Sölden


 

Sölden is a big place with big ambitions. The many glaciers, mountains and meadows which surround it on all sides make Sölden the largest municipality in Austria with a surface area of 466.97 square kilometres – even bigger than the capital Vienna.

Sölden is a big place with big ambitions, so it is somehow fitting that this village at the end of the Ötztal Valley is the official European training base of the US Ski Team. Sölden also traditionally hosts the first race of the Ski World Cup every year in late October on the Rettenbachferner glacier, where you will find many locals cheering on American ski stars such Mr Giant Slalom, Ted Ligety.

The village itself covers only around one square kilometre, yet the many glaciers, mountains and meadows which surround it on all sides make Sölden the largest municipality in Austria with a total surface area of 467 square kilometres. Sölden has a population of around 3,300 inhabitants and records two million overnight stays per year in the 15,000 beds available in its hotels and guesthouses. Until a few decades a remote farming village, Sölden these days has a wealth of experience in giving holidaymakers exactly what they need and want: plenty of snow, majestic mountains over 3,000 metres, and more lifts and pistes than even ambitious skiers could hope to cover in a week. And, last but not least, visitors to Sölden can look forward to plenty of fun, action and entertainment away from the slopes.


One of the toughest and most popular roadbike events in the world for amateurs and semi-professional cyclists starts and ends in Sölden. Participants cover 5,500 vertical metres of climbing along a 238km course., © Ötztal Tourismus/Ernst Lorenzi
Ötztal Bike Marathon

One of the toughest and most popular roadbike events in the world for amateurs and semi-professional cyclists starts and ends in Sölden. Participants cover 5,500 vertical metres of climbing along a 238km course.

Mountain village of Vent, © Ötztal Tourismus/Bernd Ritschel
Mountain village of Vent
The opening race of the Ski World Cup in late October also marks the start of a long and intense winter season in Sölden., © Ötztal Tourismus/Markus Geisler
Ski World Cup

The opening race of the Ski World Cup in late October also marks the start of a long and intense winter season in Sölden.

Ambitious skiers looking for a challenge should try the BIG3, a 50km ski safari taking in the three big mountains in Sölden – the Gaislachkogl, the Tiefenbachkogl and the Schwarze Schneid – in just one day. But beware, with so many pistes to ski and so few hours to do it, don’t expect to spend much time admiring the modern cable cars, fine food and breathtaking views!, © Ötztal Tourismus/Markus Bstieler
BIG3

Ambitious skiers looking for a challenge should try the BIG3, a 50km ski safari taking in the three big mountains in Sölden – the Gaislachkogl, the Tiefenbachkogl and the Schwarze Schneid – in just one day. But beware, with so many pistes to ski and so few hours to do it, don’t expect to spend much time admiring the modern cable cars, fine food and breathtaking views!

Ski hard – party harder! After all that exercise in the fresh mountain air there is no better way to unwind than with a bit of après ski. Indeed, with so many famous stars based in Sölden you may even bump into a few world-class skiers at the bar!, © Ötztal Tourismus/Rudi Wyhlidal
Après ski

Ski hard – party harder! After all that exercise in the fresh mountain air there is no better way to unwind than with a bit of après ski. Indeed, with so many famous stars based in Sölden you may even bump into a few world-class skiers at the bar!

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