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Saalbach & Hinterglemm ski holidays

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.

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If you hate queuing (don't we all) it's a great choice as it has one if the top five fastest lift systems in the world! Access to the mountain is easy from many points throughout the villages too so there's not so much walking with your ski gear.


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

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 piste map

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: Easy 45%, medium 48% & difficult 7%

Lifts: 68 comprising of 24 drags, 21 chairs & 23 gondolas

Night skiing: Yes, in Hinterglemm

Cross country trails: 11km

Snowmaking: 90% runs covered

Resort bus: Yes

Saalbach off the mountain

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 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!

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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.

Saalbach & Hinterglemm ski holidays snow report

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13th Dec

4cm expected

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