Ski Lifts in Soll
The ski lift company in Sőll is one of six SkiWelt lift companies operating a seamless network of 90 ski lifts including 16 gondolas, 35 chairlifts, 39 drag lifts and a funicular railway with a carrying capacity of 137,800 riders per hour.
Picture Credit: Bergbahn Hohe Salve
Soll & SkiWelt Wilder-Kaiser Brixental Ski Lifts
While the SkiWelt as a whole has state of the art ski left technology, the Hochsőll gondola in Sőll is on the outskirts of the village, which is the only drawback of the lift system for those staying in Sőll. It’s about a 800-1,000m from the centre of the village, which is a long walk in ski boots, but a free ski bus runs frequently between Sőll and the gondola and you soon get used to it. If you have a car, there’s plenty of free parking next to the gondola station.
The 40 drag lifts in SkiWelt are almost invariably on nursery and beginner slopes close to the villages and mostly for the convenience of first time beginners. The majority of the ski area is served by high-speed gondolas and chair lifts. The SkiWelt lift system carries 142,000 riders per hours and is continually being improved with massive investment in latest technology to maximise capacility, speed, comfort and safety, and to minimise queuing. The invasions of day visitors by coach from Bavaria on snowy Saturdays mean that the SkiWelt can get very busy at weekends, but the lift system copes well enough and queuing is generally not a problem.
Recent improvements include a new gondola connecting the Westendorf ski area with the rest of the SkiWelt and more new high-speed detachable 6-seater and 8-seater charifits, often with bubble covers and heated seats are being installed in place of older fixed grip lifts. There’s even a solar powered magic carpet.
Soll & SkiWelt Wilder-Kaiser Brixental Lift Passes
Six lift companies co-operate very well to deliver a quality lift service throughout the SkiWelt. Behind the scenes, they’re also in competition with one another. When you buy a SkiWelt lift pass in Sőll, the local lift company that sells you your lift pass gets a fixed (10%) percentage of the price, but thereafter the revenue share depends where you ski. If you ride the gondola from Sőll to Hohe Salve then ski over to Westendorf and spend most of the day skiing over there, the Westendorf lift company will receive a higher proportion of the revenue attributable to that day’s lift pass. That way each of the villages and lift companies has good incentive to ensure good lift services and welcoming mountain restaurants in their part of the SkiWelt.
The ski lifts in Sőll and throughout the SkiWelt are open from early December (and preceding weekends, if snow conditions permit) until early April from 8:00/8:30am until 4:00/4:30pm. SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental ski lift passes are available for ½ day only, from 1-14 days or you can buy multi-day passes that allow you to ski any 5 days in 7, days in 10 or 10 days in 14. The usual discounts are available for youths and younger children (on production of valid photo ID).
Regular visitors can take advantage of the Kitzbuhler Alpen All Star Card lift pass which covers 359 cable cars and ski lifts and 1,081km of ski runs in SkiWelt, Kitzbuhler Alps and other nearby ski regions. The vast majority of tourist guests are unlikely to reap the benefit, but it’s available should you need it. It costs about 12% more than a standard SkiWelt lift pass.
Soll Ski Lift Company
Berg & Ski Lift Hochsőll GmbH & Co KG
Stampfanger 21, A-6306 Sőll
Tel: +43 (0) 5333 5260
Email: [email protected]