Söll once had a wild reputation, much to the excitement of English tabloids, and while it still has some rather lively bars, there are plenty of quieter places too.
Popular nightspots in Söll include the raucous Moonlight Bar (tel: +43 6644 036 006; www.moonlightbar-soell.com), the infamous Whisky-Mühle (tel: +43 5333 20590; www.whisky-muehle.at) and Salvenstadl (tel: +43 5333 6373; www.salvenstadl.at), which has live bands and broadcasts all major live sports on big screens.
There are plenty more to choose from: The Mill (tel: +43 5333 20590; www.aufdamuehle.at) is a very popular Irish pub complete with Magners and Guinness on draught, and the Red Horse (www.redhorse.at), open until 2am nightly, is another popular choice.
There are about two dozen restaurants in Söll, many of them in hotels, and most of them traditional Tyrolean affairs.
The Gasthof Postwirt (tel: +43 53 335 5081; www.hotel-postwirt-soell.at) has a bierstube (beer room) dating back to the 13th century and is also highly regarded, particularly for its steak dishes.
Bella Vita (tel: +43 53 332 0360) is popular, largely thanks to its international menu. Elsewhere, Giovanni (tel: +43 53 335 705; www.ristorante-giovanni.at) and Hexenalm (tel: +43 53 335 544; www.hexenalm-soell.at) are both popular purveyors of pizza.
Beyond the slopes
Söll has a better than average range of off-slope activities for its size, with squash courts and several health and beauty centres to enjoy. In addition, the Kaiserbad Ellmau swimming pool complex (tel: +43 5358 3811; www.kaiserbad.com/en) offers a range of water-based fun in nearby Ellmau. The same complex also houses a wellness centre with bio-sauna, chamomile steam bath, an Egyptian steam bath and infra-red sauna cabin – whatever your ailment, they're likely to have a cure for it here.
Outdoors, Söll has its own natural ice rink, which can be used for skating in the winter months. There is also the chance to have a go at curling, while the typical Alpine activities of snowmobiling, sleigh rides, snowshoeing, snow tubing and winter hiking are also available for most ages. There's also paragliding and dog sledding if you're feeling more adventurous.
Söll ski resort is a good choice for families with its excellent facilities for children, friendly ambience, relaxed restaurants and wide, sunny slopes.
On the mountain, Skischule Söll-Hochsöll (tel: +43 5333 5454; www.skischule-soell.com) has a ski nursery for children aged three to five and there are special ski school classes for older children. Children aged 12 months to four years can be looked after in the Snow Pirates Kids Club (tel: +43 6641 721 963) at the top of the gondola in Scheffau. There's also the Hexenwiese (tel: +43 5333 5260) ski area near the valley station, which is a witch-themed snow playground with a witch's rocker, a small hill, a tunnel and a show jumping course. In addition the KiKo park (tel: +43 5333 5260 4020) right next to the valley station of the Söll gondola is another paradise for all toddlers.
Shopping is not a big activity in Söll, which boasts just 15 shops – around half of which sell skiwear and equipment. Sport Erdinger (+43 5333 5159; www.sport-edinger.at) is one of the better skiwear choices, with a large selection of ski paraphernalia and branded clothing.
Among the others options are a couple of small souvenir shops offering locally made Tyrolean crafts, in particular wooden carved items.
Sign up for 'Husky Day' on Friday afternoons (register at least 24 hours in advance) to enjoy a dog sleigh ride and to learn more about the hardy yet lovable breed. Booking and further information is available from the tourist information office (tel: +43 5050 9210) at Dorf 84 in the village.
Most of the accommodation in Söll is made up of 3-star hotels, basic bed and breakfasts and guesthouses. In addition, there are also a large number of chalet-style buildings (although surprisingly few of these are catered) and a handful of apartments.
The oldest maintained building in Söll, the family-run Postwirt hotel mixes Tyrolean tradition with 4-star quality. Rooms are beautifully furnished and staff are attentive and helpful. The hotel also has an excellent spa.Address: , Dorf 83, Söll, A 6306
Telephone: +43 5333 5081
One of only a small number of 4-star hotels in Söll, Hotel Alpenpanorama is set in a beautiful location and has its own café and patisserie selling homemade cakes.Address: , Sonnbichl 18, Söll, A 6306
Telephone: +43 5333 5309
This recently refurbished 3-star hotel is located a little way above the resort centre, but it's in a peaceful location with good rooms and houses a decent restaurant. It's about a 15-minute walk from the ski slopes, but the ski bus stops right outside the hotel.Address: , Pirchmoos 36, Söll, A 6306
Telephone: +43 5333 5279
Centrally located, parts of this family-run hotel date back five centuries. This friendly establishment houses a well-regarded restaurant and a first class wellness centre.Address: , Dorf 73, Söll, A 6306
Telephone: +43 5333 5224
This well-run pension has helpful family owners who provide a great breakfast and any local advice required. Rooms are a little pokey, but it is handily located opposite the ski bus stop and is within walking distance of a local supermarket.Address: , Dorf 99, Söll, A 6306
Telephone: +43 5333 5301
Hotel-Pension Huter is a beautiful traditional chalet, just five minutes' walk from the resort centre and 100m (328ft) from the ski bus stop.Address: , Sonnbichl 9, Söll, A 6306
Telephone: +43 5333 5121