Sölden glacier ski area
Hot Spot of the scene but still an insider tip
With a surface covering more than 20 km², Sölden's glacier ski area ranks among the largest in Tirol and all Austria. At high Alpine altitudes between 2675 and 3250 meters, snow is always guaranteed on the scenic mountain flanks of Rettenbach and Tiefenbachferner. A ski tunnel connects both glacier ski mountains where 34.5 km of slopes await snow aficionados and pleasure-seeking skiers. In the pre-winter months you can enjoy surprisingly uncrowded slopes.
The glacier road is open again from the 12.04. until the 05.05.2019.
(Please consider that the road can be closed due to avalanches and other natural incidents.)
Slopes of all difficulty levels
Sporty and ambitious snow fans will appreciate the red and black slopes of Rettenbach Glacier where also international ski teams are improving both technique and speed. In addition, experienced hobby skiers enjoy the well-groomed, demanding runs down the steep World Cup slope. A challenge suitable only for very experienced and skilled skiers. Not without reason, the giant slalom of Sölden is one of the toughest in the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup calendar.
Neighboring Tiefenbach Glacier offers less thrilling slopes, mostly blue and red pistes. The gentler and much flatter terrain provides top skiing fun to beginners and slightly advanced. There is something for all ages and skill levels: thanks to the connecting lifts (6SK Seiterkar - SL Seiterjöchl) and the Schwarze Schneid ski tunnel at 3240 m, Rettenbach and Tiefenbach are linked and accessible from both sides.
Mountain lifts and gondolas
8 modern mountain lifts take skiers and snowboarders up the glacier ski mountains.
In theory, they have a total capacity of approx. 16,500 people per hour. In practice, unlimited skiing pleasure is guaranteed without any waiting times in early autumn.
The starting point of most mountain lifts are the base stations at Rettenbach and Tiefenbach Glaciers which can be easily reached by car or bus via the highest Panoramic Road in the Eastern Alps.
The Place to be: Alpine Ski World Cup, Ski Tests & Events
Since 1993, the international skiing scene has been ringing in the racing season at Rettenbach Glacier. Top stars like Marcel Hirscher, Ted Ligety, Anna Fenninger, Mikaela Shiffrin & many more have already competed on the legendary World Cup slope, applauded by the enthusiastic crowd who can overlook almost the entire slope from the finish arena.
Anyway, the glacier has become a cult meeting point in the autumn months: the season's latest trends are presented on occasion of countless events offering free material and equipment tests for passionate ski fans. Sports retailers and selected customers are invited to try over 1000 pairs of top skis from leading ski brands in Europe's unique Ski Test Center at Rettenbach Glacier.
Tip: Every second year in spring, "Hannibal - The Glacier Spectacle" takes place on the natural glacier stage of Rettenbach high above Sölden.
Glacier skiing in spring
Even well-traveled skiers get together again at Rettenbach and Tiefenbach Glaciers in March, April and early May because there are hardly any slopes left in the Alps that offer such perfect conditions. Especially in the morning, the corn snow slopes unfold their irresistible charm thanks to mild temperatures and bright sunshine: a true paradise for leisurely skiers!
In addition to sports and activities, the cozy sun terraces of the mountain restaurants await you in the afternoon after a couple of wonderful snow sports hours. One of the essential accessories: your sunscreen with a high sun protection factor.