Soll & Hopfgarten Ski Resort and Ski Holidays

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Soll & Hopfgarten   Resort Information
Season December to April
Nearest Airport Innsbruck and Salzburg
Ski Area 280km
Ski Lifts 93
Ski Runs 136
Longest Run 7.3km
Resort Height 705m
Snowball Ratings
Beginners 4 / 5
Intermediates 4 / 5
Experts 3 / 5
Families 4 / 5
Nightlife 4.5 / 5
Affordability 4.5 / 5
Non Ski Activities 4 / 5

Full of Austrian charm and tradition, Soll Ski Resort is very much a firm favourite for the British market owing to its excellent and extensive ski area, lively apres skis,pretty town with pedestrianised areas and reasonable prices compared to other European countries.

The big Ski Welt ski region is ideal for intermediate skiers and snowboarders wanting to ski hard during their stay. From Ellmau to Westendorf and beyond in Kitzbuhel, the ski region offers massive terrain and with the new gondola link into Westendorf via Brixen,the area is now all ski lift linked. Soll is pretty central to the action with Brixen located just over the ridge from Soll and Scheffau just down the valley. And whilst the Ski Welt ski region offers some of the biggest and best intermediate skiing in Austria, the skiing directly above Soll is the steepest on offer in the Ski Welt ski region. The Hohe Salve peak that is the highest point in the Ski Welt ski region offers steep descents on all sides, especially those heading directly back toward Soll. Beyond the Hohe Salve the terrain tends to be less steep and is ideal for intermediates.

For beginners,Söll has an excellent ski school and gentle nursery slopes just on the edge of the village. The gondola system starts from here, taking improving novices up onto the Höhe Salve to enjoy several gentle slopes and incredible views. There is a lovely 2.5 mile 'family' run down through the trees back to the nursery slopes.

For intermediates there is an excellent choice of blue and red runs to keep any intermediate happy. The Ski Welt area pass offers a superb choice of over 270kms of scenic runs connecting 90 lifts, so you certainly wont be bored!! The longest run is a good 7km too.

For the advanced there is a decent enough choice of long, well maintained slopes on the circuit. The back of Söll's Höhe Salve also boasts several hair-raising blacks, plus exciting off-piste to really test the expert, though groups of experts would be better off in St Anton or Ischgl.Snowboarders have access to 5 snowparks in the Ski Welt area.

The Apres Ski is vibrant, good-humoured,relatively inexpensive and varied and centres around the Red Horse, The Sports Bar, ·Rosini, Salven Stadl, Buffalo, Whisky Mühle, Café Dorfstub'n and the Moonlight Bar. Perhaps not the greatest place to be as a teetotaller! There are also over 50 restaurants to eat at, on your chefs night off if staying in a catered chalet!

Alternative activities include a visit to the Sports centre with connecting indoor/outdoor pools, ice skating on Lake Moorsee (when frozen), curling, tobogganing, bowling, night skiing, Salzburg excursions plus a ski away day to Westendorf.

Hopfgarten Ski Resort is one of the many resorts, along with Soll, Itter, Scheffau and Kelchsau, which make up Austria’s Ski Welt. With over 250km of linked pistes it really is a comprehensive ski area- everything is covered for all levels of skier and snowboarder. Beginners, however, will probably feel most at home in the charming little village of Hopfgarten. The 1850m Hohe Salve mountain has some very convenient nursery slopes right by the village and there are also longer and very enjoyable blues further up the mountain. Intermediates can cruise the whole Ski Welt from Hopfgarten and enjoy some of the best intermediate terrain in the world. Scheffau, Itter and Brixen are particularly good for experts. There are also some testing blacks reachable from the resort. The off-Piste is renowned in the Ski Welt and a local guide will help you make the most of it. 

Snowboarders are well catered for with a decent fun park and half pipe not too far from the summit of Hohe Salve. Hopfgarten also plays host to some of the most fantastic cross-country trails in the whole Ski Welt

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