The glaciers in Sölden
Perpetual ice and winter sports guarantee
Not one but two glaciers form Austria's biggest winter sports glacier area on top of Ötztal: The Rettenbach and Tiefenbach-Ferner glaciers guarantee skiing fun from October to May. The stunning ice masses are more than just that.
Remnant from the Ice Age, scene of the Ski World Cup, stage, spectacular views, … the two glaciers, which are locally known as “Ferner”, are quite something. The climate change does not spare Tyrol, however the global warming works a bit more slowly at 3,000m.
Winter sports at its best – more than 6 months
Skiing on the glaciers is possible from October to May. From Hotel Alpenfriede you will reach both glaciers in less than 10 minutes. During the winter, your day of skiing starts right at the hotel's from door, where you can take a cable car up to reach the World Cup ski run. By the way, the two tongues of ice are connected through a spectacular ski tunnel and together they make up one of Austria's biggest glacier ski regions with an area of 20km² and almost 40 kilometres of pistes.
Rettenbachferner – stunning glacier arena
This glacier is venue for various events. The steep rock formation builds a basin, which serves as the perfect scenery for events like the Ski World Cup's kick-off, the biennal “Hannibal” Open-Air Theatre or various concerts and parties.
On the mountain crest's other side you will find the Tiefenbachferner glacier. The viewing platform at 3,250m offers a panorama over the neighbouring Pitztal valley as well as over Austria's second highest mountain, the Wildspitze.
Ötztal Glacier Road
Europe's highest road tunnel connects the two glaciers and is the highlight of the spectacular Ötztal Glacier Road. During the summer you can take the toll road from the valley to the Tiefenbachferner, during the winter the glaciers are only accessible by the lift facilities.
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