Ski Range 1,377 – 3,340m
Skiing in Sölden is mainly above the tree line between 2,000–3,340 metres although there are some excellent red and black runs through the trees to the village and one long meandering blue, ideal for less experienced skiers.
The vertical skiing here will take your breath away and hardened skiers will be enthralled by the descents; one being 15 kms (more than nine miles) long with an impressive drop of 1,970 metres. Overall Sölden offers 150 kms of excellent skiing with runs for all abilities.
There are some “real” red runs around the area, some tricky and tough, especially from the Giggijoch to the Rettenbachtal. However, the real highlights are the glaciers and skiers will be mesmerised when entering the “Golden Gate Way” to these two high-altitude glaciers and the amazing ski areas they both offer. Both the glacier areas have a good range of runs so beginners and experts alike can experience the thrill of skiing high above the valley amidst some of Austria’s most spectacular peaks.
For snowboarders Sölden doesn’t disappoint either. as it offers its own dedicated snowboard park in the Giggijoch area with eight kickers of different sizes, and 20 jibs including rails, boxes, wall ride and jib cans. Alternatively the Gaislachkogl area boasts slopes that offer a real blast for boarders.
Ski The Big 3
Sölden’s three ultimate mountain summits are each above 3,000 metres and include the peaks above the two glaciers, the Schwarze Schneide (3,370 metres) above the Rettenbach Glacier, the Tiefenbachkogl (3,250 metres) above the Tiefenbach Glacier, and the Gaislachkogl (3,058 metres). Each of these mountain tops has its own impressive viewing platform offering spectacular 360º panoramas and stunning views of surrounding peaks.
The Tirol’s highest peak-the Wildspitze at 3,776m-can be seen from the breathtaking footbridge next to the top of the Tiefenbach gondola terminal and if you’re a Bond film fan, you cannot miss the fabulous Ice Q restaurant at the summit of Gaislachkogl which features in “Spectre”. The skiing from all 3 peaks is superb, and the challenge for all skiers or boarders is the ‘Big 3 Rally’ with 50 kms of wonderful skiing between the three mountains where experts can push themselves for the ultimate ski experience.