Hotel Bauer is in a great location. It's right in the centre of Saalbach and you only have to walk five minutes to get to the ski lifts and slopes. You can't miss the place as it's the one with turrets and towers on the high street!
The hotel is classically Austrian. Inside it's traditionally styled with plenty of natural wood and a slight 'olde-worlde' feel. The bar area is a really relaxing place to relive your exploits from the day.
Head to the wellness area if your legs are tired (they probably will be with so much to explore). It's like an enchanted cave with a pool, sauna, steam room, rocks and plants. It's free for guests to use and definitely takes you to another place!
The dining rooms are cosy and rustic and the hotel team has really focused on the quality of the food. There's an à la carte menu and you can select courses. They've had the same chef for 12 years and he's built up a good reputation.
From the hotel to…
Nearest lift: 100m
Tuition meeting point: 150m
Resort centre: You're in the centre
About the resort
Saalbach and Hinterglemm are two pretty villages that sit in Austria's largest ski area; the Ski Circus. It has the name because the slopes literally surround you. There's 270km of picturesque red and blue runs with mountain huts dotted all around. This place was just made for the mile-hungry intermediate skier or boarder.
If you want to attempt a full circuit in one day then you'll need to get up early. Or try the long run over to Leogang for lunch to check that your legs are up to it. If you're more advanced, there are some steep blacks and moguls under the Shattberg Express gondola and the freeriding is some of the best in Austria!
The après-ski is a genuine Austrian experience and starts on the mountain at about 3pm. Saalbach is the livelier of the two villages and you can keep going until the early hours if you have got the pace.
Area size: 270km in Ski Circus area
Linked resorts: Leogang andFieberbrunn
Resort altitude: 630m
Skiing altitude: 630m to 2500m
Number of runs: 70
Range of runs: 45% blue, 48% red and 7% black
Lifts: 24 drags, 21 chairs and 23 gondolas
Night skiing: Yes (Hinterglemm)
Cross country trails: 11km
Snowmaking: 90% of runs covered
Resort bus: Yes
Food and drink
The half board meals are great at Hotel Bauer. Breakfast is the usual hot and cold buffet and has plenty of options to fuel you for an active day. Their evening menu really shines. There are four courses and you can choose each from the à la carte menu. There's also a salad buffet for the health conscious.
Christmas and New Year is a real celebration with a six-course gala dinner. Live music, fireworks and a midnight buffet to finish the night off. Smart attire is a must.
The 35 rooms are cosy with wood furnishings, dressed windows and white bed linen. There is a good mix of room sizes to choose from ranging from single rooms with showers to larger rooms that can sleep up to four. Each room has a TV, mini-safe, hairdryer and an en-suite with bath or shower.
Official rating: ****
Restaurant with à la carte menu
Café with home-made cakes
Lounge and two bars
Free use of 'Waluliso' wellness area with small indoor pool and massage showers
Free use of sauna and steam room
Free Wi-Fi throughout hotel
Departure airports: Gatwick, Manchester or Birmingham
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Salzburg
Flight duration: 2 hours to 2 hours 15 minutes
Transfer time: approx. 2 hours
Third off lift passes in Dec & Jan on all ski holidays