Top events in Ötztal

Winter and summer events in and around Ötztal

The skiing season in Ötztal lasts from mid-November to May, hence the region's reputation for great events especially during the winter. From the annual highlight, the Ski World Cup Opening in Sölden, to the Obergurgl-Hochgurgl winter opening and the events in the party hotspot Sölden, there is always something going on. During the summer, however, the events calendar is dedicated especially to sports, mountaineering and the enjoyment of nature in general.


A very special highlight awaits you during the winter opening period with a great discount on all ski passes and a 20% discount on ski rentals in all sports shops.

Obergurgl-Hochgurgl winter opening

When the winter kicks off in the Diamond of the Alps, the Obergurgl-Hochgurgl ski resort celebrates with more than a week of various parties and events, like for instance the music hut rally. Live bands play for you at the ski huts and during après-ski and enhance the party atmosphere for your skiing day. Continue the celebrations Friday and Saturday night with the opening parties at the “Winterpalast” of the Reithalle Obergurgl.

FIS Ski World Cup Opening in Sölden

Every year the international skiing elite meets in Sölden to start the World Cup winter with the first race in Sölden. Cheer for the ski stars when they compete at the World Cup season's first giant slalom on Rettenbach glacier.

Electric Mountain Festival

Club atmosphere on the slopes? Oh yes, winter guests in the Sölden party hotspot will experience exactly that at the Electric Mountain Festival. Stylish, vibrant and international is what this modern version of the traditional après ski party looks like; it takes place on Giggijoch on three consecutive days in spring. Top stars from the club scene like Klingande and Martin Solveig dip the vibrant audience into electric beats.

Maxxx Mountain Glacier Opening in Sölden

If you can't wait for the new skiing season to begin, then start a bit earlier this year. The skiing and snowing fun on Rettenbach glacier starts already in mid-October. You are invited to test the latest winter sports designs and models by top brands for free. A live act will get the party started on the show stage, while in the evening the fun continues in the bars and pubs of Sölden.

Maxxx Mountain Sölden Party

The Maxxx Mountain Sölden Party is a must during the Sölden ski winter; it takes place every Friday and Saturday from late November to early April. DJs and live acts get the crowds going in the Funzone on Giggijoch.

Hannibal – the crossing of the Alps

In spring, Rettenbach glacier in Sölden is turned into a historic stage. An avant-garde play adapts the story of the crossing of the Alps by the Carthaginians and sets it in our days, based on the biography of its most important protagonist. Ski slope bashers represent elephants; climbers, skiers and skydivers take on the roles of modern warriors; knights cross the glacier on skidoos as flying acrobats try to prevent them from doing so. The performance takes place under the night sky with breath-taking light effects, music, video projections and pyrotechnics.


The following highlights await you during your summer holiday in the Ötztal region. Please find the exact dates in the event calendar.

  1. Guided torch hikes to the illuminated Stuibenfall waterfall (weekly from June to October)
  2. Ötztal climbing camp
  3. Ötztal cycling marathon
  4. Ötztal moped marathon
  5. Sunrise breakfast on the glacier
  6. Dumpling workshop 
  • Mountain adventure breakfast
  • “Ein Dorf lebt” (the village is alive): presentation of Neolithic craftsmanship in Umhausen, the Ötzi village
  • Stuibenfall waterfall festival
  • Open air concerts
  • ARTeVENT – Nature-Culture-Literature
  • Sheep time
  • Adidas Sickline

Look forward to various top events in the Ötztal Alps and make a reservation for your holiday apartment with a non-binding inquiry today. At Chalet Obergurgl cosy, luxurious apartments are waiting for you. The team at Chalet Obergurgl is also eager to give you more information about excursions and sights in Ötztal.