20.11.2023

The Ötztal shines with snow reliability

The ski areas in the Ötztal are among the most snow-sure in Austria - with Sölden leading the way.

High the snow, high the joy - fantastic holidays thanks to snow guarantee  

Whether it's early skiing pleasure as early as autumn, magnificent winter scenery at Christmas in the snow, cheerful sunshine skiing and firn fun until late into spring - the Ötztal offers top snow conditions for more than six months of the year. The secret of the early and long-lasting white splendour is easy to reveal: Due to their location on the main ridge of the Alps in the sublime heights of the Ötztal mountain and glacier world, the local ski areas present themselves as outstanding, also in terms of snow reliability.

Best snow conditions and boundless variety in the six skiing areas of the Ötztal

Six skiing areas in the Ötztal, including two glacier skiing areas with a total of more than 350 km of perfectly groomed slopes and fabulous infrastructure, guarantee a snow-secure holiday and plenty of variety. The choice of pure snow fun - whether on skis, snowboard, toboggan, snowshoes or touring skis - ranges from the fine small family ski area to the superlative winter sports El Dorado.

Tip: With the Ötztal Superskipass you can explore and enjoy all 6 ski areas of the Ötztal and thus the almost limitless variety of over 350 kilometres of pistes. You can find more information here. 

Sölden ski area - as the "Heartbeat of the Alps", the biggest guarantor of snow reliability.

There are several good reasons why Sölden is one of the most sought-after destinations for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts in Europe. At the top of their wish list is a guarantee of snow, and this is where the popular ski village at the back of the Ötztal scores at full stretch, or rather with impressive heights. Situated between 1,350 and 3,340 metres, Sölden is one of Austria's most snow-sure ski resorts and also the only ski resort in the country with three three-thousand-metre ski mountains accessible by lift - the legendary BIG3.

Best snow-white views from early autumn until late into spring

The fact that the ski season in Sölden often starts as early as the end of September and lasts into May is thanks to the two glacier ski areas on the Tiefenbach and Rettenbach glaciers, which are connected by a spectacular ski tunnel and offer 37.3 kilometres of pistes between 2,675 and 3,250 metres in altitude.

The "Golden Gate to the Glacier" as a comfortable glacier express provides the connection to the rest of the Sölden ski area. Usually from mid-November - the season is scheduled to start on 16.11.2023 - an incomparable winter sports paradise opens up, including the AREA47 Snowpark Sölden and excellent mountain gastronomy as well as highlights such as 007 ELEMENTS or the Sölden Winter Challenge.

Facts about the Sölden ski area

Altitude: 1,350 - 3,340 m (difference 1,990 m)

Season: 16.11.2023 - 01.05.2024

Infrastructure: 31 lifts, 144 km of pistes, 363 snow guns, 77 % of pistes with snowmaking facilities

According to www.skigebiete-test.at, the Sölden ski resort has an average snow depth of 238 cm on the mountain and 26 cm in the valley during the season, making it the most snow-sure ski resort in Austria! April is the snowiest month with an average snow depth of 319 cm on the mountain and 18 cm in the valley.

Always up to date: Keep up to date with the latest snow report from Sölden!

Skiing area Obergurgl-Hochgurgl - the "Diamond of the Alps" as a snowy high-altitude region

Adjacent to Sölden, the Obergurgl-Hochgurgl ski area is also one of the most snow-assured in the Alps. From mid-November to the end of April, 112 kilometres of pistes are available for extensive skiing fun. Young people in particular enjoy the Funmountain with Funslopes, Familypark & Funcross.

Facts about the Oberurgl-Hochgurgl ski area

Altitude: 1.800- 3.030 m (difference 1.230 m)

Season: 16.11.2023 - 21.04.2024 

Infrastructure: 25 lifts, 112 km of pistes, 320 snow guns, 90 % of the pistes can be covered with snow.

The average snow depth is 157 cm on the mountain and 57 cm in the valley, with the snowiest month in the Obergurgl-Hochgurgl ski area being January with an average of 180 cm on the mountain and 72 cm in the valley. This makes it one of the 5 snowiest ski resorts in Austria (the information on the snowiest months and average snow depths is from www.skigebiete-test.at).

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