Resort Profile: Sölden

By adamrowden, 20 Jul '12 at 09:28

Sölden is an Austrian ski resort that is located just an hour from Innsbruck. It is a brilliant resort for intermediate skiers and snowboarders, however, it is also popular for beginners. The more advanced riders out there can still have a great time as, if the weather is right, then you can come across vast untracked powdery vistas.

This resort really is underrated within the British scene, as you ride around you will barely hear an English voice and that is because most Brits head through Sölden on their way to Obergurgl. The nightlife in this place is brilliant too. If you like hair bands and 80s power ballads then you will never be left wanting and the party atmosphere that can be found in Sölden will rival any Austrian resort. There is a nightclub that is aptly named ‘The Lucky Shag’ and, if you are into this scene, there are also a collection of strip clubs... So there is something for everyone.

Anyway, away from the strippers and back to the mountain. Sölden has two major glaciers which means that the winter lasts longer than most and, even though the resort is not the largest in terms of distance, it sure feels bigger than it is. The slopes are huge and very open and are perfect for intermediates. There are extremely long runs and though it lacks a challenge for the more advanced riders on the piste, there is some good off piste riding to be had. The base lifts can be extremely busy first thing in the morning, but they level out after an hour so you should be ok.

One thing that Sölden does have is plenty of character. It baffles me why the Brits have yet to really take to such a wonderful resort and it is very popular with the Dutch, Russian and German visitors. It is quite expensive, which could be down to its proximity to Innsbruck, so if you do plan a trip there, make sure you take plenty of cash.

It is usually blessed with impressive snow and also plays host to the season opener for the FIS Alpine World Cup races.

The Highlights

- Massively underrated with Brits - you might be the first person you know to head there
- Great nightlife
- Long winters thanks to two large glaciers
- Fantastic for intermediate skiers and boarders
- Extremely warm and friendly locals
- Very wide runs
- Night skiing once a week
- Good snow conditions thanks to high altitude
- Two great terrain parks

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