Austria Ski Accommodation in Solden, Austria

Description

Solden was, until recently, relatively unknown to British skiers. This high altitude resort boasts two glaciers and an extensive network of slopes, coupled with excellent snow reliability. We believe it deserves a serious look, especially by keen intermediates.

Solden's ski area centres around three main peaks, each over 3,000m in height, giving you some fantastic snow conditions.
Take on the challenge of the 'Big 3 Rally' - a 50km signed tour of the pistes that will take you to all three peaks.

The town stretches for more than 2km along the valley floor, its traditional Tirolean-style buildings, countless restaurants, bars and shops lining either side of the main road. Solden is a vibrant resort with a great atmosphere.

Glacier skiing is literally the tip of the iceberg in this resort.


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Apres

Aside from outstanding altitude and glacier skiing, Solden offers a nightlife to rival or better any other resort in the whole of Austria (including St Anton!) Whether you’re in the mood for a quiet beer in the sun with a brass band playing traditional Austrian songs or you’re keen for beer-swilling, foot stomping, table-top dancing oompah après ski until the wee hours of the morning, you’ll find it all here in Solden! The highlights are too many to mention, but here’s a rundown of a few venues where you’ll really be able to let your hair down and get into the swing of things!

Fire and Ice is a popular town centre bar where you can enjoy a beer in the sun while watching the world go by, but after about 8pm it gets far rowdier! The bar is open from 3pm to 3am daily all winter long, and regularly plays host to some of Austria’s finest euro-pop songsters! If you’re curious to understand what makes Austrian après ski so bad, yet at the same time to unashamedly good then you should pay this bar a visit! http://www.apresskisoelden.at/en/fire-ice.html

For a cool beer on the mountain after a hard day on the slopes, pop into Bubi’s Schi & Almhutte where you’ll experience the full force of Tyrolean hospitality! Host Klaus welcomes you in with a fine array of local snacks and nibbles, though the menu itself is also full of treats. The music swings from rock and pop to Austrian euro trash classics, and live bands play regularly. http://www.bubis-schihuette.at/index.php?id=6

The Black and Orange Rock Bar is another very lively town centre bar/club. Open well into the night, few revellers leaving this bar at closing time ever manage to hit first lifts the next morning, or indeed any lifts for that matter! Black and Orange is an atmospheric and friendly bar with a great drinks list and a good events calendar of live music and bands, certainly well worth a look if you’re planning to make a night of it. http://www.blackandorange.at/index.html

Schirm Bar is another highlight on Solden’s lively pub crawl route and, like Fire and Ice, offers crazy après ski parties with DJ’s, live bands and drinks promotions for those that want them. The atmosphere in this venue is great and it’s worth a look if you’re making a night of it, though people seeking a quiet beer are better off elsewhere! http://www.apresskisoelden.at/de/schirm-bar.html


Eating out

Solden offers a wonderful range of dining options, whether it’s a quick bite in a mountain hut restaurant before heading back out onto the slopes or a full evening meal to experience real Tyrolean fare in-situ, you’ll certainly not be short of options here. Simple home cooking features in many of the restaurants in Solden, though international cuisine is also very popular so there’s something for everyone.

If you’re keen to experience high quality and tasty local cuisine then one place worth seeking out is the Alpenland restaurant in Solden town centre. The Alpenland’s food menu is matched by the quality of the wine list, and both are very good indeed. The décor is typical of the region too so you get the benefit of an authentic dining experience. It’s open every day from 11am to 10pm and is certainly worth seeking out. http://www.hotel-alpenland.com/37.0.html

Rauthalm is another great option for local cuisine but they also do a fine line in international fare, with dishes such as steak, pasta and the like being particularly popular. The spare ribs and pork knuckle are two highlights, of which the Rauthalm is justifiably proud. There’s an inside restaurant and an outside terrace for the spring months when the sun shines, and a pleasantly alpine décor completes the look. http://www.rauthalm.at/restaurant-tirol/restaurant.html

If you’re a family with young children looking for something a little more basic too keep the kids happy and well-fed, Pizzeria Onkel Tom is one of the best places to head to. Pizza, steak and pasta are the staples here, and diners can enjoy a wide range of international cuisine at prices which won’t break the bank.



Activities

Solden offers a wealth of off-mountain activities to enjoy, so whether you have non-skiers in the group or you simply fancy a day off the skis for a change, you can rest assured you won’t be bored in Solden! From extreme sports to ultimate pampering, this is a resort with an enormous amount to offer.

Cross country skiing is a great pursuit for those looking for something a little different on skis, and the gently rolling terrain outside Solden is perfect for it. Busses run regularly to Ötztal's superb cross country ski centre, so access is easy. The tracks run through shaded forest tracks offering spectacular scenery, and of course whether racing or cruising you can take things at your own pace. http://www.soelden.com/main/EN/SD/WI/Abseits_der_Piste/Aktivitaeten/Langlaufen/index.html

For daredevils, Solden offers parapente sessions from the top station of the Giggijoch gondola. Brave souls can ski or run down the slope, watch as the chute fills with air above their heads and spend a pleasant afternoon floating high above the peaks on the thermals. You’ll start off 2270 metres above sea level and parapenters typically experience a difference in altitude of around 900 metres, so you get a good run of it! In winter the landing spot is right next to the base of the Giggijoch gondola so you’ll have no trouble beginning and ending the session. Contact Parataxi at parataxi-soelden@aon.at

Snow-shoeing is a very popular pursuit in Solden, and the perfect way to experience the mountains away from the ski slopes. There are myriad trails running all through the area and some of the region’s most beautiful spots are only accessible on snow-shoes! You’ll find the trails all well signposted and the routes are dotted with picturesque mountain huts where you can stop and take a breather. More intrepid explorers can also hire a guide to take you off the beaten track and into the real wilderness, but it’s worth noting that some of the terrain can get challenging. There are 30 kilometres of cleared hiking trails around Solden and the Freizeit area of the tourist office has all the information freely available. http://www.soelden.com/main/EN/SD/WI/Abseits_der_Piste/Aktivitaeten/Winterwandern/Winterwandern/index.html

For something altogether more relaxing, visitors to Solden have access to one of Austria’s finest spa facilities, the Aqua Dome Spa Area. Here you can while away hours of blissful nothingness enjoying the facility’s many saunas, spas, pools and treatments. The wellness suite offers sauna parlour and tanning suite. You’ll also find a log cabin sauna (90°C), sanarium, herbal tepidarium (39°C) and steam and inhalation bath (42-45°C). The facility also offers indoor pools, outdoor spas, massage pools and lounge gallery with floor-to-ceiling windows. http://www.aqua-dome.at/de



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Although perhaps better known for its lively après ski, Solden remains a good option for families with children and there’s a good range of non-ski activities to enjoy if they want a break from the skiing.

Horse Carriage rides are popular, and a great way to show the children around this spectacular scenery in s slightly different way. The tracks run through snow-covered forest, along narrow paths and winter trails, providing a wonderful family experience for all. You can get more information at the tourist office in resort.

Ice skating is available, and is a popular pursuit in Solden amongst visitors, locals, young and old alike. The sport has a deep tradition in this area and the rink is a great place to come for a few hours off the snow, if needed. The season runs from 1 December to around March, and sessions normally run from 2pm to 9pm. It’s 5 Euros for adults and 4 Euros for children, with skate hire a little cheaper, payable separately. Curling and ice hockey sessions also takes place here if you don’t fancy just skating.

The sledging in Solden is the stuff of legend! The run here is 5 kilometres long, and floodlit into the night until 11pm so you can visit any time for thrills and spills to your heart’s content. There’s a minibus shuttle service from Solden to the run at Gaislachalm, and toboggan rental is of course available. You can either get more info at the tourist office or book in advance at the Hotel Alpenland (0043 5254 2365) or Gasthof Silbertal (0043 5254 2987)

The resort’s water facility, the Aqua Dome Spa Area, also boasts a separate area for families and children called Noah’s Alpine Children’s Ark. Here, kids can choose from playrooms, two big pools on a ship, youth pool, outdoor pools with private sandy beach and 90 metre giant water slide. There are also fully trained childcare personnel on hand who plan special events and games for kids to keep them fully entertained throughout the day. http://www.aqua-dome.at/en


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Solden, Austria Snow Report
Current conditions
Temp: -1° C
Wind: 12mph
Direction: sse
Conditions: Clear skies
New Snow
24hrs: 5cm
Snow Depth
Top: 245cm
Base: 20cm

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