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For a peaceful night's sleep, postcard-like views and great value, the Gästehaus Bichler is an excellent choice. It sits in the picturesque and wonderfully Austrian hamlet of Pirchmoos, just a 5 minute bus ride (the stop is 30m from the guesthouse) or a 15-20 minute walk from the centre of Söll and the nearest ski lifts.
The rooms are all simple but very comfortable with ensuite bathrooms and balconies to enjoy the far-reaching views - an idyllic way to wake up every morning.
Start each day with a filling and nutritious continental breakfast in the dedicated breakfast room. And after a day on the slopes and some fun après in Söll, head back to the pension and relax in the living room with its cable TV.
A ski storage room and boot drying facilities make it easy and hassle free to get out and hit the slopes in the mornings.
Nearest lift: 1.7km
Tuition meeting point: 1.3km
Ski bus stop: 10m from the pension
Resort centre: 800m
Söll sits in a woody valley, one of many in the impressive 284km Ski Welt area in Austria. It's an impossibly pretty area with rolling mountains, snow-clad trees and chocolate-box buildings. Head to the top of the distinctive dome-shaped peak of the Hohe Salve mountain for some uninterrupted views across the craggy Wilder Kaiser ridges.
Intermediates, in particular, will love Söll as there are some many cruising slopes with challenging sections. That's not to say that beginners are left out; the foot of the slopes in Söll is made for novices thanks to a huge expanse of wide open, gently sloping runs.
The village is very traditional with an onion-domed church and more chocolate-box buildings. Over 284km of pistes, 90 hi-speed lifts and 77 rustic Alpine huts and après bars (that's about one every 3km) are waiting for you in this picture postcard area.
The après here is really buzzing après and gets going from about 3pm. It's a great atmosphere with hi-energy, fun Europop and plenty of dancing in ski boots!
Resort altitude: 703m
Skiing altitude: 620m to 1957m
Ski area size: 284km in the Ski Welt area
Number of runs: 279
Range of runs: 43% blue, 45% red and 12% black
Lifts: 20 magic carpets, 19 drags, 35 chairlifts and 16 cable cars
Night skiing: Yes (Wednesday to Saturday each week)
Cross-country trails: 196km
Snowmaking: 1700 snow cannons covering 229km
Resort bus: Yes
It's a good, hearty continental breakfast at the Bichler. Set yourself up for a day in the seemingly never-ending Ski Welt ski area with breads, jams, healthy (and not so healthy) cereals along with plenty of tea, coffee and fruit juices.
In the evenings, head out into Söll and sample the many restaurants offering local and international cuisine.
The Bichler's rooms are simple and comfortable with Austrian twin beds, free Wi-Fi and an ensuite with shower and wc. Each also has a balcony with superb views out across the Wilderkaiser mountain range.
Official rating: **
Living room with cable TV
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Ski and board storage room with boot warmers
Departure airports: Gatwick, Manchester or Birmingham
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Salzburg
Flight duration: 2 hours to 2 hours 15 minutes
Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 30 minutes