Sölden. Giggijoch Mountain

Today I’m going to write about one of the summits in the famous town of Sölden, which is said to be the heart of the Alps. Snow lies on the ground for most of the year and sun is blindingly bright. It’s never boring in Sölden and the scenery just takes your breath away.

 

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You can get up from Sölden to the ski slopes by taking two ski-lifts, the Giggijochbahn and the Geislachkogelbahn. There’re both found at opposite ends of Dorfstraße, the town’s central street.

 

Skiing in Sölden

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The two gondola lifts can take up to six people, and ski-equipment is placed into special “pockets” on the inside of doors.

 

Solden / Sölden / Soelden / Giggijoch / Giggijochbahn

 

On the photos you can see the Giggijoch cable railway, which we used to ascend to Giggijoch station 2284. Lots of chair lifts depart from this station. On the slopes itself, the elevation changes drops from 1377 to 2885 metres. The routes are mostly quite wide with a gentle slope, which is great for beginners, but it will also appeal to more confident skiers, since there are a lot of beautiful routes, which are both long and short. At Giggijoch there’s also a snowboarding park, and Sölden was recently recognised as being one of the world’s most suitable snowboarding resorts. My husband didn’t make it to the park, but he enjoyed the routes. Only one of them was too long and he got tired going down:))

 

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Four skiing and snowboarding schools are active in Sölden, the oldest being active since 1928. Kids start skiing at the age of three, but snowboarding from at around seven or eight. What’s more, in the village there’s a dedicated nursery where children can be left whilst their parents go off skiing. On the whole, the idea is good, but me and my husband decided to take turns skiing, because I wasn’t happy leaving our one year old in the nursery just for the sake of skiing. We plan on starting Daniel off skiing when he’s three, although there are those who think that it’s better at four, when kids generally get more interested.

 

Solden / Sölden / Soelden / Giggijoch / Giggijochbahn

 

This device is the snow gun, but it wasn’t working that day since there was already enough snow.

 

Solden / Sölden / Soelden / Giggijoch / Giggijochbahn

 

The snow cat is a special vehicle used for preparing ski routes. As in all Austrian resorts, they only have the most modern ones.

 

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Can you see a small house in the photo? That’s the village of Hochsölden. It’s clearly visible on the ascent from the cable railway. There’s only a few houses there, but the great thing is you can take the lift straight from the porch.

 

Solden / Sölden / Soelden / Giggijoch / Giggijochbahn

 

Apre-Ski, which is a literal translation from the French Après-Ski (after ski) referrs to the other activities to do in the skiing area, and in this sense Sölden is particularly well developed and popular. There are various restaurants on the mountain side, ice bars, wooden huts where you can warm yourself up with some hot mulled wine or punch, grab a bite to eat or dance away in your ski boots, which is completely normal in the resort.
In the photo you can see the “Wirtshaus am Giggijoch” restaurant. The outside terrace has a bar and a DJ’s booth, which pumps out music non-stop. It’s open form 815 am to 430 pm.

 

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After a couple of hours of intense skiing it’s great to relax by sitting down and chatting to friends with amazing views of the Alps.

 

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Special ski and snowboard holders can be found all-over Sölden, next to ever shop, café and restaurant.

 

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Giggijoch is not the only place to ski in Sölden by far. There is, for instance, an enormous area known as Big 3 and it is included in three-thousanders, which are joined together by routes of various levels by lifts.

 

The areas are:

  • Gaislachkogl – 3058 m
  • Tiefenbachkogl – 3250 m
  • Schwarze Schneide – 3340 m

 

Apart from them there are a further two glaciers, Tiffenbachgletcher and Rettenbachgletcher, which it’s possible to ski on all year round.

 

Solden / Sölden / Soelden / Giggijoch / Giggijochbahn

Photos

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Information

Sölden has its own website where everything necessary can be found:
http://www.soelden.com/» (available in several languages, including English).
Something else which you might find useful is the smartphone app that lets you get the latest information on what’s happening around you (lifts, prices, opening times. It even lets you follow your route and share it online). To the apps»

Getting there

Sölden is in the Ötztal valley, about 40 minutes drive from Autobahn A12. The journey takes about three hours from both Munich and Salzburg and you’ll need about an hour and fifteen minutes from Innsbruck.
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