Sölden

 

 

 

Camping Sölden
Wohlfahrtstraße 22, 6450 Sölden, Austria.

Latitude: 46.957813
Longitude: 11.011435

 

Aire/Campsite:

We stayed at ‘Camping Solden’ www.camping-soelden.com and have to say this is possibly the best ski campsite we have ever used!

Although it lacks the individual bathrooms of Ski Arlberg, the superb facilities are located in one modern block and include:

  • A central reception area – open all evening with café style tables – perfect for reading or playing games if the van feels cramped or cold.
  • An excellent and very warm ski/boot storage area
  • Excellent showers/loos
  • Pitch side grey water drains
  • Launderette
  • WiFi in the van
  • Good English spoken

In addition some more eccentric features included an indoor climbing wall, free sauna & fitness room, electric hob, and an indoor dog shower!

The site is located 200m from the main Gondola/ ski run home and the bus stop – there are supermarkets, bars ATMs etc. all within easy walking distance.

If you have never used your motorhome for skiing, or have a Van conversion or not fully winterised van – this is a great place to try – we even saw someone in a tent in February!

Inevitably this does cost, (as do most Austrian sites), expect to pay around 32 Euros for 2 adults, + a minimum of 3-4 Euros per night for metered electricity – a lot more if you use it for heating.

There are 2 or 3 other camp sites in the valley. It is well worth noting that Solden is easily accessible avoiding all European tolls – including the dreaded ‘GoBox’.

Enter Austria from Germany via the Fernpass, and navigate around Imst – avoiding the A12.

Website: http://www.camping-soelden.com/contents/en/main.php#.

 

Resort:

Located in the Southern Tyrol in the Otztal area at 1350m this resort has some of the highest altitude skiing in Austria – rising to over 3200m on 2 interlinked glaciers. These glaciers offer ‘real’ skiing, unlike many others with one lift and a couple of runs!

Solden is open from October to May, and has some impressive snow making equipment to ensure the runs stay open if at all possible.

The town itself is on a busy main road, it is lively and expensive, this is not the place to sample typical Tyrolean charm! – web site www.soelden.com However if you want to shop – this is the place!

The Otztal valley road is approximately 30 miles long, with numerous other small resorts off it, mostly these offer walking, tobogganing, or cross country skiing – there are also some very impressive ski mountaineering routes – some of which take days to complete!

 

Skiing:

There are 150km of pistes, most fairly easy, and a wide selection of restaurants – the most interesting of which are off the ski routes located on the southern end of the slopes.

 

Thanks to Graham Smith for the information.