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  • Writer's pictureRaúl Revuelta

The Alpine Ski World Cup Kicks Off in Sölden in 60 Days

Updated: Jun 16

Mikaela Shiffrin. Sölden Alpine Ski World Cup Season Opener. Rettenbach Glaciar
Alpine Ski World Cup. Sölden, Rettenbach Glaciar. Picture: Ski Paradise

The 2023-2024 Alpine Ski World Cup season is just around the corner. After months of waiting, the skiing circus will be back in 60 days. Sölden (Tirol, Austria) again will host the first Races of the season. As every year, the Women's Giant Slalom opens the new World Cup.

Since the 2000/2001 season, the Women's and Men's ski World Cup has traditionally been held on the Rettenbach Glacier in Sölden.

The races of the Alpine Ski World Cup Season Opener Sölden will be held on 28 and 29 October. The FIS Women's and Men's Alpine Ski World Cup is held for the 28th time in the Tyrolean ski resort.

Alpine Ski World Cup Season Opener Program:

Saturday, 28.10.2023

  • 10:00 am 1st run Women‘s Giant Slalom

  • 1:15 pm 2nd run Women‘s Giant Slalom

Sunday, 29.10.2023

  • 10:00 am 1st run Men‘s Giant Slalom

  • 1:30 pm 2nd run Men‘s Giant Slalom

Sölden Alpine Ski World Cup Season Opener. Rettenbach Glaciar
Alpine Ski World Cup. Sölden, Rettenbach Glaciar. Picture: Markus Geisler

Sölden is a very modern and popular ski resort in the Ötztal valley of Tirol, Austria. The main village of Sölden is located at 1,368 meters above sea level.

Sölden offers the marvelous BIG 3, Austria's only ski area with 3 mountains higher than 3,000 meters which are accessible by lifts. From November through May thanks to the ski area's high-Alpine location (1,350 - 3,250 m) and the modern snowmaking system (covering all slopes lower than 2,200 m) snow is guaranteed in Sölden.

With a surface covering more than 20 km² and 34.5 km of pistes, Sölden's glacier ski area ranks among the largest in Tirol and all of Austria. Located between 2675 and 3250 meters, the scenic mountain ski areas of Rettenbach and Tiefenbachferner are connected by a ski tunnel.

Eight modern mountain lifts take skiers up the glacier ski mountains. The base lift stations at the Rettenbach and Tiefenbach Glaciers can be also easily reached by car or bus via the highest Panoramic Road in the Eastern Alps.

On spectacular bends and steep ascents, you will quickly gain altitude on this connecting toll road (free of charge with a valid ski pass). An average gradient of 11% awaits drivers on the 13 km long route to Rettenbach Glacier. If you also want to visit Tiefenbach Glacier you have to cross the mountain through Europe's highest road tunnel (1,8 km), passing also the highest point of the glacier road (2830 m).


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