Après-ski until the early hours of the morning, guests from all four corners of the world, top events Sölden is one of the most buzzing winter destinations in the Alps and just so happens to offer fantastic glacier skiing.
Every October, Sölden attracts the world's best skiers to the Otztal Valley for the now traditional opening event of the FIS Ski World Cup. It is little surprise that this major event has taken place here for so many years. After all, Sölden offers a wide range of pistes for all abilities and snowsure conditions on a glacier reaching up to an incredible 3340 metres. Sölden is the only ski resort which has three mountains over 3000m in altitude, known as the "Big 3". From the highest point in the resort, the Schwarze Schneide at 3,340m, there is a wide 15km descent all the way back down to the bottom of the resort.
It is also home to many cosy restaurants serving good local food as well as huts and bars with plenty of après-ski fun.
Ski touring enthusiasts can explore the many surrounding mountains, including Tirol's highest peak, the Wildspitze, while freestylers will enjoy the fun parks and speed freaks can see how fast they are on special race courses. There are also a number of mogul runs. The Rettenbach glacier is the more challenging of the two glaciers, with families and beginners normally heading for the wide, gentle slopes of the Tiefenbach glacier.
Sölden offers a large choice of easy terrain for beginners or slightly advanced at Giggijoch plus myriad demanding runs on the Gaislachkogl ski mountain. Scenic Gaislachkogl (3058 m) makes a wonderful spot for all skiing fans looking for adventures off the signposted ski area. Since 2011, Gaislachkogl is accessible by 2 new mountain gondolas featuring stateof-the-art technology and architecture. Sölden is widely known for itsbroad and immaculate ski runs which are professionally groomed by 24 snow-grooming machines every day.
BIG 3 stands for the ultimate 3000-metre high Ski Mountains in the Sölden ski area, all of them accessible by top modern mountain lifts. BIG 3 including Gaislachkogl (3048 m), Tiefenbachkogl (3250 m) and Schwarze Schneide (3340 m) are three Ski Mountains equipped with individually designed viewing platforms offering incomparable panoramas in XXL format.
The BIG 3 Rally offers a splendid opportunity to explore the entire Sölden ski area. Start at the base station of Giggijoch mountain gondola and continue via Giggijoch towards Rettenbach Glacier and the first BIG 3 adventure at Schwarze Schneide peak (3340 m). Then proceed to Tiefenbach Glacier and the second BIG 3 summit - Tiefenbachkogl (3250 m). From there return to Rettenbach Glacier and down to the base station of Gaislachkogl mountain gondola that whisks you up to Gaislachkogl (3048 m), the third BIG 3 peak. The route not only covers a distance of some 50 kilometres, but also offers one of Europe’s most overwhelming 360° panorama views creating memories that will stay with you forever.
Skilled skiers/snowboarders can conquer the entire loop tour in about 4 hours.
The giant Winter Ski Area is connected to the glacier ski mountains by the Golden Gate to the Glacier connecting lifts. Unlimited skiing right from the valley bottom up to the glacier ski region at 3340m.
The longest top-to-bottom piste with a length of 15 km and some 1900 metres of altitude difference starts on Schwarze Schneide peak at Rettenbach Glacier.
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