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It doesn’t matter which bit of the Ötztal, a 65 km-long alpine valley in the Austrian Tirol, you choose. You’re guaranteed an amazing winter holiday.
Sölden is the biggest ski resort in the Ötztal, with 144 km of skiing on offer. The snow is so reliable here that it plays host to the AUDI FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Opening on Rettenbach Glacier, and the party doesn’t give up until the following May. Time your visit right to experience world class DJs at the monthly Electric Mountain Parties, while the 9 Knights + Queens event is one of the highlights of the freestyle calendar. iceQ is another must-visit. This striking glass building may have posed as an exclusive clinic in James Bond blockbuster Spectre, but it’s actually a gourmet restaurant serving up both swanky Austrian cuisine and awe-inspiring vistas.
15 minutes further up the Ötztal, lies Obergurgl-Hochgurgl. With skiing between 1800 m and 3080 m, it’s known for being one of the most snow-sure resorts in the Alps, opening in November and closing in late-April. And it’s not just skiers that flock here — Obergurgl-Hochgurgl is also home to the Top Mountain Crosspoint, a spectacular building housing Europe’s highest motorcycle museum.
In the other direction, towards the valley’s mouth, is the Ötztal’s best-kept secret: Hochoetz. With a good mix of slopes, quaint mountain inns and a homely atmosphere, it’s a real winner for families, and a great way to experience the wonders of this unique alpine valley.