Saalbach-Hinterglemm is one of the biggest and most efficient ski resorts in Austria. The villages of Saalbach, Hinterglemm and Leogang are linked to form a giant ski area in the Saalbach valley, boasting a giant 200 km of pistes. The ski area mixes traditional Austrian charm with the modern efficiency, fast lifts and good facilities of the French Alps. The three villages in all have their own attractions - Saalbach, the largest, has a legendary nightlife, Leogang is loved by families and Hinterglemm has a quieter, more chilled out atmosphere. Beginners will enjoy the strong ski schools, dedicated nursery slopes at Hinterglemm and wide easy blue runs to progress to.
Intermediates will be itching to start ripping up the pistes the area is best known for - its long sunny cruises, both wide open above the tree line and through wooded glades. The north-facing slopes of Hinterglemm are home to some exhilarating moguls and steep blacks. Apart from this the terrain can be a little limited for experts, and the off-piste is not too extensive. Some of the slopes receive a lot of sun, especially those lower down, which means that the snow can deteriorate quickly. The slick lift system means that you will be able to ski the maximum pistes every day.
Floodlighting has been introduced on all of the slopes below the Unterschwarzach lift, so you can keep swooshing into the night. The nightlife is fantastic in the resort, drawing young crowds from across Europe. The bars, pubs and clubs offer something for everyone - and the sunny climate means you'll find many visitors sneaking a little tanning time in the day after a large night, instead of hitting the slopes. Relaxing for a post-ski tipple on a sun-drenched terrace also feels pretty good in Saalbach. The villages themselves are pretty, traditional and the main streets are traffic free, making them ideal for families. A varied, charming, lively resort - Saalbach is a great choice for those looking for fun at night, families, mile-hungry intermediates and anyone frustrated with slow lifts!