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 Hochsoll, the old double Salvenmoos chairlift that serves the terrain park will be converted to a 10-seater gondola.
New for 2015/16
Nothing major in Soll 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.
- Part of the SkiWelt, one of Austria s biggest linked ski areas
- Local slopes are north-facing, so they maintain their snow reasonably well
- Excellent intermediate cruising runs
- Charming village with vibrant apres-ski
- Affordable, even by Austrian standards
- Snowmaking is very extensive and well used