“Sensationally certain of snow” is the claim from SkiWelt and as Austria’s largest interconnected ski area there are plenty of other things you can be certain of too. With 279 km of ski runs, over 90 cable cars and lifts, 1,000 snowmakers and 13 km of night skiing on flood lit pistes SkiWelt certainly has something for everyone.
We were based in Soll, a lively little Tyrolean village in the heart of SkiWelt that gained a reputation in the 1980’s as the party hot spot in the Alps. While there is still a strong après ski culture, Soll has calmed down a lot since then and is now a big choice for families and mixed groups. If it’s a party you’re after though, don’t worry. Bars like Salvenstadhl or the Red Horse at the end of the slopes are in full swing from about 4pm until the small hours and the service is excellent and friendly as it is throughout the town.
Skiing in SkiWelt offers some of the best views you’ll find anywhere in the Alps. The imposing Wilder Kaiser Mountain is stunning and man-made beauty is close at hand too. Glance to your left as you take off in the Hochsoll gondola (the main gondola up from Soll) and you’ll see a little pilgrim church perched on a rock which dates back to 1660.
Soll is only one of 9 villages that make up the SkiWelt region and it’s worth taking advantage of the ease with which you can get around to explore them all. Another unmissable is the Igloo Village at the top lift station in Hochbrixen. Stop here for a drink from a glass cut from ice, stay for dinner or even book your own Igloo for an overnight stay!
It’s really all about the slopes though and with all those runs ranging from easy to difficult and 3 snow parks to keep it interesting for boarders it’s not hard to see why people keep coming back to Ski Welt.
Vertical Drop 1337m
Top Elevation 1957m
Total Pistes 502
Terrain 124km Blue, 128km Red, 11km Black
Lifts 15 baby lifts, 24 drag lifts, 37 chair lifts, 14 gondola, 1 funicular railway
Cable Cars 14
Total X-Country 16km