Four resorts, one Skicircus - one of Austria’s largest areas and a classic day circuit. Plus a lot more to explore when you look closer.
You’ve probably heard of the concept of gemütlichkeit - the hospitality and warmth found in Austrian ski resort. Well, there’s another word to learn here: lässig - a relaxed and sporty version of cool! The Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn has a long name suited to its size. One of Austria’s largest linked areas since Fieberbrunn was hooked up in 2015, it offers fun and adrenalin for all. With 270km of slopes, 70 lifts, more than 60 mountain huts, numerous snowparks, floodlit pistes and toboggan runs it’s not hard to see why.
Kids enjoy the 10 Snow Trails with waves and ramps plus woodland trails. Freestylers of all levels are catered for, be it at Saalbach’s Learn-to-Ride Park, Fieberbrunn’s Easy Park, the Nightpark and Funcross in Hinterglemm or Nitro Snowpark in Leogang. Those who prefer their kickers and drops ungroomed have freeride parks across the mountain and the new link to Fieberbrunn has opened up amazing terrain.
Take advantage of the Nordic sports centre, where you’ll be able to cross-country ski across 150km of well-maintained trails, or get back to nature in the region’s freeriding areas, where it’ll just be you and the pristine deep snow. The annual Mountain Attack ski touring marathon brings together 500 skiers for a challenge that’ll see them take on six mountain peaks, spread over 40km and 3,000m of altitude.
More than skiing
Saalbach-Hinterglemm is a great après party town, but there is evening sporting action across the Skicircus too. There are several natural toboggan runs in the area, as well as Timoks Coaster - a two-seater ride on tracks - in Fieberbrunn. Leogang has one of the longest, fastest zip lines in the world - the Flying Fox XXL covers 1.6km at up to 130kph. The superlatives continue with the highest treetop trail in Europe, 30m above the ground in Saalbach-Hinterglemm and ending up on the Alpine Golden Gate Bridge. At a more sedate pace, there are several ice rinks in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, horse-drawn sleigh rides in all resorts and, unusually, in both Leogang Saalfelden and Saalbach-Hinterglemm, winter archery.
There’s even the White Pearl Mountain Days festival in April, which combines cool music and international cuisine with great pistes and incredible weather. And if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, there’s the three Days of Jazz festival in Saalfelden in January
If all that action makes you build up an appetite, you can sate your hunger with some of Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn’s incredible regional delicacies, including the Pinzgauer Blad’l. Similar in appearance to a Cornish pasty, it’s made with rye and wheat flour, fried and served with traditional fillings like sauerkraut, potato salad, kohlrabi or potato gratin. You’re bound to find this tasty morsel at one of the 60plus mountain huts across Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn’s slopes, along with other classics such as ribs or noodles, so there is plenty of opportunity to refuel. With such a range of activities on offer, it’s not surprising that Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn draws hordes of winter adventurers and wins awards for its innovation – the only problem is deciding what to do first.
Ready to “Ski your limit”? The Challenge is one of the toughest ski circuits in the Alps. 32 lifts, 69km of pistes, 12,000m vertical descent and seven hours to round it, with the well-deserved Challenge badge awaiting you upon successful completion.
Further information: www.saalbach.com or www.austria.info/winterunleashed