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Hello everyone,

Long time lurker, first time poster here so go easy on me Very Happy

I am in the early stages of planning a trip to Solden with the aim of attending the Giant Slalom World Cup race on 22nd/23rd October and then hopefully some skiing on the glacier for us (2 adults, 2 children) the rest of the week - have any of you been to this event before and able to offer some help and info please?

I almost always book our trips on a DIY basis but we have never been to Austria and Im struggling a little with this one...although our flights to Innsbruck and hire car are sorted.

The closest Iv got to a ski race is Eurosport and Ski Sunday so I know next to nothing about how to go about it and google searches are not helping on this occasion unfortunately - am I right in thinking that the finish line is in Solden town rather than being up on the mountain or am I completely wrong lol

Where do you buy a spectators ticket from? Iv been onto the Solden website (https://www.soelden.com/skiworldcup) but the ticket prices bit is not working and there does not seem to be a facility to buy tickets? Have I missed the boat and they are sold out? That would be just my luck Hahah!

Many thanks and apologies if I begin firing more questions across Smile
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I usually go to Sölden the other end of the season, but I have some mates who go to the race every year.

I have not been to those races, but the videos I've seen are on the Rettenbach glacier. There's a black marked on the piste map up there which runs down to the stands at the bottom. At that time of year I'd expect you'd drive up the glacier toll road, park up there, and walk over to the stands. So not finishing in the valley bottom. The road's a toll, so they could charge you, but I don't know how that all works.
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I was there last year as my daughter was boardercross training the next valley along in Pitztal.

Finish line is up by the main center on the Rettenbach glacier with plenty of parking behind it or a little further along on the Tiefenbach glacier.

Don't know about tickets but I guess side view on the slopes would be free access and finish line needs tickets but I'm only guessing. Not 100% sure on what happens on race day as I left on the Saturday morning.

Expect half of the glaciers to be set aside for junior/club race training, although if the weather god's smile on you there is still plenty of room.

Toll road is free/included with your lift pass.
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Thanks guys.

Id seen pictures of the finish area with cars in the background so assumed it was in the valley. Im going to email them to find out about buying tickets.

Do you have any recommendations on where to stay while there? Langenfeld has some realy decent apartments on Airbnb at a good rate but is there much going on in Langenfeld or
would we better off staying in Solden?

Many thanks again
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Hi PortSki. For info, the glacier is a 20-25 minute drive up a very alpine road - think 10 or 12 hairpins - but not a bad drive as mountain roads go. Or, it's free on the ski bus if you are in ski kit, with ski gear. We used both bus and car for access in May. The bus was great but could be busy when the skl race is on.

One other point to consider is that the road to the glacier is a toll road. It's free on the ski bus but you do need to pay if you drive up yourself.

It would be great to see the race but, unfortunately, it takes place on the best (ie steepest) recreational piste on the Rettenbach glacier. There is still some decent skiing though - served by T bars to spectators' left as you look up the mountain.

The Tiefenbach Glacier - over the back of Rettenbach Glacier - is also covered on the lift pass. It is accessed from Rettenbach by gondola (if that is in public use when the racing is on?) or via the road tunnel from Rettenbach. It is quite gentle on its lower section.

Längenfeld is OK for amenities, food and drink etc and is a pleasant enough place. More a functioning large village than a ski resort though. Having said that - and race atmosphere aside - I would think Sölden will be very quiet at that time of year.

I found the tourist office very helpful when I contacted them with an email enquiry in April. They responded very swiftly. I'm sure they will advise on tickets for the ski racing.
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(If you have a lift pass, then the toll road is also free, just slow down, flash the pass, and they let you through.)
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Thanks again for the replies folks.

I wouldnt be skiing on the race days, but will be hoping to get on piste on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Iv found a cracking apartment just outside of Solden in Zwieselstein which I believe is on the bus route between Solden and Obergurgl.

Very excited at the prospect of getting back on snow.
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mountainaddict wrote:
Hi PortSki.

One other point to consider is that the road to the glacier is a toll road. It's free on the ski bus but you do need to pay if you drive up yourself.


Isn't the toll road free if you buy a ski pass? Puzzled
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Solden Tourist Info got back to me re: tickets for the race and they go on sale some time in august but they couldnt tell me what date or how much they will be Laughing Helpful.
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@PortSki, Its pretty normal for the Tourist offices and hotels to be quite disorganised about upcoming season until they've all got back from their summer holidays, here in UK we like to have plans made for next season as soon as one winter season is done, in Austria ime folks seem a bit more relaxed about it, probably because they know the snow will come and they live there after all so don't need to make such long term plans. I'd also like to see the Solden races at some point, should be fun. Enjoy.
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Yeah, our continental cousins are a lot more lassez faire - meanwhile iv got holidays booked and iteneraries planned for the next two years NehNeh NehNeh NehNeh
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PortSki wrote:
Thanks again for the replies folks.

I wouldnt be skiing on the race days, but will be hoping to get on piste on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Iv found a cracking apartment just outside of Solden in Zwieselstein which I believe is on the bus route between Solden and Obergurgl.

Very excited at the prospect of getting back on snow.


I stayed in Zwieselstein the last time I went to the Otztal; dead easy for bus to Solden, Obergurgl and Vent. A couple of decent bars/restaurants in the two hotels but not a lot else other than apartments and guest houses. No shops, for any essentials, for example.
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Tickets to both races are now on sale - Just got a weekend ticket for a very reasonable 40euros. Can not wait to see my first ski race in person!
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A fun racing-geek factoid is that the toll road goes through the Rosi Mittermaier tunnel, and if you didn't drive up there you ski over it leaving the area.
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I didn't know that - thanks. But you only drive through there if you go to the Tiefenbach; I almost always stop at the Rettenbach base, so I don't think I've ever driven through that. You don't ski over it at season's end either, as you don't want to go down that valley wink

Now I have to google down who Rosi Mittermaier was/ is.
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