Happy Monday everyone, welcome to my latest blog post all about my latest skiing trip to Soll, Austria!
My second and last ski trip for the season, happy to go being but sad that its the last skiing trip of the season! I love skiing, if you read some of my older posts on skiing you will know that its been 17 years from my first ski trip and I have loved it ever since! Skiing is so unlike another holiday you go on, if you haven’t been before then I think you should seriously consider going!! 🙂
So this time we headed of to Soll with Crystal Holidays, we flew from Dublin to Salzburg and then took a 1hour 20 minute bus journey to Soll. You can alternatively fly into Innsbruck, but the flight times are very early in the morning where the Salzburg is around 1pm which is a much nicer flight time 🙂
We arrived around 6pm to our hotel (Rubin Hotel), it seemed ok, no reception/lobby area as such. Our room was pretty basic but I never really expect much on ski holidays because they are all pretty similar unless you want to pay an arm and a leg for a nicer hotel, which in my opinion on a ski holiday isn’t worth it because you are rarely in the room. We had 3 après ski bars in our hotel, thankfully we never heard the noise that came from them late at night but others in our group had a hard time getting a nights sleep!
Soll is quite a low ski resort and with us going at the start of March we were taking a risk of the snow not being very good and it wasn’t! Although the locals said it hadn’t been great all season anyway. We got ourselves up each day and on the slopes to make the most of the freshly pisted slopes. The snow was quite good up until 11am and then it was too warm so it started to get slushy. The best days skiing we had was our last, the snow was crisp and the temperatures were lower than the previous days!
Soll itself is a small town, there is very little to do if you don’t ski and very few shops as well but what we did find was the most beautiful coffee shop called Koffee & Koncept. On our last day I had to have everything I like from there so I could be satified 😉 There are plenty of après ski bars if you want to party, we only partied a few nights 😉
You won’t get bored of the slopes as there are a lot of them & various mountains to ski to and around the area. We mainly stayed on three slopes, usually because by the time you skied them 2/3 times each they were too slushy/moguly to ski anymore. Some of our group skied further away and ended up getting a taxi back because it was too difficult to ski back because of the snow conditions.
As I said above our last day skiing was the best, I stuck to the same slope for 9/10 runs, practising my techniques and building up speed, I used the Rossignol ski pursuit app to monitor my skiing. My maximum speed was 79km/h, at that point I stopped trying to get faster incase I seriously hurt myself :s
My Soll Advice
- Do not book the Rubin Hotel – you run the risk of not getting fresh towels for 3 days, breakfast won’t be open from 7.30am like they state, your dinner will be like school dinners and barely edible, some of the staff can be quite cheeky at times, you have to cook your own breakfast on a small grill and sometimes the coffee machine won’t work! The après ski bars don’t finish to the early hours so if you are a light sleeper, it wouldn’t be a great place for you to stay.
- Eat in the Postwirt Hotel, have the Peppered Fillet Steak, it is beautiful! If I could have got back for another one during our time I would have. If you don’t want to eat there, go for a drink in their bar, it has been newly refurbished and its lovely.
- Try Koffee & Koncept, the decor and food is perfect! It gets busy so you may have to wait for a table! If I could have the Blueberry porridge everyday I would! 😉
- Après ski in the MoonLight Bar, you can eat and drink there! The food is good and the dancing is even better 😉
- Do you have your own skis? Instead of having to carry them each day from your hotel you can store them under the gondola for €12/week. It is a lot easier than having to carry your skis and boots each day!
- Eat in the Schulhaus Restaurant, each area of the restaurant has a different theme of school – you have music, sport and the classroom. The Chicken Sticks & Arrabiata were my favourites!
- White Wine Lover or fussy with wine? Try upgrading your glass of wine to a better one, you’ll thank me after!
- Bring plenty of €€€, its not cheap
So there we have it, overall not much to do round the area unless its after ski drinking or a coffee. I hope as always you enjoyed reading my post!
I’ll be back on Wednesday 7pm with another new post if you want to check back 😀