Tyrol's Glaciers

Enjoy winter sports in the autumn

As early as autumn, skiers and snowboarders can be sure of great conditions on the glaciers in Sölden. In the Alps you can experience a magnificent winter landscape even in the autumn above 3,000 metres. Skiing fans will find 37 kilometres of pistes suitable for all levels on the Rettenbach and Tiefenbach glaciers. Sölden's glacier skiing areas are studded with cosy mountain restaurants that serve traditional dishes with seating for up to six hundred winter sports enthusiasts.

The Rettenbach glacier is particularly suitable for advanced skiers. The glacier pistes are steep and challenging, so you can look forward to some thrilling descents. You might want to plan your stay to coincide with the downhill skiing World Cup opening ceremony on the Rettenbach glacier, which traditionally marks the beginning of the season. The Tiefenbach glacier is more suitable for beginners and those who prefer more gentle inclines. The runs here are much wider, allowing beginners to make a more gradual descent.

You will find 27 km of blue runs, 6 km of red and 4 km of black runs spread across the two Tyrol glaciers. Getting up to the Rettenbach and Tiefenbach glaciers is easy thanks to the resort's ten modern lifts, which can carry 20,000 skiers a day up to the highest peaks. There are no long waits for a lift, so you can just concentrate on enjoying the snow. Between them, the two Tyrol glaciers in Sölden cover an area of 20 square kilometres, making this one of the biggest glacier skiing areas in the whole of Austria. Even at this height, you can be sure that the pistes are superbly maintained. In fact, Sölden is renowned all over the world for its great facilities and the quality of its pistes. Winter sports fans can reach the glacier skiing areas by car or bus. The 14-km panoramic road out of Sölden takes you right up into the glacier region. During the ascent you can admire the stunning views over the Ötztal mountains and prepare yourself for an exciting time in the snow. The Rettenbach and Tiefenbach glaciers are joined by a road tunnel, so you can switch easily between the two. Of course, you can also move from one to the other on your skis or snowboard!

Once the Sölden winter skiing area is open, there is also a convenient lift connection to the Ötztal Glacier Express.

You will find the most beautiful part of the Tyrol glaciers at over 3,000 metres in Sölden in the upper Ötz valley with magnificent views of the surrounding Alps.  Skiing on the glaciers in Sölden is an absolute must if you can't wait for the start of the winter sports season and want to try a completely new skiing experience.