Söll in Tirol - One of eight villages in Skiwelt...something for everyone
Söll in Tirol is a small tranquil and pleasant village which is very much part of the extensive Skiwelt ski area. the ski area is accessed from Hochsöll, some 700m from the village via an efficient bus system. Skiwelt encompasses eight villages in two valleys, ninety cable cars and seventy seven bars, restaurants, cafes and Alpine huts. Brixen is regarded as the centre, skiers can enjoy dozens of runs of all difficulty, although most best suited to intermediates, and they link up the villages of Söll, Scheffau, Ellmau, Going, Brixen, Westendorf, Hopfgarten and Itter. It has the largest night skiing area in Austria, off piste is not a strong point, 80% of the slopes have snow-making. Skiwelt is unlike Ischgl or St. Anton for après-ski, but you can very easily find your favourite spots for a well-earned refreshment. Unsurprisingly, accommodation comes in a huge variety – from small guest houses to smart hotels. Söll has more hotel accommodation than the other SkiWelt villages.
Property for sale in Söll in Tirol
The ski property market in Skiwelt is as varied as the ski area, there is usually a good selection of one, two and three bedroom apartments and some lovely chalets on the market around Söll in Tirol, Going, Ellmau and Scheffau, and round the other side in Westendorf and even down to Kirchberg in Tirol. To us, the Austrian property market is excellent value in the context of the rest of Alps, like many resorts Skiwelt has made a huge effort to upgrade its infrastructure and offers comprehensive snow-making, this matters to property investors.
A guide to Söll in Tirol
Söll in Tirol (703m) is located in the northern side of the SkiWelt area with 286km of downhill skiing on 186 ski runs and 91 ski lifts. The region includes the villages of Ellmau, Westendorf, Going, Hopfgarten, Kelchsau, Scheffau and Brixen, all included on the same ski pass. The area is effectively a horseshoe shape with Going at one end under the Wilder Kaiser range, heading around the Hohe Salve mountain to Söll and towards Brixen at the other end. The Brixen valley is open ended and links to the Inn valley in the west and the Kitzbühel valley in the East. Kitzbühel is around 30 minutes’ drive. The village is quite spread out, there is a charming church in the centre and an efficient ski bus system. Accommodation is in hotels, B&Bs, traditional inns and holiday chalets and apartments. It is 1.5 hours from Innsbruck airport.
Söll in Tirol ski guide
Söll in Tirol is a good base to access SkiWelt. At its far end, quite a distance admittedly from Söll, SkiWelt connects to the Kirchberg-Kitzbühel ski area with the construction of the SkiWelt Bahn lift, opening up another range of choices for skiers and boarders. The slopes on this side of the valley tend to be less busy. Beginners are well looked after with a nursery slope at the base of Hochsöll allows an easy return to the village. There are numerous broad and well prepared pistes for novices and intermediates alike. There is a huge range of pistes for more ambitious skiers with three valley descents to choose from throug the trees and some excellent off-piste skiing. Söll has its own snowpark, the Crazy Kangaroo and the Skiparcours Hans im Glück kinds' fun park. There is a lovely 2.5 mile 'family' run down through the trees back to the nursery slopes.
As with other Austrian ski areas, there has been impressive investment in the SkiWelt resorts over recent years, reducing the queuing time at the lifts and improving the overall skiing experience. Investment in snow making has also improved the snow reliability.
Two floodlit toboggan runs go from Hochsöll down to the village. SkiWelt offers 148km of cross-country ski trails and 11 winter walking trails.
Söll in Tirol après ski
While not on the same level as Ischgl or St Anton, you will find plenty of places to relax after a day on the mountain around the wider area. Söll itself has plenty of bustling bars with live music for après ski enjoyment; prices are relatively cheap by ski resort standards. A popular pick is the Red Horse Inn, under the Hotel Rubin, later on check out the Whiskey Mühle, which stays busy until the early hours.
Eating out in Söll in Tirol
On the mountain there are 80 mountain restaurants across the SkiWelt area, you will never be far from a refreshment stop.
In the village, you have over twenty restaurants to choose from, a number of which are in the in the hotels. Try eating like a local with lots of traditional Tyrolean dishes. If you prefer a taste of home though, you can always find plenty of international favourites like steak or pizza. Popular resaurants include Dorf Stub'n, Gasthof in the Hotel Postwirt and for an Italian evening Giovanni. Auf da Mühle is a classy modern restaurant.
Summer in Söll in Tirol
The activity choices are enormous in Söll in Tirol with access to over 500km of hiking trails, a 100km cycle path and 812km of mountain bike routes with numerous battery charging stations for E-bikes. There are 9 golf courses within a 50km radius, an outdoor pool in Westendorf, swimming lakes in Brixen and Kirchberg, tennis courts, minigolf, paragliding and, of course, rafting and mountain climbing in the Kitzbüheler Alpen.
For more details on Mountain Biking in Söll in Tirol, check out our blog: Where to go Mountain Biking in the Alps
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