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Hotel Reisinger is a great value, family-run hotel that sits right in the heart of Hinterglemm. The Reiterkogel gondola is just 100m away so you're minutes from picturesque red and blue runs of the area.
The hotel itself is simply styled and feels homely. It has everything you need to rest and refuel after a day on the mountain. The bar and dining area provide a great setting for re-telling your day's exploits with a well-earned drink.
There's plenty of shops, bars and cafés nearby and you're not far from the buzzing après. If you fancy something a bit livelier (or later), the ski bus that runs over to Saalbach stops just 100m from the hotel.
Nearest lift: 100m to the Reiterkogl lift
Tuition meeting point: 200m
Resort centre: You're in the centre
Bus stop: 100m
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 and Fieberbrunn
Resort altitude: 1000m
Skiing altitude: 630m to 2095m
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
The half board here gives you breakfast which is a cold buffet. The evening meal is three courses and three times a week there's a salad buffet. Once a week they put on a candlelit dinner and at Christmas and New Year Gala dinners are included. All meals are taken in the dining area in cosy wooden booths.
All 25 rooms are simple but comfortable and you can choose a larger room with a balcony and an extra bed. Each room has a TV, free Wi-Fi, hairdryer and an en-suite with shower.
Official rating: ***
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