What do you, as a snowboarder, think when you hear the name Sölden? The Base summer park and summer camp will come to your mind, certainly. And then perhaps you’ve heard rumours of those super big mountains: nothing but sick freeriding, the winter Base on Giggijoch, and the Sodom and Gomorrah style of the parties there. Well, the rumours are all true! Sölden is big, really big. And Sölden is good, really exceptional for snowboarding almost all year around! In winter you’ve got big and steep mountains with a large number of powder runs of all difficulties, from wide open powder fields to really steep, speedy and scary lines. The Base Winter park on Giggijoch is one of the best winter parks in Austria and supplies shredders with first class kickers, a corner, a funny pipe and a whole load of interesting rails and boxes. Spring and autumn in Sölden often mean powder on the glaciers Tiefenbach and Rettenbachferner. These are connected directly with the rest of the resort, bring you up to almost 3,300 metres above sea level and boast incredible runs. And then, in summer, there’s the Base summer park and summer camp, which make a summery stay in the Oetztal valley more than worthwhile. All in all, Sölden is the place you should move to if you want to make your season never end!
Nearest Airport: Innsbruck (1-1.5 hours by car) or Munich (2.5 hours by car).
Nearest Big City: Innsbruck (1-1.5 hours by car from Soelden, depending on the traffic).
How to get there
Car: From Innsbruck, take the highway A12 in the direction of Bregenz (west) and leave it at Haiming. From there you just drive up the Oetztal valley and follow the signs to Soelden.
From Switzerland or the west end of Austria, you also take highway A12 till Haiming and go on as described above.
From Munich, take highway A8 to Rosenheim and turn south, following the signs to Innsbruck. From there continue as described above.
Train: From anywhere to the train station at Haiming. From Haiming you can take the bus to Soelden.
Plane: Munich and Innsbruck are the two closest airports to Soelden.
Season length (2006/2007): All year round except for 7 May – 25 June 2007
Season: 2 seasons. Winter and summer have the same price: €501
Special Offers: Discounts for kids (day ticket up to the age of 14 is €25) and youths (day ticket up to the age of 18 is €32). Also discounts for seniors.
Lifts: 7 gondolas, 19 chairlifts, 8 t-bars
Pipe: Yes, depending on the snow!
If so, does it have a Pipe Dragon? Yes.
If so, what does it include?
– Humps for freestyle beginners
– Easy kicker line (two kickers with 2 and 4-metre tables)
– Advanced kicker line (two kickers with 12 and 15-metre tables)
– 1 A-frame wallride
– 1 corner
– Gondola rail
– 14 m Snakerail
– WU rail (12 metres)
– Y-down rail (9 metres)
– Kinked rails (6 metres)
– Kinked rails (12 metres)
– Double-kinked rail (12 metres)
– Straight rail (12 metres)
– Straight rail (6 metres)
– Rainbow rail (6 metres)
– Straight box (4 metres)
– Straight box (6 metres)
– Curved box
Off Piste: Many good and steep powder runs, along with big powder fields for easy cruising. Heaps of spots for backcountry hits. Check the page named ‘freerideworld soelden’ on www.soelden.com for more information, runs, guiding etc.
Steep and deep: Yes.
Vertical Drop: 1899 metres.
Jib City: Not too much, except for the park rails which are special enough!
Local Heroes: Renè Schnöller, Railex Fischer, Rudi Wyhlidal.
Best Accomodation: Lots of different types of accommodation for all budgets at www.soelden.com or at the tourist office: Tel +43(0) 5254 5100. Fax +43(0) 5254 510 520.
Best Food: Many restaurants with various offers. Try Pension Windau!
Best Drink: Sölden’s nightlife is crazy, so there are many. Lawine, Grizzly, Bierhimmel and Stamperl are the more relaxed ones.
Best place to throw down dance moves: Fire&Ice.