5 December 2020 from 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 skier or snowboarder can challenge themselves. Off the pistes you’ll also find no shortage of fun activities to keep the whole family entertained. Following are some of our recommendations for family ski holidays at the Skicircus.

#1. Family Park U-bahn - freestyle for the whole family

Young or old, big or small, everyone will have a blast at the Family Park U-bahn. This is the perfect spot to pull off your first freestyle tricks. Even if you're not aspiring to be an Olympic freestyle skier or snowboarder, you can still have a great time here on the rails, boxes and jumps. There are features here for every ability level, so gather the whole family and prepare for an awesome day! Next to the park you'll also see the Funslope U-bahn, a family-friendly funslope that makes skiing even more fun (if that's possible)!

#2. Timoks Alpine Coaster

Timoks Alpine Coaster might just be one of our favourite activities in the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn. This alpine coaster is open all year round, weather-permitting, and promises a good time no matter what your age. The track is about 1.1 kilometres long and the ride lasts about 7 minutes. Drop by after a day of skiing, or take a break from the slopes to get your adrenaline pumping! You'll find the Timoks Alpine Coaster easily accessible from the ski area, next to the Streuböden lift in Fieberbrunn.

#3. Funslopes

Numerous funslopes in the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn aim to make skiing extra-fun for young and old wintersporters alike. These pistes have been jazzed up with tunnels, curves, 360-degree turns, rails, jumps and much more. As we already mentioned, you'll find a funslope next to the Family Park U-bahn. But that's not the only one - check out the Funslope Zwölfer for a rockin' time with the kids!

#4. Golden Gate and Treetop Trail

A successful winter holiday means a good time off the slopes as well! For that reason, we absolutely recommend a visit to the Golden Gate Bridge of the Alps and the Treetop Trail. This 200-metre long suspension bridge hangs 42 metres above the ground, offering fantastic views of the winter landscapes. It's part of the Treetop Trail, a route through the trees that opens in winter when weather conditions permit. Guaranteed fun for the whole family!

golden gate bridge of the alps in winter
(Photo: © saalbach.com, Mirja Geh)

#5. Tobogganing

If there's one activity that's a must-do for a family ski holiday, it's tobogganing. It's by far the most popular alternative to skiing, and most ski resorts nowadays offer sledging tracks. In the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn you'll find numerous options for tobogganing, some of which are floodlit for tobogganing at night. Check out the tracks at the Reiterkogel, Spielberghaus, the Biberg in Saalfelden, and the middle station of the Asitzbahn next to the Stöcklalm, among others.

#6. Ride in a horse-drawn carriage

After pushing yourself to the limit all day on the ski piste, sometimes it's just nice to sit back and relax! If you want to enjoy the fresh mountain air while you do so, look no further: go for a ride in a horse-drawn carriage! It's a great way to explore the Skicircus at a different pace, snuggled up under a warm blanket as you clip-clop your way through the valley. There is plenty to see and the driver can answer any questions you have about the region.

horse-drawn carriage skicircus
© saalbach.com, Mirja Geh

#7. BMW xDrive SkiMovie

It doesn’t count unless you have the proof! With SkiMovie, you can record your greatest moments on film and show off to your family and friends later. The Skicircus has a selection of  BMW xDrive SkiMovie pistes including race and slalom courses. You can find the videos using the unique number on your ski pass. Let the kids show off and compare their performance against yours! You can find the SkiMovie slopes at the Unterschwarzach lift in Hinterglemm and at the Almbahn 4er in Leogang.

#8. Snow Trails

Once the children are confident on their skis or snowboard, you can progress onto one of the Snow Trails. These nature-inspired “pistes” with bumps and twists can be found throughout the ski area and offer a beautiful alternative for exploring the mountain at the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn. Some Snow Trails are completely natural, while others have been enhanced with some man-made additions. This is the case wiht the Snow Trail at the Bernkogel 6er in Saalbach, which features a tunnel, high-fives, mega-xylophone, jumps, steep curves and much more. Come discover it for yourself on your next family ski holiday in the Skicircus! 

#9. Snowtubing

A ski holiday with the kids is not complete until you’ve gone snowtubing! Near the Unterschwarzach lift in Hinterglemm you can go snowtubing as a family and experience the feeling of gliding over the snow from a completely different angle. There are small and large tubes so winter sports enthusiasts of all shapes and sizes can enjoy this magical sport. Have fun and watch out for the bumps!

#10. Race slopes

At the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn you'll find several race slopes where you can measure your speed - perfect if the kids are arguing over who's faster (obviously you)! Race slopes are located at the Unterschwarzach lift in Hinterglemm, at the Asitzgipfel lift 8er in Leogang and at the Gatterl lift in Fieberbrunn. And the best part? The slope also offers the option to film you, so you can watch and rewatch yourself in all your glory!

young skier in Skicircus
(Photo: © saalbach.com, Mirja Geh)

#11. Night skiing

Experience the Skicircus by night with a magical evening of skiing on floodlit slopes! This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you'll never forget. Night skiing on floodlit slopes is available Monday through Saturday at the Unterschwarzach lift in Hinterglemm, and on Monday, Thursday and Saturday at the Schantei lift in Leogang.

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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!