Saalbach and Hinterglemm are the two charming Tyrolean-style villages that anchor Austria ‘s “Ski Circus” in the Glemm Valley. North Americans should think Mammoth or Sun Peaks but with Aspen or Whistler nightlife. Europeans could compare the skiing and nightlife with Courchevel.
Saalbach is at the lower end of the Glemm Valley surrounded by peaks 3,000 meters/9,867 feet higher and is the traditional upscale choice, with four-star and a mass of three-star hotels, quality restaurants, a nice downtown square, and the kind of ambiance that suggests that Heidi could appear skipping along the snow-covered, pedestrian-only streets at any moment.
Hinterglemm is a bit more rustic, slightly less expensive, and perhaps better situated to reach the best red and black runs, This isn’t critical, as the lifts at the “Ski Circus” allow skiers to circumnavigate the valley both ways with minimal waits and maximal vertical. The ski connection over to Leogang adds further appeal.
Best of all, help on the slopes, in the restaurants, and in the hotels is actually helpful. Clerks who, in other countries, might pass the buck, here take personal responsibility and solve the problem with a smile. It’s rather an odd combination really. Teutonic efficiency and alpine charm, but what else can you expect from a country where Mozart wrote the national anthem and lived just down the road in Salzburg?
The cold weather and 90 percent snowmaking combine to ensure a season that starts on the first of December and runs to early April. Even better, the valley’s orientation means you can ski on sunny, southern-facing slopes to warm up in the mornings and switch to good powder and packed powder on northern slopes after lunch.
Modern high speed lifts combine to lift over 75,000 skiers an hour up into the Ski Circus . Factor in 30 restaurants and cafés and there’s no need to come down the hill for lunch. Special lifts for beginners, the boarder’s funpark, and the boarders-only pistes make the Ski Circus even more attractive to visitors.
Munich is the best option, from where it is a 3 hour drive to the resort. Regular bus transfers or rental cars are available.
Salzburg Airport is a closer option, with both transfers and rental cars available, however flight options are more limited to here.
Family owned hotel located on the edge of Saalbach, in a lovely quiet spot about 600m to the centre and lifts. Free hotel shuttle to the lifts, plus ski back to the hotel convenience. Has a small wellness area with sauna, as well as free parking and internet.
All rooms come with shower/WC, Separate toilet, Balcony/terrace, Sofa, Phone, Cable TV, and Safe. A choice of hotel rooms or family apartments are possible. Buffet breakfasts and 4-course dinners are included with hotel rooms.
Excellent hotel just 8 minutes walk to the centre of Hinterglemm, overlooking the Zwolfer ski run, and 200m to the lift station. Has 70 rooms, an indoor pool, sauna, steam bath, gym, billiards, bar and TV lounge for guests.
Buffet breakfast and 4-course dinners with various theme buffets included.
A fine hotel right at the base of the lifts in Saalbach. Ski in/ski out convenience! 55 rooms, all with phone, TV, safe, hair dryer and most with a balcony. Excellent hotel facilities include: lounge, bar, disco, heated outdoor pool, sauna, steambath, solarium, and spa treatment centre for guests.
Breakfast buffet and 4-course dinners (with choice) are included.
Only 50 m to the Saalbach lifts! Virtually ski in/ski out convenience. This superior hotel has a bar, café, lounge, sauna, steambath, and indoor pool.. All rooms with TV, safe, phone, hairdrier, minibar, Wifi and balcony.
Buffet breakfast and 4-course dinners included, with choice of mains.
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