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Saalbach in short

  • 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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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.

 Apres-ski & entertainment Saalbach

Restaurants 60 Theatre -
Bars & cafes 20 Casino -
Nightclubs & discos 15 Concert hall -
Cinema -  

 Ski school and ski lessons Saalbach

No. of ski schools 11Private ski lessons € 80
No. of ski instructors 250Ski lessons6 Days, 24 Hours, € 250
Area for beginnersSnowboarding lessons6 Days, 24 Hours, € 250
Ski lessons in Cross-country skiingYes, price on request

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Kids-Ski-Lessons 11 Offers available
Adult-Ski-Lessons 9 Offers available
Snowboard-Lessons 11 Offers available
Off-Piste-Skiing 3 Offers available
Ski-Touring 1 Offers available
Park-&-Freestyle 2 Offers available
Cross-Country-Skiing 1 Offers available
Snowshoeing 1 Offers available

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 Facilities Saalbach

No. of hotels 90 Supermarkets 4
Total no. of hotel beds 10463 Banks
Total no. of beds 20228

 Tourist information for Saalbach

Tourismusverband Saalbach Hinterglemm
0043 - 06541 - 680068

 Distances from Saalbach

Railway station
Zell am See approx. 19 km by bus
Salzburg approx. 90 km by bus
From the motorway:approx. 70 km 1 uur by car

 Saalbach for families and children

Childcare - Magic carpet
Playground Ski lift for children

  Leisure & sports activities Saalbach

Public sauna - Footpaths 140 km
Fitness centreTorchlight descentfakkeltocht jaarlijks op oudejaarsavond
Public solarium - Indoor ice rink -
Massage Outdoor ice rink -
Spa & wellness - Curling -
Indoor swimming pool - Snow rafting -
Hot air ballooning - Dog sledding -
Paragliding Snowmobile tours
Indoor tennis court Toboggan run
Squash court -

Ski blog about Saalbach

5 December 2020 by Danielle in 'Destinations''

With 270 kilometres of pistes, the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn is one of the largest linked ski areas in Austria. This makes it the ideal destination for a ski holiday with the family, whether it’s young kids just taking their first ski lessons or confident teens who can’t wait to show off their skills in the snow park. At the Skicircus you’ll find English-speaking ski instructors, specialised kids’ skiing zones, snow parks and ski circuits where almost every level of skie... More ›
(Photo: ©, Mirja Geh)

28 November 2020 by Danielle in 'Ski areas''

Ski holidays and eating are inextricably linked in our books - what's a ski holiday in Austria without kaiserschmarrn, or a ski holiday in the Swiss Alps without fondue? At the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn there is no shortage of local specialties to try, from a nice hot bowl of goulash soup in the evening to a hearty wiener schnitzel with chips for lunch. If you were looking for authentic Austrian mountain food, you've come to the right place! In the Skicircus you'll find ... More ›
(Photo: ©, Mirja Geh)

16 November 2020 by Danielle in 'Ski areas''

The Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn is one of the largest and most popular ski areas in Austria, attracting thousands of skiers and snowboarders every winter. The Skicircus is known for its endless slopes, lovely villages and fantastic off-slope. In this article we've outlined some of the most interesting facts and figures about this enormous linked ski area.... More ›
(Photo: ©, Daniel Roos)

2 June 2020 by Danielle in 'Destinations''

Authentic Austrian villages and traditional charm define skiing in Austria. But that doesn’t mean the Austrians don’t know how to party – in fact, après-ski was basically invented here! The ski areas in Austria offer a wide variety of terrain for every taste and budget, from the glitzy slopes of St. Anton to the family-friendly resort of Mayrhofen. We’ve narrowed down the top 15 ski resorts so you’re sure to find the perfect place for your next ski holiday, whether it’s a family bonding trip or ... More ›

27 February 2020 by Danielle in 'Destinations''

Who hasn't heard of The Challenge, the epic ski circuit that takes ambitious skiers and snowboarders through all four villages of the Skicircus? But that's not the only ski circuit waiting for you in the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn. Choose from gentle blue slopes, demanding red slopes or a mixture of everything - there's a ski circuit for everyone! These exciting and varied routes offer a fantastic opportunity to explore the spectacular mountain landscapes of the Skicircus... More ›
(Photo: ©, Mirja Geh)

Ski area
Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn

Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn
Total slopes 270 (km)
Blue slopes 140 km
Red slopes 112 km
Black slopes 18 km
Off-piste 0 km
Lifts (70 )
Drag lifts 20
Chair lifts 21
Gondola lifts 29
100 cm
45 cm