Solden Ski Holidays

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The Austrian ski resort of Sölden sits in the Ötztal valley of Tyrol, Austria, at an altitude of 1,350m. With two soaring glaciers and sweeping slopes running up to a dizzying 3,250m, Sölden enjoys typically excellent snow coverage from early-to-mid December right through to the end of April — and often beyond!

It’s a traditional mountain town at heart but the resort is today big and bustling, with a busy main road and sprawling new hotels, apartments and chalets spread along the valley. 

Getting There

Getting to Sölden is very easy, with Innsbruck airport located a mere 1- to 1.5-hour drive away (83kms). Other than that, the airports of Munich and Zurich are within reach as well. In resort, there’s a good local bus service running through town and out to the local lifts and gondolas. 

When to Go

With groomed pistes running from 1,350 metres above sea level to a dizzying 3,250 m, Solden is not a resort with a snowfall problem! Visitors can enjoy the resort’s expansive ski area and lively après ski scene from season’s opening in December all the way through to the end of April. Skiers and snowboarders here have access to two glaciers, with outstanding snow coverage and an impressively swift and modern ski lift infrastructure. 


Solden offers one of the loudest and liveliest après ski scenes in the Austrian Alps, and this makes it a great resort choice for the festive Christmas and New Year weeks. Snow coverage is typically superb from December onwards, and the welcoming bars and restaurants offer everything you need to enjoy festive cheer beneath the soaring alpine peaks.


At this altitude, January and February in Solden are cold – but the low temperatures and regular fresh snowfall mean the pistes are typically in wonderful condition. February is also the time for the schools’ busy half term week – a very popular time for kids and families to visit the Alps. But skiers and boarders in Solden have little to worry about… Lift queues are obviously longer during this popular time, but the area’s chairlifts and gondolas can easily handle the extra volume of traffic. 


Spring skiing in Solden is wonderful, with Easter snowfall typically followed by blue skies and bright sunshine. The high altitude means the terrain parks survive the warmer weather well until late-April, and the two glaciers offer groomed pistes and superb snow coverage to season’s end. If you’re considering Austria for a late-season ski, be sure to consider Solden among your ski resort choices!

Where to Stay

For many years, Sölden was little-known to the UK ski market, but this is changing. Today there’s a good selection of property available, with UK tour operators running holidays with travel and accommodation wrapped up into one handy package. And of course, being a well-established resort there’s a great range of diverse and welcoming independent hotels to consider as well.  

Getting around


Sölden is famous for its vibrant and buzzing après ski and nightlife offerings, and if you’re looking to hit the beers as hard as you slay the slopes then you’re in the right place! Après ski starts up the mountain each afternoon, and works its way down to resort with packed bars and partying into the night. (It’s worth noting here that although the resort’s nightlife is big, it’s perfectly possible to locate yourself away from the action and enjoy a relaxed and peaceful holiday!)

Bars to try out during your time in Sölden include Eugen's Obstlerhutte, Philip’s and the Schirmbar. For a drink and a dance after long days out exploring the pistes, there’s nothing finer! Ice Q on the Gaislachkogl peak, Lople Alm, Huhnersteign, Stabele and Panorama Alm are also well worth a close look.

Eating out

There’s a good range of restaurants in Solden, offering up heart dishes to suite a wide range of palates and budgets.

Good for Couples

Hotel Bergland

Dorfstraße 114


+43 5254 22400

Good for Couples

Otztaler Stube

Das Central Hotel

Auweg 3


+43 5254 22600

Good for Family


Gemeindestraße 8


+43 5254 26 74

Good for Friends


Dorfstraße 27


+43 5254 2272


Sölden is all about the skiing and partying, but away from the slopes there’s a good range of non-ski activities to engage in. Visitors can try their hand at parapente, take to the ice and go skating, enjoy a relaxing swim, catch the latest flicks at the cinema, serve up a treat on the tennis courts of even have a go at ice-driving! For a spot of pampering, the Freizeit Aqua Center has a swimming pool and sauna. The Aqua Dome at Langenfeld is also only half an hour away on the bus.

Dog Sledding


+43 5254 3100

Freizeit Aqua Center


+43 5254 2514

Ice Driving


+49 89 1250 16 444



+43 5254 3100

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Getting around

Family ski

For parents skiing with the kids, Sölden is not widely considered a strong resort choice. High altitude, steep terrain, limited beginner-friendly terrain and sometimes tricky ski access combine to make things a little challenging for families in Sölden. Plus, the après ski and nightlife scene is huge, so it’s typically on the rowdy side. If you and the family are considering Solden for your next ski holiday, the quieter village of Hochsolden sits higher up the valley with a far more peaceful atmosphere. Alternatively, Obergurgl or the Nasserein side of St Anton are ideal for families. 

Group Ski

Solden offers groups of skiers not one but two glaciers to explore (with slopes running up to an impressive three thousand metres-plus), modern and swift lifts, and wonderfully lively and vibrant après ski. These factors combine to make the resort more and more popular on the international ski scene each winter season that passes, and it’s a great option for groups of skiers looking to party as hard as they ski! 

Here, groups will find a good range of accommodation – including chalets and hotels with UK flights and transfers rolled into the package – plus diverse terrain perhaps most ideally suited to intermediate skiers and snowboarders. 

Regarding the skiable terrain, there’s a great snow park to hit, and plenty of superb off-piste terrain to explore – especially up on the glaciers where fresh snow falls regularly throughout the winter season. Overall, Solden is a fine resort choice for groups of friends keen to ski together, but for larger gatherings of families with youngsters, it’s not perhaps the best resort choice to make. 


Parents in need of childcare during their Sölden holiday have limited options, but one facility you can turn to is the Skischule Soelden, where kids are welcomed from 6 months to 3 years of age for kindergarten. Parents don’t have to register in advance — you can just arrive at the meeting point — and child minders staff the kindergarten from Sunday to Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For older kids, the Bobo Kids’ Club is part of the Sölden-Hochsölden ski school, and offers both ski lessons and childcare services. Kids can meet and mingle with youngsters of the same age, and engage in a variety of different fun activities while parents explore the slopes .

The Piste

Sölden is home to a total of 145km of groomed pistes, with nearly 50% graded blue, just over 33% graded red and the remaining 20% graded black. This is an intermediate and advanced skier’s resort, with limited learner terrain. Lifts are very swift and modern, though the base gondolas are set a distance from the town so many visitors use the bus for ski access. At this altitude, the vast majority of the pistes sit above the treeline. This has the advantage of spectacular mountain views, but it’s a bit grim when bad weather sets in!  

Freestyle fans can hit Sölden’s impressive terrain park — Area 47 — which is so good it even has its own website; Area 47 is sponsored by some of the outdoor adventure world’s biggest names (think Oakley and GoPro), and is home to a dazzling array of kickers, rails and boxes in the impressive jib area. ‘The Wedge’ is a mighty kicker built for the 2016 season big enough to turn all but the most confident park rat’s knees to jelly, and — as the site confirms — it’s so gnarly it was build with the snow of three avalanches! So not the spot for learner freestylers, then…  

If open powder fields and deep carves through powdery snow are more your thing, Sölden delivers in abundance. Two towering glaciers dominate the resort’s skyline and beneath their soaring peaks you’ll find plenty of the steep and deep. With regular snowfall and expansive off-piste terrain, Sölden is a top resort choice for keen off-piste skiers and snowboarders. As ever, booking a guide is a great way to help ensure you see the best of the off-piste terrain available in comparative safety. If you’re looking for long pistes and mile-hungry skiing, Sölden’s terrain isn’t hugely expansive but the pistes are long — some up to 15km!  

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