Part of the connected Skicircus, the second largest linked area in Austria since it's link with Fieberbrunn, Saalbach Hinterglemm offers an impressive range of terrain accessible from among the most efficient lift network in Europe.

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 have adopted a single marketing identity. Saalbach is the larger and more traditional of the two, with a more expansive range of shops and restaurants. At the eastern end is a long-standing link to Leogang, in the next valley, and now from a point directly above Hinterglemm there is the link with Fieberbrunn. Both resorts, though Saalbach in particular are noted for their vibrant, apres and nightlife, with the party starting from 3pm and running till early morning.

Across the Skicircus there are 270km of pistes, served by 70 state of the art lifts, creating an intermediates dream. Though only 10% of the runs are marked as expert, there are plenty of off piste options, including some great tree runs when there's been fresh snow. Because of the orientation, the resort is also known to get some great sun, enjoyable to keep you warm, though something to bear in mind in relation to snow conditions as the day progresses.

Several resorts in Salzburgerland are reachable by road.

Pros

Good intermediate area - expanded now to become Austria's largest

Lift system now essentially 100% fast chairs and gondolas

Saalbach is a pleasant, lively village, largely car-free in the centre

Dozens of good mountain huts

Cons

The snowmaking is crucial - most slopes are sunny as well as low, and the snow suffers

Limited steep terrain

Both villages spread widely

Boisterous evening behaviour doesn't suit everyone

Getting there

  • Salzburg airport: 1.5 hours
  • Zell am See train station: 30 minutes

Good For

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

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