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Winter sport fans who strap on their skis in Sölden rightly have high demands when it comes to mountain lifts, slopes and services in the ski area. Bergbahnen Sölden and Ötztal Tourismus never stand still in order to guarantee an overall experience at the highest level. Whatever happens in the ski area - new infrastructures, improved performance, attractive highlights - here you will receive first-hand information.
WINTER SKI AREA OPENING
From Mon, 11 Jan to Tue, 26 Jan the following operating hours will apply:
|Friday - Sunday|
|Monday - Thursday|
|Open lifts are in operation from 9:00 am bis 3.30 pm.|
Toilettes open at the bottom and top station of the Gaislachkogl and Giggijoch gondola (Fri-Sun).
No skibus service.
For using the mountain gondolas and chairlifts with wind protection shields as well as when queuing at the cash desk and at the ski lift, wearing an FFP2 face mask is required by law for adults and children from 14 years!
Children between 6 and 13 years of age do not need an FFP2 face mask, but must wear an appropriate nose and mouth cover (NMC).
A regular nose and mouth cover is sufficient for both adults and children on chairlifts without wind protection shields as well as on T-bar lifts and moving carpets.
CASH DESK OPENING HOURS
The cash desks at the Gaislachkoglbahn (daily) and Giggijochbahn (Fri - Sun) are open from 9.00 am to 4.30 pm.
|The glacier road is closed (winter closure).|
Ski Area Map 2D / 3D
In general, ALL SKI SLOPES in the Sölden Ski Area are GROOMED DAILY by using 23 state-of-the-art snow-grooming machines. In good weather (no precipitation) grooming works start every day at 4.30 pm and end approximately at 11.00 pm – if needed also much later.
Perfectly prepared ski runs require enough freezing time during the night.
In case of night-time snowfalls the snow-grooming machines are also in operation from 6.00 am in the morning in order to flatten the freshly fallen snow.
But in this case the problem is that the freshly fallen snow doesn't combine well with the old layer of snow. Therefore the ski runs tend to become mogul pistes very quickly.
Sometimes our guests think that there was no snow-grooming at all. But in some cases with very little fresh snow it's better not to prepare the slopes again in the morning to avoid more harm.
This decision is made daily by the responsible ski slope manager, based upon consultation with the snow grooming operators. The preparation of a ski slope during operating hours of the ski area is far too dangerous and will therefore be avoided.
The avalanche danger level on the ski slopes within the Sölden Ski Area is evaluated daily by an independent commission of experts.Right in time before the mountain lifts are going in operation, the ski slopes in the entire ski area are controlled on-site. Then the commission decides about all the necessary safety measures (avalanche blasting, etc.).Evaluating the level of avalanche hazard is necessary not only with freshly fallen snow but also on windy days as the wind factor ranks among the most dangerous avalanche triggersat.
The snow-grooming activities can start only after appropriate maintenance and safety works on the ski slopes, followed by a positive report of the local avalanche safety committee. Also during the day precipitations, strong winds or warming up periods can cause the closing of certain ski slopes or sections if the responsible avalanche safety committee confirms the high level of danger..
Strong winds can influence considerably the safety of mountain lift operation, depending on the type of mountain lift (gondola, cable car, chair lift, T-bar lift, ...), the geographic location (high altitude), the wind force and the wind direction.For measuring the different wind force levels and directions a number of technical devices are available. In combination with longstanding personal experience, up-to-date weather reports and accurate observation of the mountain lifts (swinging) by the service staff on-site, these technical facilities help to make important decisions. Together with the operating manager the entire team decides about the safety of every single ski lift. Special wind conditions affecting only small areas (e.g. mountain lift top stations) can also result in the interruption of the mountain lift operation. Sometimes these very specific and local disturbances only affect the high Alpine regions and are hardly understandable if your are down in the valley.
In the 2020/2021 season, the Sölden glacier ski area is currently closed. The Sölden winter ski area is in operation from Thursday, 24 December 2020, to Sunday, 25 April 2021. HERE you can find all detailed season times.
Yes, as long as no other information has been communicated on our website or our social media channels, Sölden can be reached without any problem. Our live information pages from the Sölden ski area will always keep you up-to-date.
No, the road to Sölden is currently open - provided no other information has been communicated on our website or our social media channels. The latest ski area information from Sölden including news ticker will keep you up-to-date and inform you about any road blocks.
Thanks to the glacier ski area you can enjoy skiing in Sölden until Sunday, 02 May 2021. The Sölden winter ski area closes its mountain lifts on Sunday, 25 April 2021. HERE you can find all detailed season times.