The unrivaled "place to be" for freeride beginners who are off the beaten tracks for the very first time. The (in most areas) extensive and only moderately steep terrain at Giggijoch (accessible via the feeder mountain gondola of the same name) offers truly ideal conditions to give the first powder turns a try. Speaking of "lift-assisted freeriding": if you only conquer a few meters of ascent after the lift ride you will be rewarded with the most exciting freeride adventures in untouched terrain.
Freeride Areas in Sölden
Two mountains & unlimited freeride prospective!
Is Sölden a freeride hot spot? Yes, of course! The ski resort is not only a superb base for amazing ski tours in high Alpine terrain, but also offers freeride runs that start right next to the marked ski slopes. Or can be easily reached by a short hike. The reward: powder runs with up to 2000 m of difference in altitude! The two freeride areas of Giggijoch and Gaislachkogl boast plenty of terrain for both beginners and already experienced powder acrobats.
Giggijoch Freeride Area: first turns & sprays in "pow"
Gaislachkogl Freeride Area: straight lines & cliff drops in steep couloirs
True freeride aficionados & powder acrobats will find their luck - and the very best snow - at 3040 m tall Gaislachkogl. Not only because of its altitude, but also due to the manifold northern "faces" and gullies promising knee-deep powder even in spring. Another advantage of Gaislachkogl mountain: the location allows powder runs at all directions - no matter if into Wasserkar, Rettenbach or Venter Tal valleys, the downhill adventures with up to 2000 m of difference in altitude are truly challenging. Narrow troughs in all facets, steep walls and cliff drops - Gaislachkogl has it all, you better watch out!
What do the two freeride areas have in common (in addition to the Langegg 6-person connecting chairlift)? Short, lift-assisted ascents and long, rewarding downhill runs.
Freeriding in Sölden - Hard facts:
- High Alpine terrain offering countless freeride variants
- More than 70 km of off-piste variants
- Freeride routes with up to 2000 m of difference in altitude
- Absolute snow reliability from November to May thanks to altitudes up to 3400 m and two glacier ski areas
- Starting point for myriad high Alpine ski tours
- Runs starting right next to the groomed ski slopes & short lift-assisted ascents
Ötztal Tourismus & Bergbahnen Sölden assume no liability for the listed freeride areas and strongly recommend to enlist a certified local freeride guide or mountain guide.
Before setting out on a freeride tour inform yourself about the current avalanche hazard level! A daily updated avalanche report (in the winter months) is offered by Tirol's avalanche warning service HERE on the official website.
Enter the free skiing terrain outside the secured slopes only with the appropriate equipment (avalanche transceiver, avalanche shovel, avalanche probe). Wearing an airbag backpack is strongly recommended - safety comes first!