Skiing in Soelden, Austria
Of all the ski towns I have been to, Soelden, Austria is my favorite. I’ve skied in Lake Tahoe and I’ve skied in Aspen, Vail, and Stowe. I have been to more ski towns than big cities. Soelden is such a ski town that in the middle of winter, visitors can ski in and ski out of most of the hotels. There is a gondola that comes to the middle of town! It’s really cool! Once you are in Soelden, there is no need for a car. You walk the length of the town, which includes hotels, clubs, restaurants, and clothing stores.
For skiers, Soelden is like heaven. There are huge steeps and bowls. In October, the whole mountain isn’t open, but the glacier is open for training.
When I spent time there, it was October. I was there for the entire month leading up to the World Cup Giant Slalom opener. (That’s for Alpine Ski Racing.) I was there with my ski team and my younger sister. In the picture, my sister and I are sitting in the middle of town.
We were staying at the Hotel Regina, a five-star hotel complete with bar and FABULOUS restaurants. It is on the more expensive side of the accommodations available there, but if you are willing to splurge it is well worth it. It is family-owned and most of the family works there.
For skiers, Soelden is like heaven. There are huge steeps and bowls. In October, the whole mountain isn’t open, but the glacier is open for training. I’ve never skied a more challenging hill in my life than the glacier where the World Cup Opener is held. I didn’t race in the World Cup, but I skied the hill.
Skiing with my Sister in Soelden, Austria
If you want to go out, there are lots of local bars and night clubs. One in particular, Fire and Ice, has a large bar, dance floor, and stage for live DJs and performers. There is great lighting and seating areas. It draws crowds of all ages although I’d say it was most popular for 20-somethings including some air force boys we met. They were on leave 🙂
I will say that a month was a long time to be there. While it is great for a ski vacation, I’d say 2 weeks would be the best length of time. It is a small town so after a month there is not much left to explore. Maybe spend two weeks exploring Innsbruck and Salzburg! They are amazing cities.
Photo credit for Skiing with my Sister in Soelden, Austria by Gabbi Hall.