“You have to go to Saalbach Hinterglemm!” If you’re getting tired of your friends nagging you, maybe it really is time you checked it out for yourself. Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang-Fieberbrunn boasts 270km of pistes, 60 mountain huts and modern lifts, providing access to a fantastic variety of terrain. You can discover it all with the Skicircus Challenge, which takes you on a tour of all four areas. With its acquisition of Fieberbrunn, the ski circus at Saalbach-Hinterglemm became one of Austria’s largest ski resorts in 2015. Come see what the hype is about!
The Skicircus Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang-Fieberbrunn has a big name to live up to, and your expectations might be even higher than its 2096m peak. At first glance, however, you’ll understand why so many people rave about it. It’s simply huge, and great snow is nearly always guaranteed.
First impressions of Saalbach-Hinterglemm
The ski resort at Saalbach-Hinterglemm has a pretty impressive profile, with 270km of slopes and 60 mountain huts. And despite the fact it’s fairly low-lying, the snow is far from being a problem, with some areas at Saalbach among the snowiest in the Austrian Alps. The mountain has 20 pistes leading to the valley – that’s the advantage of having a low-lying resort! The ski-in, ski-out layout means you can just slip into your ski boots in the morning and keep them on right through après-ski in the afternoon.
A day at Saalbach starts in Vorderglemm and takes you up the mountain with the Schönleitenbahn cable car. The gondola was recently renovated and does a stellar job of whisking the masses up the mountain. Once up the mountain, you can embark on the Skicircus Challenge, a discovery trip of Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang-Fieberbrunn from valley to valley and piste to piste. If your muscles are starting to ache, you can grab a hot chocolate at any one of the 60 alpine huts before going on your way again. Head towards Hinterglemm and the Reiterkogel, where the Tirol S-Bahn awaits to take you from Salzburgerland to Fieberbrunn, in Austria’s Tyrolean region.
Terrain on the Skicircus Challenge
The day wears on. Your thighs are starting to burn. Your vision blurs as images of sugarplums dance in your head. Concentrate! Suddenly, the most important thing on the agenda is finding a restaurant. Can you make it to Hinterglemm and the Goaßstall? Or should you settle for the Walleggalm? Perhaps head to the Schattberg-Ost and take the blue Jausernabfahrt, the resort’s longest downhill piste at 7.5km, towards the heart of the Hinterhagalm in Saalbach? Another option is to make your way directly to one of the numerous bars in the village to quench the first pangs of thirst.
Après-ski at Saalbach-Hinterglemm
It’s impossible not to fall in love with Saalbach, Hinterglemm, Leogang and Fieberbrunn, four resorts joining together to make one of the most incredible ski areas in Europe. The combination of pistes of all types, along with the 60 mountain huts and the lively après-ski scene, form a unique destination. It’s not short on nostalgia, either, with the retro Kohlmaiskopfbahn built for the Ski WM 1991 and the pistes used in the World Cup circuit. For the daring there is the legendary Schattberg Nordabfahrt, a black piste with a gradient of 70%. It’s easy to see why so many visitors flock to this ski resort.
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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