Very appealing Saalbach is an attractive, characterful village, with traditional-style (although mostly modern) buildings huddled together around a classic onion-domed church. Hinterglemm is less cute, with a rather featureless centre spread along a single main street. Both villages are free of through-traffic. And both are lively from mid-afternoon until the early hours. Saalbach in particular may have drunken revellers still in ski boots late in the evening.

For families

Hinterglemm tries harder Saalbach doesn't go out of its way to sell itself to families, although it does have a ski kindergarten. Hinterglemm probably makes a better family base, with some good hotel-based nursery facilities - at the Theresia for example. And its nursery slope is better.

Apres Ski

It rocks from early on 'The best après-ski in the Alps,' claims the resort website, and it is certainly among the best. The site lists over 20 venues. Saalbach, in particular, is very lively from mid-afternoon until the early hours. On the hill above Saalbach, the Berger Alm under the Magic chair rocks from early afternoon, with a happy hour from 3.30pm. Then it's down to the rustic Hinterhag Alm, an institution - live bands ensure a rowdy atmosphere. Then slide down to the already packed Bauer's Schi-Alm - an old cow shed with attached umbrella bars. There are alternatives: Bäckstätt Stall and the main bar of Berger's Sporthotel have dancing when the lifts close. Bobby's Pub attracts a very young crowd, is cheap, has bowling, games machines, sport on TVs. Zum Turm (a converted medieval jail) and Spitzbub (a converted garage) are loud and lively. The ötzi bar 'is always good for a night out - good prices, friendly staff, dancing on tables'; but you have to pay for nails. Alibi is 'small but very animated at times; if you love rock music and especially AC/DC this bar is ideal ... a good buzz'. There are clubs under various hotels, and several pole dancing dives. Eva,alm offers something of a retreat - 'a wonderfully civilized bar fronting the main street'. At Hinterglemm, the rustic goat-themed Goasstall just above the village is another institution: 'one of the great après bars in Austria - like the Mooserwirt in St Anton, but much more lively'.

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