Sölden Things to Do

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    Go to the Freizeit Arena

    by davesut Updated Jan 19, 2014

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    It's just over the bridge

    There's a sports centre with swimming pool in Solden called the Freizeit Arena. The good news is that you get a free pass to visit with many of the hotels in Solden. We used this and had a great time in the pool, sauna, jacuzzi and lazy river. Not that large so quite good fun and very quiet at 11am on a Friday morning. Local school arrived at 1pm, time to get out and sample another part of Solden.

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    A trip to the Glacier

    by davesut Written Jan 19, 2014

    We decided to take the road up to the glacier. Now this was not a problem although be prepared for some hairpin bends and a fee (€10 I think). We zoomed up and had a look around, given that we were not ski-ing one could feel left out but we saw it all anyway. Now the real issue came to fruition the next day, the snow had arrived and my, I would not have gome up there in my car then. They don't let you in without snowchains on anyway if snow or ice are around. Great views however. You could always get the shuttle bus but really I would not bother if you are not skiing, stick to the roads on the hill closer to the town, views are better and greener.

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    World cup opening

    by davesut Updated Jan 19, 2014

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    presentation of the evening

    Alpine ski World cup weekend and the town centre area has a car park give over to presentations. Friday and Saturday evening around 6pm there is a show that introduces the next days events along with a bit of music. We made our way there and took in the atmosphere. At one point they asked for shout outs from different nationalities - French, Austrian, German, Italian, USA, Canadian and Swiss were all well represented. Then they asked for UK and doing my bit I shouted loud so all of the other Brits in the audience could hear me. "Ah," said the host in a rather sombre tone,"Eine." It turns out that the only other UK person there was Mrs Sut, suitably embarrassed by my antics.

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    Book a restaurant

    by davesut Written Jan 19, 2014
    This is where we ate Saturday, away from it all

    During world cup weekend you will find restaurants and bars very busy on a Friday and Saturday night. We arrived Thursday and strolled into a restaurant and when we asked what time do you open they said, "What time can you get here? We'll turn the lights on." Now Friday and Saturday were a lot different, the area in the centre of town is packed and we found the restaurants booked up or where no booking policy is used, a long wait ensues. Saturday night was impossible with many places appeared booked up for weeks beforehand asking around, restaurants attached to hotels appear to be booked by the people who are staying there when they book the rooms. We headed to the top edge of town and found it a tad quieter.

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    Meet the stars

    by davesut Written Jan 19, 2014

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    Ted Legety, giant slalom big cheese
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    During the ski world cup weekend there are autograph opportunities with some of the alpine ski stars. We saw the signs outside the inter sport shops and then had to decide whether to spend more time on the gluhwein or queuing with a load of others, well the draw of a photo op was just too much as we searched for the relevant sports shop.

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    A visit to HochSodlen

    by davesut Written Jan 19, 2014

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    HochSolden from the restaurant
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    When were looking for accommodation we saw some in Hochsolden described as 1km from the centre of Solden. Just a note, that means 1km vertically above Solden on a plateau. We grabbed a couple of sandwiches and headed in the car for a picnic at Hochsolden. You need a car to get up here but the view was spectacular and the Autumn sunshine very warm. There are a handful of hotels, restaurants and bars here. Certainly a quiet area, I'd hate to forget the milk on my visit to the shops.

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    If you need help go to the police station

    by davesut Written Jan 19, 2014

    Due to an incident on the Autobahn I had to get to the police station to report some information about the bump and subsequent recovery (no injuries thankfully, just a new car) A tip because the police were very friendly and accommodating. I went in with limited information and even less German language skills and they were very helpful. Must be the Alpine air, if you need police assistance, do not be worried about their helpfulness.

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    Go for a walk

    by davesut Written Jan 19, 2014

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    The valley and the countryside are beautiful and the road through the town is very quiet. When we arrived we decided to walk along the paths and roads in and around the town for a while. Pathways hug the river which run through the town. I'd suggest a stroll to the new bridge close to the police and fire station. There are a few small holdings which you walk alongside, that sense of being in the country.

    There are many signposted walks along the valley, some more strenuous than others, great views though.

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    The Ski Welt Cup

    by davesut Written Jan 19, 2014

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    The track at the glacier

    Every year the Alpine SKi World Cup has its opening event in Solden on 3rd or 4th weekend in October which is why we went there. We arrived in the Thursday and the place was very quiet, easy to get into a restaurant/bar bus up to the top and similar. During the Friday, the world and his entourage arrive which is great fun although there are a certain events and places I have learned about that I enjoy or enjoy avoiding. I'd say if you are not interested in the ski world cup then avoid Solden at this time, if you really like like me, you'll love it.

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    Rettenbach Gletscher area

    by Tripack Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Rettenbach Glacier skiing area overview
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    You will need a little time to access to this area, but (of course) it is worth the trip. At the arrival you will be surprise by this massive glacier which offer a long and steep slope, quite exceptionnal on a glacier. This slope is also the traditionnal venue of the annual World Cup Ski opening end of October.

    The both glacier skiing area offer 25km of blue (easy) runs and 13 km of red (medium) runs well equiped with 10 efficient skilifs (3 gondolas, 2 chairlifts, 5 T-bar lifts)

    After your arrival via the Expressglacier, take the Schwarze Schneidbahn, a modern 8 seats cable car, to go up to the highest skiing area point at 3250 meters asl. Then take the skitunnel to the second glacier Tiefenbach Gletscher (see the next tip) or enjoy the World Cup downhill run...

    When you come back from the Tiefenbach Glacier, you need to take a narrow skiing road carved into the glacier... where sometimes artistic sculptures could be admire. You could also continue you way down to the valley station thanks to a 12km long diwnhill run with 1690 meter difference in elevation until the Gaislachkoglbahn departure station.

    In summer you could also ski on the glacier from May to September depending on the snow conditions. July and August the area is closing, so head to the beach instead ;-)

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    Ski tunnel...

    by Tripack Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Tunnel entrance (toll free;-)
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    From the top of the Rettenbach Glacier you will need to take this (hopefully toll free) tunnel in order to reach the Tiefenbach Glacier. Do not worry this 170 meters long tunnel is well lighted and it is large enough to overtake carefully the other snails on skis ;-)

    Another interesting fact is you could access the both glacier even by road. A scenic toll road linked Sölden to the Rettenbach Glacier after a 13 km trip. You could drive 3 km more to the Tiefenbach Glacier via the spectacular 1750meters long "Rosi Mittermaier Tunnel", the Europe's highest road tunnel.

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    Tiefenbach Glacier area

    by Tripack Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The highest Tyrolian peak: Wildspitze 3776m
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    Extra wide and well grommed slopes are waiting for you...

    At the bottom Glacier slope you will find a self service Tiefenbach Glacier restaurant (capacity of 600 seats) and a nice and sunny terrace for your lunch pause. After relaxing take the Tiefenbahn cable car up to the Tiefenbachkogl top at 3309 meters. Enjoy the view from the impressive platform on the highest mountain in Tyrol: the Wildspitze 3776 meters asl.

    On the glacier you will find also two T-bar skilifts and a 6 chairlift Sieterkar which let you come back to the Rettenbach Glacier via the Seiterjöchl pass.

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    Night show on track

    by sanda.muntean Updated Mar 12, 2009

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    Opening ski demonstration
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    Wednesday evening to "Mittelstation" (2178 m altitude) is a show on a black track. The ski instructors from Sölden make a demonstration on black track.
    There is also a small scene and some dancing show. It is nice, it is cold and night, fireworks, everybody is jumping and drinking. Cool!
    Ah!... Don't forget you ski or board, because you have the occasion to downhill on track nr 10 witch is nocturne that evening. I missed that this year.
    As a wesite you have the web for Giggijoch snow show park (different track).

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    Giggijoch area

    by Tripack Updated Mar 3, 2007

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    A sunny and snowy beach...
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    Giggijoch at 2284 meters asl is the center of the skiing area.

    4 modern chairlifts are waiting for you:
    1. The Rosskirplanbahn, a 4 chairlift with a capacity of 2650 pers/hour leads you to some nice black slopes from the Hainbachjoch 2727m. asl.
    2. The Giggijoch, a 3 chairlift leads you to easier and wider slopes.
    3. The Hainbachlar, a 4 chairlift let you reach the Rettenbach valley and the Gaislachkogl skiing area.
    4. The Silberbrünnlbahn, a 4 chairlift takes you on to the Glacier area via the Rotkogljoch pass, then take the Glacierexpress to finally reach the Rettenbach Glacier.

    But best thing to Giggijoch area is to enjoy the sunny terrace on a confortable armchair, listen good music and refresh with local drinks at the Panorama restaurant. Before heading down to the valley... if you could ;-) or take the gondola.

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    Aqua Dome

    by sanda.muntean Written Mar 18, 2009

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    Aqua Dome seen from my window
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    Aqua Dome is one of first 5 spa resorts in the world (this is not publicity, is just an information).
    Don't hesitate to go outside, especially if there is snow storm and -18 degrees.
    Have fun!

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    • Spa and Resort

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