|height at summit:||3250m|
|rail:||otztal - 45mins|
A high altitude resort with glacier skiing, Solden has a long ski season and is the venue for the opening World Cup races in October.
It also has a lively nightlife which has made it a popular resort. It may lack traditional charm but has great skiing to suit all levels and a good infrastucture.
The Sölden-Hochsölden-Gaislachkogl sector of the Ötztal Arena Ski Area has over 100km (60+ miles) of trails connected by a number of high capacity lifts and long runs, the greatest of which descends for 10km (6 miles) over a 1675 metre (5,500 feet) vertical. This however is now even bigger thanks to the lift link to the glaciers meaning that the 30 plus lifts, many of them state-of-the-art gondolas and chairs, links up to around 150km (90 miles) of runs. Another unusual aspect of the glacier skiing area is the Euro Test Centre where no less than 20 major international manufacturers have their latest designs available for rental to test, in autumn and winter
Sölden now has gondolas on three mountains more than 3000m high at the Rettencbach glacier, Tiefenbachkogl and Gaislachkogl. Each of these 'Big3' has a viewing platform at the top giving 360 degree views. There is also a 'B ig 3 Rally' to try, taking in more than 10,000m of vertical in around four hours of hard skiing.
In summer time the whole area is a fabulous destination to enjoy breathtaking mountain scenery and the hundreds of activities associated with this sort of environment.
Winter activities include:
Summer activities include:
|Eating out:||good choice eating places, including hotel restaurants. Simple pizzas, fondues, austrian specialities are all available.|
|Apres ski:||very lively apres ski. Live music, dancing (including on tables), and a range of atmosphere, from laid back to hectic, all available.|
|Non skiers:||marked walks, sports centre with adventure pool, saunas, steam roons and indoor tennis, Aquadome Spa in Langefeld (bus from Solden).|