Rettenbach glacier

Rettenbachferner of the glacier road (2005)

The Rettenbachferner (also Rettenbachgletscher ) is a glacier in the Tyrolean Ötztal ( Austria ). The Rettenbachferner is accessible by several ropeways for winter sports.

Location and landscape

The glacier is located west above Sölden, on the ridge to the Pitz Valley, between the inside of blacks and cutting ( 3367 m oa the Gaislachkogl ( 3058 m above A. ) and the Tiefenbachkogel ( 3250 m above sea level A) -. .. The main mountains Sölden.

The glacier extends from the inside of blacks and cutting, or the north of it Rettenbachjoch ( 2990 m, the Pitztal transition ), north east down to an altitude of about 2680 meters above sea level. The glacier reaches a length of about two miles and a width of about one kilometer.


The scattered houses in the ski area around the glacier form the district Rettenbachferner the village of Sölden.

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In winter, the ski resort with ski lifts and all year round by car via the glacier road from Sölden and accessible across the entire altitude is partially opened (up to around 3250 m) for the ski operation. The foothills reach down to about 2675 m. In 1998, the ski area Hochsoelden was connected to the Rettenbachgletscher.

Each year in the fall will be opened on the Rettenbachferner each with a giant slalom for the ladies and one for men the Alpine Ski World Cup season. Also cycling tours regularly perform for Rettenbachferner ( Ötztal Radtrophy ). In 2005 and 2007 he was a stage destination Germany tour cyclists.

Furthermore, the glacier also serves as a venue for open-air theater, and numerous other cycling events for the holiday region Sölden / Soelden high.


On Rettenbachgletscher on 5 September 2005, a cable car accident in which nine people by a by a helicopter flying over falling concrete buckets killed occurred.

Alpine Skiing World Cup

In October 1993, World Cup giant slalom races were held on the Rettenbachferner first time. Since the 2000/2001 season, the prelude to the Alpine Ski World Cup takes place annually on Rettenbachgletscher instead, see Alpine Skiing World Cup in Soelden.