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Söll is a pleasant, friendly village that won't break the holiday budget, even if you make the most of the vibrant après-ski scene...
Söll is in the SkiWelt: the largest piste network in Austria, linking eight resorts via a recently renovated lift network.
Visitors to Söll can therefore access an impressive 279km of pistes.
Resort height: 700m
However, the bad news is that the slopes are located 1km from town, meaning most holidaymakers face a (potentially crowded in high season) bus ride or a long walk to the gondola to get started.
Most of the SkiWelt area, including the slopes around Söll, is also relatively gentle.
This makes it perfect for beginners and intermediates, but means that there are only a small number of black runs to challenge advanced skiers.
And even beginners may find the nursery slopes a bit icy or slushy in poor snow conditions too. This can be a problem due to the relatively low altitude of the resort, but has improved in recent years due to better snowmaking equipment.
Beginner snowboarders will have a better time of it, cruising around the gentle slopes and trying out the terrain park, which includes boxes, frames and rails for all levels and also opens at night.
More advanced boarders, on the other hand, may well struggle to find enough steep runs to get their kicks on.
The good news, however, is that there are lots of gentle off-piste routes, perfect for those less confident in powder - as long as there is enough snow out there.
The main gateways to Söll and the SkiWelt are Innsbruck, Salzburg and Munich airports, the nearest of which is Innsbruck...
The drive from Innsbruck by car takes about one hour, but can take two if you are using public transport.
Söll's ski area offers almost limitless skiing for intermediates, who will enjoy swishing down the many red and blue runs...
Beginner snowboarders can also have a lot of fun in the SkiWelt, as long as there's enough snow. But advanced skiers and boarders would probably get more out of another resort.
Söll is pretty, lively, and not too hard on the bank balance, making it popular with families and groups of young people alike...
If you're looking for a lively après-ski scene, Söll will not disappoint. In fact, it can prove too raucous for some. A lot of the bars in Söll put on live music, but for a rocking session, the Salvenstadl (Cow Shed) bar is hard to beat. Moonlight at the base of the gondola is also a safe bet for a fun time, while the Whisky-Mühle is the place to head when the bars close. And for a good meal out, try Dorf Stub'n for traditional dishes and steaks or the Venezia if you fancy a pizza.
In Söll, non-skiers can enjoy a day relaxing in the swimming pool and sauna of the resort's Panoramabad, or take the time to visit the onion-domed, Baroque church in the village centre. Those seeking a bit more of an adrenaline boost can also take a turn down the long toboggan run from the top of the gondola that's open until 10.30pm. As the shops in Söll are mainly limited to ski clothing and equipment, a coach trip to Salzburg, Innsbruck or nearby Kitzbuhel may be in order for those seeking a bit of retail therapy.
Cost of living 8/10
Söll is not as cheap as it used to be in the 1980s, but it remains a relatively low-cost destination, even by Austrian standards. There is lots of low-cost accommodation available, and the cost of a beer or a meal out will come as a welcome surprise to anyone used to skiing in France or Switzerland, for example.
Attractiveness of the resort 7/10
The pretty village of Söll is set in a rural location with views across to the peaks of the Wilder Kaiser Mountain. Fans of traditional alpine villages will like the architectural style, not to mention the exquisite Baroque church in the resort's compact, car-free centre.