5 December 2017 from Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0 Comments

Skiing at the Skicircus

Skiing at the Skicircus

Austria’s Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn has a plethora of activities on offer for the upcoming 2017-2018 ski season. A dynamic ski area with terrain for every level and no shortage of ski-in, ski-out accommodation, the “Home of Lässig” is a favourite with both beginners and experts alike. This winter, don’t miss your chance to explore expansive freeride areas and challenging ski circuits, ending with trendy après-ski parties hosted by top DJs. Still need convincing? Keep reading to find out the seven top reasons you need to visit Saalbach this winter.

1. Because at the Skicircus, you can tackle the biggest ski circuit in the Alps

68km, 32 lifts and 12 000 vertical metres. These figures place The Challenge within the highest echelon of alpine ski circuits, even outshining the Sella Ronda, the White Ring and the King’s Tour. This challenging ski marathon will take you all throughout the enormous Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn. Every successful “Challenger” to earn a challenge badge through Skiline will receive a small reward.

2. To rock out at the Saalbach Hinterglemm BERGFESTival

The fifth annual BERGFESTival will take place at Saalbach Hinterglemm from December 8-10, 2017. This year, the music festival will take place at seven locations across the ski area, featuring artists Christina Stürmer, WANDA, Evil Jared and many others. If you’re still standing on two feet after this weekend of crazy partying, the following weekend is Rave on Snow, three days and three nights of partying on ten floors. The line-up will feature 70 DJs and live acts, including the world-famous DJ Sven Väth.

3. It’s your last chance to ride the iconic Kohlmais cable car

The Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn announced earlier that this year that they plan to renovate the Kohlmaisbahn. In the summer of 2018 they will begin the conversion of the Kohlmaisbahn into a modern 10-passenger gondola lift with a middle station. The grand opening is scheduled for the beginning of December 2018. The new valley station will have an underground car park with about 100 parking spots.

The iconic Kohlmais cable car in Saalbach

The iconic Kohlmais cable car in Saalbach

5. For the awesome new freeride parks

Already one of the best places in Europe for freeriding and freestyling, the Skicircus recently created the The Freeride Parks, hybrid areas that combine deep snow with specially created obstacles and half-pipes. The Freeride Parks can be found at the Lärchfilzkogel in Fieberbrunn and at the Asitzmuldenbahn in Leogang. The Freeride World Tour will stop by at Fieberbrunn from March 9-15, 2018, when the world’s best freeriders will demonstrate their talents on the legendary north face of the Wildseeloder.

Freeride World Tour in Fieberbrunn

Freeride World Tour in Fieberbrunn

6. To ski along with the candidates for the World Ski Championships 2023

The Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn has made international headlines this year with its bid to host the World Ski Championships 2023. Anyone who wants to get a taste of the World Cup this winter can do so on January 27-28 at the 8th Nostalgia World Ski Championships at Schantei in Saalfelden Leogang. They expect a turnout of 250 participants docked out in their grandparents’ most stylish ski garb, with leather lace-up boots and 80-year-old wooden skis.

Nostalgia World Ski Championships

Nostalgia World Ski Championships in Saalfelden Leogang

7. For the ski-in, ski-out accommodation

Most of the accommodation at Saalbach Hinterglemm is located near the ski area, saving skiers and snowboarders the exhausting trek of carrying all that equipment to the slopes. To make it easier when booking accommodation, there is a new search function on Saalbach's website that lets you know if your accommodation is within walking distance of the ski area. Any accommodation located within 500m of a lift or piste will be marked with an icon depicting a gondola or a skier.

Ski-in, ski-out at Saalbach

Ski-in, ski-out at Saalbach

Practical information about the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn

Thanks to its relatively new link to Fieberbrunn, the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn is now one of the largest ski areas in Austria. 270km of slopes offer a good amount of beginner and intermediate pistes, as well as some more challenging terrain for advanced skiers and snowboarders including the World Cup track and some steep black pistes up to 3km in length. Skiers and snowboarders can enjoy 16 valley runs with sunny southern-facing slopes and views of the Spielberghorn (2044m) and the Leogang Steinberge (2634m). In the evening, Saalbach Hinterglemm offers a lively après-ski scene.

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Born and raised in the ski paradise of Vancouver, Canada, I learned to ski before I can remember, balancing precariously on my parents’ skis as they sailed down the hill. I started snowboarding in my teens and am now delighted to be exploring everything Europe’s ski scene has to offer!

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