Wintersports; mountains, fresh air, physical effort, schnitzels, Jägerbomb shots and friends.. A yearly event that took us this time to Sölden, Austria.
Although there are many wintersports locations, not every location will pass the test. Before we book our next wintersports trip, three things needs to be taken into account.
First of all, there needs to be (a lot of) snow! Of course in combination with mountain peeks between 2.500 – 3.000 metre in height. Secondly, the après-ski must be fantastic and last but not least, we prefer the less crowded pistes. So no holiday season, please.
Sölden passed our test and this blog tells you why Sölden is worth the visit!
Sölden and the Ötztal Arena
Sölden is located in the Ötztal Arena and is the biggest ski area. It offers 145 km of piste, two glaciers, three mountain peeks above three km and it has the longest downhill piste (fifteen km) in Austria! Many restaurants are located here and even James Bond went to Sölden for the James Bond Spectre movie!
Another big advantage is that you don’t have to wait long to go up to Giggijoch.
As you can see in the picture above, Sölden is located at an altitude of 1.377 metre. The gondola can be found next to the city center of Sölden and within a few minutes it takes you all the way up to Giggijoch. The Gondola cabins are brand new (built in 2016/2017) and have a capacity of ten persons. Every hour the gondola takes 4.500 persons to the top!
For the social media fans; the Giggijoch gondola offers free Wi-Fi as well. Posting videos and photos have never been so easy!
Accomodation – where to stay in Sölden
Every year we try to get the most descent accomodation for the best price. In order to succeed in this, we always book our wintersports during the summer holidays period.
In Sölden we had the pleasure to stay at Haus Herta. For one week (20 – 28th of January 2017) we paid the reasonable price of €550,00 per person, including a ski pass.
Haus Herta can be found 200 – 300 metres away from the city center ánd the gondola. Besides a perfect location, Haus Herta offered us a free entrance to the Freizeit Arena, a great breakfast and clean and spacious rooms.
The only thing we missed in Haus Herta was a kitchen. We had to go out for dinner every night. Bye bye money savings..
Insanely nice wideous pistes and plenty off-piste routes
The Sölden ski area offers 145 km of piste, which can be divided into 70 km of blue piste, 45 km of red piste and 30 km of black piste.
Since we were located in the city center of Sölden, we mainly spent our time in the Giggijoch area. My favorite route in this area started at the Rotkogljoch, I took piste red 12, followed by piste red 19 and piste red 21.
A great spot along the way is Eugens Obstlerhutte which provides meals, drinks, après-ski and the “Hit The Nail” game. Enjoy your stay!
Fifteen km piste – a must try
If you are done with the pistes 12, 19 and 21, try the fifteen km piste. It might sound quite romantic; going down for twenty minutes with breathtaking views between the mountains..
And to be honest, for a skier this is the perfect route! But for a snowboarder like me, there are some challenges along the way. The route itself starts with blue 32, followed by black 31 (hell yeah!) and blue 30. The last one is the most challenging for snowboarders; I stood still for three times! Although I liked the piste, this was really a once in a lifetime experience. Standing still is a no go for me..
Sölden’s favourite off-piste spot
If you love to go off-piste, draw tracks and having the feeling that you are snowboarding or skiing on clouds, you should definately try the following track!
To start you take the C37 chair elevator from the Giggijoch to the top of the black 14 piste. From there you go directly to the left and across the speed track. This is where the fun starts! Just follow the ridge and enjoy the ride!
Eventually it is possible to get back on the red 19 and ski or snowboard back to the Giggijoch station.
We hope we inspired you with this blog. If you have any questions or you need help with a Wintersports trip, please feel free to contact us! Don’t forget to check out our other Wintersports blog and video of Mayrhofen as well!