Solden, located not far from Innsbruck, is for the adventurous skier by day and the party animal by night. Extremely popular with the lively young Dutch and German crowd, Solden is located in a tree-filled valley and sprawls along two banks of a river and main road. There is ample accommodation in traditional Tyrolean-style buildings and the nightlife is very lively.
Solden has played host to several Alpine Ski World Cup meets and is regarded as a leading ski and snowboard center in Europe. Now it is slowly being discovered on the international ski vacation map outside the continent too.
Solden has invested a great deal in its new lifts that take skiers to its home slopes. These offer exciting terrain for the adventurous intermediate. State of the art mountain railways will transport you without a wait to areas that promise ultimate skiing fun. The entire region boasts over 147 km of immaculate ski runs for all levels and abilities of skiers. The wide variety of ski runs are divided into 73 km of blue trails (easy), 45 km of red ski runs (intermediate) and 23 km of black pistes (difficult); hence this entire ski region has something for both beginners and advanced skiers.
The Giggijoch area provides the perfect terrain for beginners and intermediate skiers. The fairly extensive network of slopes is well suited to adventurous intermediates while the ski area’s challenging Gaislachkogel peak offers both steep slopes for experts and fantastic off-piste routes for adventurers. Boarders can revel in the Giggijoch Boarders’ Park.
Solden’s other attraction is the easy reach it provides to two glaciers, the Rettenbach and Tiefenbach glaciers. The winter ski area is conveniently connected to the glacier ski area by the “Golden Gate to the Glacier” lifts. You can also easily reach the glacier slopes on your skis, starting from the town center of Solden. The Rettenbach Glacier’s “Schwarze Schneide” area offers the valley’s most outstanding vertical ski run of 12.8 km long with 1,880m vertical drop. The six km Rettenbachtal Ski Route ranks high with skiing enthusuaists. Both glaciers are guaranteed to have snow runs and the Tiefenbach glacier boasts of a serious mile long slope that challenges the expert.