Saalbach Hinterglemm Ski Resort

Home to arguably the world’s best lift system and located at the centre of Austria’s second largest area – the Skicircus – the twin towns of Saalbach and Hinterglemm form one of the Alps’ top resorts.

270km of well-groomed pistes make up the Skicircus, a vast linked area created in 2015/16 following the construction of a new gondola to link Saalbach to neighbouring Fieberbrunn. This lift is one of an impressive number of new constructions at the resort, which has averaged a new lift a year for the past two decades. Indeed you will spend most of your ski day on high-spec, bubble chairlifts and gondolas – many of which also have heated seats.

But its not just about the lift system and the pistes, the two towns are vibrant but attractive places. Lively après ski bars make this a popular party resort, but don’t let this put you off as there are a lot of quieter parts and a great selection of good, family-run hotels.

Our Saalbach Hinterglemm Resort Ratings

  • Beginner ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Intermediate ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Advanced ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Snow Reliability ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Fast Lifts ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Resort Activities ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Après ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Pros

Huge ski area and incredibly varied terrain

Arguably the world’s best lift system

Lively resort with a great après ski scene

Cons

Lower slopes can suffer in warm spells and in the spring

Limited challenges away from the Fieberbrunn sector for experts

Two towns are spread out and accommodation can be a walk/bus ride away from the lifts

Saalbach Hinterglemm Skiing and Snowboarding

Hinterglemm is home to the area’s best beginner zone, with several drags and magic carpets accessing sunny, gentle slopes. Progression from here on to long, cruisey blues is excellent, with an great selection of well-groomed, wide pistes to choose from across the Skicircus.

Confident intermediates will love the sense of travel that you can gain reaching the far extremes of the region. Head over to Leogang to avoid the crowds on busy days and the long runs down from Schattberg offer up 1000m of vertical and can be delightfully quiet. For more advanced skiers and boarders, the slopes of Fieberbrunn are world-class – indeed they are good enough to be a venue for the Freeride World Tour each winter.

  • Total Pistes: 270km
  • Blue: 52%
  • Red: 41%
  • Black: 7%
  • Lifts: 70
  • Altitude: 830m – 2096m

Saalbach Hinterglemm Piste Map

The local area map can be downloaded here.

Saalbach Hinterglemm Resort

Saalbach and Hinterglemm are separate villages, their centres 4km apart, which have expanded along the floor of their dead-end east-west valley. They haven't quite merged, but a range of accommodation can be found in between the two. Both resorts, but Saalbach in particular, are noted for their vibrant, après ski and nightlife, with the party starting from 3pm and running till early morning.

Off the slopes, the Saalbach Valley is home to some excellent walking trails and groomed cross country routes. Up on the mountain, there are several tobogganing routes, including a floodlit trail down Reiterkogel.

How to get to Saalbach Hinterglemm

Salzburg airport is around an hour and a half away from Saalbach, whilst Innsbruck sits around two and half hours away away.

  • Salzburg airport: 1.5 hours (driving)
  • Innsbruck airport: 2.5 hours (driving)
  • Calais: approximately 13 hours driving (722 miles)

Saalbach Hinterglemm Contact Details

Good For

Ability
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
In Resort
  • Family Friendly
  • Village Charm
On Slope
  • Boarder
  • Fast Lifts
  • No Queues
  • Terrain Parks

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