Ski Paradise's Favourite Ski Runs (I): Rettenbach Glacier. Sölden Ski World Cup Racecourse

When people ask us about our experience visiting the best ski resorts in the world, the most repeated questions are: which is your favorite ski resort? And the best slope?

And the answer is always the same, it depends on many factors, the time of year, the snow conditions, the weather, who we are skiing with, or our mood at the time of the visit.

The truth is that we could not choose the name of a single ski resort or slope. So we will start this series by dedicating the first five posts to our favourite slopes on the glaciers of Tirol where we started our 2021-2022 season.

Sölden. Ski World Cup Opening 2021. Picture: Ski Paradise

Every year, after a long wait, when the month of October arrives, the Giant Slalom World Cup Races in Sölden remind us that a new winter season is just around the corner.

Since the 2000-2001 season, the yearly Women’s and Men’s Alpine Ski World Opening has taken place on Sölden’s Rettenbach Glacier.

Sölden. World Cup Racecourse. Picture: Ötztal Tourismus, Ernst Lorenzi

Sölden is a very modern and popular ski resort in the Ötztal valley in Tirol, Austria. The main village of Sölden is located at 1,368 meters above sea level.

Sölden offers the marvelous BIG 3, Austria's only ski area with 3 mountains higher than 3,000 meters which are accessible by lifts. From November to May thanks to the ski area's high-Alpine location (1,350 - 3,250 m) and the modern snowmaking system (covering all slopes lower than 2,200 m) snow is guaranteed in Sölden.

With a surface covering more than 20 km² and 34.5 km of pistes, Sölden's glacier ski area ranks among the largest in Tirol and Austria. Located between 2675 and 3250 meters, the scenic mountain ski areas of Rettenbach and Tiefenbachferner are connected by a ski tunnel.

Eight modern mountain lifts take skiers up the glacier ski mountains. The base lift stations at the Rettenbach and Tiefenbach Glaciers can be also easily reached by car or bus via the highest Panoramic Road in the Eastern Alps.