The Ötztal Ski Arena is made up of Sölden and Hochsölden, and two somewhat smaller, but charming resorts that sit in the same valley. These, Zwieselstein and Vent, are marketed with Sölden and Hochsölden under the above title, and skiers who stay in any of the above can benefit from the use of

 one all-inclusive ski pass. The Sölden and Hochsölden areas make up a big time ski region no matter whose standards you go by.

The village of Sölden lies at the foot of the Tiefenbach and Rettenbach glaciers which provide not only the bulk of the skiing in winter, but all of the summer scene. This is where you will find the majority of the off - slope action, the largest selection of hotels, shops and ski schools, as well as all the other locations and services that one needs to make a ski vacation run just that little bit smoother.

Hochsölden, on the other hand, while having decidedly fewer hotels, and virtually no shopping or night life other than that found in the hotels, has the distinct advantage of "ski in, ski out" convenience that is so coveted by many. But we opened this little narrative with a note on the skiing, so lets pick up the beat shall we? Skiing above the village is extensive, varied, and highlighted by the 365 day factor.

In fact, the glaciers from the largest year round skiable snow covering in Austria. Although national ski teams use this huge playground as a training ground, recreational skiers of all sorts of abilities will find terrain to please them as well.

It would be unfair to conclude any story about this area without recommending that one takes the effort to pay the region a visit in summer. Besides summer skiing, Sölden and Hochsölden offer all the other sporting activities that combine to make up a well rounded vacation area, plus the fresh mountain air factor. As well this is the opportunity to enjoy the villages undisturbed by the hoards that winter draws.

Sölden of course has all of the night life and apres ski action that one would expect from a resort of this size and sophistication. Nine thousand beds provide accommodation from five star hotels to charming bed and breakfast in private homes. One should find lodgings to fit both taste and budget. As well there is an excellent sports center in town, which features a great swimming pool and other sporting facilities as well as a popular restaurant/bar. This serves as a popular meeting place both before and after one's chosen apres ski activity.


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