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Saalbach Hinterglemm

Saalbach Hinterglemm Ski Resort Guide

Saalbach Hinterglemm, Austria

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length200km124 miles
Highest Lift2,019m6,624ft
Resort Height1,000m3,281ft
 Nearest AirportsSalzburg and Munich
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Saalbach Hinterglemm

Saalbach is the larger village in the duo with Hinterglemm which together make up Austria's second most popular tourist destination after Vienna. Excellent skiing for all standards and lively, noisy après-ski. Car free village centre.

Summary

The Austrian ski resort of Saalbach Hinterglemm is in the Austrian Alps at an altitude of 1,000m3,281ft, with 200km124 miles of marked runs.

Saalbach Hinterglemm is part of the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn area with access to 270km168 miles of downhill skiing, with 117 marked pistes, served by a total of 70 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Saalbach Hinterglemm itself (200km124 miles of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn ski resorts of Fieberbrunn and Leogang.

With ski lifts as high as 2,019m6,624ft, snow cover is generally reliable.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Saalbach Hinterglemm?

The next notable snow forecast is 3cm1in, expected on 2 December, with around 6cm2in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Saalbach Hinterglemm Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 6 15km9 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
2795km59 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
3190km56 miles
Downhill
Total Length
200km124 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
12km7 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
52

Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
1218km11 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
37112km70 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
68140km87 miles
Downhill
Total Length
270km168 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
70

Altitudes

Saalbach Hinterglemm Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,019m6,624ft
Lowest Piste1,119m3,671ft
Resort Altitude (Saalbach Hinterglemm)1,000m3,281ft
Max Vertical1,100m3,609ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Saalbach Hinterglemm
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Saalbach Hinterglemm Overview

The second most popular destination in Austria (after the capital Vienna), Saalbach Hinterglemm offers some of the country's most exciting skiing and was the location for the 1991 Alpine World Championships. The resort was an Alpine village in its own right long before the advent of skiing.

Saalbach is marginally the larger (and louder) of the two villages, originally 4km (two and a half miles) apart, which have grown so much that they now almost meet in the middle. The chalet style hotels at Saalbach with carved wooden balconies cluster around the custard-yellow church steeple. The resort is especially popular with the Dutch and German markets,

At Hinterglemm the valley floor is broarder and the hotels larger, more up market and with the village itself more widely spead out. The two villages are neighbours and now marketed as one resort in the picturesque Glemmtal Valley, a 'dead end' valley which offers skiing on all sides and numerous access points to the slopes. It

The altitude range is quite low and, given that many of the slopes are usually sunny, this could be detrimental, but fortunately local climatic conditions (and a good deal of snow making) help to maintain cover. All building in the area is in keeping with traditional architectural design (commonly known as 'Tyrolean' chalet style', although this is the neighbouring province of Salzburgerland).

Despite the fact that much of the Saalbach Hinterglemm you see today has appeared since the 1960s, you wouldn't guess it to look at it. Only the abundance of slopeside accommodation and the 'user friendly' nature of both the ski area and the village, compared to many Austrian ski centres, give the game away.

 Notable Ski Runs

The most difficult run is the 'Zwölfer Nord'.

Skiing

Saalbach Hinterglemm offers one of the best integrated ski areas in Europe, with over 200km (125 miles) of trails fully lift-linked so that you can easily travel in either direction around the 'Skicircus'. Even experts will find themselves hard pressed to cover the area in a single day.

There is something for all levels of skiers to enjoy here however. This is a good choice for beginners looking for a fun first holiday; the nursery slopes are by the villages so you're never far from a pit stop if you need one, and there are eight ski schools to choose from.

Intermediates will enjoy the vast ski area the most: with numerous access points to the skiing spread along the valley, including lifts from the village centres, it's extremely easy to get up and around. The resort has invested heavily in new lifts, including some six seater bubble chairs, so queuing is minimised. The north side of the valley is especially popular.

Experts head for the Schattberg X-press lift or the gondola to the north-facing Zwölferkogel which has a three kilometre (two mile) black mogul descent back down beneath the lift. Otherwise they can strike out in to the 100km (65 miles) of off-piste terrain in the company of a local guide.

The resort has a vast array of lift tickets on offer, although all cover all the lifts. Floodlighting was recently introduced on the trails below the Unterschwarzach lift in the resort centre so that skiers and boarders can continue throughout every evening. Cross country skiers have 12km (seven miles) of trails including a new high altitude trail of 1.7 km length up at 1800 metres on the sunny side of the Glemm Valley between Reiterkogel and Rosswaldhütte.

There is a lift link over to the pretty village of Leogang in the next valley.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding

There's a Professional Terrain Park at the Unterschwarzachlift in Hinterglemm and at the Asitzmuldenbahn in Leogang. Both fun parks are shaped daily by a professional specialist crew. Hits at Leogang include corner jumps, big air and a variety of rails. In Hinterglemm the floodlit park has steep corners, ground waves and speed jumps.

Location and Map

Where is Saalbach Hinterglemm?

This ski resort is in the Austrian Alps.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Saalbach Hinterglemm is Salzburg, 100 minutes drive away.

Munich, Innsbruck Airport, Linz and Klagenfurt airports are all within three hours drive.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 52 ski lifts are able to uplift 84,867 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 180km112 miles of ski runs, with 452 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Saalbach Hinterglemm open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is late November, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Saalbach Hinterglemm, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Saalbach Hinterglemm Tourist Office for the latest.

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Mountain Bike Hire

There is downhill mountain biking available and you can rent Mountain Bikes in Saalbach Hinterglemm.

Aprés Ski

Definitely up at the most lively end of the scale for après action, partying often begins before the lifts close in the late afternoon in the mountain restaurants directly above Saalbach. The international mix of clientele emanates largely from European nations with a reputation for enjoying themselves: the Dutch, Scandinavians, British and Germans.

The ice bars outside the hotels are popular in to the early evening, then the dozens of bars and 15 or so night spots kick in. In Hinterglemm the Londoner is generally the liveliest venue and the Glemmerkeller is busy in to the night.

Saalbach has half a dozen places for dancing. The Alibi Bar and the ancient Zum Turn (a converted jail) are also usually buzzing.

Saalbach Hinterglemm