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  • 1000 m
  • 2096 m
  • 1096 m
  • 270 km
  • 40 Mountain Restaurants
  • 10 km
  • Salzburg 1.5 hours
  • Large beer €4.30
    Coffee €2.50
    Goulash soup €6
    Spaghetti Bolognese €9
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Saalbach, Austria

Intermediate paradise, lively resort village

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Resort Overview

Saalbach and the neighbouring village of Hinterglemm lie in the Glemm Valley and the ‘Ski Circus’ Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang-Fieberbrunn offers fantastic skiing and snowboarding on 270 kilometres of piste, Austria’s largest lift-linked ski area. Off the beaten track, the resort of Leogang offers back-door access to the same ski area and is a great choice for a quieter resort with modern lift links in to the Ski Circus.

Saalbach’s resort centre is compact and traffic-free with most of its hotels, cafés, bars and restaurants located here within easy walking access of the lifts. Après-ski is very lively and some superb, rustic mountain restaurants complete the all-round Austrian experience.

On the Mountain

Whether beginners, blue run cruisers, mileage monsters or powder-hunting freeriders, the vast Ski Circus really does offer something for everyone. The recent link to Fieberbrunn has bolted on a freeride playground and boosted the number of lift-linked pistes to 270 kilometres.

The whole area boasts an efficient and modern lift system with no less than 70 lifts and nine access points along the main valley whisk you into the Ski Circus which also boasts extensive snow-cannon coverage. A free ski bus services the entire length of the valley connecting Vorderglemm, Saalbach and Hinterglemm as well as Leogang-Fieberbrunn.

For beginners, the nursery slopes are conveniently located directly above the resort centres of both Saalbach and Hinterglemm and within walking distance of most of the hotels.

For progressive through to advanced skiers, you really could not ask for more: This is an intermediates’s paradise with a number of different circuits of the area marked for your enjoyment. The slopes of Leogang should not be missed for their range of slopes and long valley runs

Expert skiers should head for some of the steep black runs including the World Cup downhill run off the top of Zwölferkogel and there is also some great tree skiing and good lift-accessible off-piste to be explored particularly at the far end of the valley. The link to Fieberbrunn has not only added the powder slopes of Fieberbrunn but has also opened up some impressive freeride routes with big vertical between Saalbach and Fieberbrunn.

Across the whole area, there are some wonderful rustic mountain huts with panoramic sun terraces and the level of competition keeps the quality high, the service keen and the prices refreshingly low.

Off the Mountain

As the skiing day draws to a close, the mountain huts and bars swing into action in true Austrian fashion. A couple of hundred metres above Saalbach’s centre, the legendary Hinterhagalm draws the crowds from 3pm and the centre of Saalbach has a great selection of lively après-ski haunts. Late night bars and clubs are aplenty in both Saalbach and Hinterglemm.

Aside from the great skiing, snowboarding and après-ski, holidaymakers can also enjoy tobogganing, sleigh rides, quad biking, ice go-karting, floodlit skiing, ski shows and the swimming and sauna centre in Hinterglemm.

Please note that we do not have Resort Managers or representatives in Saalbach. Our guests enjoy the remote services (24/7 mobile) of our Resort Managers who are based in the Kitzbüheler Alps region.

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