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

    We spent 1 day at Saalbach as part of a week staying…

    J 20 May 2017 

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    News – 2017/18

    It’s not due until 2018, but at Viehofen, at the eastern extremity of the piste network, a short gondola is to be constructed which will complete a link to Zell am See’s Schmitten area. The return trip will involve a short bus ride to the Saalbach lifts.

    News – 2016/17

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

    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