Ötztal celebrates the smoothest transition from autumnal glacier skiing to full winter bliss. Already since September, the slopes of Rettenbach and Tiefenbach Glaciers have been attracting both enthusiastic hobby snow sport fans as well as international ski stars to Sölden. Starting from the glacier, the first slopes and mountain lifts in the winter ski area opened last weekend. The operation of the entire Sölden winter ski area offering a total of 144 kilometers of pistes and 31 modern lifts as well as the unique 007 ELEMENTS James Bond Adventure World is scheduled for 24 November. Some extra downhill fun at the highest level - especially for experienced skiers – is provided by the new piste number 41 leading from the top station of Schwarze Schneid at over 3000 m to Tiefenbach Glacier. It is the third option for switching between the two glacier ski mountains. The unparalleled ice Q at the summit of Gaislachkogl (3048 m) opens up many facets of enjoyment. Austria's highest gourmet restaurant was awarded two toques and 13 points by the current Gault Millau guide.
In November, the two top Ötztal destinations open their winter ski areas. Ski fans are very happy about the early start of the season. The unrivaled Ötztal Super Skipass opens up the full variety of Sölden and Gurgl boasting 256 slope kilometers and 56 mountain lifts.
|Winter ski resorts of Gurgl and Sölden kick-off the new season.
Gurgl celebrates the start of winter
The "Diamond of the Alps" is traditionally one of the first winter ski areas in the Alps to invite skiers to its slopes as early as November. Guaranteed fun on the slopes is based on the snow-sure altitude between 1800 and 3080 meters above sea level coupled with 112 perfectly groomed slope kilometers and 25 mountain lifts. This great overall package offers a lot of comfort and freedom without any waiting times. After the season start on 17 November, the grand opening will be celebrated in upper Ötztal on two entire weekends The musical Hut Tour at Top Mountain Crosspoint and Hohe Mut Alm stands for entertaining live music. The same applies to the atmospheric end of a skiing day with live sounds at Nederhütte. The events in the village are as well varied. For instance, the Christmas Market in the center of Obergurgl offers the unique opportunity to get in the right mood for the Advent season, taking place every Friday and Sunday until 23 December. In addition to authentic Ötztal products such as textiles, wooden art and decoration, show artists (ice carving, fire shows, ...) and concerts promise great moments. Art lovers will get their money's worth at the "Mountains, skis & horizons" exhibition at Gurgl Carat. It will be especially adventurous on 09 December, when the Meissnitzer band presents their dialect music as part of the "Advent in the Mountains" concert tour at Gurgl Carat.
|Sölden Ice Q
One pass for unlimited skiing fun
The Ötztal Super Skipass comprises the complete variety of skiing in Tirol’s longest side valley. It is available if you purchase a skipass for 3 or more days and combines all six local ski areas - including Sölden and Gurgl - boasting a total of 363 slope kilometers and 90 mountain lifts. All those in possess of a 6-day skipass or more, can benefit from free admissions to 007 ELEMENTS in Sölden and Top Mountain Motorcycle Museum in Gurgl. Being an early bird pays off even before you hit the slopes. Early bookers can save up to 22 percent by purchasing skipasses online and in advance. This is valid for day skipasses, staggered tickets as well as for the Ötztal Super Skipass.