10 Reasons to Holiday in the Ski Circus
10 Great Reasons to take a winter holiday in the Ski Circus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn
In the Alps, there are many beautiful places, family-friendly ski resorts and, especially in the Austrian Alps, great food. So, what makes the Ski Circus so unique?
1. The Long Name!
For those who are not already familiar with the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn, the first thing you’ll grin about is the long name. However, just as long as the name is, are the list of opportunities in the ski region. The area, which covers two Austrian states, combines 270 kilometres of piste, 70 modern lifts and three regions.
2. 3 regions – 2 states – 1 common denominator
Saalbach Hinterglemm is the liveliest place in the Skicircus. Two town centres with pedestrian zones invite you to take a relaxed, casual stroll. Almost every accommodation is located near to a ski lift or alongside the piste. Saalfelden Leogang impresses with its wide range of sporting activities. For those who want a winter holiday without skiing, but a Nordic experience, these family friendly towns are perfect. Just over the border from Salzburger Land, to neighbouring Tyrol, the Ski Circus opens to the sporty, friendly village of Fieberbrunn. Enjoy an extensive range of offers for families and active winter holidaymakers. Freeriders can cavort to their heart’s content and make first tracks in the virgin snow.
3. 408 kilometres of piste and 121 lifts
With the Ski ALPIN CARD – the combination Lift Pass with the Schmittenhöhe in Zell am See and the Kitzsteinhorn Kaprun – in addition to the extensive skiing area of the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn, you can enjoy stunning views of the Zeller See and fill your lungs with Alpine air on the glacier. You don’t need a car to enjoy the Ski Circus experience. By skiing the Viehhofen piste (168, Zone I), you will reach the valley station of the ZellamseeXpress which takes you up to the Schmittenhöhe (Zell am See) and back down again.
4. Pleasurable moments in powder snow
When you experience skiing in its most pristine form, taking your first turns early in the morning, gliding over virgin snow, your happy hormones will reach a high. In the Ski Circus these moments are only a gondola ride away, as many routes are not too far away from ultra-modern lifts. Freeriders, who want to earn their turns, can hike to the coolest backcountry spots. Extensive deep-snow slopes and exposed flanks attract the world’s elite to the Freeride World Tour in Fieberbrunn every year.
5. A paradise for children
Who doesn't like to reminisce about a family holiday in the mountains, the first successful turns in the snow and the happy faces after the first descent from the mountain top to the valley? In the Ski Circus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn, little ones and mini carvers are introduced in a playful way to the art of skiing with dedicated ski schools. Fun slopes, snow trails and family parks provide variety on the slopes, where children forget the day’s exertions with feelings of joy. Attractive family packages round off a carefree holiday in the mountains.
6. Alpine lifestyle – the finest mountain cuisine
What is part of a successful day on the slopes? As well as divine panoramic mountain views, a swift ascent to the summit and perfect pistes. The stopover! There are no shortages for stopovers in the Ski Circus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn. Whether it is a rustic 300-year-old Alpine hut, a traditionally furnished cabin, or an exclusive mountain restaurant with the finest cuisine. With a choice of over 60 places to stop for refreshments on the mountains, there is something to suit every taste. If you are searching for peace and quiet and would like to lay back in the sunshine on a deckchair after a hearty lunch, you will find what you are looking for, as will ambitious sports enthusiasts who want to charge their batteries in order to make the most of the day on the piste.
A unique après-ski experience! Cosy huts and restaurants invite you to round off a successful day skiing in a relaxed atmosphere. Modern architecture combined with traditional style in the mountains combined with lounge music and the finest culinary delights as well as home-made cooking. On the beautiful, decorated terraces offering panoramic views, you can also enjoy exclusive dishes and high-quality wines.
7. Walking in a winter wonderland
With or without snowshoes, winter hiking in Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn is an incredibly relaxing experience. On 140 km of winter hiking trails, you can explore the winter landscape on both the mountain and down in the valley while taking in all that the surrounding nature offers. Far away from the lifts, you will find peace and calm. If you would like a day off from skiing, you can still meet up with family and friends for lunch at a mountain hut which can be reached by walking along a sunny hiking trail.
8. A sporty holiday – Nordic winter
The Ski Circus is a diverse winter sports region. The Nordic Park at lake Ritzensee in Saalfelden Leogang is a perfect starting point for all Nordic sports enthusiasts. Here, even the youngest children learn the basics of cross-country skiing in the Fun & Snow Park. Cross-country skiers will find everything their heart desires. On the natural ice-rink, you can demonstrate your skills as an ice-skating princess or prince. A cross-country skiing holiday in Fieberbrunn, which is also known as the “snow hole” of the Kitzbüheler Alps, results in a top-class sport and nature experience. Fieberbrunn impresses with its perfectly prepared network of cross-country trails with routes of varying difficulty. Whether classic, beginner or professional, here every cross-country skier will find something to suit his or her tastes.
9. The largest ski circuit in the Alps – The Challenge
“Ski your limit” is the slogan that describes one of the most demanding ski circuits of the winter. The statistics speak for themselves: 65 kilometres of downhill runs, 32 lifts, 12,400 metres of altitude difference. The ski circuit in the “Home of Lässig” can be managed by sporty skiers in around 7 hours (breaks not included). Challenge accepted?
With these distances, “The Challenge” ranks at the top of the list of renowned ski circuits in the Alps and even outshines the "Sellaronda", the "White Ring" or the "King's Tour". You should allow around 7 hours to complete this challenging ski circuit in the Skicircus, which will lead you through one of the most versatile and extensive ski areas in Austria. The focus of this challenge is on sporting performance. A lengthy stopover in one of the numerous mountain huts along the route, admiring panoramic views, or taking the chance to sunbathe should be postponed for the next day of skiing. A total of 32 lifts will need to be taken between Saalbach Hinterglemm, Leogang and Fieberbrunn on this ski marathon.
10. Numerous activities away from the Piste
Casual hikers and romantics alike will find lovely snowshoe trails located in a winter wonderland in the Ski Circus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn. Cosy horse-drawn sleigh rides or a walk over the Golden Gate Bridge of the Alps and a tree-top walk, turn the winter adventure aside from the piste into a dreamlike experience straight out of a fairy-tale.
High-flyers dare to reach top speeds of up to 130 km/h with the Flying Fox XXL - one of the fastest and longest steel zip lines in the world - and view the Alps from above.
Families and toboggan fans can look forward to five different runs with different attributes. After a successful day skiing, take a ride on Timok's Alpine Coaster which is located at Streuböden middle station in Fieberbrunn (included with your lift pass).