The ski resort
A circus on skis, might be the easiest way to describe an entertaining, challenging, and unforgettable ski vacation to Saalbach.
First and foremost, the huge ski area is worth to mention. The fascinating, snow-covered and famous slopes almost feels like an endless dream. The Skicircus Saalbach – Hinterglemm – Leogang Fieberbrunn offers skiing fun at the highest level, with 270 kilometers of ski slopes. The newly build connection with Zell am See-Kaprun adds on another 138 kilometers which ultimately positions the resort as the largest ski area in Austria. The total of 410 kilometers gives plenty of opportunities for every skier. Beginners, families, and experts will all find slopes there match their level and mood. This is also mean that no matter the skiers’ level, it is always possible to find a slope down the mountain. Overall, the terrain offers lots of good and fun hours on the slopes.
With 70 cableways and lifts, more than 60 cozy ski huts, serval snow parks, a freeride park, floodlight slopes and toboggan runs, this is one of the best areas in the Alps.
Read more about the four areas below.
Saalbach is not only amazing regarding the ski area, but as well for its lively town. Saalbach is car free, which contributes to the extravagant and charming atmosphere. There is plenty of shopping options and restaurants. When it comes to dining both Saalbach and Hinterglemm offers a wide selection from pizza to gourmet. Beside skiing, dining, and shopping the town also offers a numerous of other activities.
Originally, the skiing took place in the Glemm Valley, where Saalbach and Hinterglemm lie side by side. Here is it possible to enjoy the south side with less steep slopes, where the sun adorns the mountain. The slopes are mostly red and blue and stretch through trees.
On the north side it is more steeper and shadow dominated, which means mostly good and black slopes. This side of the valley is not reserved for experts but requires more technical skills. As mentioned, the area in general provides possible ways around, almost regardless of level.
On the other hand, it is possible to try a little offpiste between the slopes in the entire area.
Here you will also find the freestyle park Nightpark, which provides rails and kicker for all levels. It is a perfect place to train both day and evening.
By itself it is a great skiing area.
From Saalbach it is easy to access the neighboring valley Leogang by skiing. Due to the north-facing location, without strong sun all day, you will often find good and crispy slopes here. It is also here the big Nitro snow park is located between the Muldenbahn and Asitzgipelbahn. Leogang is clearly worth a visit.
Since 2016 is has been possible to ski from the Hinterglemm area and on to Fieberbrunn. Here you will experience the capital of fresh powder snow if the weather allows. This is also where the Freeride World Tour holds competitions for the professional freeride skiers every year. If you prefer to wear the wide planks this is a great spot for some easily accessible off-piste terrain.
Furthermore, there is a cool forest terrain for the snowy days as well plenty of options to reach the top for sunny days.
Although this area is a few hundred meters lower than Saalbach, Fieberbrunn gets more snow. Due to the location a little further north and shady side, the snow stays cold, crispy, and amazing.
Good to know: In general, the majority who visit Saalbach do not come for the offpiste. This is an advantage for the riders who are hungry for fresh powder snow.
If you are looking for other activities there are plenty of other funny activities for all ages.
- Azits Bräu Brewery
- Snaps Brewery
- Ski museum Heimathaus
- Night skiing
- Ice kart
- Timok’s Alpine Coaster
Sking for children
Saalbach, like most Austrian destinations, has both baby and children’s slopes. They are located at the bottom of the town, making it easily accessible and perfect place to gather. At the end of the children’s slope is Bauers Schialm, where it is possible to meet for lunch with the children after a morning at the ski school. Furthermore, there are several other slopes for the youngest in the terrain. We recommend you visit two great attractions called “Funslope Zwölfer” and Funslope U-Bahn. With their fun twisters, banked turns and waves, the two Funslopes turn every day on the mountain into an unforgettable experience. Overall, the destination is family friendly.
The world famous après ski has won several times for being the best place to enjoy a successful day of skiing. If you are into schlager music, a local liquor, and a funny dance in your ski boots, this is without doubt a place for you!
Après ski in Saalbach is one of the most wild and best places in Austria. Do not worry, if you prefer to enjoy your beer or glühwein in more calm surroundings the options are many. We can recommend Turmfalke, which is a classic Austrian bar with a large terrace and view towards the mountains. If you are traveling with children, this a very convenient place since it is located at the top of the child slope.
So what is the best Après ski places? The list is long, as the amount of après ski bars is endless. Nevertheless, we have selected some of the more wild and crazy favorites for you.