Local facilities 5
(i.e. Restaurants, hire shops)
Slope conditions 3
Lift system 4
Skiing / boarding experience
Apres ski 4
We went to this resort fairly late in the season, but with three glaciers, we were sure of finding some good snow conditions.
As you would expect, the top of the mountain had some great snow which contained some of the best pistes I have skied on. However, some of the lower runs were patchy and on the verge of being closed due to lack of snow. (it was springtime!)
With a massive 2km height difference between upper and lower slopes this critisism does seem a little unfair, and a major positive is that it's possible to ski a continuous run of nearly 10km top to bottom!
There are a good range and number of runs to suit all abilities from some fairly easy tree lined runs at the bottom (useful in the poor visibility which we experienced) to some more challenging blacks elsewhere (although i don't remember any of these being really difficult), The ski area has a decent fun park and a good range of reasonably priced mountain restauraunts.
The apres ski experience depends on which side of the resort you are staying on. We were staying on the smaller gaislachkogl side of the resort where there is a lively umbrella bar towards the bottom of the piste. There is also a basic looking bar at the bottom lift station which despite appearances had a really good atmosphere.
We did spend one afternoon on the other side of the resort which was busier with a greater choice of venues.
Generally speaking, as with most larger austrian resorts, the apres ski was alot of fun.
I can't speak from personal experience about the night life, but some of our party did visit a club, locally, which by all accounts was much larger and more stimulating than one might expect in a small town!
In summary, I would say, that if you have been to other well known austrian resorts, and are looking for somewhere new. Solden might just be the place for you.