If there is one place in the world where you want to head to for an exciting skiing holiday, it's Saalbach. A picturesque village in Glemm Valley, Saalbach is one of the two villages in the Ski Circus area. With over 270km of piste to ski on since 2015, you'd think that the only thing to do here in Saalbach is ski, but that's not entirely true. Located just 4km from Hinterglemm, Saalbach offers so much more. Since December 2019, the link over to Zell am See has opened up which offers even more skiing - 408km of piste - which makes Saalbach a slice of one of the biggest skiing areas across the globe.
So, knowing the amazing skiing options here in Saalbach, let's check out the things to do in Saalbach that will excite you more than anything else!
Excitingly, the villages of Saalbach and Hinterglemm are well known for their apres and how lively they can get. Starting up on the mountain with DJs and live bands, from lunchtime onward, the Saalbach nightlife is hopping. Continuing into the early hours, the cosy mountain bars, outdoor bars, nightclubs and pubs are all open for fun, frolics and unwinding after a long day on the slopes. Some people enjoy a night time ski before heading to one of the many themed nights, so it's not unusual to see people with cocktails and salopettes. Some of the best scenes to be seen in include:
Berger Alm. The terrace here is under the Magic chairlift at the mid-mountain above Saalbach. It's a place to party and whether on a sunny day or not, music blasts during the two-for-one Happy Hour. Take the blue run home from this one for extra excitement, but no drinking, please!
Goaßstall. Right near the bottom of the gondola from Hinterglemm. This is a rocking bar that's open until the early hours of the day. This barn offers dancing, music and - bizarrely - mechanical goats!
Bauers Schialm. This one is over on the Saalbach side, and it's close to the bottom of the Kohlmais gondola. There are four bars with Apres-ski parties beginning at the Inferno. Here, you'll catch live acts and DJS aplenty.
Saalbach is famed for more than its nightlife, with Winter activities available for skiers and visitors who want a break from the slopes. Some of the activities that you can do include:
Winter Walking. Don the right snowshoes and join one of the guided tours from December to April. The tours are free, and the hikes are every Tuesday in Saalbach. If you're in the Hinterglemm side, these are still free and are on every Thursday. The walks are around 3 hours long and everyone can join in.
Snowshoe Tours. Oh, the backcountry terrain! You can join the snowshoe tours and see a new side of Saalbach and Hinterglemm. The walks you do depend on the weather, and you get a unique experience that you won't find anywhere else. You can hire snowshoes at the available sports shops to save cash.
Tobogganing. A fun activity for all ages includes tobogganing. You can go fast or slow and the toboggans are available to hire for your pleasure.
Snow-Tubing. From December to March, you can enjoy snow-tubing down the slopes! You can borrow them for free and use the lift in your ski pass.
Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides. A romantic, fun and magical way to travel the snowy landscapes is on a horse-drawn sleigh. How Christmassy!
This may be a winter skiing resort, but the summer still offers some breath-taking activities and mountain views to go with them. You can try out any of these options:
Hiking. There are 400km of hiking trails here and whether you want sporty tours or lengthy, difficult hikes, you can choose to conquer the highest summits here. Some of the walks are panoramic, with the mountain views surrounding you as you go. You can use the ski lifts in the summer months and get a good start in the day. The lifts can bring you right up to the beautiful hiking trails.
Biking. Love the views but not the walk? Jump on your bike and pedal those 400km of bike routes and trails. Downhillers and Freeriders are available, as well as the Enduro-bikers. You can use a total of the 9 operating lifts and you will see how the Saalbach Hinterglemm is one of the coolest bike regions in Austria.
Adventures. Traveling with the family? You'll love one of the many adventures on offer here. The Montelino Adventure Path offers families the chance to search for the lost smile of the clown. There are also exciting adventures of the Berg Kodok, where the kids can walk the footsteps of the goblin. Children will love the chance to be a ranger at the Wildlife Trail, too, and there is a Treetop Trail to enjoy here for all the younger ones seeking adventure.