Saalbach and Hinterglemm are two linked ski resorts which, along with Leogang and Fieberbrunn, form the Skicircus ski area in the Austrian Alps.
Saalbach’s skiing is super and fit for all levels. On top of that, it’s an attractive village, great for families and it also offers with lively apres-ski as well as nightlife.
Saalbach and Hinterglemm sit just two miles from each other, and share the 270 km of ski slopes, offering a decent mix of blue, red and black runs. There are 70 lifts.
Despite the Skicircus not rising above 2,000m, Saalbach is a fairly safe bet during main season. If things are however looking a bit patchy, there are snow guns aplenty and when coupled with impeccable piste grooming, keep the main runs skiable.
The village is largely traffic-free, the church has a gorgeous onion-shaped dome as many in Austrian do, and the views on offer are up there with the best of them.
Foodies are also served well with nearly 70 restaurants between the two resorts. Most residents however are part of half board deals, meaning that most dinners are had at the hotel.
800m – 2096m
December – April
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Both Saalbach and Hinterglemm have good nursery slopes at village level with those in Hiterglemm being slightly more favourable. Beginners then have a good range of blue runs to progress on to in this resort.
Virtually everywhere is suitable for intermediate skiers. Intermediates will also enjoy the wide range of runs back down to the village, be it Saalbach or Hinterglemm. Even Saalbach’s black runs aren’t as difficult as those in other resorts. For the cautious intermediate, we suggest heading to the Kohlmaiskopf, Bernkogel, Reiterkogel, Reichkendikopf and Spieleckkogel peaks and ridges which will provide some greta sking whilst avoiding some of the more difficult skiing across the valley. Intermediates will also find the ski down into Leogang a real treat.
There are some good opportunities for seriously steep skiing across the valley on the north side such as the long black run from Schattberg Ost back to Saalbach. After some fresh snow, there are some sizeable pockets of off piste, particularly on the Schattberg, Zwolferkogel and Asitz. The dotted, diamond orange runs that you see on the piste map signals that they are approved off piste runs. They are worth skiing in good conditions.
There is a small park in Hinterglemm centre, located just above the VIP bar at the bottom of the Westgipfelbahn gondola. Because very little of the terrain is flat, as in many other European resorts the area is popular with snowboarders.
Show how good your aim is, by trying the sport of curling on our well maintained curling rink at Saalbach Hinterglemm Sport Centre. It’s not only the the curling clubs that prove how good they are on the curling rink in Saalbach Hinterglemm – anyone can try this sociable hobby. You enter into teams, or individually against each other, and prove your goal accuracy Curling on the rink in Saalbach Hinterglemm is great fun for families, or a school trip, or a competition between work colleagues.
Cross Country – Circular Trail
Those looking for alternatives to the downhill slopes can find a small but fine selection of cross country skiing trails. The Glemmtal valley cross-country skiing trail runs through the enchanting snowy landscape of the Saalbach river to Lindingalm.
Cross Country – High Altitude Trail
If you like fast laps, the high altitude trail at Reiterkogel is exactly what you are looking for. You can download a trail map in the ‘Alternative winter sports’ brochure (see below). The use of all trails is free of charge. After a heavy snowfall, the cross-country ski trails are groomed in the afternoon. The priority lies in clearing the streets and walking paths.
Fly ‘n Soul Paragliding
Your paragliding dreams will come true. You can take off to Glemm Area and leave the daily routine behind. A rewarding and unforgettable view is waiting during a tandem paragliding flight. After arriving at the flying, the final preparations follow. We open the paragliding umbrella, adjust the harness and discuss start-up procedures. After some starting exercises and a final check by our qualified tandem pilot, it’s time to take off. You start running and watch as the ground disappears under your feet. Weightless and calm, you’ll glide over the valley. A unique feeling that only a paragliding flight can offer.
Golden Gate & Treetop Trail
The highest tree-top trail in Europe is situated at the end of the Saalbach-Hinterglemm valley. It is a unique project, combining the trail with an Alpine ‘Golden Gate’ suspension bridge. This natural circular tour starts at the parking area at the end of the valley and runs for a length of 2 kms over meadows, mountain fields and through the forest. The one kilometre tree-top trail starts at the Lindlingalm and includes the 200 metre long ‘Alpine Golden Gate Bridge’. In the summer it is possible to use the small valley train to get there and back (around 4 trains in total). In winter it is a nice walk through a wonderful winterland, or alternatively a beautiful drive in a horse-drawn sleigh. The Golden Gate Bridge is part of the 1 km long tree-top trail. The bridge is up to 42 metres high and spans a valley, in which the source of river Saalbach flows. From the bridge there is a breathtaking panoramic view across the mountains and also over the high-rope park, which is situated under and runs parallel with the bridge. The most promising and spectacular views however are from the 600 metre long tree-top trail. It is a massive construction in larchwood – up to 30 m above ground – with steps, towers, platforms and bridges. Above the treetops several play stations are waiting for big and small explorers. The Treetop path is part of the Kids Hiking Challenge. The Glemmtaler tree-top trail is an ideal excursion for nature-lovers, families, school groups, companies, senior citizens, associations, firms and youth groups.
Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides
For romantics: Is there anything more beautiful than enjoying a night-time horse drawn sleigh ride in Saalbach Hinterglemm valley, safely tucked away under warm blankets with your loved one? But also families can enjoy afternoon sleigh rides in the idyllic valley to Lindlingalm.
In the Snowmobile City, individuals or groups can drive a ski-doo by themselves on a perfectly prepared track. Under expert supervision, you can be a passenger in and even sit behind the wheel of a snow cat. The snow lodge in the Snowmobile City area can be booked exclusively for groups or companies.
Enjoy the wonderful side of our valley head. Our certified mountain guide, Anne Lappi, will take you to some very special spots in Hinterglemm.
Toboggan Run at Spiel Berghaus
You can take the snowcat shuttle up to Spielberghaus at 1,311 m through an idyllic winter landscape. After a short stop, you can go back to the valley by sledging over the three-kilometre-long illuminated natural toboggan run. Ascend with a snowcat possible from Staumauer Spielberg path: Daily ascents: At 12:00 pm, afternoons upon request, from 5:00 pm until approximately 9:00 pm every 45 minutes. Reservation required!
View the live snow report for Saalbach Hinterglemm here
The ski schools in Saalbach, Hinterglemm, Leogang and Fieberbrunn have their own children’s areas. The funslopes in Hinterglemm, the wave runs on the Montelino Trail and Leo Trail in Leogang on the Grosser and Kleiner Asitz and the different snow trails throughout the resort are very popular. There are also two floodlit toboggan runs – on the Asitz (Leogang) and on the Reiterkogel (Hinterglemm). At the middle station in Fieberbrunn, Timoks Coaster and the Easy-Park are great attractions for children. The Family Card allows parents to share the same card, using it at different times. There is also a special offer: ‘Power of Zehn’ (ten) – every Saturday, a ski pass costs just 10.00 euros for children and young people between 6 and 19 years of age.
Funslopes in Hinterglemm
The “Zwolfer” and “U-Bahn” funslopes in Hinterglemm are a particular attraction. Families with children will have a great time here.
The Snow & Fun Team offers full daycare for children aged 3 years or over. There are moving carpets, children’s lifts and a ski carousel. Children are transported to the children’s area on a fun train.
Leo’s Kinderland children’s area (Leogang)
Leo’s Kinderland is located right next to the base station of the Asitz cable car. The practice area is a thrilling place for children, with four ‘magic carpets’ (people movers), a children’s carousel, snow igloos and a knight’s castle offering lots of variety. The ‘Skiszene Altenberger’ ski school manages the children’s area very professionally.
Krallis Kinderland children’s area (Leogang)
The Krallis Kinderland children’s area is located right next to the Krallerhof wellness hotel. The Altenberger ski school operates two moving carpets here to offer children an easier introduction to skiing. The ‘Skiszene Altenberger’ ski school manages the children’s area very professionally.
S4 Kinderskischule children’s ski school (Fieberbunn)
A carousel, two moving carpets and a tow rope help children learn to ski. The S4 Kinderskischule Fieberbrunn children’s ski school is located at the base station right next to the S4 Alm.
Bobo Kinderclub children’s club run by the Skischule Fieberbrunn Widmann
At the base station in Fieberbrunn, young children can have fun getting acquainted with snow and skis.
Snow Trails (Leogang)
The Montelino, Nitro and Leo snow trails on the Grosser and Kleiner Asitz offer plenty of fun for all ages. It’s not just children who enjoy the twisting wave runs.
Hotel Das Neuhaus
Hotel Alpine Palace (Hinterglemm)
Bergers Sport Hotel
Hotel Saalbacher Hof
Skicircus Saalbach-Hinterglemm is on the border of Salzburg and Tyrol states in Austria, mid-way between the cities of Innsbruck and Salzburg.
Salzburg and Munich are the most frequently used airports by tourists who want to come to Saalbach Hinterglemm. These two airports can be reached fast and cheaply with the Holiday Shuttle. You can find flight offers and booking possibilities on the website of the respective airport.
Arrival from the East
Coming from Vienna: Exit Wals/Lofer (A1); Bad Reichenhall (B21); Lofer (B178); Saalfelden (B311); in Maishofen continue to Saalbach Hinterglemm (L111)
Coming from Graz: Exit Selzthal (A9); Eben (B320); Bischofshofen (A10); Zell am See (B311); in Maishofen continue to Saalbach Hinterglemm (L111)
Arrival from the North (without Vignette)
Option A: Exit Siegsdorf (A8); Inzell (B306); Schneitzlreuth (B305); Lofer (B178); Saalfelden (B311); in Maishofen continue to Saalbach Hinterglemm (L111)
Option B: A8 until Inntaldreieck; A93 until Exit Oberaudorf; Kossen (B172); Erpfendorf (L39); Lofer (B178); Saalfelden – Maishofen (B311); Saalbach Hinterglemm (L111)
Option C: A8 until Inntaldreieck; A93/A12 until Exit Kufstein Sad; St. Johann/Tirol (B173 & B178); Saalfelden (B164); Maishofen (B311) Saalbach Hinterglemm (L111)
Arrival from the South
A10 until Bischofshofen; Zell am See (B311); in Maishofen continue to Saalbach Hinterglemm (L111)
Munich airport is well served by efficient train transport which link quickly with train services to transport hubs like Worgl in Austria. Take the S8 line from the main terminal (trains every 10min) to the major Ostbahnhof for trains direct to Worgl, where one can change and for Fieberbrunn, Leogang and Zell am See to access the Skicircus Saalbach in about 2hr 30min.
By train from Innsbruck, head to Worgl then change for Schwarzach-St Veit to stop at either Fieberbrunn, Leogang, or Zell am See (if staying in Saalbach-Hinterglemm). Trains leave every hour from Innsbruck and travel time to Zell am See is about 2hr, or less if getting off at Leogang or Fieberbrunn.
By train from Salzburg head to Schwarzach-St Veit (direction Klagenfort) then change for Worgl to stop at either Zell am See (if staying in Saalbach-Hinterglemm), Leogang, or Fieberbrunn. Trains leave regularly through the day and the journey takes around 1hr30min.