Sölden Ski Area
Enjoy record beating facts at the Hotspot in the Alps
3 ski mountains higher than three thousand meters above sea level, 2 glacier ski areas and 144 slope kilometers of all difficulty levels: the Sölden ski area promises a maximum of variety during your skiing holiday in Tirol. There is more than enough snow for enjoyable turns between October and May. Not for nothing the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Opening traditionally takes place at Rettenbach Glacier where immaculate slopes await you already in the autumn months. Among the 31 top modern mountain lifts there are 2 of the most powerful feeder mountain gondolas world-wide, whisking snow sport fans right from the village center up to 3000 m above sea level without any waiting times.
The stuff that winter sports dreams are made of
Sölden offers snow galore, that's for sure.
3 further factors guarantee a snow-sure and extra-long winter sports season in Sölden:
• The high Alpine altitude of the ski resort, stretching from 1350 to 3340 meters. Incredible 2000 meters of difference in altitude!
• The 2 glacier ski areas of Rettenbach Glacier and Tiefenbach Glacier where early birds can start the ski season already in mid-September.
• The possibility to produce artificial snow on about 77% of all ski slopes.
From novice winter sport fans to slope kilometer aficionados who won't stop skiing until all lifts are closed: those who like it sporty, high Alpine and sunny above the tree line have found their winter paradise in Sölden. The 144 km of ski runs extend over several mountains in the west of Sölden and are perfectly groomed every day in all their length and width.
Beginners and upcoming carvers feel comfortable in the practicing area of Innerwald, on the wide slopes of Giggijoch and the inviting ski highways on the glacier. Talking about full speed carving: among advanced skiers the challenging runs down from Gaislachkogl peak and the really steep Ski World Cup slope are considered a challenge with a high fun factor.
The highlight for the enduring ones is the BIG 3 Rally leading to fabulous viewing platforms on 3 ski mountains higher than 3000 meters - burning thighs are rewarded with terrific views. Free-skiers can work on their tricks in the Snow Park at Giggijoch. As well for off-piste fans there is plenty of variety: freeriders for example, prefer the challenging deep powder slopes at Gaislachkogl peak.
- The longest downhill ski run leads from the BIG3 platform of Schwarze Schneide (3340 m) to the base station of Gaislachkogl mountain gondola (1370 m). Difference in altitude: 1970 m | Length: approx. 15 km
- The steepest slope is the Alpine Ski World Cup slope on Rettenbach Glacier: piste no. 31
- The best vantage point can be found at the BIG3 platform on Gaislachkogl (3048 m): right at the top station of Gaislachkogl mountain gondola, on the roof of the spectacular ice Q gourmet restaurant.
The Sölden ski area covers a total of 429 hectares of ski runs. Even if more than 10,000 skiers enjoy the downhill runs, there are around 400 m² of piste for each winter sports fan. On average, only 25 skiers can be found per hectare - a key factor for the safety of all guests.
144 km of slopes *
69.8 km of blue runs (48.6%)
44.8 km of red runs (31.1%)
27.4 km of black runs (19.0%)
2 km of ski routes (1.3%)
* How the slope kilometers are calculated:
Slope area / 30 m of average ski slope width
= slope length / slope kilometers
Mountain lifts and gondolas: world record in terms of comfort
Two of the most powerful feeder mountain gondolas worldwide are currently in Sölden where queueing is a thing of the past. However, only the two state-of-the-art gondola lifts of Gaislachkoglbahn (built in 2010) and Giggijochbahn (built in 2016) boast an hourly capacity of 8100 people.
In only 12 minutes you almost "float" from the village center - changing gondolas in the middle station - to 3040 meter tall Gaislachkogl. In less than 9 minutes you reach Giggijoch (2283 m). In addition to their capacity, the gondolas' base and mountain stations offer truly eye-catching elements, futurist architecture and pioneering solutions in terms of comfort.
Another lift highlight: the "Golden Gate to the Glacier" as a link between the winter and glacier ski areas. The 8-person gondola running high above Rettenbachtal is called - nomen est omen - Gletscherexpress (glacier express).
Facts, records, superlatives
✓ Absolute snow guarantee from October to May
✓ 2 of the most powerful feeder mountain gondolas worldwide
✓ 2000 meters of difference in altitude
✓ Linked winter and glacier ski areas
✓ 31 top modern mountain lifts
✓ 144 slope kilometers
✓ About 400 m² of skiable terrain per skier
✓ BIG3 – 3 mountains higher than 3000 meters
✓ ICE Q Gourmetrestaurant
✓ 007 ELEMENTS James Bond Installation
✓ 33 huts within the ski area