Ski & Snow

Sunshine Skiing at its very Finest

As true winter sport enthusiasts, our team is always in search of ski destinations where snow lasts until late spring – even in warm and sunny weather conditions. And there is a yearly must-visit: Sölden! This prime ski area in the Ötztal Alps offers superb skiing until late April or May thanks to the Rettenbach and Tiefenbach Glacier slopes. Sölden as a winter sport destination in late spring is strongly recommended by Take a look at four convincing reasons:

Pisten zwischen Giggijoch und Rotkogljoch in Sölden
The ski slopes of Giggijoch and Rotkogljoch are perfectly suitable for less skilled winter sport fans, offering superb snow conditions until late spring.
©, Florian Weis / Ötztal Tourismus

Three 3.000 m high peaks & two glaciers

Due to the Big 3 – three skiable mountains: Gaislachkogl (3058m), Tiefenbachkogl (3250m), Schwarze Schneide (3367m) – and the two glacier ski areas of Rettenbach and Tiefenbach, Sölden stands for absolute snow reliability from September through May. An average season lasts more than 230 days, that’s twice as long as in other Austrian ski resorts.

Altitudes between 1350 and 3250 meters above sea level are just normal in Sölden, one of the 10 highest and snow-surest ski areas in Austria. Average snow depth amounts to approximately 185 centimeters on the mountain. Plus: spectacular panoramic views, superb sunbathing terraces and loads of skiing fun also in the late winter season.

Sunshine and heart-opening mountain views

Sonnenbaden auf der Terrasse am Wirtshaus Giggijoch in Sölden
No less than 33 huts and mountain inns are spread over the Sölden Ski Area. “Wirtshaus am Giggijoch” is sun-kissed all day long. @, Florian Weis / Ötztal Tourismus

Sölden ranks among the top ski destinations in spring: perfect snow conditions, bright sunshine and stunning views of the Alpine scenery add to a memorable holiday. There is nothing more beautiful than sitting on a sunny terrace after a couple of exciting hours on the slopes, and admiring the countless three thousand meter high peaks of the Ötztal and Stubai Alps. On clear days you can even make out Northern Italy’s Dolomites.

Three splendid vantage platforms invite you to take a rest at Gaislachkogl, Tiefenbachkogl and Schwarze Schneide. Here you can indulge in the Alps’ best panoramic views while culinary delights await you on the countless mountain huts. Choose from varied attractive Sunshine Skiing Packages made to measure for spring skiing aficionados: Sölden is the place to be!

State-of-the-art snow making system

Its convenient location at the heart of the Ötztal Alps is not enough for snow guarantee throughout the winter season. Therefore Bergbahnen Sölden (mountain lift company) has installed exactly 363 snow-making devices, ranking among the most modern systems world-wide. Further future-oriented investments are on the yearly agenda.

In Sölden you’ll find 255 fan snow guns installed in a certain location, 34 lance-shaped snow producers and 74 movable snow-making devices (last updated: March 2017). In total, 76% of all ski slopes feature snow-making systems.

Beschneiungskanone in Sölden im Ötztal
Sölden has one of the most modern snow-making systems world-wide. It covers incredible 111 slope kilometers. ©, Patrick Potstada / Ötztal Tourismus

Three water reservoirs and twelve pump stations provide the giant snow-making system with enough water. A big part comes from the Ötztaler Ache river after filtering and treating it with ultraviolet rays – it has drinking water quality. Huge amounts of water are also collected in water reservoirs during the summer months. One thing is for sure: winter sport lovers can enjoy ultimate skiing also in late winter.

Lodgings for all tastes

A quite important fact when planning a holiday in spring: Sölden has not only fabulous slope conditions but also all types of lodging categories. Be it a charming apartment for self-catering holidays, a rustic inn, a family-run guesthouse, a lovely 3 Star Hotel or even a 5 Star Deluxe Retreat – Sölden offers everything you could possibly desire for a memorable and quite inexpensive ski vacation.

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Patrick Potstada, marketing and content manager of, enjoys the viewing platform on Tiefenbachkogl.
©, Florian Weis / Ötztal Tourismus

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Patrick Potstada, marketing and content manager at TouriSpo GmbH & Co. KG, focuses on Germany’s biggest winter sports portal Mountain sports have been his great passion ever since he was a child. In summer, he loves hiking and climbing. In winter, the ski slopes are his home base. He is especially attracted by endless top-to-bottom runs or spectacular loop tours on skis. In the wintry mountains he is completely in his element.



Author Gastautor

... varied guest authors write about their adventures and experiences in the Ötztal / in Sölden / in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl.

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