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This is Edelweiss country: lush green valleys, snowcapped peaks, and lederhosen. In September, ski 1,900 vertical feet of rolling terrain on two glaciers. Expect to see the likes of Eberharter and Maier gearing up here. The FIS World Cup Opener is October 25-26.
Opening Dates: Open year-round.
Snow: The top elevation (10,680 feet) helps maintain the snowpack.
Terrain: The high-alpine, above-tree-line terrain is divided between two glaciers: Tiefenbach and Rettenbach. To get to the mellow cruisers of Tiefenbach, you ski through a tunnel called the Golden Gate. On Rettenbach, T-bars sling you up slopes steep enough to host World Cup GS. On the descent, ski under a massive wall of ice called the Kühlschrank.
Deals: In September, All Mountain Vacations offers seven nights at the three-star Hotel Sonnenvilla Anna, round-trip transfers from Munich, breakfasts, and dinners for $655 (all-mountain.com).
Plan B: Rent a bike and ride the access road. The downhill is a white-knuckle descent with 180-degree chicanes back into the Otztal Valley.
Nightlife: Hoist a heffe at Bierhimmel, then scale its indoor climbing wall. Later, dance on tabletops at the Table-Dance Bar.
Info: soelden.com, 43-5254-510-0