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Saalbach in short

  • Height: 1003 metres
  • Famous for its après-ski
  • Large, modern ski area with many restaurants
  • Good choice of accommodation for all budgets

Saalbach and Hinterglemm are often mentioned in the same breath, but the popular villages have each retained their own unique character. Like its neighbour, Saalbach has a pedestrianised village centre with a vibrant atmosphere. The streets are lined with shops, restaurants, hotels and many, many après-ski bars! In the morning, the most diehard skiers are already out the door by the crack of dawn to take advantage of the 250km of slopes in the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn!

Saalbach is linked to the Skicircus by means of various lifts, as well as a ski bus for those staying in accommodation further from the centre. Compared with Hinterglemm, the village centre in Saalbach is quite posh, full of name-brand shops and glitzy four- and five-star hotels. To complement your ski holiday Saalbach offers a range of other activities, such as tobogganing at the Spielberghaus, snowmobile driving and ice carting. If the weather isn't cooperating you can also visit the ski museum to learn more about the history of skiing in the region.

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Latest review by Tez

“BEEN GOING BACK HERE FOR LAST 10 YEARS Great that they put so much back into the resort every year with up to date fast lift system, groomed pistes and the best Apres ski both on and off the mountain.”

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Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn

The Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn is ideal for beginners and intermediate skiers, with many kilometres of blue slopes. Advanced skiers will have a tougher time, although there are several black slopes that offer a challenge. The majority of pistes in the Skicircus are sunny thanks to their southern orientation, and there are various mountain restaurants spread throughout the Skicircus where you can enjoy a drink on the terrace. When it's a little too sunny, more than 400 snow cannons ensure the snow quality is always up to scratch. A must-do on your first ski holiday to the Skicircus is The Challenge, a 68km ski circuit whereby you can get to know every corner of the ski area. There are also plenty of non-skiing activities to try at the Skicircus.

Freestyle opportunities in and around Saalbach

Snowboarders and freestyle skiers at the Eben im Pongau have a wealth of options. Advanced freestylers are best off heading to the Nightpark in Hinterglemm or the Nitro Snowpark in Leogang, both of which are world-class terrain parks with challenging jumps for advanced freestylers. If you're still learning, the Learn-to-ride park in the Bernkogel offers gentler jumps. The Bernkogel is also home to a boardercross and another fun park. Film yourself for free on the Skimovie slopes and show off to all your friends and family later!

Cross-country skiing at Saalbach

While Leogang has some options for cross-country skiing, the Skicircus as a whole is not necessarily known as a cross-country skiing destination. Cross-country skiers can head to nearby Zell am See, which offers an extensive network of cross-country skiing trails.

Winter hiking options at the Skicircus

Winter hiking enthusiasts have a lovely environment to explore around Saalbach. Take the trail from the Zwölfer-cabine to the Ellmaualm mountain restaurant and from there work your way back to Hinterglemm. From Saalbach it's a beautiful hike through a lovely valley on the way towards the Spielberghaus.

Families more than welcome

Saalbach doesn't market itself as a family-friendly destination, but in fact the ski resort offers a multitude of activities for families with young children. The childcare and ski school are both more than decent, and it should be no trouble to find English-speaking instructors. There are also several hotels that cater specifically to families with children.

Après-ski in Saalbach: let out your inner party animal!

Saalbach's reputation as an après-ski hotspot is well-earned. From traditional ski huts to trendy lounge bars, après-ski at Saalbach comes in all shapes and sizes. Après-ski enthusiasts of every description will find something to satisfy them here, whether in the village or right on the slopes. Institutions such as the Bauer's Schi-Alm, the Hinterhag Alm and the Maisalm get the party going before the ski day ends, while bars like the Underbar in the village pick up where the mountain restaurants left off. If you want to party into the very wee hours, head to neighbouring Hinterglemm.

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Weather in Saalbach


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Hinterglemm Tal
Kohlmais Tal
Après-ski & nightlife in Saalbach
Restaurants 60
Bars & cafés 20
Discos 15
Concert Hall
Ski schools & ski lessons in Saalbach
Number of Ski Schools 11
Number of Ski Instructors 250
Instruction slope
Ski lessons in Nederlands
Private ski lessons 80
Ski lessons 6 days, 24 hours, € 250,00
Snowboard lessons 6 days, 24 hours, € 250,00
Cross-country skiing
Book your ski school online in Saalbach
Snowboard Lessons 14 offers available
Adult Ski Lessons 11 offers available
Park & Freestyle 2 offers available
Kids Ski Lessons 14 offers available
Off Piste Skiing 4 offers available
Cross Country Skiing 1 offers available
Ski Touring 1 offers available
Facilities in Saalbach
Number of hotels 90
Number of hotel beds 1165
Number of tourist beds 20303
Supermarkets 3
Tourist information for Saalbach
Name Tourismusverband Saalbach Hinterglemm
Telephone +436541680068
Distance to Saalbach
Distance from Brussels approx. 946 km
Airport Salzburg approx. 86 km with bus service
Train station Zell am See approx. 19 km with bus service
From the highway approx. 95 km 87-minutes drive
Saalbach for the children
Childcare from 48 months
Number of hours of childcare 4 hours a day
Price without lunch € 90,00
Price with lunch
Children's Carousel
Magic Carpet
Child Lift 1
Adventure Park
Mascot Name
After skiing in Saalbach
Public sauna
Fitness Centre
Public solarium
Spa & Wellness
Indoor pool
Balloon flight
Indoor tennis
Squash court
Hiking trails
Torchlight Tours
Indoor skating rink
Ice skating rink
Snow rafting
Dog sledge
Toboggan run