NEW! Next winter Fieberbrunn will join with Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang to become part of the extensive Ski Circus offering 270 kilometres of lift-linked piste and 70 modern lifts – the largest lift-linked area in Austria.
It has been talked about for as long as we have been skiing Fieberbrunn (since the mid-90’s!) and the dream will become reality in December 2015 when the new lift connection opens. Construction starts in May 2015 with the new 10-seater TIROL-S Gondola connecting the Reckmoos-Sud bottom station to the top of Reiterkogel in Saalbach.
A new red run of around 3.8 kilometres and a vertical drop of around 800 metres will be created for skiers returning from Saalbach to Fieberbrunn and the new lift will open up the whole of the North Face of Horndlingergraben for freeriding further enhancing Fieberbrunn’s draw as an off-piste destination.
Fieberbrunn has always been a great destination for Freeride (the Freeride World Tour stops here every year) and also for families and beginners. The added boost to its piste mileage will now be a major draw for keen piste-skiing intermediates and Fieberbrunn (who is paying €18 million for the new lift) sees this as a worthwhile investment for the next generation. A new ski bus route will link Fieberbrunn and Leogang (25 minutes up the valley and already part of the Ski Circus) making a day trip between the two a great day out on the mountain.
Whilst Saalbach has yet to make much of a song and dance about the new connection, it will almost certainly enhance the resort’s attractiveness and size and bolt on a freeride playground to what is otherwise a mostly intermediate ski area. Saalbach instructors and guides will be able to up their qualifications and offer more freeride coaching and excursions too (Fieberbrunn is already a popular spot for freeride courses and guiding).
Looking further ahead, the Ski Circus is set to link up with Zell am See further boosting the number of pistes on offer and making a day out from Fieberbrunn to Zell am See by skis a reality.
Naturally, there will be a small increase on the lift pass price (as Fieberbrunn moves away from the existing Schneewinkel area and joins the ski circus) however, this is more than offset by the huge leap in the number of pistes on offer.
Personally, we can’t wait to check out the new lift and see what this new and exciting development brings to Fieberbrunn, our second home! We will, of course, keep you updated!