Soell, Austria resort review

Soell View From Top_sm

The ski area of Soell (spelled with an umlaut, Söll, in German) is part of an amazing connected resort called Skiwelt [www.skiwelt.at], overlooking the majestic Wilder Kaiser mountains. Altogether, Skiwelt has 279km of pistes, with 43% beginner, 47% intermediate, and 10% expert. In the main resort area, the highest peak is Hohe Salve (1,829m). As you can see above, the view from the top is amazing! There’s a nice restaurant up there with outdoor benches and Plexiglas protection from the wind, so you can sit outside at 6,000ft and enjoy a Hefeweizen beer in the sun. Lift tickets run €39 for a day pass and €167 for a 5-day card.

You can make a day’s adventure out of traveling many km from one end of Skiwelt to the other: for example, you can reach Scheffau (pictured below).

Soell-Scheffau View_sm

From every part of Skiwelt, there are different, beautiful views. This photo shows some clouds in the valley, with just the mountains poking through – a common (and amazing!) weather pattern for the Alps.

Getting to Soell

Soell itself is just 110km from Munich, 80km from Innsbruck, and 130km from Salzburg. But since the resort of Skiwelt is surrounded by roads and towns, you could just as easily stay in Scheffau, Ellmau, Going, Hopfgarten, Westendorf, or Brixen im Thale. Soell and Scheffau are the closest resorts to Munich, and you can get there easily without needing to buy the Austria highway sticker or “Vignette.” In case you choose to arrive by train, you can go to one of the towns on the south side of the mountain easily, such as Hopfgarten. With a car, you’ll have greater mobility in case you want to check out other towns around the resort.

Tips for Soell and Skiwelt

For experienced skiers: do your own ski tour! Start at Soell, and take the gondola to the top of Hohe Salve for a great morning view. Then go down the steep slope on the back of Hohe Salve and turn left toward lift 7, Filzbodenbahn. From the top of that one, take a left toward Scheffau. One of the lifts at Ellmau, number 80, is actually a mountain train! Have fun exploring for the day. Just make sure to head back toward your base-town with enough time to arrive before the lifts close.

Soell Powder_sm

When there’s fresh snow, the best powder skiing areas of Skiwelt are found around Hohe Salve. You’ll see these areas when coming up the gondola from Soell. On the backside of Hohe Salve, toward Scheffau and Brixen, there is even more powder. For good carving, try the slopes under lifts 42 and 43.

If you need a day off from skiing (or learning), or have some non-skiers in your group, try sledding at several of the areas around Skiwelt including Soell. Sled-riding is called “Rodeln” in German; and this isn’t your grandpappy’s sled-riding, as you ride up the lift and then go on a course several km long. The best thing after all this exercise (or in between sessions!) is a “Susse Mahlzeit,” or sweet meal. Germans love to eat apple strudel, Kaiserschmarrn (a kind of chopped pancake), or Germknoedel (plum-filled, poppy-sprinkled dumpling) for lunch. Here you can see Germknoedel with vanilla sauce or melted butter!

Soell Germknoedel_sm

The nightlife, to be honest, is not as hot as some other resorts like Mayrhofen, Soelden, and St. Anton. But that makes the Skiwelt region a little more family friendly. For Apres Ski, there are still several good possibilities. Both Soell and Scheffau have jumpin’ bars right near the gondola entrances, just follow the pulsing music when you arrive at the base of the mountain. Enjoy a Jagermeister, some mulled wine, or a local beer!

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