The slopes

  • Extent 3 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 5 out of 5
  • Snow 2 out of 5
  • Queues 4 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 4 out of 5
  • Expert 2 out of 5
  • Intermediate 4 out of 5
  • Beginner 3 out of 5
  • Boarder 5 out of 5
  • X-country 2 out of 5
  • Restaurants 4 out of 5
  • Schools 4 out of 5
  • Families 3 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 4 out of 5
  • Convenience 4 out of 5
  • Scenery 3 out of 5
  • Eating out 3 out of 5
  • Apres ski 5 out of 5
  • Off-slope 2 out of 5

Key facts

Resort1000 m
Slopes830-2095 m
Lifts70
Pistes270 km
Price index95

Saalbach-Hinterglemm

Austria

Plenty of good huts

The upside

  • Good intermediate area – expanded now to become one of Austria’s largest
  • Lift system now essentially 100% fast chairs and gondolas
  • Saalbach is a pleasant, lively village, largely car-free in the centre
  • Dozens of good mountain huts
  • Extensive snowmaking, but ...

The downside

  • The snowmaking is crucial
  • most slopes are sunny as well as low, and the snow suffers
  • Limited steep terrain
  • Both villages spread widely
  • Boisterous evening behaviour doesn’t suit everyone
  • Latest user reviews

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    News – 2016/17

    The Schönleitenbahn gondola at Vorderglemm is to be upgraded; instead of 12-person standup cabins it will have 10-seat cabins, and because there are more of them the capacity will be increased to 3200 people per hour. A short new 10-seat gondola at Hinterglemm will link the base stations of Zwölferkogel and Schattberg West, improving access to the west end of the lift system.

    News – 2015/16

    A new run and 10-seater gondola linked Reiterkogel on the north side of the ski area to the slopes of Fieberbrunn, briefly creating Austria’s biggest ski area (now displaced by the Arlberg). The drag lifts on the upper slopes of Bernkogel were replaced by a covered six-seat chair lift with heated seats, effectively removing the last remaining flaw in the lift system. A long new piste was created down the length of the Steinbergbahn gondola, opened the previous season at Leogang.

    Summary

    Last season, with a new six-pack on Bernkogel, Saalbach-Hinterglemm effectively completed its mission to abolish the slow lift. Most people holidaying here will ride nothing but gondolas and fast chairlifts. But this was overshadowed by much bigger news: a new gondola (and a new piste)  created a link with Fieberbrunn, to the north, making Austria’s largest linked ski area. (The area’s top position was short-lived, though – it has now been overtaken by the Arlberg resorts, Lech, Zürs and St Anton.)
    The valley has a lot going for it in other respects, too. Sadly, reliably good snow isn’t one of them. The snowmaking is good enough to make a midwinter visit here a fairly safe bet, but problems can arise as spring approaches.

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    The slopes

    • Extent 3 out of 5
    • Fast lifts 5 out of 5
    • Snow 2 out of 5
    • Queues 4 out of 5
    • Terrain p'ks 4 out of 5
    • Expert 2 out of 5
    • Intermediate 4 out of 5
    • Beginner 3 out of 5
    • Boarder 5 out of 5
    • X-country 2 out of 5
    • Restaurants 4 out of 5
    • Schools 4 out of 5
    • Families 3 out of 5

    The resort

    • Resort charm 4 out of 5
    • Convenience 4 out of 5
    • Scenery 3 out of 5
    • Eating out 3 out of 5
    • Apres ski 5 out of 5
    • Off-slope 2 out of 5

    Key facts

    Resort1000 m
    Slopes830-2095 m
    Lifts70
    Pistes270 km
    Price index95