Solden

Overview

Solden is a traditional village high in the Oetz valley just before the resort of Obergurgl. Situated at 1380m on a busy through road it isn't really a charmer and has the ambience of a small town rather than a ski village. Having said that when you move off the main road there are quieter and more picturesque areas of this resort. Although not hugely popular with us Brits the resort is gaining in popularity and reputation and it wont be long before before its demand will be similar to that of Ischgl. In contrast, the resort is very well known and very popular with the Germans, Scandinavians, and Austrians.

The ski area is high ranging from 1380m to 3250m and has the added benefit of two glaciers which result in the main ski season starting in November and finishing in May. Solden has a very efficient lift system with the two main departure points being at opposite ends of the village, although there can be some bottlenecks at certain busy periods in busy spots. There is a regular bus service that operates around the resort which is required owing to the size of the town.

Beginners, in truth, are better going elsewhere. The resort feels busy and can look a little intimidating. The nursery area is accessed by two drag lifts and sits above Solden in an area called Innerwald. This facility is actually very good  but progression means taking the gondola up to Giggijoch and skiing the blue runs there. Beginners will be far better off in Obergurgl

Intermediates will love Solden from early intermediates right through to those bordering on advanced. There are a vast array of testing red runs mainly above the tree line. Some of the blacks are easy enough for an intermediate to tackle and for those that are more timid a good selection of blues, but be warned some of these can get busy.

The black runs vary from easier to expert terrain. There are plenty of verticals for experts and lots of off-piste opportunities to the higher end skier. Some of the red pitches are decent too and overall good skiers will love this resort. 

Boarders will be delighted with the ski area. Yes, there are a few drags owing to the glaciers but as with skiers what's good for the goose is good for the gander. There are also a couple of terrain parks, the best being the Swatch snowpark on the Giggijoch.


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Positive

  • Above average lift system
  • Glacier skiing and good snow reliability
  • Rocking apres ski
  • Resort prices are not too expensive
  • Great ski area for intermediates and advanced skiers

Negative

  • Village is spread out with busy main road
  • Inconvenient nursery slopes
  • Resort can be too lively for some

Offslope/apres ski

Solden has a sports centre with a swimming pool & an ice rink for those looking for activity away from the slopes. Further a field there is an amazing thermal spa centre called the Aqua Dome at Langenfeld; this can be reached by a short free bus service. Non skiers also have a weekly programme of event plus the usual sleigh rides, ice climbing, snowshoeing, etc.

Dining out in Solden offers a plethora of opportunities with anything from pizzas to good Tyrolean food.

Solden's apres ski is legendary. it starts in the mountain bars and piste-side watering holes from as early as 3pm. The bars on the Giggijoch are in full swing from 3pm to 6/7pm and then the focus alters to the village centre. Fire and Ice is rammed every night until 3am and other bars are equally as popular. The Lucky Shag is normally very busy too as is the Schirmbar. Table top dancing is the norm here and for those wanting a more seedy scene then the lap dancing bars will not disappoint! 

 

Our View

Extensive ski area boiasting not one but two glaciers & a buzzing après ski scene.

 

At a glance

Chalets:
4
Hotel & Apartments:
7
Pistes:
146km
Resort height:
1380m
Top station:
3250m

Suitability

Experts:
4 stars
Intermediates:
5 stars
Beginners:
2 stars
Non-Skiers:
2 stars
Scenery:
3 stars
Resort charm:
2 stars
Nightlife:
4 stars