Soll is a popular winter vacation destination in the Austrian state of Tyrol. Mostly beginner and intermediate ski runs are at the Soll Ski Area, and if you want a bigger challenge, you can venture over the hills and into the other surrounding ski areas. Soll is the main ski village in Austria's Ski-Welt region, and for all intents and purposes, it is the region's gateway as well. The extensive Ski-Welt region is one of the largest ski areas in Austria. Nine different villages are found in the region, and seven of them are linked by way of lifts and trails. Your lift ticket at the Soll Ski Resort will allow you to ski at the other Ski-Welt villages, and after you get your fill of skiing, some lively apres-ski festivities can keep the fun going into the evening hours.
The Soll Ski Area is set at a relatively low altitude when compared to many of the ski resorts in Austria, Germany, and the rest of Europe. Add in the fact that the slopes tend to get a lot of sunshine, and the Soll snow can get slushy fast. On some occasions in the past, the slopes were even bare at times during the winter. That being said, the quality of the Soll snow has improved in recent years. A state-of-the-art snowmaking system was put in place, and these days, half of the entire Ski-Welt area ski terrain can be blanketed in man-made snow.
There isn't a lot of technical terrain at the Soll Ski Resort. The same can be said about the entire Ski-Welt network. These ski villages are better suited for beginning and intermediate skiers and snowboarders, thanks largely in part to the gentle, pastoral layout of their slopes. Approximately ten percent of the slopes and trails that can be accessed from the Soll Ski Resort are for advanced skiers, and they include the descent down the 6,000-foot Hohe Salve run. In general, it's more about cruising at Soll and the other Ski-Welt village resorts. When cruising from village to village, it is important to know how to get back to the village that you are based at. The signs that are in place along the trails aren't the best, and the bus service linking the various villages is scarce.
Rounding out the skiing and snowboarding options in the Soll area are four terrain parks and a few halfpipes. One of the terrain parks can be found on the Soll end, though many freestyle skiers and boarders head to the park at the village of Westendorf. When you get hungry or just want to take a break while skiing or snowboarding in Soll, there are more than 70 restaurants in the Ski-Welt circuit to choose from. Two of the more popular on-mountain restaurants at Soll are near the top station of the Brandstadl gondola. When the sun is shining, soaking up some rays while you dine and drink on the terraces of these restaurants can be a joy. Back down in the village of Soll, more than 30 restaurants await, and they serve up both local favorites and international dishes. Complementing the restaurants are a number of bars that offer the best apres-ski scene around. This small village has long been known for apres-ski atmosphere and its overall nightlife.
Due to its location in the state of Tyrol, Soll enjoys proximity to the beautiful Austrian cities of Salzburg and Innsbruck. These two cities serve as the ski area's main gateways. Upon arrival at the Soll Ski Resort, many travelers are surprised at how small it is. You can always visit a larger Austrian ski resort such as Lech if you want a bigger scene. Soll is better suited for those who prefer a small village atmosphere and relatively affordable accommodations. The hotels near Soll Ski Resort include many budget pension hotels, and you can also book a stay at a B&B or an area farmhouse. When staying at hotels in the village of Soll, such as the top-rated Hotel Postwirt, you will be removed from the slopes of the ski area. The Soll Ski Resort is not directly connected to the village, though buses are available if you don't want to take on the relatively long walk.
There are few four star hotels near Soll Ski Resort, and while they aren't overly luxurious, they provide plenty of comfort. In addition to the Hotel Postwirt, those who are interested in staying at one of the four star hotels in the area might keep the Hotel Greil in mind. Three star hotels such as the Hotel Tenne Garni and the Hotel Eggerwirt also provide considerable comfort and a good location in Soll, and you can also book a stay at a cheaper two-star hotel like the Guesthouse Maximilian if you want to save on rates. Most of the hotels near Soll Ski Resort include breakfast in their rates, and some offer half-board rates if you want to enjoy increased meal options.