Early summer sunshine
Pension Molnar is just the place if you want to make the most of the ski area and nightlife of Söll in a very cosy, comfortable, no-frills kind of way. It has a really homely atmosphere and friendly service thanks to the family-run nature of the pension.
It’s in a quiet yet convenient area just outside of the resort centre. The main bars, restaurants and cafés of Söll are just a 10-minute walk away and the lifts just a bit further. Alternatively, hop on the ski bus and make the journey in no time.
Head back at the end of the day for some story swapping around the open fireplace in the pension's lounge. Or if you need a bit of TLC, don't forget your swimmers as there's a small wellness area with a sauna to ease tired legs!
The rooms have the same no-frills feel but are very comfy with plenty of room and lovely, calming views out over the surrounding mountains.
Nearest lift: 1km
Tuition meeting point: 650m
Ski bus stop: 20m from the pension
Resort centre: 500m
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
Being an Austrian Pension, it's bed and breakfast at the Molnar. Set yourself up for the day with a selection of cereals, bread, jams, ham, cheese yoghurt plus the essential teas, coffees and fruit juices.
With Söll being so accessible, make the most of the local restaurants in the evening for a true taste of Austria.
You're in for a restful night at the Molnar as the rooms have comfy Austrian twin beds, ensuite shower and wc plus plenty of storage so you're not tripping over your luggage throughout the week. Some also have a balcony to make the most of the picturesque location.
Official rating: **
Living room with open fireplace
Wi-Fi in the lobby
Small wellness area with sauna
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