Learn to ski in Sölden
Located only an hour away from Innsbruck, Sölden is one of Europe’s most famous winter & glacier ski resorts and is renowned for its après ski parties. Thanks to the Tiefenbach and Rettenbach glacier, the 145km of local slopes are snow sure from September to May.
Sölden is surrounded by 3 mountains that range above 3000m - the Gaislachkogel, the Tiefenbachkogel and the Schwarze Schneide - which offer endless pistes of all standards. The three peaks are accessed with modern cable car lifts, the panorama bridge and viewing platform at the top additionally offering an incredible and wide-ranging view over the ski resort.
Due to the resort’s ideal location, Sölden traditionally hosts the start of the Alpine World Cup, which takes place at the end of October. The Öztal Super Skipass covers the slopes and lifts within Sölden, plus all other slopes & lifts within the the Ötztal valley; Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, Hochoetz-Kühtai, Niederthai, Gries and Vent: These six areas are interconnected, thanks to a free bus, and offer a total of 356km of pistes.
Ski lessons for beginners in Sölden
Ski schools in Sölden offer lessons for skiers aged 3yrs and above. Lessons last between 2,5-4hrs, depending on the ski school, and groups are arranged according to age & ability.
The very first lessons take place on the beginner slopes situated around the top of the Giggijoch lift. Here, the ski schools in Sölden teach their ski novices the first moves of the snowplough and glide, whilst the students familiarise themselves with their equipment.
The next step for beginners is to progress to slopes with a slight incline. If the snowplough and glide moves are steady, the snowplough turn is then introduced. Lessons firstly advance to blue slopes when the basic techniques are well established and the learners feel secure.
Ski schools in Sölden take their beginners with some previous experience directly to blue slopes, where the learners refresh their basic skills before beginning to work on parallel skiing.
Kids’ ski lessons in Sölden
Children from age 3yrs can begin to have ski lessons in Sölden. The youngest skiers learn their first moves on the kindergarten slopes, which are secure and colourful, with fun obstacles. These areas also have child-friendly lifts, so that little learners have a stress-free introduction to travelling with ski lifts.
Lessons for learners aged 3-4yrs last for 2hrs per day. The ski schools in Sölden offer lessons of different lengths for slightly older children; generally the lessons are either 2,5hrs or 4hrs per day.
First-time skiers start with learning the basic techniques of the snowplough and glide. Once the little ski novices have gained some confidence, lessons progress to slopes with a gentle incline. Here, the snowplough turn is introduced.
Ski schools in Sölden take young skiers who have skied before directly to slopes that suit their ability, whether blue, red or even black slopes. The lessons focus on improving posture and introducing other skiing techniques, such as parallel skiing or carving.
The ski schools in Sölden recommend the many red slopes around the Giggijoch and Rotkogljoch is ideal for practice and for working on technique after lessons. Both areas have various red pistes that end directly in Sölden village.
Ski hire in Sölden
Some ski schools in Sölden offer both ski and snowboard lessons that include equipment hire. The lesson prices are only slightly higher than for lessons without included equipment, the equipment is modern and well-serviced, and visitors can travel to the resort with less baggage.
Additionally, there are 17 ski hire outlets within Sölden for others who prefer to rent their gear.
Sölden ski pass
Sölden offers various ski passes: There are three tickets for beginners; the Beginners Ticket Innerwald, the Beginners Ticket Giggijoch and the Minilift Tiefenbach Glacier. Each of these tickets can be bought for single days.
The ski pass for Sölden can be bought in various forms, from hourly day passes to multi-day ski tickets, flexible passes or season tickets. The Sölden ski pass valid for 1-2 days only cover the slopes directly in Sölden. Passes valid for 3 days or longer cover all of the slopes and lifts within the Ötztal ski areas.
The ski schools in Sölden will be happy to give more advice regarding which pass to buy for the relevant skiing level.
Ski lesson prices in Sölden
Ski schools in Sölden offer group and private ski and snowboard lessons. Many lesson packages have included equipment hire and the price is only slightly higher than for lessons without equipment. Some ski schools in Sölden also offer lessons with a lunch option. The prices quoted are the lowest price per season & lesson:
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The best ski schools in Sölden
Ski- und Snowboardschule Vacancia
Founded in 1990, the multilingual Skischule Vacancia team offers group and private ski and snowboard lessons, plus ski touring, ice climbing and telemark skiing adventures.
The Giggijochbahn top station.
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beginner friendly, experienced, reliable
Ski- und Bikeschule Ötztal Sölden
The local Ski and Bike School team offers group and private ski lessons, plus private ski racing lessons in English and German.
The ski school meeting point at the Giggijoch lift top station.
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beginner friendly, patient, kids friendly
Ski- und Snowboardschule SNOWLINES Sölden
SNOWLINES specialises in private ski and snowboard lessons. Instruction is offered in many languages.
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experienced, patient, relaxed
Alpine Ski School Sölden offers private ski touring and ice climbing lessons in English, German, Dutch & Russian.
The Alpinist team offers private ski touring and heliski adventures in English and German.
What makes ski lessons in Sölden special
Skiers looking for a challenge can set off on the Big 3 Rally, a 50km tour that covers the whole skiing area within a day. The Big 3 is signposted from the Giggijoch gondola and passes the Gaislachkogl top station, plus the two glacier gondolas. The tour is a strenuous 4hrs but offers exceptional views from various high points along the way.
For freestyling fun after lessons, the Area 47 snowpark provides a great mix of obstacles for all abilities, with rails, boxes, wallride and kickers and numerous other features. There’s also a funslope, a speed run and a giant slalom run nearby.
Electric music fans should head over to Sölden at the beginning of April for the parties and numerous music acts that fill the 2-day Electric Mountain Festival.