both on and off the slopes.

Ski Schools in Sölden

Sölden does not lack ski schools and instructors for your children's ski lessons as there are several options available to choose from. If you are visiting the resort under one of our ski holiday packages, we would strongly recommend that you book your children's ski lessons directly with us as part of your all-inclusive package to the resort to the resort this season. Over the years, we have established very good relationships with some of the Alp's most trusted and experienced ski schools ensuring that your children get the best lessons available at the ski resort when you book their ski lessons with us. Our booking process is super easy and can be completed by simply selecting the option to add the ski lessons to your order as part of your overall package. Not only is it easy, but it also allows you more time at the resort and free’s up your itinerary so that instead of walking around looking for a ski school upon arrival, you can use that time for other activities.

Entertainment for children in Sölden

Children are entertained both on the slopes and off it at Sölden. The nursery area has an outdoor playground in the snow with slides and swings. There are also a lot of children's favourites such as ice skating, ice hockey and curling. There are also toboggan slopes open until nighttime and even have lit slopes for nighttime tobogganing. Most of the ski schools here have kids clubs which have activities during the day as well. Away from the cold and snow, you can take the kids for a splash either in the Freizeit Arena or the Aqua Dome facility in Längenfeld as both have kids swimming pools and paddling pools. Sölden also has a resident cinema which always features the latest children-rated blockbuster movies and is a brilliant entertainment option if you wanted to relax after a long day.

Child Care in Sölden

There are several child care options available in Sölden. The majority of ski schools in the resort have a form of childminding activities. There are also independent nannies and babysitting services available. We recommend also inquiring at the local tourist offices for recommendations.

Mountain Information

The majority of pistes here sit above 2,000 metres and mostly located on the Big 3; Gaislachkogl, Tiefenbachkogl and Schwarze Schneide. The glaciers Rettenbach and Tiefenbach provide additional slopes of mostly red and black runs

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Travel Information

Distance to Calais:
1,062 kilometres
Driving time to Calais:
11 hours 9 minutes
Approx tolls from Calais:
220
Gateway Airports:
Innsbruck, Vienna