How to get there
Söll is a relatively small but lively and exciting village located in the Ski Welt region of Austria. Luckily for British skiing fans, the resort is easily accessible from the United Kingdom. The nearest airport is Innsbruck, which is approximately 80 kilometres away from Söll. Other options include Munich, which is 110 kilometres away from the resort, and Salzburg, which is 120 kilometres away. Upon arrival at whichever airport you choose, it may be best to hire a car. It will take about 50 minutes to drive from Innsbruck to the ski resort.
Alternatively, you could travel to the resort by train. The train station at St. Johann is just 25 kilometres away from Söll. If you choose to travel by train, you should take the Eurostar service from London to Paris. From Paris, take the overnight train to Munich and from there, you can catch one of the frequent trains which travel direct to St. Johann. Upon arrival at St. Johann, you should take a taxi to the resort itself.
Driving to Söll is another option but given the convenient nature of travel by air or rail, it should perhaps be avoided. It can be dangerous to drive in icy and snowy conditions and accidents on the road are far from common. In favourable conditions, it will take approximately ten and a half hours to drive between Calais and the resort. If you do decide to drive, make sure you have planned alternative routes well in advance and check the condition of your snow chains and tyres.
Who does the resort cater for?
The gentle slopes scattered across Söll are perfect for beginners and intermediate skiers who are looking to practise their skills before trying out tougher runs. Experts should not be put off though, since Söll is part of the popular Ski Welt region, which is the biggest linked skiing area in the whole country. However, if you are an experienced skier and the group you are travelling with does not want to venture outside the immediate vicinity of Söll, you may find boredom a real issue.
Snowboarders are not particularly well-served by the resort. The gentle slopes are not suited to the needs of experienced boarders and they may be happier visiting the nearby resort of Westendorf. Having said that, the resort is fantastic for those learning to snowboard or individuals who want to increase their confidence levels.
Whilst the village is relatively small and retains a traditional charm, the apres-ski scene is lively. There is live music on offer in the numerous bars every night and the large sports bar offers karaoke, which is a popular activity with drunken Brits! For those seeking something different to do during the day, activities on offer include tobogganing, swimming in the large indoor pool, bowling, ice skating, and paragliding.
What accommodation does the resort offer?
The resort offers numerous accommodation options, including several nice hotels, bed and breakfasts, chalets, private apartments, and farmhouses. If you want to stay in a hotel, try to choose one located close to the ski lifts. Hotel Tulpe is a comfortable three star hotel which offers accommodation on a half board basis. There is a popular buffet breakfast and the hotel has a large, secure ski room.
For something a little more upmarket, try the Hotel Greil. This hotel has won numerous awards and has been mentioned in the Michelin Guide. It has five different saunas and a specially designed room for relaxation, which offers amazing views of the nearby mountains. It offers several different packages for stays of various durations.
There are 3 black runs (suitable for expert skiers), 6 red runs (suitable for intermediate skiers), and 5 blue runs (suitable for beginners). The wider Ski Welt region allows access to nearly 300 individual pistes and purchasing the correct ski pass will let you ski in the other resorts located in the region. These resorts include Ellmau, Brixen im Thale, and Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser. There are numerous lifts located in the resort itself, including 10 gondolas and a large and efficient cable car.
Snow cover can be a bit of a problem in Söll. The slopes can become slushy, particularly towards the end of the ski season. However, recent years have seen heavy investment in snowmaking machines, which has dealt with the problem to some extent.
- Downhill Pistes: 250 km
- Number of Ski Lifts: 12
- Maximum Vertical: 1250 m
- Highest Lift: 1870 m
- Altitude of Resort: 700 m
- Lowest Piste: 620 m