Vent awaits its winter guests in the Tyrolean Ötztal with its small, yet adequate ski area with 15 km of piste, which stands out due to its family-friendly atmosphere and snow reliability. The ski areas of Vent, Sölden, Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, Hochoetz-Kühtai, Niederthai and Gries make up the popular Ötztal ski region with 77 lifts and 309 km of piste.
1) General information about the Vent ski area
- Vent resort at 1,900 m altitude
- Vent ski area with altitudes ranging from 1,890 to 2,680 m
- 4 lifts: 3 tow lifts and 1 chair lift
- 15 km of pistes and 2 km of cross-country trails
- Ötztal ski region with 77 lifts, 309 km of piste and 3 snow parks
The resort of Vent lies in front of the Wildspitze at an altitude of 1,900 m in Tyrol’s Ötztal. As a side valley of the Inn Valley, it separates the Ötztal Alps from the Stubai Alps. All around the mountain village of Vent, a small, yet adequate ski area extends from 1,890 to 2,680 m altitude. One chair lift and three tow lifts connect 15 km of piste, of which 5 km are blue and 10 km are red. Cross-country skiers will find two trails with a total length of 2 km including a practice trail.
The Vent ski area belongs to the famous Ötztal ski region, whose 309 km of piste run from 1,400 m at its lowest point up to 3,340 m at its highest. The Ötztal ski region consists of the Vent, Sölden, Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, Hochoetz-Kühtai, Niederthai and Gries ski areas. 77 lifts connect the snow-sure ski region, which consists of 17 gondolas, 29 tow lifts and 31 chair lifts. Along 125 blue, 133 red and 51 black km of piste, skiers and snowboarders of all levels of difficulty can enjoy tons of diverse fun in the snow.
Cross-country skiers can glide along 185 km of the best-prepared classic and skating trails in Ötztal. The cross-country network of Längenfeld, Niederthai and Gries hold the Tyrolean Seal of Excellence and can be enjoyed free of charge. Snowboarders and freestylers can head to any of the three snow parks in Hochoetz, Sölden and Obergurgl. The parks offer the perfect areas for children and adults, whether it be the small fun park or the “XL-Snowpark”.
The Vent ski area in Ötztal treats its winter sports fans with about 6.2 hours of sunshine per day from December to April. Along with modern snow-making facilities, high snow reliability is guaranteed with an average of 17 cm of snow at the valley station and up to 200 cm of snow up at the mountain station.
The categories “Lifts & cable cars” and “Snow reliability” were counted twice in our experts‘ top rating. For these categories, the Vent ski area receives 2 and 4 out of 5 stars, respectively.
2) Vent ski area map
3) Skiing in the Vent ski area
The Vent ski area is an insider secret for families with children. Its wide, best-prepared pistes are ideal for beginners yet are also enjoyed by expert skiers. The ski area is wonderfully navigable, with the runs not having wait times and lifts and the lifts being easily reached. Snow-making facilities ensure snow reliability along the pistes of Vent. A ski bus, of which can be used for free with a lift pass, runs between Vent and the other ski areas of the Ötztal ski region.
Skiers and snowboarders can rent equipment at the hire station of the “Sport-Alm Schreiber” sports shop, which is located in the centre of Vent and even offers toboggan hire in addition to their great ski servicing options.
The entire team from the “Skischule Vent” ski school teaches beginners and experts about skiing, snowboarding, and cross-country. Along with group lessons, private lessons are also offered for winter sports fans of all ages and ability levels. Guided tours for freeriders and special ski lessons for children round off the offer quite well.
Children can practice their first moves in the playful “Kinderland” in Vent, which has facilities like magic carpets and colourful figures throughout the area. Parents also have the choice to add child care during lunch time including lunch for their little ones.
Cross-country skiers can glide along in Vent over the practice trail and the “Ebenle” trail, each 1 km long. The 189 km of trails in Ötztal are split up into 117 km of classic trails and 69 km of skating trails. With 80 km of easy trails, 94 km of intermediate trails, and 12 km of demanding trails, cross-country fans of all ability levels will certainly get their money’s worth. There are even illuminated trails for nighttime cross-country fun: the 900 m long, easy “Ötzi Dorf” trail, the 3 km long extensive, intermediate “Sonnenplateau” trail, the 1 km long, easy “Tellerboden” trail, and the 1.1 km long, intermediate circuit of the “Frühloipe“ trail. Impressive panoramic views of the Ötztal Alps can be enjoyed along the 800 m long, easy “Höhenloipe Hochgurgl” trail, the 8.4 km long intermediate, classic “Höhenloipe Gries” trail, as well as the 5.3 km long, intermediate “Höhenloipe Pill-Angern-Poschach” trail.
Freestylers can explore funparks and snow parks of all sorts throughout the Ötztal ski region. The “WiDI Fun Park” in Hochoetz, below the Balbach chair lift, has an ideal area for children and beginners complete with wave runs, beginner rail, flat boxes, and kickers. The “AREA 47 Snowpark” in Sölden stretches 744 m long at an altitude of 2,561 m in XL format. The 35 obstacles found in its diverse set up consists of one beginner area, one medium area, one jib area, and one special area. At the Bruggenboden chair lift in Obergurgl, beginners and pros alike will enjoy the “Snowpark Obergurgl” with its 22 perfectly-shaped obstacles.
The Vent ski area in Ötztal receives an excellent rating of 4 stars from our experts for the “Families & children” category. The “Beginner” and “Experts & freeriders” categories each receive 3 stars, and the “Snow parks” and “Cross-country facilities & trails” categories receive 1 and 2 stars, respectively.
4) Expert rating
Our experts have rated the Tyrolean Vent ski area with an overall rating of 2.7 out of 5 possible stars. The “Snow reliability” and “Families & children” categories have each received impressive ratings of 4 stars. Categories like “Beginners”, “Experts & freeriders”, “Orientation” and “Mountain restaurants, huts & gastronomy” have all received 3 stars. 2 stars were provided for “Lifts & cable cars”, “Cross-country facilities & trails” and “Getting there & parking facilities”, and 1 star for the “Après ski” and “Snow parks” categories.
5) Activities besides skiing
Winter holiday-makers can enjoy a diverse leisure programme in and around Vent and its neighbouring resorts in the Ötztal ski region.
With the 5 km long “Rodelweg Stablein” toboggan run, fans of this sport can enjoy a best-prepared, natural toboggan run in Vent. This begins at the mountain station of the Wildspitze double chair lift and allows for nighttime tobogganing from Monday to Thursday. After arriving by Ski-Doo and enjoying a cosy gathering around the campfire, head into the valley by torchlight. A stop in the cosy “Panoramarestaurant Stableinalm” shouldn’t be missed.
A large, snowy play area can also be found in Vent, perfect for families who want to spend some time building a snowman together or have a snowball fight. Finally, consider taking a hike along the 3,774 m high Wildspitze, the highest mountain in Tyrol. From here, race down towards the valley on two speedy bobsleigh tracks.
When taking a horse-drawn sleigh ride, winter holiday-makers can enjoy the gorgeous nature of the snow-covered Ötztal Nature Park. The sleigh ride starts in Vent, in the heart of the nature park, and is organised by the Reinstadler family.
The “Bergführerstelle Vent” mountain guides organise guided snowshoe hikes in and around Vent. Here, winter holiday-makers can experience the fascinating mountain village in the middle of the Ötztal Nature Park and learn exciting and interesting facts about the region.
After a full day’s skiing, winter sports fans can enjoy winding down in the “Freizeit Arena Sölden” or in the “Aqua Dome Therme Längenfeld” while viewing breathtaking mountain scenery and having a splash or two.
Guests visiting the local inns, mountain restaurants, and huts in Vent and its surrounding area have the pleasure of enjoying hearty Tyrolean cuisine. Typical regional specialities include Tyrolean “Kaspressknödel”, Tyrolean “Speckknödel”, “Schlutzkrapfen” and “Moosbeernocken”. Stop into any of the following cosy locations for a taste: “Gasthof Rofenhof”, “Gasthof Obervent”, the “Hochjoch Hospiz” restaurant, the “Unsere Alm” ski hut, and the “Panoramarestaurant Stablein”. After skiing, après ski is celebrated in the “Unsere Alm” and “Prostkastl” ski huts.
For the “Après ski” and “Mountain restaurants, huts, & gastronomy” categories, the Tyrolean ski area of Vent has been awarded 1 and 3 stars, respectively, by our experts.
6) Locations in the ski area
Vent is a Tyrolean mountain village in the Örtzal district of Sölden, which extends picturesquely along the end of the Vent Valley. Sights to see in Vent include the baroque high alter of the Vent parish church as well as the historical “Rofenhöfe”. These can be found about 115 m above the mountain village and are considered the highest-lying, permanently settled mountain farms within Austria. Here, you can observe the hanging rope bridge in awe, once built by the residents of the Rofenhöfe, as well as the famous Haflinger horses. These horses are led by Franz Klotz, whose ancesters built the hanging bridge and first conquered the Wildspitze. Along the way to the Rofenhöfen, you can enjoy an impressive view of the mountains from the “Alten Kreuz” of the Wildspitze.
7) Arrival in the Vent ski area
A winter holiday in the Vent ski area takes winter sports fans to Sölden, in the Tyrolean Ötztal. When arriving by car, travel 698 km from the northwestern-lying Cologne via Limburg an der Lahn, Frankfurt am Main, Stuttgart, Ulm and Kempten towards Vent. From the 928 km northern Hamburg, you can arrive via Hannover, Fulda, Würzburg, Ulm and Kempten in the ski resort. From the 797 km northeastern-lying Berlin, you can travel via Leipzig, Nürnberg, Munich and Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Arriving by train occurs via the Ötztal train station, of which is about 55 km away from the Vent ski resort. The 4194 bus lines run to the 17 km northwestern-lying Sölden. Ski buses can then take you from Sölden to Vent.
The nearest airports can be found about 100 km away in the Tyrolean state capital of Innsbruck. The airport is connected with the Ötztal train station after several transfers, where you ultimately will have to take a bus to Sölden.
“Getting there & parking facilities” were awarded 2 stars by our experts for the Vent ski area in Tirol.
8) Weather, snow depths and webcams of Vent
Want to check and see if the sun is shining in the ski area? SnowTrex provides information about the weather and snow depths, and also gives you the chance to view webcams images.