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Skiing Holidays to Söll

A relatively large, attractive village, Söll is part of the Ski Welt area - Austria's largest ski circuit. It has a charming village centre based around an onion-like domed church, and while it was once famed for being having the wildest après-ski scene around, today it has a good mix of lively nightlife and family-orientated fun. The resort sits in a sunny, protected basin at the foot of the Hohe Salve mountain near the German-Austrian border.

Both Söll and the wider Ski Welt area are mainly wide intermediate cruising terrain. The slopes are pastureland in summer, making their gentleness perfect for beginners as well. One of the best things about the huge ski area is the opportunity for confident beginners and intermediates to experience the joys of skiing to several different villages in one day. The super user-friendly ski circuit links the villages of Brixen im Thale, Ellmau, Going, Scheffau, Itter, Hopfgarten, Kelchsau and Westendorf (not linked), and offers 250 km of piste to discover.

There's a wide selection of good beginner runs right across the villages, and there are some steep black runs like the descent from Hohe Salve (1829 m). Experts will enjoy the ski touring and stunning scenery of craggy wilder Kaiser peaks and the Kitzbüler Alps, but there's not extensive highly challenging terrain or extensive off-piste to be tackled. The slopes are 1 km from Söll village, so you need to jump on a ski bus to get there - they can also get crowded at times.

The centre is pedestrianised, and dotted with attractive Tyrolean buildings. It has a buzzing village atmosphere with bars, club and pubs filled every night. The nearby village of Westendorf is a picture perfect alpine village worth visiting, and ice skating on the frozen lake Moorsee is breathtaking. With a well-respected ski school, beautiful scenery and relatively inexpensive pricing, Söll is a great resort for families, mixed ability groups, après-ski lovers and those on a bit of a budget.

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Söll for Different Ski Abilities

Beginner skiers

There are lots of great runs for beginners both in Söll and in the wider Ski Welt area. The local nursery slopes are located just outside of the village, and there is a special beginners-only lift ticket is available which will save money if you don't want the full SkiWelt pass (there is no Söll-only ticket). There are also great learner areas at the top station of Scheffau and above Brixen and Hopfgarten. The only downside is that apart form the slopes right next to Söll resort, these other beginner areas can be a bit hard to reach. There are many gentle slopes in the Brixen valley to progress onto.

Intermediate skiers

For intermediates at Söll, the terrain is never-ending. The marked circuit of around 20 runs will introduce confident beginners and intermediate to the joy of skiing to several different villages in one day. From the Hohe Salve gondola there are many chairs that will whisk you quickly off to fantastic blue and red runs. If you want even more piste, you can now go further still thanks to the Ki-West gondola, and a short bus link, which connects the SkiWelt to Kitzbuhel's own big ski area. Together that forms more than 400km of mostly lift-linked pistes!

Expert skiers

There are some decent steep blacks in the Ski Welt area, as well as some harder reds. Head to the back of the Höhe Salve where there are several steeps, including the unpisted Moderer run with its challenging mogul field. The run down to the Hexen6er lift and the two-kilometre black Kaslach run, At Brixen are also wicked. However the ski area is generally intermediate focussed, so hard-core skiers may want to head over to the newly connected Kitzbuhel after a couple of days.

Söll Ski Schools


Après Ski and Off the Mountain Activities

Après Ski

Söll may have toned down a bit and introduced more family-friendly facilities since its wild hey day, but it still knows how to party. The après-ski bars are busy as soon as the lifts close. Start off at the on-mountain après-ski bar, Hexenkessel, at the Stöcklalm gondola mid station for a refreshing drink. Later on head to legendary giant barrel-shaped pub The Whisky-Mühle, a themed club complete with a giant paddle-wheel. It also sometimes features go-go dancers on the weekends. You can find good live music most nights at The Salvenstadl, and Dorfstadl, The Austria Pub, Buffalo's Bar and Moonlight Bar Rosini are all popular. There are around 20 restaurants, mostly of traditional Tirolean style. Try some authentic Austrian specialties at Söller Stuben or pick up a piping hot pizza from Giovanni or Hexenalm. You can also watch bread and cheese being made at the Stöcklalmis near Hochsöll.

Off the mountain 

There is a good list of activities to do on your day off at Söll, but it's not particularly designed for those who would rather spend most of their time off the slope. The Lengauer Chapel is a good place to visit, built in 1727 and is dedicated to the Holy Mother St. Anne in Lengau. The Pirchmoos Chapel is also a must-see. It was built in 1896 and is still to this day one of the most beautiful structures in Soll. Ice skating on Lake Moorsee is fantastically romantic, and there's also: Sleigh rides, bowling, swimming pool and spa facilities, night skiing, tobogganing, a sports centre, curling, walking trails and snowshoeing.

How to get to Söll

By air

Most visitors will fly in to Munich airport (120 km), which is about 90 minutes from Söll by bus. You'll have the most choice of flights if you fly to Munich. Salzburg (80 km) airport is closer however and receives regular international flights. The smaller local Innsbruck airport (80 km) is also an option. Many airlines fly directly to these airports including: Aer Lingus, British Airways, British Midland, easyJet, Lufthansa, Ryanair and Thomsonfly.

If you decide to hire a car and drive from the airport, take the Salzburg autobahn out of Munich and then the Rosenheim cut-off (called the Inntal autobahn). You cross the border near Kufstein and take the second exit, Kufstein Süd. Söll will be marked on the autobahn exit sign. From the turnoff, it's about 15-minute drive over one slight uphill grade to Söll. 

By Train

Travel by Eurostar from London to Paris and connect with a City Night Line sleeper train to Munich with onwards connections next morning for Innsbruck, Salzburg, Graz, Klagenfurt and Vienna.  From there you can take a train to either Kufstein or Wörgl station. From both of the stations there is a local bus and taxi service to provide the transfer to Söll.

By car

If you are looking to drive from the UK, you'll first need to take the car ferry from Dover to Calais. The drive is then 1077km, mainly on motorways.