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Après-ski until the early hours of the morning, guests from all four corners of the world, top events – Sölden is one of the most buzzing winter destinations in the Alps and just so happens to offer fantastic glacier skiing.
Every October, Sölden attracts the world's best skiers to the Ötztal Valley for the now traditional opening event of the FIS Ski World Cup. It is little surprise that this major event has taken place here for many years. After all, Sölden offers a wide range of pistes for all abilities and snowsure conditions on a glacier reaching up to an incredible 3340 metres above sea level. The season sometimes even begins as early as September and extends all the way through until May. Sölden is the only ski resort which has three mountains over 3000m in altitude, known as the "Big 3". From the highest point in the resort, the Schwarze Schneide at 3,340m, there is a wide 15km descent all the way back down to the bottom of the resort.
Sölden is especially well-known for its top events such as the spectacular "Hannibal" reinactment and the Electric Mountain Festival. It is also home to many cosy restaurants serving good local food as well as huts and bars with plenty of après-ski fun. Indeed, Sölden has earned itself the nickname "Ibiza of the Alps" thanks to its wild nightlife.
Ski touring enthusiasts can explore the many surrounding mountains, including Tirol's highest peak, the Wildspitze, while freestylers will enjoy the funparks and speed freaks can see how fast they are on special race courses. There are also a number of mogul runs. The Rettenbach glacier is the more challenging of the two glaciers, with families and beginners normally heading for the wide, gentle slopes of the Tiefenbach glacier. And even if Mother Nature is a little slow to get going at the start of the season, 67% of the slopes are equipped with snowmaking facilities.