The charms of Sölden used to be known only to the heavy drinkers of Holland and Germany, but as a major sponsor of the Hemel indoor slope it is now firmly on the British radar. Located in the Ötztal valley, which it shares with the small resort of Oetz and the large Obergurgl, it’s only about an hour away from Innsbruck. Not many resorts can boast three mountain peaks over 3,000m and two glaciers, so it’s definitely snowsure, and while most of the terrain is pretty middle of the road, there is still a lot worth discovering. The glacier no longer opens in the summer but the whole area is usually open from end of November to May, with the glaciers opening a bit earlier, usually in September.
Did you know?
In 2011, the Q-Parks crew built a unique freestyle feature in Soelden incorporating no fewer than nine different transitions and takeoffs. It took over 100 snow cat hours and four days to construct, and was called - fittingly - The Incredible Project.