25 September — 2 May
The Sölden resort is located in Austria, the 65-kilometer Otztal valley in eastern Tyrol – Ötztal, Austria, Tirolo, Tiroler Oberland region. For skiing and snowboarding, 143.4 km of trails are laid here. 31 lifts transport skiers. The winter sports complex is located between 1350 and 3340 meters above sea level.
Sölden has the largest alpine ski area in the Austrian Alps. Difficult trails are located here on the slopes of three mountains, the height of which is over 3000 meters. Most of the routes laid here are red and black, although beginners can also come here – there are many ski schools in Sölden, where experienced instructors will teach the basics.
This is the center for international competitions, as well as one of the most popular and visited ski resorts in Europe. There are modern tracks of different difficulty levels, and a special area is equipped for snowboard fans.
If you move up the Otztal valley, after 40 minutes you can reach the resort of Sölden, in addition to it, the village of Obergurgl is located in the valley, from where it is easy to reach the resort of Kütai. Not far from the ski resort, the construction of a new thermal complex “Aqua Dom” has recently been completed.
In 2018, another interesting architectural and cultural object appeared on the territory of the resort – James Bond returned to Sölden. A film installation based on one of the films about the famous special agent was opened at the top of Gaislachkogl near the ice Q restaurant. Remember the movie Spectrum? It was in it in the Alps, in the Sölden Valley that the Hoffler clinic was located and the scene with the chase was filmed.
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On average, the ski season here lasts from late September to early May.
Ski pass prices
The cost of the day ski pass in the main season: € 62 for an adult, € 62 for children and € 49.50 for youth.
Total length of tracks 143 km. The vertical drop is 1990 meters. The surface of the slopes is maintained in excellent condition with the help of snow-compacting equipment. The resort has snow cannons. In total, the resort has 363 snow cannons that cover 77% of the tracks. Artificial lighting is provided on the slopes, which allows you to ride comfortably and train in the evening. For beginners, training in skiing and snowboarding with professional instructors is organized.
Sölden offers slopes for all difficulty levels. From simple and wide at Giggijoch and on the glacier, “medium” at Gaislachkogl. Difficult slopes are located in all parts of the ski area. Most of the trails are located at high altitudes. Closer to the valley, the trails cross the forest. While skiing and exploring the resort, you should try not to miss BIG 3. BIG 3 is three mountains over 3000 meters high, completely covered with slopes. From their tops, the most wonderful panoramas of the Austrian Alps open.
The longest trail: Sölden Glacier, 15 km long, elevation difference 1970 m.
From the platform of the BIG3 Schwarze Schneide lift station to the station in the Gaislachkogl valley. The elevation difference of almost 2000 m is unique for Austria.
Hardest track: The FIS track, which hosts the World Cup competitions, runs along the Rettenbach glacier – Length 1 km Vertical drop 300 m.
The most interesting tracks:
- Track number 1 Gaislachkogl
- Route 30 crossing the Rettenbachtal (to the valley)
- Route 11
Vacationers are taken to the top 34 lifts: 1 aerial tramway, 8 gondola lift, 14 chairlift and 8 t-bar lift. There are 3 children’s lifts for beginners and children. The total length of the cable cars is 388 km, which are capable of transporting up to 66020 passengers/hour.
Sölden offers state-of-the-art lifts that allow you to get up quickly and comfortably. The connection between the winter ski area and the glacier ski area is via the Golden Gate to the Glacier connecting lift. Modern cable cars, starting from at least 6 points of the resort, are lifted to the BIG 3 peaks above 3000 meters above sea level. For example, the Gaislachkoglbahn cable car, equipped with two modern lifts, reaches the Gaislachkogl mountain (one of the peaks of BIG 3).
The new lifts have 3 record characteristics: one of them, an eight-seat gondola lift, carrying 3600 people per hour, has the largest capacity in the world for eight-seat gondola lifts. The second is a 3-cabin cable car with cabins for 30 people. Today it is the highest 3-cable car in the world (3040 m), and it is the only designed and operating lift of this type. In the event of evacuation, passengers are not required to leave the cabins, but are safely delivered to the station.
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