Guidebook

Ski the Legendary Sölden Backcountry

Nestled in the Ötztal Valley, Sölden is one of the best freeride resorts in Austria. After skiing these lines, you'll see why!

Description

With high peaks, varied terrain and a long season, Sölden is a skier's paradise. The resort is snow-sure and there's so much space that you can really make the most of all that powder. These lines will take you around the highlights of the area but there is much to explore when you've worked your way through these. There's something for everyone in this list, and whether you're new to freeriding or are looking for steep couloirs, you'll find something in here to put a smile on your face.

The whole of the Ötztal Valley is amazing and offers everything from ski touring to hiking and biking. Sölden is a great place to start your exploration of the area because it's midway down the main valley and parts of the resort offer great viewpoints from where you can get your bearings and plan future adventures.

Perhaps the biggest ski adventure in the valley is the multi day tour around the huge peaks at the southern end of the area, including the Wildspitze - Tirol's highest mountain. If you want to take on the challenge, here's everything you need to know.

https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/38/climb-tirol's-highest-peak-on-the-otztal-ski-traverse

Schwarze Schneide off-piste
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Schwarze Schneide off-piste

Sölden
484 m
35 °
N
0 m
1.6 km
An off-piste on the glacier next to the piste.
Difficult
Private
Hainbachjoch to Hochsölden
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Hainbachjoch to Hochsölden

Sölden
525 m
31 °
E
0 m
2.0 km
Classic off-piste on Giggijoch with many variations and a nice view.
Moderate
Private
Steinkarle
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Steinkarle

Sölden
680 m
36 °
N
0 m
1.5 km
Advanced off piste from the infamous Gaislachkogl.
Severe
Private
Gaislachkar
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Gaislachkar

Sölden
1,060 m
45 °
SW
5 m
3.5 km
Marvellous big mountain off-piste for intermediate skiers, away from the chairs and the crowds.
Severe
Private
The classic Gaislachkogel off-piste
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The classic Gaislachkogel off-piste

Sölden
607 m
39 °
E
0 m
1.4 km
Classic off piste with many variations down from Gaislachkogl for good riders
Severe
Private
Wasserkar
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Wasserkar

Sölden
604 m
42 °
E
0 m
1.5 km
Mellow big mountain off-piste for intermediates
Difficult
Private
Gaislachkogl avalanche barrier right
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Gaislachkogl avalanche barrier right

Sölden
633 m
39 °
NE
0 m
1.3 km
Big mountain off-piste on the infamous Gaislachkogl. Because of the danger in the beginning of the line this is reserved for experienced riders.
Difficult
Private
Gaislachkogl avalanche barrier left
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Gaislachkogl avalanche barrier left

Sölden
658 m
45 °
N
0 m
1.5 km
Long big mountain off-piste. Because of the danger in the beginning of the line it is for experienced riders only.
Difficult
Private
Gaislachkogl to Wasserkar couloir
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Gaislachkogl to Wasserkar couloir

Sölden
269 m
41 °
0 m
0.4 km
A steep and narrow big mountain couloir on top of Gaislachkogl. For experts only!
Severe
Private
Kranewitten
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Kranewitten

Sölden
651 m
33 °
SE
1 m
1.8 km
Long off piste slope from the Rotkogelhütte to the Rettenbachtal
Difficult
Private
Gratlift off-piste
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Gratlift off-piste

Sölden
193 m
34 °
E
0 m
0.4 km
Off piste under Gratlift
Moderate
Private
Stabele treerun
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Stabele treerun

Sölden
423 m
35 °
N
2 m
1.1 km
Not a typical Sölden off-piste, because of the terrain. Experienced riders may find a big cliffdrop to help them to escape the line
Difficult
Private
Stabele classic
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Stabele classic

Sölden
372 m
41 °
N
0 m
1.0 km
Classic Stabele off-piste with a small couloir for good skiers
Difficult
Private
Stabele far left
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Stabele far left

Sölden
310 m
36 °
N
0 m
0.8 km
Classic Sölden off piste for experienced skiers
Difficult
Private
Classic off-piste to Rettenbachtal
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Classic off-piste to Rettenbachtal

Sölden
422 m
43 °
N
0 m
1.0 km
Classic off piste down to Rettenbachtal for advanced riders
Difficult
Private
Abfahrtspiste Langeggbahn
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Abfahrtspiste Langeggbahn

Sölden
295 m
33 °
NE
0 m
0.9 km
An easy ski route for intermediates
Moderate
Private