WEsaySmall, lively village with large, easy ski and snowboard area.
A firm favourite with the British, Soll is a lively and popular resort which lies at the foot of the famous Hohe Salve mountain and flanked by the mighty Wilden Kaiser mountain range. It is an ideal choice for groups of mixed ability skiers and is the main resort on the fantastic Ski Welt circuit, Austria's biggest ski area, which boasts over 200kms of runs. Soll is one of nine villages and is by far the most popular. The resort features an attractive village centre with traditional Tyrolean buildings clustered around a beautiful, onion-domed church.
Beginners slopes are mainly found between the main road and the base area. More experienced skiers will want to take the first stage of the gondola to Hochsoll for an array of sunny slopes, before heading up the second stage to Hohe Save at 1,830m. Here there are steep slopes in all directions, for both intermediates and experts and, of course, access to the wider Ski Welt area.
Off the slopes there is curling and iceskating plus an indoor pool. Night skiing is available on the 3km run down to the village and the gondola is open for this purpose from Weds to Sat. The apres ski is vibrant, good-humoured and varied. .
New for 2016/17
At Hochsöll, the ancient double Salvenmoos chairlift that serves the terrain park will be converted to a 10-seater gondola. Snowmaking in the SkiWelt is being further improved with 100 more snowguns and increased reservoir capacity.
New for 2015/16
Nothing major in Söll itself, but at nearby Ellmau a new 10-seat gondola with a mid-station replaced the Hartkaiser funicular, more than doubling capacity. The top station has a impressive new restaurant complex and childcare facilities. Above Brixen, the Jochbahn quad was replaced by an eight-seater which the resort claims is the world s quickest chairlift . It is two times the length of the previous chair and starts much lower down the mountain. Above Hopfgarten, the old double Schernthann chair was replaced by a six-pack that serves a new run as well as existing pistes; its height automatically adjusts to help small children board easily.
New for 2014/15
A new 1.2km red run with snowmaking was built in the Brixen area. Snowmaking was increased across the SkiWelt area. The children s Hexenkinderland at Söll was expanded.
New for 2013/14
Snowmaking facilities were further extended with the completion of the Hohe Salve reservoir and the installation of more snow-guns. Four new groomers were purchased.
New for 2012/13
Snowmaking was extended. Three fun slopes covering 5 hectares were created. The Stöckl chair was refurbished. The Astberg toboggan run was upgraded and now has its own lighting and snowmaking.
- Part of the SkiWelt, one of Austria s biggest linked ski areas
- Local slopes are north-facing, so they maintain their snow relatively well
- Excellent intermediate cruising runs
- Charming village with vibrant après-ski
- Affordable, even by Austrian standards
- Snowmaking is very extensive and well used