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View of the Saalbach valley

Saalbach Austria

Resort features

  • One of largest ski areas in Austria
  • 52 fast modern lifts
  • Attractive Austrian village
  • Great après-ski
  • Cosy mountain huts
  • Excellent snow record

Connections

Airport
Salzburg (84km)
Train
Maishofen-Saalbach (15km)

Altitude

Minimum altitude
1,050m
Maximum altitude
2,020m

Slope lengths

All slopes
270km
Green slopes
5km
Blue slopes
140km
Red slopes
112km
Black slopes
18km
Gondola lift in Saalbach

Sections

Why Saalbach

An extensive linked ski area, modern lifts and classic Austrian après-ski

Skiing and snowboarding in Saalbach

The Ski Circus One of the largest ski areas

With 5 areas now included in the 'Ski Circus', the skiing will feel like it's endless. Saalbach, Hinterglemm, Leogang, Vorderglemm and Fieberbrunn are all linked, so you can complete a circuit tour covering 65km and 12,400m in altitude. Saalbach is also now linked with Zell am See, providing another 77km of runs.

Gondola lift in Saalbach

Modern lifts Fast & comfortable lifts

The lifts are some of the best in Europe, with modern gondolas and large chairlifts, which move skiers and snowboarders quickly and efficiently around the mountains, meaning limited queuing. Some of the chairlifts also have the luxury of heated seats, making the ride up to the top of the mountain even more pleasant!

Enjoying the apres-ski in Saalbach

Great après-ski Austrian après at its best!

With over 60 huts on the mountain and plenty of bars in the villages, it's never a dull moment in the Saalbach valley! Sit and enjoy an Aperol Spritz on a sun terrace, or head into one of the many bars or clubs jumping with live music - It's always great fun and the perfect way to round off a day on the mountain.

Resort Overview

Saalbach is one of our most popular resorts. It is always the first to sell out and it’s easy to see why - Stunning mountain vistas, impressive snow quality from December through to April, and a vast network of wide and well-groomed pistes linked to the other valleys of the Saalbach-Hinterglemm ski area by a hyper-efficient lift system.

Fast, modern lifts

Some of the chairlifts even have drop-down canopies and heated seats to keep you warm on your way back up! The slopes are perfect for intermediate skiers and snowboarders wanting to progress, whilst the nursery runs and easy blues are great for beginners.

Extensive and varied ski area 

More advanced skiers and snowboarders will love the challenging terrain around Fieberbrunn, which now hosts a stop of the Freeride World Tour, a global extreme ski and snowboard contest. Saalbach and Hinterglemm also host Alpine Ski World Cup races every year.

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Excellent lift system

This makes getting around the resort incredibly quick and easy.

Cosy mountain huts

Choose from over 60 huts dotted around the ski area.

The 'Ski Circus'

Take one of the longest circular tours in the Alps by skiing Saalbach, Hinterglemm, Leogang and Fieberbrunn, all in one day.

This spectacular circuit traverses 65km and 12,400m in altitude. Take your smart watch and break a few records!

Austrian après-ski

It just has to be seen to be believed!

Equipment Hire

Hansi’s ski rental in Saalbach offers prime quality equipment and great value for money. They provide an extensive range of the latest models from the best brands, in a good variety of sizes.

Child or adult, you’ll find what you’re looking for and they have all the  equipment and accessories you'll need, including helmets. They care for our guests and will assist with any queries you might have.

Ski School

The Saalbach Skischule is led by Olympian Niki Fürstauer, who has a team of highly-motivated professionals to take care of you, whether you are a beginner or an expert.

For group lessons they aim for you to learn quickly, whilst also having fun in the group. With their professional instructors you will learn the correct techniques, as well as feeling safe on the pistes.

Private tuition is also available, either on your own or with your partner or friends. Beginners and intermediate/advanced skiers will all be taught by qualified instructors and learn correct techniques quickly and effectively.

www.skischule-saalbach.at/en

Tobogganing in Saalbach

Non-Ski Activities

It's easy to get between the towns of Saalbach, Hinterglemm and Vorderglemm via the regular local buses which go between the villages. This gives you the opportunity to explore the villages on your doorstep and enjoy the wonderful trails and tracks leading to the mountain huts. 

Evening activities include sleigh rides and tobogganing. For a great night out on the staff night off, our Resort Manager can arrange a trip to the Spielberghaus - You are collected by piste-basher and taken up the mountain to a restaurant where you are treated to a hearty meal and the chance to play some games of Hammerschlagen (the hammer and nails game) before returning home with the help of a toboggan!

Alternatively, why not take a day-trip over to Zell am See to visit the quaint shops and restaurants and take in the views from the banks of lake Zell. Also visit the St Hippolyte church, which is one of the oldest buildings in the region.

Saalbach at dusk

Saalbach Village

Saalbach is a pretty Austrian village with narrow pedestrianised streets centred around a historic church. There is plenty of non-skiing related fun to be had during your week in the resort, including bowling, ice-skating, tobogganing and sleigh rides.

Saalbach is one of Europe’s top resorts for après-ski, which starts early in the afternoon. From around 3pm, locals and visitors can be found singing and stomping their ski boots to Austrian pop and rock classics in the Goat Stall, a buzzing bar at the foot of the mountain. Ask one of our ski hosts to take you there.

Or to take advantage of Saalbach’s Happy Hour, which starts at 3:30pm, head to Bobby’s Pub - a pub sports heaven with pool, darts, bowling and a buzzing atmosphere.

But don’t worry if you fancy a more tranquil evening, as Saalbach has plenty of quiet enclaves and over 60 restaurants to choose from. We recommend you take advantage of dining out on the Wednesday evening when the chalet-hotel staff have their day off.

Restaurants

On the mountain you will be spoilt for choice with the best mountain huts to stop at for lunch. Our ski hosts can't wait to show you their favourites, and every day offers new surprises and culinary delights. AsitzBräu, Rosswaldhütte and Wieser Alm are some of our favourites.

In Saalbach village you also have an endless list of great restaurants to visit. Del Rossi offers hearty meals and mighty steaks and is always a hit with its warm and cosy atmosphere.

If you're after something more Austrian, head to the Schattbergstube, where you can expect to be wowed by Tyrolian classics such as Wiener Schnitzel, Käsespätzle and Tiroler Gröstl, to name but a few.

DJ in Saalbach

Bars

Where to begin! On the mountain you have some of the best après-ski in the world with the legendary Goaßstall (the 'Goat Stall', with real goats!) in Hinterglemm, or the Hinterhag in Saalbach, with live music and lots of dancing. Happy hour begins at the Berger Alm at 3:30pm - Be sure to arrive promptly, as space on the terrace is limited.

Back in the resort you can head to Bauer's Schi-Alm at the base of the home run, where you can find great music and terrible dance moves in ski boots to some après-ski classics! Spitzbub offers a great outdoors area and here you can catch Saalbach legend 'Spacey' performing, which always provides an afternoon of laughter.

Reviews

Great half term Skiing

Great to return to the Christina again in Feb 20. Well looked after by Carol and the team, both in the chalet and whilst guiding on the mountain. This chalet is well run, clean, well located and with great food and service. Particularly enjoyed the company of a fantastic group of fellow guests. Hope to return soon.

The perfect hotel for a chalet style holiday

This was my first Ski Miquel chalet ski holiday and it was just wonderful. Carol is a very professional, kind and helpful manager as well as a considerate ski guide. Together with her team they provide an excellent service. The food was wonderful, the staff couldn't do enough for you, the place was comfortable and warm, the walking distance to the centre and main lift only a few minutes. We had Lewis as our ski guide and that really made our week. He was just excellent. The ski area is beautiful and large, so having someone capable, caring and professional guiding you and explaining how to best ski the slopes made such a difference. Lunch was always pre-booked and we had so many laughs and fun throughout. The dinner with tobogganing back down was a great night out - all in all it really was a fabulous week and highly recommendable.

Excellent week in Saalbach

Stayed at the Christina for a week in March. Excellent Chalet, very good food and a short walk to the main lifts out of Saalbach. Saalbach is a top resort for skiing, a huge area, good piste grooming, fast, efficient lifts and lots of good bars and restaurants on the mountain. Will be going back.

Second trip with Ski Miquel

This was our second time with Ski Miquel and yet again this excellent formula managed to tick all our boxes. The Chalet was clean and comfortable; food was excellent and although there was a set menu the Staff were prepared to flex it for some of our party, who didn't like fish. Ski guiding was a must for us, as the Saalbach area is very extensive, and this allowed us to enjoy it without the need to constantly look at a map. Some great nights in the chalet with an excellent crowd and cheap bar, doing quizzes, musical charades and the nightly awards from Liam. Thanks to Carol, Harvey, Lucy, Rachel and Milan.

Frequently asked questions

Which airport do you fly into?

For Saalbach we fly into Salzburg airport.

How long is the transfer from the airport to the resort?

The coach journey from Salzburg airport to Saalbach normally takes around 1.5 hours.

How close is the chalet-hotel to the ski lifts?

It is only around a 5-minute walk from our chalet-hotel to the ski lifts.

Is the valley bus service included with my lift pass?

Yes, the ski bus is included with your lift pass. Please note there are also some non-ski buses that are not included on your pass, so please make sure you get on the right bus!

Where can I store my skis and boots?

You can store you skis and boots right next to the main lift station for a reasonable charge. Alternatively, you can also store your equipment in the ski room at the chalet-hotel if you prefer.

Can I get cheaper equipment rental for children?

Yes, it will normally be cheaper to purchase equipment hire for children directly from the rental shop in resort.

Do children get cheaper lift passes?

Yes, children will normally be able to benefit from a cheaper lift pass if bought directly from the lift pass office in resort. This is dependent upon their age, so please call us for further details. You will also need to present a proof of age (e.g. a passport) to benefit from the cheaper lift pass price for children in resort.

Do seniors get cheaper lift passes?

Unfortunately, Saalbach does not offer a cheaper lift pass price for seniors.

Accommodation

Chalet-Hotel Christina in Saalbach
Twin room in the Chalet Christina
Dining room in the Chalet Christina

Christina

Saalbach, Austria
From From
£687.00
per person, per week
Ski lift
5-minute walk
From slopes
350m