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Saalbach & Hinterglemm

Saalbach and Hinterglemm are two pretty villages that sit in Austria's largest ski area; the aptly named Ski Circus. The 70 well-groomed slopes literally surround you and good intermediates can do the entire loop in a day (challenge on).

 

There are 270km of postcard-worthy red and blue runs dotted with mountain huts serving up delicious, warming hot chocolates and schnapps. Perfect if you're a mile-hungry intermediate skier or boarder.

At a glance...
  • 270km Ski Circus ski area
  • Traditional & picturesque
  • Award-winning tuition
  • Lively après-ski
  • Saturday flying from Gatwick or Manchester
  • 2 hour transfer

If you hate queueing (don't we all) it's a great choice as it has one if the top five fastest lift systems in the world! There's also the option to upgrade to the Salzburg Super Ski Pass giving you access to over 2500km of runs in neighbouring ski areas.

 

Beginners will love the gentle green and blue runs and the award-winning ski schools will get even the most nervous skier or snowboarder up and running in no time. There's plenty to keep non-skiers busy off the slopes too.

On the mountain

There's plenty of lifts out of both villages to drop you in to the Ski Circus. A good starting point is from the top of the Schattberg Express in Saalbach as the slopes are south facing and at their best first thing. 

 

Try the long run over to Leogang for lunch to check that your legs are up to it. If your more advanced, there’s some steep blacks and moguls under the Shattberg Express gondola and the freeriding is some of the best in Austria!

 

For those wanting some freestyle, there's a small park over in Hinterglemm to get some air time.

Saalbach & Hinterglemm resort stats

Resort altitude: 1000m

Skiing altitude: 930m to 2095m

Ski area size: 270km in the Ski Circus area

Number of runs: 70

Range of runs: 45% blue, 48% red and 7% black

Lifts: 24 drags, 21 chairlifts and 23 gondolas

Night skiing: Yes, in Hinterglemm

Cross country trails: 11km

Snowmaking: 90% runs covered

Resort bus: No

Saalbach & Hinterglemm travel info

Departure airports: Gatwick or Manchester

Departure day: Saturday

Arrival airport: Salzburg

Flying time: approx. 2 hours 

Transfer time: approx. 2 hours

Saalbach off the mountain

The après is a genuine Austrian experience (and invention despite the French-sounding name) and starts on the mountain at around 3pm. It then winds its way off the mountain in to the village.

 

Saalbach is the livelier of the two villages and you can keep going until the early hours if you’ve got the pace. Bauer's Schialm is one of the most popular spots. There's plenty of loud and often live music, and even a slide to leave the bar, just in case you're a bit too wobbly for the steps!

 

If you want a break for a day, there’s plenty of off-slope activities to keep you busy including snow tubing (sliding on a tractor inner tube), cross country skiing, snow shoeing through the forests and even curling.

Hinterglemm off the mountain

Hinterglemm is definitely the quiet one in the valley. There's a nice selection of bars that have a family-friendly buzz and laid-back vibe. Don't miss out on the night skiing either. It's a really fun atmosphere.

 

If you did want to go all out though, the Goaßstall (Goat Bar) gets pretty crazy! You're even greeted by a 6ft goat at the entrance to the bar!

Saalbach & Hinterglemm offers

Save some money for après with our ski & board offers...

 

Get 7 days equipment hire for the price of 6 and try both boarding and skiing during your hire period with free board and ski exchange

 

Free helmet hire when you prebook equipment and free equipment for kids aged 3-10 when two adults pre-book

 

Free lift passes for under 6s available in resort

Don't miss...

Both villages are chocolate-box Austrian and there’s plenty of shops, bars and cafés for moseying around over the week. Après-ski is buzzing straight off the slopes but the atmosphere is definitely a bit livelier in Saalbach. There’s a night bus running between the two resorts so you can pick and choose.

 

There’s plenty of local guides eager to show you the best routes. Stop off for a bite to eat or a hot chocolate in one of the 40 excellent huts that pepper the mountainside. The resort is a real sun trap so you can take in some rays and enjoy the views.

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