Exploring Saalbach Hinterglemm Ski Resort

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Every day leading into the new ski season, we will be highlighting ski resorts from around the world! Today we start with Saalbach Hinterglemm ski resort in Austria. A popular destination with avid British skiers and snowboards with so much on offer. Whilst your here make sure you check out our fantastic Saalbach Hinterglemm ski resort guide full of useful information to help you make the perfect choice for your next ski holiday! If you are eager to get away make sure you check out of Holiday Offers where you will find some of the best holidays available across the Alps and beyond!

As one of Austria’s most popular ski resorts, Saalbach Hinterglemm is known for its lively winter sports and in particular, its huge party scene.  With its pretty and traditional Tyrolean centre, it has a large ski area that’s linked to the neighbouring slopes of Hinterglemm and Leogang.

LET’S TALK SKIING IN SAALBACH  

The Saalbach piste map has lots to offer to skiers of all standards.  For beginners, head to the Hinterglemm beginner zone for its sunny and gentle slopes.  It has several drags and magic carpets to enjoy.   For more confident skiers, look to the long cruise blues with lots of choices of Saalbach piste – you’ve got a fantastic choice of well-groomed and wide pistes across the Skicircus.

Intermediates will definitely enjoy a great deal of satisfaction from getting some real distance under their belts.  If you’re looking to escape the masses, travel to Leogang and enjoy the peaceful long runs from Schattberg where you’ll enjoy the vertical slopes – up to 1000m.  Advanced skiers and boarders certainly aren’t missed out at the Saalbach pistes, head for the world-class Fieberbrunn slopes; the location for the yearly Freeride World Tour.

THE RESORT OF SAALBACH 

If you’re looking for a truly traditional Austrian experience, Saalbach is definitely for you.  It really does have the feel an authentic ski village.  And having the benefits of the modern facilities that you can experience at Hinterglemm mean that the enticing resort of Saalbach has a lot to offer.

STAYING IN SAALBACH HINTERGLEMM SKI RESORT

When you’re looking at Saalbach ski accommodation, you’ll find lots of different places to stay.  It’s mainly made up of hotels and apartments, but you’ll also find a few self-catering chalets here too.  If you’re looking in particular to stay in one of the Saalbach hotels, you’ll find that they range from 3- and 4-stars, right up to the 5-star hotel in Hinterglemm.

SAALBACH SNOW CONDITIONS 

Saalbach is a resort that’s found at a low altitude.  You will find the slopes quite sunny which could prove difficult towards the season’s end.  For the Saalbach weather, there’s an average of 3.2 snow days per week, with an average of 21.6cm of snow on average per week.  The resort does benefit from good snowmaking machines which cover around 90% of the Saalbach piste which does make up for its low altitude.

SAALBACH RESORT LIFE 

Saalbach makes for a great destination for families; thanks to its excellent facilities both on the piste and off.  The village has a particularly attractive village square and beautiful onion-domed church to be found in the centre, and they’ve certainly got their mix of traditional and modern design right in their mix of buildings here.  You’ll find it’s lovely and peaceful in the day; with the real party scene coming to life during the après ski hours – which makes Saalbach a particularly super location for groups.  If you’re coming with a family, it’s definitely worth looking at Saalbach accommodation in the quieter areas away from the Saalbach restaurants and bars.

WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT SAALBACH? 

We like this resort as it has plenty to do both on and off slopes, with lots for non-skiers in Saalbach too.  You’ve got plenty of really nice mountain restaurants and bars to visit and keep you refreshed during a day on the piste.  A great location for both families and party-loving visitors, Saalbach certainly has lots to offer day and night.  Hinterglemm is the place to visit if you’re looking or some more modern accommodation that’s more on the expensive end of the spectrum.

Particularly effective here in Saalbach is the ‘Ski Circus’, created back in 2015/2016.  Its excellent, and world-class lift-linked ski area has been well designed so that you can travel around the two main resort villages with ease.  In fact, its design means that towns of Hinterglemm and Saalbach are rated as one of the top resorts across the Alps.  Lift-wise, you can also choose to ride the circuit either clockwise or anti-clockwise, giving you ample choice.  The lifts are only part of the many high-tech installations here; you’ll certainly enjoy the many bubble and heated chairlifts and gondolas that are frequently on offer. 

Beyond doubt, Saalbach is more of an ideal location for intermediate skiers, however there is something for everyone here both on and off the slopes.

THE SNOWRESORT VERDICT 

For us, Saalbach is a particularly good choice for intermediate skiers; it has grown to be one of the largest in Austria.  We particularly like the Saalbach lift system as it is now pretty much 100% a mix of fast chairs and gondolas that get you to the slopes.  Speaking of the slopes, you will find them sunny and low which means that the snow can suffer, however there is some decent snowmaking.  When you’re thinking about time off of the slopes, Saalbach’s nice, and mostly pedestrian centre is particularly lively.  Which means that if you are bringing your family to the resort you will need to bear in mind that it can become particularly lively for young people and groups.

If you like the sound of Saalbach do not forget to check out our fantastic Saalbach Hinterglemm ski resort! If you fancy making Austria your next ski destination then also check out our Alpbach & Ischgl resort guides.

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