Beneath: nothing. The crevice is 60 m between you and the ground. And right in front of you — the Wildspitze — the highest mountain in Tirol at m altitude. A steel, glass-clad footbridge is held in place only by strong steel cables, attached to the distinctive, 15 m high pyramid on the summit of the Tiefenbachkogl. Right at the mountain station for the Tiefenbachbahn on the Tiefenbach glacier — m above the sea. Right on the summit of the mountain a suspension bridge proceeds to the viewing platform on the roof of the spectacular restaurant ice Q.

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However, it is both a snowsure and — for athletic intermediates — a scintillating place to ski, thanks to some exceptionally long runs. One, from the Schwarze Schneide 3, m to the bottom of the Gaislachkogl lift 1,m is 15km long and drops through a muscle-melting 1, vertical metres. The pistes are also exceptionally wide. The Tiefenbach is the gentler of the two, while the Rettenbach is steep enough to provide FIS with a giant slalom course on which to open the World Cup circuit at the end of each October.

Admittedly all these areas are well above the treeline. So if you want to be sure of quieter pistes, stay low: and then move up to the glaciers at lunchtime.

The first section is on a red piste number 32 , which is the best and widest carving piste I know. The second part is down the actual World Cup course, where at the end of the October each year the best skiers in the world kick off the racing season. For experts the challenges are mainly off-piste More advanced skiers will find a few testing blacks in the ski area, but most of the challenging terrain here is off-piste — unless you count the Area 47 Snowpark at Giggijoch.

Bear in mind that the resort builds its features entirely out of snow, rather than relying on underlying earthworks, so in a poor snow season features tend to be undersized. For skiers who are relatively new to freeriding both the Hainbachjoch and the Giggijoch offer open slopes and relatively easy turns. Wherever you go, however, hire an off-piste guide to show you the way, and help keep you safe.

The avalanche involving members of the US ski team is a salutary reminder of the risks involved. Among the must-dos for ski tourers is the Vent Loop Trail which takes in five spectacular summits — the Wildspitze, Weisskugel, Similaun, Fineilspitze and Fluchtkogel. The entire region around Solden also boasts a great variety of day tours.


BERGFEX: Ski resort Sölden - Skiing holiday Sölden

It will feature 23 gondola cabins and has an hourly capacity of persons. Passengers will reach the Giggijoch ski area from the base station in less than six minutes. The existing 1. Further advantages include a slow entry and exit speed, protection against wind and weather and barrier-free access and exit areas. The location of the building will change only at the top station. The opening of the new mountain gondola is already scheduled for early December


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