Resort Information for Saalbach, Austria
Set in the province of Salzburgerland, this magnificent ski area is renowned for its excellent range of pistes and efficient lift system, connecting Saalbach to Hinterglemm and Leogang. When there has been fresh snow falls, you will also find tremendous off piste through the trees, and local guides eager to show you the way. Saalbach itself is a superb ski resort with an attractive village centre and a lively, traditional atmosphere. The area has an excellent snow record as well as some wonderful sun traps where you can sit out on the terraces of rustic mountain restaurants, relax and enjoy the views!
Ski-buses operate between the twin resorts, linking all ski-stations, and are free for pass holders. The service runs from early in the morning until late afternoon, at which point a night bus takes over linking all the main villages until midnight.
In central Austria, near the border between the Tyrol and the Salzburg regions, at the E end of the country’s panhandle. 10 mls NW of Zell am See. Position: In the dramatic Glemm Valley, which runs E to W and ends just beyond its sister village of Hinterglemm, 2 mls away. Flanked on both sides by mountains. The River Saalach runs the length of the valley.
Dialling Code: 6541
56 mls SW of Salzburg
138 mls SE of Munich (Germany)
Beginners 4/5 , Intermediates 5/5
Experts 4/5, Snowboarders 5/5
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.
For the Snowboarder 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.
Total Kms of Piste 200kms
Piste type No. of runs
Number of Lifts 55 (15 gondolas, 15 chairlifts, 25 drag lifts)
Snow Cannons 384
Longest Run 7kms (Schattberg)
Mountain Restaurants 40
Snow Range 1003-2096m
Resort Height 1003m (3,290ft)
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.
Tourist Board: www.austria.info