Southwest of Innsbruck in the Ötztal valley, the Bike Republic Sölden area has a wide range of mountain bike routes to explore. There are several gondolas that can provide lift access to the dozen trails up on the ski mountain. The best Bike Republic Sölden mountain biking can be found during the months of July and August. In addition to the bike park t...
Southwest of Innsbruck in the Ötztal valley, the Bike Republic Sölden area has a wide range of mountain bike routes to explore. There are several gondolas that can provide lift access to the dozen trails up on the ski mountain. The best Bike Republic Sölden mountain biking can be found during the months of July and August. In addition to the bike park trails, across the valley on the east side are additional non-lift accessed trails heading up to huttes serving lunch followed by winding, forested singletrack descents. Further up the valley, there are trails to the south up in Hochgurgl and to southwest up the valleys to Lent.
The Bike Republic Sölden consists of 15 natural singletrails and 9 sculpted flow trails served by 3 main lifts with descents up to 1500m. Here are descriptions of the main mountain biking trails.
The Teare-Zaahe Line is a 6km flow trail with 130 perfectly banked curves and wooden stunts. The forested Teare Line is ideal for intermediate riders, but it does provide access lower down to the more challenging Zaahe Line.
The Ollweite Line is truly epic starting off well above the treeline at an elevation of 2666m with amazing views of the Rettenbach glacier. The flow trail starts with dozens of banked switchbacks through the high alpine tundra. Along the 7km trail, there are plenty of rock gardens to scramble across. The route is generally rated for intermediate level riders.
The Gahe Line is a 7.6km flow trail and is one of the newer lines at Bike Republic Sölden. It is located off the Gaislachkoglbahn from the south side of the top station. It is ideal for beginner-intermediate level riders, and is all above treeline so there are great views. When combined with the Harbe and Lettn Lines, the entire route is 12km with 920m of descent.
The Nene Natur-Trail starts from the Gaislachkogl middle station and follows an old path that has been on the mountain for generations. There are exceptional views of the surrounding peaks soaring up to 3000m. This natural singletrack offers plenty of rocks and roots before it transitions into the flowy Broate Line.
The Leiterberg Natur-Trail starts near Hochsoelden at 2090m and runs the northern edge of Bike Republic Sölden on an intermediate level ride. Quickly entering forest, it rolls through the relaxed curves on the way to the hut at Leiteralm, which is known for its amazing Kaiserschmarrn and cold beers with great views. Just past the hutte, the trail descends more quickly with plenty of rocks, roots and some amazing wooden bridges. Overall, it's a 550m descent over 4.6km to the Giggijochbahn base station.
In addition to the above trails, there are two new trails opening in 2020. The Fernar Trail is the highest elevation trail that starts up at the base of the Tiefenbach Glacier (2800m). The access to the starting point requires passing through the tunnel. There is a shuttle bus that makes most of the journey to the summit station. The Troaln Line is a new flow trail in the Giggijoch zone.
To reach Soelden by train from Innsbruck or Zurich, the nearest train station is Otztal. Once in Otztal, take Post Bus #4194 from outside the train station up to Sölden. When loading at the train station, most buses are pulling bike transport trailers and bike travel for free.
Overall, Bike Republic Soelden is the 14th most popular mountain bike trail of all 55 mountain biking rides in Austria. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Bike Republic Soelden including Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, Otztal Trail, Hochoetz and Kuehtai.
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