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Ötztal- Solden, Austria

I visited Solden in 1996 so my observations outlined here may not reflect the current status of the place. The very first thing in my memories is; when the tour bus brought us to our hotel I was shocked to see no snow in the city center. I was 16 at that time and did not make huge analysis on the pros and cons of the location we were going. At the day of skiing I realised this skiing center is one of the highest altitude centres in Europe. Thus, in the first ski day when we reached to the base level by the gondolas the snow was excellent. Since the majority of the slopes are on levels about 3000 meters, the snow quality was consistent.

The high altitude zone Solden is located gives it a strong edge compared to the many low altitude centres which time to time suffer from the snow inferiority.

The slopes provide all around versatility.  I was an ambitious skier at that time and I remember we had real good fun on relatively adventurous ski runs.

To give you a better idea about the ski runs, I  have a look at various sources on the current situation of slopes to sort out the strengths and weaknesses of the area. What is common in majority of comments is this area offers very good slopes for ambitions intermediates. One other thing to mention is that the area has two glacier skiing options thanks to its high altitude big mountain structure.

The village however is not charming. I remember clearly after the previous years Saalbach experience the village seemed to lack the character a bit.  One thing I remember vividly though was that I had managed to convince my parents to buy me Atomic Arc race skies. I don’t remember the name of the shop but it was not a chain but still there was a good variety of options. The owner was also a real gentleman and welcomed us like we are friends. I remember he offering my parents special Schnapps.

For the nightlife I don’t have any comments particularly because; after an ambitious skiing all day all I wanted was a good nights sleep.

Photo (Shown Big) by cookipediachef on flickr under CC BY 2.0

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