Solda, in Val Venosta, is located around 1,900 m above sea level in Bolsano province. It's a small section of the Italian municipality of Stelvio where fewer than 400 people live.
It's right at the foot of the rocky outcrop of Ortles Cevedale, starting point for two skilifts, Seggiovia Pulpito and Seggiovia dell'Orso and it also forms part of the Solda National Park.
Ortles mountain has always attracted lots of downhill skiers thanks to its steep slopes leading up to its peak at 4,000 m.
In winter the area has 44 km of pistes, suitable for all skill levels: from beginner to expert. Of all the alpine areas it's one where the winter starts earlier and finishes later, thanks to its altitude.
The world-famous downhill skier Reinhold Messner chose Soda as one of this favourite spots, the main reason for his founding the Messner Mountain Museum, ''To the End of the World'. He has also imported a dozen yaks from Tibet.